Friday, April 30, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions, or "Just the faqs Ma'am"

Whenever someone finds out that I'm moving to Alaska, they tend to have a few questions. The queries range anywhere from the polite, to the nosy, but usually fall into a category I will call "genuinely curious." below are some of the more common questions, accompanied by my responses. (Some actual responses may or may not have been replaced with inner monologue.)

Q: Have you ever been there?

A: Yup. I've been for 3 one week visits. I've been once in April, once in July, and once in December. I think I've pretty much seen the different "seasons" Anchorage has to offer. On the other hand, I've only been to Anchorage and the surrounding areas, so I have no idea what it's like in Fairbanks, Juneau, or the Bush.

Q: You know it's dark there all the time, right?

A: Um, no, it's not. Even on the shortest day of the year in Anchorage you'll still have several hours of daylight, and during June, there are almost 24 hours of daylight

Q: So you're gonna live in a cabin... in the woods... in the middle of nowhere?

A: Anchorage is a pretty large city with a population of almost 280,000. That's bigger than Savannah (with a population of 132,400) or Amarillo (187,200). Anchorage is similar in size to Buffalo, NY, Saint Paul Minnesota, or Plano, TX.

A: How are you going to move all your stuff?

A; Whatever fits in the Element gets to go. Plus the USPS will help out a little. Everything else is being sold or given to charity. I got a quote from a moving company for $5000, but realistically, my furniture isn't even worth that much (not to mention, I don't have that kind of cash). Renting a uhaul would cost somewhere in the area of $3000 before the cost of fuel to drive it up there. Tagging things for the yard sale has been slightly emotional. I think this is God's object lesson for me in not being attached to material objects. I will put a luggage container on top of my car for extra storage space.

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