From Digital to Dinner

You know Juneau

It’s a fascinating experience to meet someone in person who you’ve been digital friends with for a while. Fascinating, a bit strange, and SO MUCH FUN.

Earlier this week, I met Candice from You Know Juneau. We grabbed dinner at Fat Ptarmigan and had so much to talk about that the server had to come back at least three times to see if we were ready to order (thank you for being so patient with us! And for the duck-egg-pizza recommendation!). Candice and I first met via email two years ago (our professional lives overlap slightly) and then connected on Facebook almost a year ago when she discovered my blog and shared her own. And finally, the fates aligned for us to meet in person!

You Know Juneau is so much fun to read – it’s a “A Southern Belle’s Guide to Adventure in the Last Frontier.” I love reading about Candice’s experience as a new Alaskan – everything from sledding for the first time and following the Iditarod to picking out jewelry at AFN and meeting Governor Parnell.

Here’s a bit more about Candice:

In February 2009, I traded out my Kate Spade kitten heels for Yaktrax and opted for blue flannel instead of my seersucker suits.  That’s right, I moved from The South to the Frozen North.

I live in a small drinking town with a fishing problem in Alaska’s Inside Passage.  When I first moved here, I was more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! And then I realized: Alaska can either make you or break you, and I was determined to seize this blessing of a lifetime.  The thrill of being on the edge is what keeps me captivated, and the uncertainty of this great state is what keeps me motivated.  Alaska, no doubt, has become my playground.

Candice’s posts are big on eye candy – her gorgeous photos are fueling my fascination with Southeast Alaska. Hopefully my blog convinces her to travel to Anchorage more – I do my best to show off our city to all visitors in hopes they’ll make many return visits.

Back to the transition from digital to reality – for me, meeting an online friend really reinforces how important in-person communication is. Even though I know Candice’s nickname for her sweetie, how they met, what her resolution is for the new year, and her favorite restaurant, it was somewhat startling (but awesome) to add in tone of voice (subtle southern accent!) mannerisms, and real-time conversation. Our digital friendship will be richer for it, and I think there will be more chances to meet in the future.

Cheers to the first of many fascinating conversations to come!

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!

2 thoughts on “From Digital to Dinner”

  1. Gretchen, back in the days before digital communications, Byron and I (with Becky and Ann) spent the summer on Carey Dome, a Forest Service fire lookout northwest of McCall. Our only contact with the outside world was by a crank-up telephone that connected us with f.s. headquarters or the other lookouts in the district, who we’d never met. We liked to guess what those voice-only acquaintances would be like in person… One in particular had a very deep professorial, important kind of voice so we guessed that he would look equally impressive. That fall, back in McCall, we saw a raggedy bearded long haired backwoodsy man wearing a backpack walking on the main street and someone said Oh, there’s (I’ve forgotten his name) the hermit who lives on the South Fork!. (he came once a year to town to re-supply his remote cabin). Had we ever actually met him, we’d have found out that yes, his voice was indeed an indicator of how knowledgeable he truly was despite his in-town appearance.

    1. I love this story Marjorie – it’s so interesting to meet people in person you’ve only know through the phone or electronic communication. This happens a lot at work and I’m always surprised (mostly pleasantly!).

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