Alright, the saga continues.
So, in the last thread I ended with getting a job at a small Computer shop in town with the intent of getting experience and then relocating at some point in the near future. So far that has been just awesome. Yesterday I laid new line in an industrial complex, and today I'm building an Active Directory (seems small to some of you big shots, but it's a big deal to us liberal arts majors).
Well, for the last two months I've been negotiating a possible Reporter position in Alaska working for the Wrangell Sentinel. As of tonight I've clinched the job. Great. I've checked the town out as best I could through the interwebs and it really seems like a haven for me and my writing.
Problem is, and perhaps this is what you awesome H/Aers can help me with; I am not sure what to do about moving.
-They are paying for my plane ticket out there
-They are reimbursing me up to $1000 to move my crap out there (I really don't have all that much crap, I just graduated last May and am still at home, though next Wednesday was the day I was going to sign a lease for a new place).
-Job pays about $3 an hour better than what I'm making at the computer shop.
-Do I need my car?
-If I need my car should I just drive it out there and see if they'll reimburse me for the gas?
-What do I do about finding a place to set up house? I think I'm going to start calling around but there is no way I'm going to be able to sign a lease or whatever until I actually get there and see these places.
-What, in general should I bring? The weather doesn't seem too different from where I am now (Michigan) as it is in the southern little tail of Alaska, generally a bit colder, but not too bad.
I'm sure there are more questions I'd like your input on, but these'll have to do for now.
And, lastly, the biggest thing: I've only been at this computer shop for about a month and I feel like a real shit quitting on them all of a sudden (I need to be on my way to Alaska in less than two weeks) after they hired me and have spent the time to sort of help me along and now that I'm doing this directory for them I am worried that I might fuck something up that is going to show up later down the road and make a huge headache for them and I won't be there to help them fix it. Seriously, I've made awesome friends there and I feel like a jackass for leaving them; but, then again, the end goal has always been to write and to get the fuck out of here.
I don't know, you probably understand my situation from what I've got up there but:
Got a job in Alaska, need to quit current job, don't know how to break it to them, and be in Alaska the week of the 16th. Would also like some general advice about moving to Alaska and anything anyone might know about the city of Wrangell as far as lodging and vehicle accessibility.