The Fairbanks Pedestrian is written by Paul Adasiak, a librarian in the Rasmuson Library’s Alaska and Polar Regions Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university is too far from home for him to walk to, but, between the public bus and his bicycle, he gets there more or less on time.
Paul lives in downtown Fairbanks, three minutes’ walk from the nearest bus stop, with his wife and two daughters, their cats, and a sourdough starter named Lazarus. They (the humans) enjoy walks to the Noel Wien library, the two nearby elementary school playgrounds, Pioneer Park, Golden Heart Plaza, and the Chena River. When they have a little money to spare, they enjoy a meal at one of the nearby Korean, Thai, or Italian restaurants.
In his little spare time — and parents will understand how little that is — Paul bakes bread, tinkers with his computer, reads books about city planning and civic engagement, attends community meetings, and writes for The Fairbanks Pedestrian. He doesn’t read enough fiction and has no patience for poetry. Computer nerds will appreciate that he uses Firefox for web-browsing, Thunderbird for e-mail, OpenOffice.org for word processing, and Kubuntu Linux for an operating system. He has also been known to pick up a guitar.
If you need to reach him, please use his personal e-mail address, adasiak (at) mosquitonet (dot) com, rather than at work or by telephone — though if you have comments on the blog, please add your comments there!