Thanks to all of you who voted for me in the recent PF Olympics competition. With your help I came in second and received $250 worth of American Express gift cards.
These will help defray the costs of my upcoming move to Alaska.
I’d previously hinted at a Major Life Change. That would be it.
At least one of you figured it out ahead of time. A reader who comments as “Almafarm” e-mailed me privately and said “You’re moving back to Anchorage, aren’t you?” Trust a fellow Jersey girl to sniff out the truth.
On the other hand, another Jersey girl had it completely wrong. Her guess: That I was going to marry J.D. Roth. Um, no. He’s a nice young man from a good family but, um, no. (Her reasoning was that he’d been talking about dating, and I’d mentioned big changes ahead.)
Life is about to get awful damn busy: After I get home I have about two weeks to finish going through my stuff (“Keep? Sell? Donate?”) and packing it, and to get rid of most of my furniture). Then I head up the Al-Can.
Alaska has been calling ever since I left. In the past few years I’ve spent up to five months a year there anyway — and during that time I’ve been paying $700 a month for an apartment I rarely use. (As veteran readers know, I go a lot of places.) I’ll miss Seattle, but I can always visit.
In fact, my editor at MSN Money mentioned the possibility of my shooting some more videos. I told him I’d be delighted to have them fly me down to film them in, oh, January or Feburary. At that point I’ll be yearning for sidewalks you can actually see.