Flight Attendant Jobs: Who Is Hiring

The news for US legacy carriers continues to worsen. Northwest and Delta recently filed bankruptcy while several others are teetering toward insolvency. Finding employment with one of these carriers is difficult, particularly if you are seeking a career as a flight attendant. Still, there are jobs with some air carriers, if you know where to look. Let’s take a look at some airlines that are likely to hire flight attendants over the next year or two.

The legacy carriers, which include American, Delta, Northwest, United, Continental, and USAirways, are probably not good places to look for stable employment. Earlier in 2005, Continental was hiring flight attendants, but the job market for the legacy carriers remains generally bleak. United remains in bankruptcy and USAirways recently exited bankruptcy and merged with America West Airlines.

On the other hand, the following discount, charter, and regional carriers have all hired flight attendants recently or are planning to do so over the next year:

* AirTran Airways

* Air Wisconsin Airlines

* Alaska Airlines/Horizon Airlines

* Champion Air

* Chautauqua Airlines

* Colgan Air

* Comair

* EOS Airlines

* Falcon Air Express

* Frontier Airlines

* Independence Airlines

* JetBlue Airways

* Maxjet Airlines

* Mesa Group

* Mesaba Airlines

* Miami Air

* North American Airlines

* Omni Air International

* Piedmont Airlines

* Pinnacle Airlines

* Shuttle America

* Skywest Airlines

* Southwest Airlines

* Spirit Airlines

* Transstates Airlines

* U.S. Airways

* USA3000 Airlines

* United Express

* Virgin America [awaiting FAA approval to fly]

* World Airways

Job fairs are a popular way for carriers to recruit, interview, and hire new employees. Check each company’s website for detailed information about upcoming dates or visit an aviation job board such as the Aviation Employment Board for the latest job postings. Hiring plans can change at any time, so make sure that the information you gather is verified directly by the air carrier.

Web sites dedicated toward providing more information about becoming a flight attendant are legion on the internet. Some of the better sites include:

FlightAttendants.Org

Airline Flight Attendant Room {MSN Group}

If you are seeking a career as a private flight attendant, the Corporate Flight Attendant Community at http://www.corporateflyer.net is a full resource center offering informative articles, helpful links, training information, job listings, as well as an active message board: http://www.corporateflyer.net



How to Find Used Heavy Equipment

Starting off with a new business is tough even in the best of times. But when the investment capital market is tight, getting the credit to buy heavy equipment can become a huge stumbling block for a new construction firm. This is why learning how to find used heavy equipment on the cheap is becoming more popular than ever.

The Internet has made if possible for just about any type of heavy equipment to be put up for sale. Everything from crawlers to skid loaders or scrappers and excavators are on sale in locations as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska and as far south as Monterrey, Mexico. By purchasing heavy equipment from heavy equipment traders, you can save your company thousands of dollars.

Buying from Heavy Equipment Traders

Tip 1 – Look over the requirements you have and then decide on the brand, model and type of heavy equipment you need to purchase. While it’s not necessary for you pick out the exact year and color, it is important that you understand the features of a particular model and its specifications.

Tip 2 – Do your homework. Read trade magazines and journals. And visit manufacturer and online trader websites as possible. Look at auctions and classified listings so that you know what is available on the marketplace. Attend local auctions in your area. Talk to people either own or operate the model of machine you are interested in. The more information you have the better the decision you can make.

Tip 3 – Start the hunt. From the information you have gathered make a list of the heavy equipment traders in your area. Call them to see if they have any used machines for sale that match your requirements. Next you should check out any online trading companies or classified listings.

Tip 4 – Make a short list. Once you have found several machines that you are interested in, call up the seller and talk to them. You are looking to find out why they are selling, what kind of condition the machine is in, what type of jobs or projects they used the machine on, etc.

Tip 5 – Ask for photographs and documents from the heavy equipment traders. Even if you can drive to see the item, it’s still a good idea to have the seller email or mail you as many pictures of the machine as possible. Also obtain copies of title, registrations, and maintenance logbook or repair receipts. A series of good photos along with documentation can be passed around to both your staff and your banker, so everyone can understand what you want to buy.

Tip 6 – Inspect the machine. Unless you have years of experience or a trained mechanic, the best thing for you to do in this next step is to bring along a professional. A professional can help you inspect the machine quickly and easily and hopefully discover any problems before you pay out any money.



