An Alaskan magnum opus
This posting was originally intended to talk about some of the changes that come about in people after they arrive in Alaska to live, however I have decided to make it a bit more personal. I found during my first years here that Alaskans especially those that live in remote areas are by and large very resourceful people. They may have for most of their lives been skilled at certain jobs but now they can do virtually anything. I bring this up because in my past life I was a printing pressman and in Alaska though I did work in my field for a couple years there is not much need for that trade.
When I first moved to Alaska I was an assistant hunting guide and later ran guided fishing charters. Like many things in life chance and circumstance offered to me by a close friend and fellow guide, I was to learn how to build houses. Rose, who during her years in Alaska was a hunting guide, taxidermist and gold miner purchased an 80 acre plot of land so she could build homes for her family.
She then opened the door to me to help her build these homes. Granted like most men I had done some remodeling, when first married, but to start with a bare piece of earth and finish with a 3,000 square foot home you could be proud of was way out of my league. There was a timetable for each building, of maybe four months, from clearing the ground to a roofed house. This was because we needed to have it enclosed before the snow started to protect the inside, and to allow us to work on the interior during the winter.
There are a few running jokes around here one of them is when building the last home for Rose’s daughter Kara she wanted a bigger bedroom than was originally planed for. Now I have been know to talk too much and once again I opened my big mouth when it should have stayed close and jokingly said why not a third floor just for your bedroom. All men should take a lesson from the picture below of a house with a third floor that is just for her bedroom.
Or once as I was working on her kitchen she said she wanted an island counter to surround her stove. I thought Kara was joking….not!
I guess the tag line on this posting should have something to do
with never thinking you can not learn to do something new in life.
To me I think it just shows that no matter how old one is
there are many new doors waiting to be opened.