AK PRIDE Performed Tonight in Tok

The Anchorage-based youth arts and performance group, AK PRIDE, gave a rousing performance this evening at the Tok School. Phenomenally talented all, with a stunning performance by modern violinist Bryson whose looping technique made his single instrument soar like an entire orchestra.

These surprising moments of culture and entertainment are welcome here.

Stay tuned for several musical concerts in Tok in July including a busker from the UK and a Tango duo who will also be giving tango lessons!

Not So Cold in Tok

The weather in Tok has been incredibly mild, especially considering what we experienced last year when we first arrived here.

Trust me, minus 30 degrees is WARM compared to the minus 50s and 60s of last winter. But this temp was actually a few months ago and about the coldest we felt although when we were out of town, I heard it finally hit closer to 60 below.

Most recently, we’ve been seeing an average of zero degrees. Zero degrees is HOT. It is the kind of weather where you don’t have to wear a hat or gloves. I don’t even zip up my down coat.

I was in Anchorage recently. The temperatures there are incredibly mild. At 20 degrees ABOVE zero, I felt like whipping out the bikini.

When I was in San Francisco a few months back with a girlfriend from Anchorage, we walked a few miles every day to and from our hotel and the convention center where we were attending a conference. And we were thrilled to be in weather so far above zero that we could barely wear our jackets. We had to laugh at all the people around us wearing knit hats, gloves and heavy coats. And it couldn’t have been colder than 50 degrees. Freezing to Californians. Balmy to us.

I guess it’s all relative.

What is the weather like in YOUR neck of the woods?

Yes, I’m moving to Tok, Alaska

I’ve been in Anchorage, Alaska for 3 years now.

Just last week, my husband told me we are moving to Tok, Alaska.

He was offered a great job for his field: wildlife biology.

I’m lucky because my work is totally portable: Internet and writing. Otherwise, I’m not sure what kind of job opportunities there would be for someone like me.

The big challenge will be finding reliable, regular childcare for our 2-year-old. I need to be able to work at least 6 hours a day straight. Maybe we’ll go back to having someone come to our home to play with her and care for her while I’m working. That worked out for her first year. I’m just sorry to have to take her out of her current daycare because she really thrives there and has made friends.

Just one of the things we’ll have to work out as we move to a new place. It just might be a little more challenging in a town of less than 2000 people. I don’t want to even think about leaving my friends here in Anchorage and trying to make new ones in Tok. I don’t know what I’m going to do.

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