08/17/2006: "Leaving Alaska"
So, what becomes of the "Alaskan Artist Blog" when the artist doesn't live in Alaska anymore? So many people have said "Don't Go!" but what they don't realize is that as beautiful and magical as it can be, Alaska is a hard place to live year round. We have had an incredibly rainy summer and now we're entering our real rainy season...and honestly, I need a break.
SoÖ it's official; this afternoon I told J (who will be my new supervisor) that he has a commitment from me. I felt a certain amount of relief after hearing myself say it out loud, tinged with the inevitable panic that comes with so much change. I came home to the realization of the enormity of my possessions, crammed into every nook and cranny of the home Iíve come to love.
My plan is as follows:
Iím going to fix up my house over the course of the next several months, all the little things Iíve ignored over the years. Iím also going to start selling and/or giving away all but my most cherished possessions. Iím going to put all the ďmove to WAĒ items in one room and try to empty out as much of the rest of the house as possible.
I am not 100% decided but I think Iíll keep my house and just rent it out on a year lease with a property manager to collect rent and take care of little things like a broken garbage disposal etc. That way, if I stay a couple of years in Centralia and I canít seem to make the town or position workÖI can always try to relocate back to Juneau.
J said that many people who live in Centralia commute from Olympia, which is where Iíd really like to live. It is an adorable little town that reminded me in some ways, of Juneau. I canít decide if I should try to sell my sailboat or trailer her and bring her with me. There are still a lot of unknowns, and driving home I already felt nostalgia at everything I saw, and wondered if perhaps Iíd regret this decision, if not today, then tomorrow or maybe next week or next month (Iím still here for awhile after all)Öbut, Iíve given my word so thatís that. Iím goingÖI just hope that those of you Iíve gotten to know through this blog will still come along for the ride!