northern exposure

The Moose Is Back t-shirt

Right after I left Colorado ~3 weeks ago, I received a message that a package had arrived for me. I wasn’t expecting anything, so all I could think was that maybe the Nuts On Clark people had sent me a gift to apologize for a recent messed-up order.

I got back in Colorado last night, and when I walked to the front office today I found this “The Moose Is Back” t-shirt, which is an even better surprise than the free popcorn might have been. :)

The day the Court Circuit came to town

A Facebook post from March 22, 2010, when I was stranded in a small town in Canada named Dease Lake, British Columbia:

How neat, the “Court Circuit” comes to town tonight. Just like the Northern Exposure episode, the court people travel around and temporarily set up court in various towns. They are expected to be here from tonight until Thursday. My chance to meet many police officers! (RCMPs, I wonder?)

Why are you here? (Talkeetna, Alaska)

When I first moved to Talkeetna, I sat down to sign the lease with my new landlord. The conversation went like this:

Her: So, why are you moving to Alaska ... hunter?

Me: No.

Fisherman?

No.

*pause*

Right-wing nut job?

No.

*pause*

You’re not here to write stories about the town for tv shows, like those Northern Exposure people, are you?

*she starts taking off her sweater*

Um ...

*which I eventually realize is so that she can breast-feed her baby while we’re talking*

... no.

So why are you here?

A wee bit of cause and effect

A wee bit of cause and effect:

I may never have lived in Alaska
if I didn't first go there on vacation.

I may have never gone to Alaska on vacation
if Colorado wasn't on fire in 2002.

I may not have thought to go to Alaska in 2002
if I hadn't discovered Northern Exposure ~1996.

I may never have discovered Northern Exposure
if I didn't quit a job I didn't like in 1995.

I may never have discovered Northern Exposure if a tv channel
that doesn't exist today hadn't aired it back then.

This keeps going back in time until I was born (or before then),
but that's the basic idea.

When you’re somewhere, you ought to be there

“If you have four more years or four more weeks, you’re here right now ... I think when you’re somewhere, you ought to be there, because it’s not about how long you stay in a place, it’s what you do while you’re there, and when you go, is that place any better for your having been there?”

Chris Stevens, KBHR radio, Northern Exposure