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 an amazing New York woman and dispel rumors of my native land, mostly those regarding igloos and dogsleds. But not plaid--we are a plaid-loving people.
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.