Story last updated at 8/8/2012 - 1:06 pm
Ever wondered about someone you pass on the sidewalk, see in the grocery store, or heard mentioned in stories? This is our attempt to track those people down, and grill them, lightly.
Crystal Blair has a striking presence. It's not just her jet black hair and eyes and rich brown skin, it's her demeanor. She is gentle, humble and statuesque. She speaks softly yet with a slyly commanding presence. She is one of the only people I've met that can attractively pull off a nose stud.
Blair, 20 years old, had just finished her shift as a front desk clerk at the Cape Fox Hotel in Ketchikan when she spoke to me in the hotel lobby. She is also spending her summer working as a student intern at the Cape Fox Corporation Corporate Offices. She didn't skip a beat when asked what she would like to after school.
"I want to become the CEO of Cape Fox Corporation," she said.
Fittingly, she plans to major in business management. She describes herself as "very determined and hardworking." She was born and raised in Ketchikan, and spent her first year of college at George Fox University, a private Christian school in Oregon. She transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage for her sophomore year, and will return there in the fall for her junior year.
Blair's mother is one quarter Filipino and three quarters Tlingit and Tsimshian. Her father is half Caucasian, half Tlingit. She has two older sisters. She describes herself as a "family person, definitely." She talks to her parents three or four times a week when she's in school. She partakes in Cape Fox Corporation's Tlingit dancing activities, and loves basketball.
"I play all the time," Blair said.
She has a tattoo on her right ankle of a heart with the names of her siblings and parents, with a background resembling the pattern of a basketball. Her mother and sisters have the same tattoo. She was encouraged to try out for UAA's basketball team, but declined.
"My degree is much more important than playing basketball," Blair said. "I'm way too overwhelmed with everything."
Next semester she will be taking six classes for 19 college credits.
Blair loves just about any activity outside.
"Fishing, hiking, walks, biking, going to the beach. Anything."
She's just learning to ski and snowboard while she's in school, but admits that she doesn't like Anchorage's colder climate.
Her boyfriend is form Metlakatla, and is currently serving in the Army. When he finishes his duties in October he'll join Blair in Anchorage.
"Which will be nice, I'm happy," she said.
Blair collects quarters, can quickly solve a Rubik Cube puzzle, and doesn't care much about fashion. When asked about her pet peeves, she answered right away. She doesn't like it when people reach for something across her, instead of asking for her to hand it to them. She doesn't like it when drivers have their windshield wipers on faster than necessary. She also doesn't like drama, "Whatsoever," she said, explaining that most of her friends are male.
"I like friends that are funny, honest, play basketball and not fake," Blair said.
In five years Blair assumes she'll have her bachelor's degree. She said she's kind of a "go with the flow" person.
"I don't know where I'll be living, but I know I'll be working for Cape Fox," Blair said.
Amanda Compton is the staff writer for Capital City Weekly. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.