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If you have any time off up there, and you enjoy the “great outdoors”, the natural landscape is outstanding.  You can take cruises along the islands, go white-water rafting (my 55-year-old parents have recently discovered this joy – they have pictures online if anyone’s interested), or see the tallest mountain in North America.  Work a vacation into your contract, and fly the grandkids up for some sightseeing (make their parents pay for it in exchange for your baby-sitting pay).


Unfortunately, the extra sightseeing can cost lots of money (especially the cruises), and might defeat the purpose of going up there.  But, you only live once, and you can’t take the money with you when you go.


This is an opportunity that I personally would seriously consider.



Jason Kilgore

Leigh & O'Kane, LLC

Kansas City, Missouri

From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 7:08 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: "North to Alaska?"


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?