In the "Sunday" section of today's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (aka "News Minus") Julie Collins of Lake Minchumina wrote of marriage proposals that she and her sister Mikki frequently receive. Julie and Miki are the infamous or, perhaps more accurately notorious Trapline Twins of Alaskan literary fame. Apparently the twins are particularly popular among prison inmates.
In any event, it occurs to me that perhaps I should send a proposal of marriage. After all, Julie and Miki have a lot to offer. They are strong, independent, capable women who know how to chop wood, grow a garden, catch fish, hunt game, trap furs, cook good grub, sew, repair anything from a busted chain saw to a small aircraft and survive in the wilderness. They are certainly very resourceful, and having met Julie I can say with certainty that are not hard to look at.
The perfect Alaskan wife defined as an attractive woman who can hunt, fish, wrestle grizzlies, whelp puppies and who owns a float plane, a riverboat and a good team of dogs - and Julie and Miki Collins both qualify on all counts. (Well, maybe their plane is on wheels, but I'm not that particular).
The only problem is that good team of dogs. You see, some of their dogs are related to some of my dogs. I love my dogs like kin, and they love their dogs like kin, and that is just WAY too much kin trying to live under the same roof. Besides, I was long ago advised to never marry a woman who can out shoot you. It just ain't healthy.