so here i am up in Anchorage - my first time ever in Alaska. it's a little after midnight as i'm writing this dispatch. there's no sunlight in evidence but then it has been heavily overcast all day (and night). i'd estimate that it is the equivalent of a normal dusk in the lower states. this is all very weird and disconcerting.

the cab driver from the airport said that it would get dark around midnight and then start getting light again around 1:30am. i guess i'm going to have to stay up to check this out even though i have to be up at 5:30am tomorrow to catch the 6:30am hotel shuttle to the movie theater where the MSDN Events seminars presentation will be held. did i mention i hardly slept last night too - maybe an hour or so tops...

just in case i get too sleepy by tomorrow afternoon, i'm fortunate that Don Kiely, noted writer, speaker and general .NET authority, was kind enough to drive down (the several hundred miles) from Fairbanks to assist me tomorrow. we had a nice dinner together as i quizzed him for his opinions on a variety of topics (before weighing in with my own). 

the biggest disappointment about the meal was that i had to pass on ordering the Alaskan King Crab legs that i had been hungering for so much. the description for this item on Simon & Seafort's menu was word for word identical to that at the Kincaid's restaurant on Redondo Beach pier where i had eaten just last Thursday (it seems the two restaurants are operated by the same parent company). yup, after travelling over two thousand miles, i had the opportunity to order exactly the same item tonight as that available just a short walk away from home...