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'Owdy Govna'!

I wish Stephanie blogged more about her experiences, because her take on our crazy life is often more interesting, insightful, and uniquely her own. I’ve told her she could be a guest poster on this site. Tonight, when she came home from the grocery store, she told me this story about our illustrious Governor (and potential Vice Presidential nominee) Sarah Palin. I told her she had to write it down. So without further ado, here's a story from Stephanie.

Tonight, after the boys went to bed and while Brian was working in the garage, I bundled Sarah Avery into the Snugli and we went to Fred Meyer to shop for groceries.

As I was walked in the store, I ran into two ladies I know from Circle. I was chatting with them for a few minutes in the entryway, when Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, walked in. I immediately recognized her and quickly remembered that she is in Fairbanks for “Golden Days” this weekend, the anniversary of Alaska’s statehood.

I said “Hey Governor Palin!” At that point, the two ladies I was talking to quickly turned and walked off to the side. Governor Palin stopped and we had a very brief conversation about our babies since I was carrying Sarah.

Gov. Palin: Hi! Oh, you have a little one. How old is your baby?
Me: She’ll be four weeks on Tuesday.
Gov. Palin: What’s her name?
Me: It’s Sarah. Oh, like you! How old is your baby now?
Gov. Palin: He’s about three months.
Me: They’re fun, aren’t they? It’s good seeing you! Enjoy Fairbanks.
Gov. Palin: Thanks!

As soon as she walked off, the two ladies from Circle came right back over and said, “Wow, you know Governor Palin?”

“No,” I said, “Just being friendly!” They laughed at the fact that I would strike up a conversation with someone that I did not know, especially the Governor. What can I say… I’m a friendly gal!

What a quintessentially Alaskan story, and at the same time so very Stephanie. Leave it to Alaska to run in to everyone you know, even the governor, and leave it to Stephanie to say hi to everyone she knows, even the governor.


Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11:35PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

That's a great story and as you said, Steph is just so outgoing and friendly, and no reservation. I and of course you are so very proud of her. I think she also needs to blog about Alaska being a "foreign country", according to BOA's clerk. She can tell it so much better than I did to my friends.
July 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJan and Julius
Great story...and so true about Stephanie and Alaska. Only in Alaska could you bump into and have a converation with the Governor at the grocery store!

Stephanie, you should have played up the the thought that you knew the governor personally. Could you imagine the talk around Circle (and the Flats) after that!
July 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBryan
Definately more a Stephanie story than an AK story. I wouldn't expect anything less from her. Miss you all!
July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
That's a great story about Fred Meyer and the Governor. Actually, I've been working in the Fred Meyer store on Airport for about a week getting the floors up to par. It is possible on your next visit to Freddy's we might run accross each other--that would be fun.
August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDarin
The first thing I thought of when I heard that McCain picked Palin for VP was this story!
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Hey you might have a chance to go to the White House!! :)
August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

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