First Line Friday

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Everyone breathed easier at the first signs of spring.

Everyone breathed easier at the first signs of spring. It was finally a time where oil didn’t seem so necessary and walking instead of taking a taxi was possible. For those in the New York suburb, life wasn’t the suburbia people talk about. Their home was only an extension of the ghetto and their lack of resources only reinforced that.
When the weather finally warmed enough that the pipes couldn’t freeze anymore and when standing outside was no longer a danger, we knew it was finally the time of year where a penny would go further than the bills piling up on the counter. We could now bank on the idea that walking was not only good exercise, it was a way to save money. When it comes to $25 for a taxi or $25 for a stop at the market, walking seemed perfectly acceptable.
Spring was a time of rebirth and we knew that it was the time to start rebuilding and getting ready for the next winter. It took that long, but it was worth it. New York was a beautiful state and although their suburb was not desirable to many, they called it home.

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  1. I can certainly empathize with their desire to be able to walk outside again. I live in Alaska, and walking is all but forbidding during the winter as not only do we have the cold to contend with, but the hard pack snow and ice make it ever so treacherous. Mere weeks I keep telling myself. Much like your characters…. Very nicely done.

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    1. Wow! You are the first person I know to live in Alaska! I want to travel and see the Northern Lights. I read that and I could be like a little kid, asking you a million questions about what it’s like to live there.

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      1. I live in the Interior. Summers in Healy which is just outside Denali National Park, and winters in Fairbanks. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have… Given I know the answers….

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      2. Okay, just a few….Lol.
        Do you ever see polar bears in the wild around where you live? How hot does it get in summer? How cold in winter? Do they close schools due to snow? Here in Connecticut they shut the whole state down when we get flurries!
        If I was to book a trip to Alaska where is the one place I really must go?
        Thanks for all the question/answers…I’m like a kid when it comes to new things…why? what is that? where did it come from? ….

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      3. No polar bears. You have to be within the arctic circle to see the polar bears, and even then it’s rare.
        Summers usually run in the 70’s although it can get much warmer, and usually does for a day or two.
        This winter we have had in upwards of 40 days where it was below -25 alot of them below -35. Right this moment? it is -26…
        We do not get snow days, as once the snow comes it never melts- but it is so cold we don’t really get that much snow. This year by my best measure? Maybe 5 feet? But the piles of plowed snow are 30+ feet high!!!
        If I were to visit Al;aska the one thing I would NOT do is take a cruise. Reason being is it creates a ‘meat-market environment. Plan your own journey, Take the train from Anchorage to Fairbanks of the other way around and just plot your own course. Dog-sledding is amazing. Ice sculptures are amazing. The natural history museums are amazing and of course a jaunt to try and catch the Northern lights…..
        Hope this helps……

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      4. That definitely helps! I honestly thought the cruise was the way to go. I wouldn’t have thought of a train ride. Wow, now I’m excited! Maybe it will be sooner rather than later! Thank you.

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