One Man's Alaska

Post-September living

June 5, 2007

A friend asked where I'm going to live after September. The truth is that I don't know, I'm just going to play it by ear.

Some people here tell me it's not too bad in the winter, and I should try staying here in Alaska. As near as I can tell from this Talkeetna City Data page there's a fair amount of precipitation July-September, and the winter doesn't look as bad as I expected it to be. The precipitation in Seward looks much more like what I expected.

Off the top of my head my long-term choices seem to be (a) living here (somewhere in Alaska, if not Talkeetna); (b) going back to Louisville, KY; (c) northern Illinois (where I grew up, and most of my family currently lives); or (d) somewhere like Colorado or California, a place that supports and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

One of the reasons I'm willing to leave Louisville is that I don't think the city does enough to support a healthy way of living, which for me includes safe places to ride a bicycle. Several people I knew in the Louisville Bike Club had been hit by a car at least once -- one person now being a quadriplegic -- and minor-to-major bike-versus-car crashes just don't seem worth it. I hope some day they'll get bike lanes on some of the roads, like they have in Talkeetna and other cities, like Boulder, Colorado.

In the end I haven't given the next destination much thought yet ... I'm not feeling like a big go-getter ATM. :) Right now I just want to get into the local lifestyle, get healthy again, both physically and mentally, and then decide from there.

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