Giveaway: Return of the large flat-rate box of Alaska.Posted by Donna Freedman on Sep 28, 2013 | 58 comments
A giveaway from last March, “The large flat-rate box of Alaska,” drew 122 entries. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since a lot of people are interested in the Last Frontier and a lot of people like big boxes full of little things.
It’s an odd mix this time around. Then again, Alaska is a pretty odd state.
Among the offerings:
Music: “Icy Grooves,” a CD from local jazz favorite Rick Zelinsky. (He was the guy we were listening to when those people decided to yammer through jazz night.)
Video: “Big Wild Anchorage,” hosted by Mr. Whitekeys (of the late, lamented Fly By Night Club). This particular video is a family-friendly look at Alaska’s largest city, from float planes to glaciers to sled-dog races that begin downtown (where they put snow on the streets).
Bags: A large, reusable shopping bag imprinted with “MTA: Celebrating 60 Years” (that’s the Matanuska Telephone Association, for all you cheechakos), plus another large bag with the logo of “The Vampire Assassins League,” a paranormal romance series (yep, that’s an actual genre) written by Alaska author Jackie Ivie.
More Jackie Ivie stuff: A Vampire Assassins League coffee mug and two VAL temporary tattoos, plus a copy of “Knight Everlasting,” a novel from her historical romance series about a stalwart clansman in the Scottish highlands. (Och! What does he wear under the kilt, is what I want to know.)
Pins!: A small, heart-shaped gold pin that contains the word “Alaska” in stylized capital letters. A badge that reproduces the poster from the 2013 Alaska State Fair. And my personal favorite, a Planned Parenthood pin featuring salmon and the words, “Spawn carefully!”
More reading material: A copy of “Real Alaskan” magazine, a parody publication that’s quite funny (although you might not get all the in-jokes if you’re from Outside) plus an issue of the Alaska Railroad’s “Panoramas” magazine (gorgeous photos that make you want to take a train ride).
Pepe’s North of the Border thermometer. This thing is probably a collector’s item due to the recent fire at this iconic restaurant in Barrow, Alaska. But I’ve had it long enough; it’s someone else’s turn.
Miscellaneous ephemera: An Alaska Community Development Corporation retractable measuring tape, a pad of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union sticky notes, an Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau notepad (with the logo of the famous dancing moose, Seymour of Anchorage), a sticker from the Alaska Mountain Runners (put it on your car window and let everyone think you’re a badass), a container of antibacterial hand wipes with the BP logo, and a piece of chewing gum that looks like a lump of coal (courtesy of Usibelli Coal Mine). About that last one: I’m thinking “Christmas stocking.”
- Leave a comment below
- Subscribe via e-mail or Feedburner
- Sign up to follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter or Facebook
If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.
The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Oct. 1. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 2, I’ll pull another name.
Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner outside the United States will be given a choice of gift cards in lieu of the box and it will go up for grabs again in the future.