The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has its ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on the first Saturday in March. People line the streets, which have been prepared by having snow put on them and which are aflame with barking, leaping, howling dogs.
If you happen to speak Canine, you’ll be able to hear what they’re saying: Let’s GO! Let’s GO! Let’s GO!
Come to think of it, you don’t need to know what a dog’s saying — just check his body language (See “barking, leaping, howling,” above.)
I hope to be there myself, although it will be a late night on Friday — I’m reviewing the touring company of “The Addams Family” for The Anchorage Daily News (my former long-time employer), and I’m expected to put the review up on the Arts Snob blog that same evening. The show probably won’t let out until about 10:30 p.m., which means I won’t even start to write until 11 p.m. Who knows what time I’ll get to bed?
I’ll be there in spirit if nothing else, having attended Iditarod starts in the past and enjoyed them hugely. I’ll also check out photos on the Daily News website of both the ceremonial start and then the next day’s re-start in Willow, Alaska. You should, too: The ADN shooters are masters of the art.
But that’s not what I came here to talk about. I came to talk about a hat.*
Two hats, actually, that make up this week’s giveaway. One is a gray knit cap with an Iditarod logo, and the other is a pale green Big Bear Eco-Beanie with a “National Geographic Channel” logo.
Both very stylin’ and, more to the point, very warm. They’ll keep you cozy whether you’re on Fourth Avenue in Anchorage or on the U.P. and wondering why you’re being punished.
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*Kudos to those of you who caught the “Alice’s Restaurant” reference. Gee, we’re old.