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Old 07-20-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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They can't be like they are here because they don't exist here.
You can DM me if you like.....we can't veer "off-topic" here.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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If my choices were between Valdez and Fairbanks, I would choose Valdez. I have nothing against Fairbanks, I just don't care to be that cold in the winter or that hot in the summer. Valdez was picked to be the oil terminal for the oil companies because it is a "warm-water" port (meaning the ocean does not freeze during the winter). However, the weather in Valdez is not exactly ideal either. While being considerably warmer during the winter than Fairbanks, Valdez gets a great deal of snow. When I say "great deal of snow" I am not exagerating either. Valdez averages about 320" of snowfall every winter. By comparison, the city that gets the most snow in the lower-48 is Buffalo, NY, which averages between 80" and 100" of snowfall annually. Valdez does have a lot of attraction if you are into fishing, hiking, or skiing, and the scenery is surreal.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I was amazed the first time I drove to Valdez, this was in the spring after a "small" dumping of snow. The snow was higher than the suv I rented! These weren't drifts either, actual snowfall. Amazing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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Ahhh...you don't want to deal with the issues that come with it Way to civilized...-48'll'ized...just invest elsewhere...
Wow...ah come on guys; when I think of where I live...neither the term "Whitesilla" nor "-48 ill'ized" come to mind.

I dunno if people who live elsewhere think that the entire population of "Wasilla" live in a pile in the Wal-Mart parking lot or what, but...really guys, I'm just saying...we don't even get mail delivery out here where I live.

J,M & J, maybe I'm just another city drone from the hills of Vermont, but when you have to travel at least 25 minutes to see something...I don't associate that with the -48 type of living.

I suspect the physical and social aspects of the 'city-limits" of Wasilla are in no way reflective of the majority...who live outside these limits.

This is the most beautiful place I can imagine.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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Wow...ah come on guys; when I think of where I live...neither the term "Whitesilla" nor "-48 ill'ized" come to mind.

I dunno if people who live elsewhere think that the entire population of "Wasilla" live in a pile in the Wal-Mart parking lot or what, but...really guys, I'm just saying...we don't even get mail delivery out here where I live.

J,M & J, maybe I'm just another city drone from the hills of Vermont, but when you have to travel at least 25 minutes to see something...I don't associate that with the -48 type of living.

I suspect the physical and social aspects of the 'city-limits" of Wasilla are in no way reflective of the majority...who live outside these limits.

This is the most beautiful place I can imagine.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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Wow...ah come on guys; when I think of where I live...neither the term "Whitesilla" nor "-48 ill'ized" come to mind.

I dunno if people who live elsewhere think that the entire population of "Wasilla" live in a pile in the Wal-Mart parking lot or what, but...really guys, I'm just saying...we don't even get mail delivery out here where I live.

J,M & J, maybe I'm just another city drone from the hills of Vermont, but when you have to travel at least 25 minutes to see something...I don't associate that with the -48 type of living.

I suspect the physical and social aspects of the 'city-limits" of Wasilla are in no way reflective of the majority...who live outside these limits.

This is the most beautiful place I can imagine.
It's all subjective. At my place in Central Oregon, I feel too much like I'm in a city but it's really a tiny little community and you have to drive 50 miles to see anything. I've lived in places before where there are no roads; the only way out is by seaplane or boat.

I have very little idea what it's like east of the Rockies since I do not go there except under duress and then I am usually too ill to notice much. My friend Valerie says that there are people everywhere.

Here, on Prisoner of Weather Island, we've never had mail delivery. In fact the reason I stopped spending winters here is because I'd buy a bunch of stuff on E-Bay and it would take forever to get here because it would be sitting in Ketchikan unable to get here because the mail planes weren't flying. I think I'll start wintering in Chile; that way I can have summer all the time.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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Oh by the way, AKDeb, I've always thought one of the most beautiful areas of the state is close by where you live. On the Glenn about 30 miles away from Glenallen--really something there. Another good part is right around Sitka, where everything starts to get noticeably bigger.
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