One Man's Alaska

An email reply about the Talkeetna cabin

May 30, 2007

The people living in the cabin in Talkeetna are really trying to help get me moved in there, so they've offered a little bribe (letting me have some furniture).

Here's my reply, which shows my state of mind, as well as the state of the rental situation:

Thanks for the offer, I'll think about that bribe part. :)

Honestly, what I'm looking at is that to take that cabin will cost about $11K, and I'm 90% sure I'm going to leave Alaska in Sep. or Oct. (The $11K part comes from paying about $3,500 to stay somewhere in June, moving in on July 1, then have a lease of 10-12 months at $700/month, plus utilities.) So, what I'm doing today is trying to see how else I can spend $11K (or preferably less) between now and October.

The other part of this is that I haven't been able to start writing yet w/ the constant moving, and that's starting to become a problem.

That's probably more than you wanted to know, but I'm just trying to be on the up-and-up with everyone.

I think the reality is that I can probably back out of a year's lease in September or October and pay the lease penalties, but I'm trying to be honest with everyone here. I am intrigued about staying here in the winter -- cross-country skiing and snowmobiles sound interesting -- but I'm not sure that I will make it. I like the sun, and don't look forward to it being dark outside all the time.

The woman who is renting the cabin in Talkeetna told me that they tend to make it through the winter by being active in the community, and getting out every day around noon. Her logic makes sense:

During the winter people in the Lower 48 get up in the morning when it's dark, go to work, and then come home when it's dark.

Here, if you have a flexible schedule (like I do), you work in the morning, get outside around noon when it's light outside, then work again after that. Therefore, you actually get to see more light then most people down south.

Only time will tell.

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