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Old 12-01-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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7 out of 10 Electricians who originally worked on the slope ended up in divorce. Some men came home to find their house had been sold and the woman took off with all the money; Stories abound galore about what happens when people make Big money ... only to find out.........they should have never ever put $$ first (priority)in their lives.

Most of the cooks in camps; are union chefs. This was in the old days. Much has changed over the long period of time. Other things will never change!!
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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I sincerely feel terrible typing this to the OP's question but as a slope wife this is what I think: If this is a serious worry or concern for you or other spouses of slope workers, then you don't have a slope problem, you have a marriage problem. Time and distance apart can magnify troubles within a relationship and make cracks sometimes appear as canyons. I sincerely hope this is the issue. Please surround yourself with people that care about you and talk to your spouse, your spiritual advisor or a therapist. Insecurity founded or unfounded within an intimate relationship is as corrosive as acid to all parties involved.
Well said.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Did you know Alaska has the highest divorce rate in the country?

And yes, I'm divorced and not from Alaska. I'd still be married if my ex didn't enjoy all those chick getaway weekends with Bob & Steve & Harry & Jim &......so much.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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I agree with freezengirl... It is a marital issue at the root of things... However when you are talking about a spouse that has made a choice to stay regardless of what happens as one of the posters said in the [domain blocked due to spam] forum linked at the start of this thread.... Then.... it is nice to have a better idea from those who work there currently and or know someone that does.... So please keep the information and insight coming from those with first hand experience ... hopefully those that work up there now or can ask friends of theirs that do... to respond...
Then there are those of us that it is better for the marriage to have our spouse away for 2 weeks at a time or longer... as it helps with less fighting at home.... but again proves to be a marital issue not job.... I am really glad that my husband has this job.... particularly now a day... but that doesnt mean I want to be the stupid wife sitting at home while he has extra curricular activities after work hours....there on the Slope.... Realistically even if he were to do anything up there ... I couldnt stop him... anymore then any of these other wives or hubbys sitting back at home can stop theirs from cheating while working this type of job..... but it would be nice if we at least had the ability to say .... I know what goes on at least to some degree up there and feel confident that we know what we are talking about...instead of being treated as if we are the crazy ones.... That is where this information comes in from those of you who know....
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I found a link to this topic and I am hoping I might get a bit more of a response in here for those of us that have working spouses on the slope.

Here is the link

An Affair at Prudhoe Bay! - [domain blocked due to spam]

If you go to this link it will give you an insight as to what many of the at home spouses are thinking with our partner in life way up north...


The thoughts expressed are of worry, concern and hurt... Please know that it is more hurtful to lie and pretend then it is to be honest...

What we want to know is if it is true that there is a LOT of infidelity issues between co workers up on the Slope at work....?
Do maids really welcome themselves in the men's room at night naked or "ready" to do the extra cleaning ....?

If this type of thing really does happen up there cant they get fired for it ?

I am sure there is readily available porn on TV as well as magizines and though I dont agree with it ... I can imagine that it is available because of the long stay and work the men put in up there... Not to exclude the working women up there as well.

We the at home spouses just would like to hear from Slope workers or others that have first hand knowledge and or experience as to how often men and women hook up in the Great white North Slope area....

Also if it is happening .... what should we look for and listen for ....

Please note that we arent looking to be blamed that our spouse is or maybe cheating in the great beyond... but rather we dont want to be the naive half sitting at home hearing how much they love us and miss us while all along they are playing with someone in the background of their room without a care in the world banking on the fact that we would never be able to find out ....

Thank you ahead of time for whatever information you can provide...
No, there is no porn available up there. There are only about a dozen TV channels in the camp rooms, none of which are porn. There is no "adult" section in any of the company stores, nor is there one at the general store in Deadhorse. As to what people can bring with them in their personal luggage, I don't think there are any restrictions per se in that area - obviously Alchohol, Drugs, and Weapons are prohibited.

As Sity said earlier, there are strict behavior codes, and people can and do get booted out for all manner of major and minor infractions. But as to what two people do in the privacy of a room, well, this quote is probably more applicable:

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I sincerely feel terrible typing this to the OP's question but as a slope wife this is what I think: If this is a serious worry or concern for you or other spouses of slope workers, then you don't have a slope problem, you have a marriage problem. Time and distance apart can magnify troubles within a relationship and make cracks sometimes appear as canyons. I sincerely hope this is the issue. Please surround yourself with people that care about you and talk to your spouse, your spiritual advisor or a therapist. Insecurity founded or unfounded within an intimate relationship is as corrosive as acid to all parties involved.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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All right. I haven't worked on the slope but I have cooked at remote camps in Alaska before I became a fishmonger.

Do you have any idea of how hard these people work at these places? The women doing the cleaning most likely want nothing to do with your husband. If they were that type they sure as hell wouldn't be trying to earn an honest living by cleaning up after people.

The type of thing you're worried about was more prevalent during the pipeline days. It probably does happen to an extent now, but I wouldn't worry about "maids showing up naked in his room".

Still, if he wants to cheat he'll find a way, but I'd say it would be easier for him to do so off the slope than on it.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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I don't know why but this is how I picture what the maids on the slope would look like. Please, please tell me I'm wrong.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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That is exactly what I needed !!! That's so funny !!!
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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You know, if a spouse is going to wander, they don't have to go to the North Slope, and of you are worried now, you may want to reconsider your relationship.

What was normal during the pipeline days has changed a lot. People there are mostly there for a job, the flash in the pan stuff has all but gone. Besides, everybody knows what everyone else does, it's that tight, only an idiot would think nobody would notice a teepee creeping moron.

Good luck!
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I don't know why but this is how I picture what the maids on the slope would look like. Please, please tell me I'm wrong.

Um, don't recall any of them using pink feather dusters?
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