has written 8 SperlingViews. Currently, jean is living in Kenai, AK and has a little something to say:
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Dark winters, cold and cloudy and windy summers Posted On: 8/2/2008 10:15:13 AM
So-it's Alaska, but Kenai really gets the lions share of nasty peninsula weather. Good luck if you want to live here, but I cannot wait to get out of here.
Long dark winter, dreary cool and windy summers Posted On: 8/2/2008 10:13:06 AM
So, it is Alaska and you might expect as much, but Kenai seems to have more than the average nasty weather days. This past summer has been miserable. We wear jackets at all hours of the day to walk outside ever during end of July and beginning of August. The weather particularly effects Kenai as it sits so close to the Cook Inlet. I can't wait to leave this place.
Windy and cloudy, cold and dark Posted On: 8/1/2008 11:18:51 PM
It's Alaska after all, so a person would already expect some degree of cold climate conditions. But Kenai lies close to the Cook Inlet and it's weather comes right off the water. It is generally windier and cloudier and a few degrees colder than other places on the peninsula. It's been a miserable summer with the need to wear jackets outside at almost all times of the day. Even during the usual "warm" months. And then there's the famous dark days of winter. Almost intolerable. And winter is here nearly 8 months! If you don't fish, hunt or snow machine, good luck!
Am looking for information on this area and Ontari Posted On: 4/28/2006 12:13:07 PM
Hello-anyone out there from this area of New York? Am interested in a possible move and want to know more about it. Is there a strong sense of community, church, etc. Is the scenery nice. Are the necessities of life fairly close by(shoppping) but not Too close...if you know what I mean.
any thoughts would be appreciated.
Good schools, that's about it Posted On: 4/28/2006 11:56:11 AM
I grew up in Fairview Park, moved away, then returned as as adult with children of my own. I found the quality of education to be quite good. I have a daughter with mild special ed needs and felt she was provided excellent services. On the negative side, Fairview Park has a large difficulty with it's proximity to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Airport noise, etc. Also, the air quality was distinctively bad with noticeable odors prevalent at many times. Not sure where these came from... The people I came into contact with were not open to new ideas or people it seemed. Many things still done "old school" in terms of Catholic church life. Prejudicial attitudes widespread. Older community with lots of great services for the elderly.
We eventually moved away again due to many of the things I mentioned above. Guess a good school system couldn't rise above the other negatives.
Tell me about Altoona Posted On: 4/8/2006 10:01:00 PM
I grew up in Ohio and am looking for a good place to raise my family . Altoona seems to fit a lot of my requirements. Anyone who can tell me anything about the place?
Great-now it can be just like everywhere else! Posted On: 4/4/2006 10:13:28 AM
The previous note about Fairbanks and Starbucks and growth is what rankles me about Alaska. I came to Alaska to escape all the sameness of other cities. Even here in Kenai, there will be a Walmart and a Lowe's and so many people are overjoyed about it! I'll miss the home town feel of things when all the big box stores come in. I've experienced growth after living in Ak since 1991 and moved away from the Anchorage area to escape the approaching craziness there. Guess there's always Bush Alaska.....
Lived in Atlanta 10 years-won't go back. Love Alas Posted On: 4/4/2006 9:46:12 AM
I lived in the Atlanta area 10 years. Enjoyed the weather, except for the horrible heat and humidity in the summer. It's an extremely busy area! If you like getting in lots of traffic and waiting in traffic, then go for it. My sister still lives there in Marietta and says that the crime is getting outrageous! I've chosen Alaska as my home....