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Growing Up In Alaska

June 23, 2017 / By Chris Oudean We lived on Elmendorf Air Force Base at first. I was what they call a military brat. When my dad joined the Air Force, they let you choose two places you would prefer to move in order to create some sense of control over your life. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that you could end up anywhere. Texas was my dad’s second choice, Alaska his first. It would be a few years before he got his first choice. After a one year stint in South Korea, and a few more years stationed in …

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What’s So Great About Alaska?

March 10, 2017 / By Chris Oudean Alaska is one of those constantly marketed places. Some of its catchphrases are “The Last Frontier” or “Big. Wild. Life” . There are probably millions of Ulu knives that say “Made in Alaska” proudly stamped on them. So what’s the “big wild” deal? Coming from someone who lived in Alaska for over 20 years, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about the finer things in this gigantic state. For one thing, the daylight is particularly interesting. In Alaska, you are far enough above the equatorial plane that when the …