Before there was Craigslist…

Younger readers take note – this is what people did before there was Craigslist. It’s called a Bulletin Board. No, not the online kind, also known as a forum, but a real board, with pieces of paper stuck to it with push pins. You stand in front of it and read what it says on the papers. How crazy is that? This one is the best of several in town. It’s at the Post Office where a whole lot of us go to get our mail. It pretty much tells you at a glance everything that is going on in town, at least of a public nature. Buy a gun, take a yoga class, get organic vegetables, a car, a dog, an electric guitar, go to a performance, rent a cabin…

The bulletin board is also a “social media space” where you run into your neighbors checking their mail and reading the board. Usually just a brief conversation, how are you, the weather, etc. Kind of like Twitter, but in person.

Craigslist, Twitter and Ebay, all in one. Beyond virtual.


I doubt this is unique to Alaska, but it sure is common here: Four wheelers, snowmachines, and dogsleds with broken plastic parts sewn together with wire, zipties, rope, rivets, caulk, shoo-goo, and of course duct tape. In fact it’s rare to see a machine that doesn’t have some of these, unless it is brand new.

My wheeler is no exception…

Four wheeler fender repaired with zip-ties and caulk

Battle scar worn proudly


Four wheeler fender repaired with zip-ties and caulk