Got warmth?
Thursday November 30th 2017, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

I instantly recognized the logo and stopped in my tracks and guffawed at the sight: I tell you. Best. Product. Placement. EVER.

It was right at the edge of the walkway between the airline gates going off to the left, while, to the right, a long wall of plate glass windows let arriving passengers boggle at the immensity of the heights of the mountains that Anchorage backs up to, a world of deep, white snow and ice coolly indifferent to the needs of mere humanity.

Here, let them help you with that part.




All in a vending machine ready for you to choose your size from. (Just don’t think about those $numbers up there too long.) Whatever you packed or forgot to, you could walk out of that warm building knowing that now you could handle what you were about to face.

The little white plaque down there says, “YES. It really is made from bison fiber.”

Warm warm warm, soft, machine washable stuff, and if I hadn’t been on my way out of Alaska I might even have been tempted (heck, confess it: I was.) I know the owners of the company from many years at Stitches West and they are good folks. I bought my son-in-law some of their socks on sale last year. I surprised them with a copy of my book and they surprised me right back with a skein of bison/silk and when I protested at the difference and that that wasn’t fair to them they laughed and enjoyed doing so all the more. I like Ron and Theresa.

But I was going home to California (where the 39F on my thermometer right now is 43 degrees warmer than where we were a few nights ago), so I left it all for the incomings. They’re the ones who need it right now anyway. Winter is only just starting.

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What a great idea! And such a temptation…

Comment by ccr in MA 12.01.17 @ 6:51 am


You are a strong and generous woman…

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 12.01.17 @ 7:05 am

During my working days at the Native American Rights Fund, I made multiple trips to our office in Anchorage at various times of the year (depending on when things broke and needed fixing). I made several trips in the winter season and so I really appreciate the accommodations made by Alaskans to those of us from the lower regions. It is a very inhospitable environment for some and an absolute delight for others. I enjoyed my time in Alaska no matter what time of year, but no matter when I visited, I really appreciated the accommodations that they make for those of us unfortunate enough to live somewhere else. It is an absolute wonder, not matter what season you visit! In the summer it is light most of the time and the mosquitoes are very like hummingbirds. In the winter, it is very dark and very cold, but also very beautiful in that extreme.

Comment by chris 12.01.17 @ 11:25 am

That is a lot more useful than your average vending machine!

Comment by LauraN 12.05.17 @ 5:48 pm

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