Game Over

It’s -26 degrees in Fairbanks.  It felt good to be alive.  The headache from hitting my head against the car window was getting better.  The doctor at the emergency room told me that I most likely had nothing to worry about.  I had none of the major warning signs.  The next 4 days, I spent walking around town and watching movies in the hotel room.  I found a really nice coffee shop next to the hotel, but they’re on alaskan hours.  Meaning…, we open at 10 am and close at 6…, and we don’t work on holidays.  They served the best vanilla chai latte.  Maybe the second best.   The girl at Chena hot springs made a pretty good cup of chai too.

Movies watched:

  • Avatar – 3D  (Wow!  Best 3D movie i’ve ever seen.  The last one I saw was Jaws 3D)
  • Pandorum
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Hurt Locker
  • The Fourth Kind
  • Porn:  Can’t remember the title because I fell asleep during the boring intro.  Hotel porn is not worth the price.

The Craft Market:

Located in downtown Fairbanks, The Craft Market is filled with local jewelry, bones, ivory, etc.  You have to be at least half indian in order to buy ivory for resale.  Alaska is probably one of the few places where real animal fur can be sold without protest or someone giving you the “stink eye”.  Real animal fur is amazing because of it’s unique property of holding heat and preventing ice from forming on the fur.  Living in Portland, I would never need such a coat but I could see it as a necessity in the arctic regions of the world.  Back to my story about the Craft Market.  The guy working there that day showed me “the dungeon” where they carve ivory and store the bones.  We walked down into the basement and there were wall to wall bones and ivory everywhere.  There was hardly any room to walk.  I kept looking for the “pit”.  (a reference to the movie Silence of the Lambs)  I got out of there as quickly as I could…, after I bought a 25000 year old mammoth ivory.