I got asked out a lot — at the grocery store, at the library, hiking the Matanuska Glacier, gliding down the bike trail.
Some of the guys who approached me were goblins; I regularly turned down the five-fingered grandpa — that’s five fingers total — who constantly asked me for a blow job whenever I drank at a particular downtown bar, and I practically ran away from a man who had the stringy baldness of a young Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show when he sidled up and asked me if I had any communicable diseases as his opening line.
Complaints about single life are universal, and despite Alaska's reputation, Anchorage is no exception, says convention organizer Rich Gosse.
"Everybody tells me that theirs is the worst town in the world," says Mr. and her companions say it often feels as if the male-to-female ratio in Anchorage is more like 1 to 10 than the legendary 10-to-1 figure. According to state demographer Greg Williams, Alaska's population is only about 52 percent male, a rate only slightly higher than in other states. Williams has a ready answer: The statistics reflect Alaska's high number of military bases and personnel and a relative scarcity of elderly residents.
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Gosse, chairman of American Singles, an organization based in San Rafael, Calif. Asked why this ratio should be considered a beacon for single women across America, Williams is a little less certain."You can find a good mate anywhere in the country, and I don't know that we're anything special in that regard," he says.
Still, the myth persists despite all attempts to debunk it.
In short turn, I soon realized that if I wanted to meet guys in Alaska, all I had to do was go outside.The bearded guys hunched over their beers rivet their eyes on us.There’s a guitarist at the open mike who, as soon as he spots Annie, stops strumming and says, “I’m dedicating this song to you.” A fisherman with scraggly hair plants himself in front of me and launches into his life story. He’s about to leave on a fishing boat that will be away from port for three months.Welcome to “It’s Complicated,” a week of stories on the sometimes frustrating, sometimes confusing, always engrossing subject of modern relationships.In the four years I lived in Anchorage, I dated more than I probably will for the rest of my life.