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I havn't been to Alaska (on my definite to do list) but know all to well the delima you face. I moved from Australia to Vancouver (the canadian version) and tossed the idea back and forth with pros and cons for what seemed like an eternity before we (my wife and I) bit the bullet and decided to move. Irrespective of the pros and cons (and from your post it seems like a lot more pros) I would take the position without hesitation. Very few people get opportunities like that and in my mind you always regret not taking opportunites when they present themselves. If you go and it all falls apart at least you gave it a shot but if you stay at home you'll forever regret that you didn't try.
good luck
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From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, July 8, 2004 1708
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?