Mike Dunleavy… AK Poseur?!
As I was swooping around the Twitterverse the other day, I happened to notice something… Something thad made me go, “Hmm.”
It was a tweet from Senator Mike Dunleavy (R-The Valley).
Mr. Dunleavy SAYS he’s a long-time Alaskan. (See Exhibit A)
He SAYS he’s an outdoorsman. (Also See Exhibit A)
The Alaska Dispatch even says he’s been here since 1983. (See Exhibit B)
I pace across the floor, hands behind my back and brow furrowed. I give Mr. Dunleavy a Clint Eastwood squint.
You SAY you are a long-time Alaskan outdoorsman. You SAY you live in the Valley…
Then how, Mr. Dunleavy, do you explain… THIS?!
With great dramatic flair, I point to the tweet in question.
I present to the court of public opinion: Exhibit C:
The courtroom gives a collective gasp!
Mr. Dunleavy, I remember the first time I used the word “snowmobiles” instead of “snowmachines” in the Mat-Su Valley. I believe it was something like, “So, are you guys going to ride your snowmobiles to the cabin?” There was an awkward silence, and I got the equivalent of a tobacco spit and a “You’re not from around these parts, are you?”
I never made that mistake again.
Snowmachines vs. Snowmobiles is the litmus test for real Alaskan. It’s the Last Frontier’s equivalent to the Lower 48’s regional indicators like pop vs. soda; hero vs. sub; frappe vs. shake; purse vs. pocketbook…
It was the moment we knew that Sarah Palin had abandoned her Wasilla roots. There she was on national TV explaining that Todd was a “snowmobiler” and would race his “snowmobile” in the Iron Dog “Snowmobile” Race. A stab to the heart. Next thing you know, WHAM. She’s living in Arizona.
I’m willing to give the Senator the benefit of the doubt, and imagine some fresh-faced intern from Texas is responsible for the Senator’s social media presence, and therefore for this particular outrage. But just know this Senator Dunleavy, or whoever you are… We’ve got our eye on you.