I grew up in Alaska, and moved down to Virginia for grad school, and after graduating I found a rare job in town as a professional engineer working for a company that investigates buildings and designs repairs for them.
If you have a stereotype in mind for an Alaskan, I'm probably not much like it, except for a propensity for skiing, self-reliance, and affection for cold and snow.
I'm a little more liberal than conservative.
I'm often quiet except when I'm not, and I'm amused by most things. I have a problem where I laugh when someone tells me something terrible has happened, assuming they also see the hidden humor in the situation, and then later realize that was not the right way to react.
I am an empathetic person. At least, I strive to be, even when I read people wrong. The intent is there, and that should count. I like to explore how other people view the world, and compare that to my own viewpoint as a method of evaluating it.
I want to be more effortlessly social and feel more comfortable taking risks, which is impossible, but I work at it. Good things in my life often are the result of taking chances, and I'm scared of sitting on my butt too much and missing more good things.
My memory is terrible! I devise systems of notes to remind me to do things, like Memento. I'm well prepared to be an absent-minded old man some day.