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Moving to Alaska, another Andy Adventure

So after dealing with some politics at my current school I started looking for another job. I took a job offer in Tuluksak Alaska teaching shop. Tuluksak is a little village of about 500 people, no vehicles just atv's and snow machines, lots of hunting/ fishing, fly in/ out, Bethel is the nearest "big town" (5,000 people). This is going to be an adventure, I might as well try something like this while I'm young with no stings and can easily move.
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Holy cow.

But they have internet access, right?!



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Wow - that's very cool Andy. I agree -- now is the time.

I've never been, but Alaska is supposed to be beautiful. Enjoy and good luck. Do you start in the Fall?

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You'll love Alaska, Andy, and fit right in. Natives and long-term residents are a little off-kilter.

Living in a bush community is different, too. Everything is flown in, and so is expensive. Be sure you balance the cost of living with your pay or you could earn a lot of money and still lose ground. I think typically those places provide housing. Just check it all out. And keep in touch!

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That's cool, my son just got back from Alaska Tuesday morning. He has a friend stationed up there so he went to check it out and check out the University while he was there... He didn't get to see all the sights he wanted to see but he says it's worth going back for.... He did say he went to a McDonalds and it was $8 for a Big Mac
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Very cool Andy! I'm jelous!

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Yes they have the net. Dialup at the house, high speed at school.

I start August 5th in Anchorage for inservice and then fly out to the village.

This is going to be fun. I've never hunted much but I'm excited to start. The rver I'm on has some of the best water foul in the world. We get out may 8th for water foul season. Fishing is also suposed to be great.

I havn't decided if I'm going to sell my blazer or not but It's time to start breaking snow machines and atv's instead of trucks. There's only a couple trucks in the village.

Cost of living vs. salaray I should still come out a little bit ahead. After I pay for my rent (village housing with heat included), air fair (they pay for your ticket from anchorage to the village once a year, and round trip to chicago for christmass to vist mom), and $3,000 in grocries I'm still making more than I did now. For supplies you ship them parcel post from Anchorage to the village and it's pretty reasonable. Instead of running to the store you have a couple super huge shopping trips a year.
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I think this is awesome Andy. I would do it if I were in your shoes if for no other reason just to have been there.

Like you said.........no strings (or something close....damn teacher can't spell for crap), young........

Go for it brother.

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Natives and long-term residents are a little off-kilter.
Not true, we are completely normal it is the rest of the world that is off Kilter.

That a said the Bush especially the small villages can be a little different, but this should be a lot of fun for you. If you plan to be there through any hunting season bring a rifle and if into birds a shotgun. Try to bring a rifle of common caliber like an 30-06 or 30-30 as getting odd cartridges out there could be a real pain. Also expect everything to cost half again to twice what it does in the lower 48. Also, know that most mail order outfits will only ship UPS and Fedex which are big bucks to anywhere in Alaska.

If you happen to find yourself in the Fairbanks area let me know. It would be neat to meet another board member face to face, do some wheeling and what not.

I am sure you will have fun.

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Sorry to hear that politics got involved.

Sounds like this could be a great adventure, and it comes with a paycheck too.

Can you hear the silence?

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