Everyone has been telling us that Alaska is great… as long as you can survive the winter.
Which is kind of most of the year. But I digress.
Supposedly the best way to “get through” Alaskan winters is to find something to do outside.
I’m skeptical about doing anything outside in negative-forty-degree weather, but that’s what they all seem to recommend.
(Can I just insert here that most places you live there is not so much emphasis on literally SURVIVING any particular season? But Alaska is a different sort of place.)
So when I was at a party and a woman was telling me about outdoor activities that can make Alaska winters fun, I paid attention.
“I love snowmobiling,” she said. “It’s great for the whole family.”
“Oh really?” I said.
“And it’s perfect for dates with the husband,” she went on.
My husband was standing next to us and he looked interested.
“Yeah,” she said. “We drive all over on the snowmobile and it’s great. We both have so much fun and don’t even have to talk to each other. Best date ever!”
I laughed. My husband looked slightly offended. I stopped laughing.
She kept it up. “Yeah! I mean, when can you ever spend quality time with your husband and not even have to make conversation with the man? It’s great.”
I said, “Ummmm,” and changed the subject.
Honey, I wanted to tell her, you forgot that we’re supposed to talk about them like that ONLY behind their backs.