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16 July 2004 @ 10:55 am
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What would it take for me to live & work in Anchorage, AK for a year?

-the redhead-
...amused...
 
 
 
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.melanie on July 16th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
well, other than the ability to enjoy hopping into an Entire Life Non-Sequitir Event, not much. The ability to sleep under strange conditions (the light thing), an ability to handle isolation, and a solid sense of humor/adventure.

you aren't serious. right?
-the redhead-theredhead on July 16th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
Well, it's a possibility. I was thinking along the lines of 'how big would the dump truck of money have to be?', as Chris said the other day.

You're completely right, it would be a 'Entire Life Non-Sequitir Event' - so what's the value of that?

-the redhead-
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.melanie on July 16th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
well, i think Entire Life Non-Sequitirs have intrinsic value as enrichment. but what's the life-cost of such a thing? are the odds good that you could pick back up where you left off with the things that really matter?
-the redhead-theredhead on July 16th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
Thats a very good question. On the one hand, being basically in exile and not being able to go outside for most of a year would be difficult. On the other hand, do I really have 'things that really matter' in my life to worry about?

-the redhead-
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.melanie on July 16th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
"do I really have 'things that really matter' in my life to worry about?"

nobody but you can say. but it's liberating to have a piece of your lifetime that's like that, too. i had mine in fort lauderdale: nobody to consider but myself, really, not accountable to anyone but me. i doubt i'll ever feel that sort of luxurious freedom again.
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on July 16th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
How big of a dump truck full of money can they drive up to your house?

Chris
-the redhead-theredhead on July 16th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
*grin*

*kiss*

-the redhead-
Ferretferret on July 16th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
I'm from/in Anchorage ..
What would it take? Depends on what you intend to do/living arrangements etc.

Living in Anchorage isn't that different from living anywhere else - especially if you've lived in any of the "northern" states that actually have Winter.

Contrary to popular fiction - you are NOT restricted to your house most of the year, it is NOT freezing cold all of the time (it was 87 last week.. and its been over 90 in parts of the town this summer, but not at the airport).

Yes, the light thing can bother some people - but you get used to it fairly quickly.

There is an "isolation" issue to deal with though. Anchorage, while the largest City in the largest state only has @300,000 people in it. There isn't another 300,000 in "nearby suburbs", almost half the population of the state lives within 100 miles of Anchorage proper.

As much as I want to move (I MISS some of the conveniences that having PEOPLE bring you. I spent 5 years back east about 5 years ago) at times, I still love Alaska. I encourage anyone who can to give it a try - you might be surprised, it just might be "for you".

It IS expensive up here though. Rent is horrendous, and while the jobs SOMETIMES pay better (I make less money up here than I did back east. I'm in the "Technology/Computer" field though) the cost of living is higher, and it isn't a joke.

Dinner in a Moderate restaurant for the wife and I average 40 to 60 dollars. If we take the whole crew - 80 to 150.00 min.

Sorry, I ramble. If you'd like details/specifics etc. Feel free to ask.

-the redhead-theredhead on July 16th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
Re: I'm from/in Anchorage ..
Ooooh - thank you for your comments!

I do realize that it gets warm and summery there, but I also realize that it's bitter cold in the winter. For reference, I live in Boulder, CO where winter comes in small, discrete, manageable chunks interspersed with sunny warm days.

So how much would rent for a 2 bedroom with a W/D be about? Do you know anything about Cap Gemini?

Thanks!

-the redhead-
Ferretferret on July 16th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm from/in Anchorage ..
Cap Gemini? The Consulting firm?

Winter is continuous.. that is for sure.. about 4 months of it .. hehe

Not saying you can't have longer, or shorter winters, or that "winter" doesn't have to have snow.. but the "snow months" average 4 months straight.
-the redhead-theredhead on July 16th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm from/in Anchorage ..
I suppose it could be a consulting firm - all I have is the name.

-the redhead-
Ferretferret on July 16th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm from/in Anchorage ..
I'd have to do a search and find out. Only referance I remember to the name Cap Gemini was some form of Consulting firm (IT releated I believe) that worked with one of the Airlines up here.

If I had more referance I could probably find out about it. Its a "big" small town up here. (grin)