"If you don't have English, you can't do anything." Frind eventually adjusted, but his was a lonely childhood. When his parents want to see him, they make the 14-hour drive southward.After graduating from a technical school in 1999 with a two-year degree in computer programming, Frind got a job with an online shopping mall. "It'd start with 30 people, then five months later, there'd be five.
Kanciar, a freelance Web designer who also helps out around Plenty of Fish, is a lanky blonde with an easy smile and a hearty laugh, which she often uses to try to get Frind to open up.
His hometown, Hudson's Hope, is a cold, isolated place not far from the starting point of the Alaska Highway.
Frind's parents, German farmers who emigrated just before his fourth birthday, bought a 1,200-acre plot 10 miles from town and initially lived in a trailer without electricity, phones, or running water.
He seems perpetually lost in thought, constantly thinking about and studying the world around him.
"He's always watching his environment to apply it to the site," says Kanciar.
Quiet, soft-featured, and ordinary looking, he is the kind of person who can get lost in a roomful of people and who seems to take up less space than his large frame would suggest.