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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “DDC vs. Alaska: Tall Tales From A Large Man”

It’s been a decade since I spent a summer up in Anchorage. I used to work the rails up there washing dishes and cooking up hunks of salmon and prime rib. Did it for four summers, and man, the place is still deep in me. A cumulative two years of my life spent in the “Land of the Midnight Sun!”

And I’ve missed it ever since my last “summer on the rails” in 1999. Not the work. Not the forced friendships on the train crews. Not the golden oldies, grumpy after a long cruise ship ride up the coast.

I miss the spirit of the place. The raw beauty. The sense of being far away from everything, and how incredible that can be in such a beautiful part of the world. A grisly colleague from the train, one Cris Rosemond, had this to say one particularly rough dinner service my first summer up there: “I know you want to leave. I know you want to go back home. But let me tell you this, and listen good: Alaska is in you now. Forever.”

He was right. I went back the next summer, and again, and again, and each April, I get squirmy thinking about going back to work those trains. Still. A decade later.

A world where moose lurk in the woods on bike paths, ready to defend their routes. (Got kinda charged one time, skateboarding by the thing!) And other creatures, bigger, and meaner. And smaller, too. Right down to the mosquitoes. Those little buggers mean business in Alaska.

So I’m going back, at the invite of the Alaska AIGA chapter, with some creative wranlging by my Alaska buddy, and fellow designer, Mike Kirkpatrick. We struck up a friendship some years back, and we’ve been trading links and Field Notes and whatever else ever since. One hell of a guy. Family man. Rippin’ designer. He made this thing happen, and we thank him for it.

One week from tonight, I’ll be up on a stage telling my halfwit tales to Anchorage’s creative community. I promise to give my all! Tall tales from a large man. The spirit of “independence.” Just like Alaska.

Here’s the details, Anchorage:

AIGA Alaska presents: “DDC vs Alaska: Tall Tales From A Large Man.”

Rumrunner’s Old Towne Bar & Grill, Thursday, January 20th, 7-9pm. Be there!

Here’s the official AIGA Alaska link, with all the gory details. Don’t miss this one!

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STERN WORDS POINTED DUE NORTH: Tyler Fanning, you beast, you better be there. That goes for you too, John Crews! No excuses. One night only. Guests of honor. And dishonor.

There Are 9 Comments

Wrapping up the last minute details and awaiting your arrival. Thanks for the kind words my friend!

Posted by: Mike Kirkpatrick on 01/14/11 at 4:30 PM

“vs.”? You will lose. Just like the blueberry fight.

Posted by: tyler on 01/14/11 at 5:00 PM

Good luck in Alaska. As a former Alaskan I can understand the lure of returning, especially in the summers. What’s funny - I was reading your post, and saw the name Mike Kirkpatrick, which rang a bell, although I didn’t know him closely, we both graduated from Palmer High in ‘93. If you remind him of the giant moose mural and Mrs. Arno, he might remember. In any case, say Hi. Small world. And good luck next week.

Posted by: Nate Sullivan on 01/15/11 at 8:22 AM

HOLY SHIT ! ALL CAPS HOLY SHIT ! Just finished the whole medical update ! Thats nuts ! You are a lucky guy - that thing ruptures and you could seriously be fucked ! Not to mention the fact that you were home ! Damn lucky to be in a comfortable house with your Mom cooking ? If you gotta lose an appendix might as well be in familiar surroundings - I mean shit what if you were in Germany or some shit like that? Good to have you back !!!!!! GO 2011 !!!!

Posted by: william on 01/15/11 at 8:31 AM

Ack! I JUST left Alaska for the Philippines! I really wish I could be there for this, man.

Posted by: Lester on 01/16/11 at 1:39 AM

Great to see you back throwing out some serious style. That serious shit you’ve just been through will seem like a pimple on your arse in 6 months time… Take care.

Posted by: Johnny Horn on 01/16/11 at 4:09 PM

glad your good, man. I was a little worried with all the lack of updates but it’s good to hear your healthy and staying strong.

Posted by: ryan on 01/16/11 at 5:38 PM

Good to have you back in the saddle, healthy and hopefully happy.

Posted by: Andrew on 01/17/11 at 10:46 AM

Check out the Spenard Roadhouse while you’re up there, ask for Sage, she’ll take good care of you!

Posted by: Elissa Kevrekian on 01/17/11 at 7:39 PM
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