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The biggest pro is that you will no longer be in the second largest state and might be inspired to stay.  Sell your stuff and bring your wife.  One of my high school football buddies from Texas moved back to Texas after high school.  The biggest thing we had in common during high school was how much we hated it here.  He must have apparently come to his senses after 16 years because he was threatening to move back with his wife and kid the last time I talked to him. 
Question:  What comes from the second largest state in the union  and drives around Anchorage admiring himself in the rearview mirror of his Chevy pickup for 6 months?  Answer: A contract worker from Texas. 
Scott Haan
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From: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 5:28 PM
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Subject: Re: "North to Alaska?"


        I accepted a two year full time employment position about ten years ago.  The first year "back in business" after that was about half of what it had been before.  The nest year and subsequent years were back to normal and above And my bank account was well filled to even out cash flow variations for a few years after the event.

        Possible loss of business in the long term is not likely (in my opinion, based on my own experience) to be a significant factor.

        Good luck with your choice.


H. Daryl Richardson

Bill Polhemus wrote:

Well, I have been offered a contract position, 6 mos. To 1 year in Anchorage.

I have to say that at the dollars they’re talking (salary plus per diem) it’s awfully tempting. I would just grab a bag, my wife and daughter and go within a week or so, and leave “others” to mind things here till I get back.

PROS: Money, and a pretty good bit of it. The COL there is high, but the money they’re talking could more than cover that. I could hopefully refill my woefully-depleted bank account and allow me to come back and get back to business without the wolf at the door as is the case currently.

CONS: Well, we’d live the grandkids behind, and my wife will be quite despondent about that the whole time we’re gone. Also, if I’m THERE, I obviously won’t be doing anything HERE to drum up my own business.

The CONS are obviously outweighed by extreme poverty right now, but I’m still not 100% decided.

Anyone else live/work up there? Anyone been there? Comments?