Wishing I could grow a beard if only to provide a tiny layer of anonymity in a place where everyone knows your name and business even if you can’t quite place them.  But it’s not all bad, in fact I spent the entire time I was away from Alaska talking to people about Alaska, so I am very glad to be home.  Heard these lines in a Drive By Truckers song the other day and thought they really hit the mark in terms of the way things are remembered in small towns.

The pretty girls from the smallest towns
get remembered like storms and droughts
that old men talk about for years to come
I guess that’s why they give us names
So a few old men can say they saw us rain when we were young

Lyrics: Mike Cooley / Music: Cooley, Hood, Morgan, Neff, Tucker and Gonzalez
© Razor and Tie Music (BMI)

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