The conversation about Alaska begins with "And where do you live?" When I respond, "Juneau, Alaska", people always react with surprise and almost always say, "Wow. Really? What's it like?" Or, "Wow. Really?" My observation is that nobody does that with other states unless they were born there or lived there, as in, "Oh, cool. I used to live in Omaha." Alaska elicits a strong reaction from just about everybody. And then, almost invariably, people ask, "So, where is Juneau exactly?"