Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Movin' On Up" (and out of the Lower 48)

Hey Everyone,
So the big news is this: Michelle and I are moving to Anchorage, Alaska for the next 1-2 years. I got a clerkship with Judge Ralph Beistline of the U.S. District Court, and it is too good a career opportunity to pass up.

Let me answer some of your anticipated questions (not everyone will ask all of these questions, but all of the questions will be or have been asked by someone):

Q: Weren't you moving to Phoenix?
A: That was the plan, since I didn't expect this job to be available. When we were offered the job, though, there was no hesitation.

Q: Isn't it cold there?
A: So they say. Actually, Anchorage isn't nearly as cold as a lot of the inland areas of Alaska. It's on the south side of the state, and it's at sea level, so the average high temperature in January is only 22 degrees. That's cold, but it's not Donner Party survival mode cold. And the summers should be incredible. Look:

Q: How does Michelle feel about this?
A: She swears that she's excited about it. If it were a commitment of five years or so, there's no way we would do it. Five years in a cold place you've never been to is a gamble; two years is an adventure.
Q: Why would we visit you in Alaska when we can visit Bryce in Dominica?
A: In the wintertime, you wouldn't. But you can't see this in Dominica:
So we'd love it if you would visit.

Q: Did a certain Nigel and Avalon Wappett have anything to do with this?
A: No. They had everything to do with it. For those of you who know the Wappetts, I probably don't need to elaborate.

Q: What the heck is a clerkship? I thought you were going to be lawyer.
A: I still am. A judicial clerk is a legal assistant to a judge. Clerkships are a nice way to get some experience in all kinds of litigation while learning a lot from the Judge. I'm taking the bar exam this summer like everyone else. When my 1-2 years is up, you can dust off all those lawyer jokes that you've had in storage. (And I know you've been waiting to use them.)

Q: Is there anything to do in Alaska?
A: Why does everyone ask this? Are you kidding? It's Alaska, the Last Frontier! And what precisely is there to do in your town that you can't do in Alaska? Go to the movies? The mall? I'm pretty sure they have malls and movie theaters in Anchorage. How anyone living in Provo, UT can ask this question with a straight face is beyond me.

Q: Are you going to do a lot of fishing?
A: I actually never liked fishing that much, since I "learned" to fish in the Pacific Northwest, where it seemed you were more likely to spot Bigfoot than see a salmon returning to spawn. If the fishing in Alaska is as good as its supposed to be, maybe I'll have to buy a rod...
Q: Are you going to live in a igloo?
A: Now you are just being ridiculous.

P.S. A belated Happy Easter to everyone. Pictures from our St. Patrick's Day party are coming soon.

P.P.S. This is the second "draft" of this post. Apparently the gods of the internet (who, unlike our God, are neither merciful nor just) demanded a sacrifice, and the first version of this post was chosen and immolated upon the altar. So let it be written; so let it be done.