[Palin] told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. "I'll be just
a minute," she said. Salter tried to strike up a conversation. He knew
that Todd was half native Alaskan and a championship snow-machine racer.
what's the difference between a snowmobile and a snow machine, anyway?"
Salter asked. "They're the same thing," Todd replied. "Right, so why
not call it a snowmobile?" Salter joshed. "Because it's a snow
machine," came the reply.
Later, Schmidt and Salter
went outside so that Salter could have a cigarette. "So how about the
Eskimo? Is he on the level?" Schmidt asked. Salter just shrugged and
took another drag.