Dating ak men
*** Annie and Tara Apparently it has been this way forever: In a 1992 story for Washingtonian magazine headlined “Sex and the Terminally Single Washington Woman,” the subhead said it all: “He Phones the Office During Dinner. “In Alaska, men value women differently: If you can wield a chain saw, if you can buck wood, if you can catch a fish.
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Never mind that we each had our own issues: too much wanderlust, a habit of falling in love with the wrong men. We live in a metropolitan area that has one of the largest percentages of single women in the United States. The more we thought about it, the more it began to make sense. At dawn, we were awakened in our airport hotel by the howls of sled dogs in a nearby kennel. Census Bureau titled “Population by Sex and Selected Age Groups for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: 2010” contains a telling statistic: For every 100 women in Alaska, there are 108.5 men.
We launched into a debate familiar to single women over 22 in the greater Washington area: Is it us? Add to that the idea that many guys here are more interested in power than in romance, and you have a potent recipe for single-gal gloom. Alaska has the highest man-to-woman ratio of any of the 50 states. It was a lonely, mournful sound, but it felt like the perfect welcome. For every 100 women in the District, there are 89.5 men, fewer than in any of the 50 states.
There’s a guitarist at the open mike who, as soon as he spots Annie, stops strumming and says, “I’m dedicating this song to you.” A fisherman with scraggly hair plants himself in front of me and launches into his life story. He’s about to leave on a fishing boat that will be away from port for three months.
The string of whale teeth around his neck is from a whale that was hunted and killed by his late wife. His eyes well up, and his voice trembles as he leans in.