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Should I stay or should I go

Friday, December 07, 2018

Today the district manager came into where I work (I work for a corporate chain) and asked if I'd like to go work in Fairbanks, Alaska for a week. This was quite unexpected as I've never been offered an opportunity to travel out of state for work. As I've never been to AK before and it's been on my list, AND it would be a free trip for me as travel expenses and lodging would be paid for, it got my attention. Of course, the first drawback I thought of was the freezing cold weather and the extremely dark conditions there this time of year. I do not like the cold and strongly dislike driving in snow or slick, icy conditions. When I mentioned this the DM was quick to point out that, "It's Alaska; they take care of their roads." Hm.

Still drawn by the carrot of a free trip to a place I've not yet been and may not ever get the opportunity to go to, I continued to mull it over for the day. I told the DM I'd let her know tomorrow if I could go. It would be a working trip but I'd still have evenings off, so I could perhaps still experience some of what Alaska has to offer.

I ran it past my family. DH was immediately opposed and seemingly very triggered about the idea without even thinking it over, so it's a definite nay from him. The kids pointed out the weather (12 degrees) with snow in the forecast. They pointed out that sunrise is at 10:30 am and sunset is at 2:30 pm there right now. (which is actually better than I thought it would be...I was picturing pitch black all day long) They made some humorous analogies about what an offer to be sent to Alaska to work for a week in the winter is like. Suffice it to say I don't think they see it as any sort of great opportunity.

I still don't know what I'll do. I would love an adventure, but with climate conditions such as they are in AK currently, who am I kidding? I probably wouldn't be much of an adventure. Just working in an unfamiliar, short staffed, high stress place during the day and trying to stay warm in my hotel in the cold, dark night is not really an adventure. Of course I'd love to see the state, and will probably never have another chance to see it for free, which is what really keeps me seriously considering taking the trip. So I don't know. I suppose I'll sleep on it and hopefully a clear answer will present itself in the morning.

So...should I stay or should I go?
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    1) What impact will going/not going have on your career?

    2) Why are your family reluctant for you to go? Might it not be better for them [and you] to see you doing 'career' related things?

    3) You may or may not get to see much outside of work and your hotel but you'll see more than if you don't go.

    4) You have thermal's in the USA don't you?

    5) ............. meh! Stuff the check list. Go for it.

    And post pics.

    70 days ago
    Life is short and opportunities don't always knock twice! If one gets missed, it is gone forever, and someone ELSE will enjoy what was offered to you! .. And as the man said, They take care of the roads, and dark will only last for one week. What do you have to lose and what do you stand to GAIN by going? … IF It were me, I would GO for it! … And be sure to send a postcard! emoticon
    70 days ago
    GO! It will be an experience and you WILL regret it if you don't!
    70 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Go for it...this may be your golden is only a week, after all! Enjoy!!
    70 days ago
    Go for it. a chance like this does not happen often

    71 days ago
    Come on up! My friend flew down to anchorage the other day, and he said they’ve been having unseasonably warm weather. Do some checking into what’s available: might you have time to go to Chena hot springs? What about driving the 20minutes or so to North Pole and mailing the kids a letter from Santa? Or maybe there’s mushers selling rides. You might even get to see the northern lights! Also, check in to UAF’s schedule and see if they have anything exciting going on...
    71 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Free adventure-oh yeah! I would do it. Maybe DH can come with? You will regret it if you don't.
    71 days ago
    I think I would do it in your place, although the dynamic for me is different just because I don't have a husband. I like little adventures. If you do go, post a few pictures so we can see what it is actually like there.
    71 days ago
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