49 Voices Albert Scott of Anchorage
Albert Scott of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Albert Scott in Anchorage. Scott is a registered nurse with the Air Force who moved to Alaska from Georgia two years ago.Listen nowSCOTT: Hard to adjust, because I arrived here in December and I was actually traveling from Tampa, FL. Temperature difference was probably about 70 degrees from just a few hours on the flight. And it was dark and I think at that time, it was around winter solstice so there was only about five and a half hours of daylight. And that was definitely a huge adjustment. So it took me several months to get used to here.Even though Alaska is part of the United States, it almost seems like you live overseas or in a different country. I guess the people here are a lot more laid back. They’re not really as interested in fashion or a lot of material things. There’s a lot of outdoor activities. Slower pace. So that’s the biggest difference.I was invited by a few coworkers when I first got here. What we did… we went out to a frozen lake, and for some reason we walked to what seemed like the middle of it — which I was curious as to why we couldn’t fish from the bank.They used some type of a dredger, some type of tool, to cut a hole into the ice. I think it was a few feet thick. And then you kinda just fish like what you would normally. You put a line in the water and you sit there. Big difference is a lot colder. (laughs) So it was an experience.