Some broad strokes: I went to college in Boulder for an English degree, then back to Alaska for a couple years before heading to Vancouver and then Seattle for grad school. Growing up in the frozen, dark north, I think the snow is in my bones; I love to ski and snowboard. I also feel it's my duty as an Alaskan to meet amazing New York women and dispel rumors of my native land, mostly those regarding igloos and dogsleds. But not plaid--they still wear a lot of plaid up there.
I am so glad to see the warmer weather--the winter was not kind to my running discipline, and I'm looking forward to getting the ol' mileage back.