Living in Anchorage, AK

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, which incidentally is the largest state in the United States of America in terms of area. With 279,243 municipal residents, it is home to nearly half the population of Alaska. Anchorage is home to some of the best landscapes in all of America. The ice covered mountain range in the background makes for great scenery throughout the year. Better known as the city of flowers and lights, Anchorage also boasts of great outdoor experiences. Living in Anchorage, AK is ideal for those who want peace among spectacular natural landscapes. This is perhaps the reason why the demand for homes for sale in Anchorage has not seen as significant of a dip as other areas in the country during the national financial crisis.

Most people who become interested in houses for sale in Anchorage initially come with the intention of spending a holiday there. They soon become attracted to this place because of its abundance in natural beauty and wild life. Moreover, the city provides them with a great mix of the urban city life and the simple county life. This is a great combination to have and is not found easily elsewhere in America. A large percentage of these people actually end up living in Anchorage, AK in the future.

Another reason why people prefer living in Anchorage, AK is the weather. Anchorage has a mild summer and temperatures range from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the season. However, winters can be harsh with average temperatures plummeting to as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

A major worry for people looking for homes in Anchorage is the future of their children. However, the education system in Anchorage has improved drastically over the years. Presently, there are 45 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 6 high schools and 12 secondary schools in Anchorage. The University of Alaska located in Anchorage provides great opportunities for higher education.

Homes for sale in the Anchorage are in constant demand because it is the center of major economic activity in Alaska. Anchorage serves as the headquarters of the Government of Alaska. This creates a large number of jobs for the citizens. The Alaska government employs nearly 14,000 citizens of Anchorage. Anchorage is also the center of transportation, oil/gas, and tourism industry in Alaska.

The reasonable property price has ensured that living in Anchorage, AK is not a luxury. Homes in Anchorage are available at prices affordable to all individuals. A small sized property in Anchorage is usually priced at $125,000. You are unlikely to find a property at such low prices at other places of interest in the country. However, those of you who want all the comforts that modern houses can provide need not worry. Luxury homes in Anchorage will cost you approximately 5 million dollars.

People often wonder about the best time to buy a property and start living in Anchorage, AK. The best time is now. The real estate sector is still recovering from the economic recession. Housing prices are bound to rise in the future. However, it is recommended that you take the assistance of an experienced realtor if you want the houses at the best market price available.



An Alaska Vacation – Try an Alaska Cruise

When dreaming about an Alaska vacation you may

envision the romantic essence of yourself reeling in King Salmon, roaming the Alaska wilderness shooting wildlife pictures or simply observing the awe-inspiring beauty…but there’s more.

Alaska still remains one of the last frontiers on our

planet
. Its harsh extremely rugged environment can put any well-equipped adventurer to the test. Yet for the wise, you can engage in a thrilling Alaska vacation, experience the rugged Alaska environment, the awe-inspiring beauty and participate in Alaska’s beckoning adventurous surroundings as much or as little

as you want. And you can do it all from the safety of your home away from home!

Your Alaska vacation setting, your home away from home, is

aboard one of the most spectacular means of transportation known today, a luxury cruise ship. Granted, these cruise ships are monstrous in their own right, dwarfed by jutting mountain peaks and colossal glacier ice fields. Yet, you have the opportunity to experience some of Alaska’s finest, right from the luxury and comfort of your home away from home, a cruise ship. What a

romantic way to travel!

Advantages Of Living In The Northwest…

For those living in the Pacific Northwest, you have the ease and

advantage of experiencing a wondrous Alaska vacation by driving a vehicle to your departure port, either Seattle, Astoria

or Vancouver, B.C.; making your Alaska vacation that much more of a vacation.

You’ll experience the joys from NOT having to deal with the anxieties of a possible flight delay or flight cancellation and no additional strain on the pocket book requiring additional money for flights or possible hotel stays.

If you’re driving, the ideal is to find a friend or family

member to drop you off and pick you up. You do, however, have the option of parking at the Bell Street Garage located directly across from Pier 66, the cruise terminal in Seattle.

Fee: $12.00 per day.

On-line reservations are available through Republic Parking.

Location: 9 Wall Street. Enter at the corner of Alaskan Way and Wall Street.

  • 25 handicap parking stalls.
  • No oversize or RV parking is available in the garage. Vehicles must be less than 6’6″ high.
  • Republic Parking operates the garage. Questions? Call the garage staff at (206) 783-4144.
  • The ability to leave home and drive to your cruise ship

    is truly remarkable. We took that opportunity to engage in an Alaska vacation with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) the summer of 2004. Previously we’d explored Alaska by air; vehicle, foot and most recently the favorable moment came, to explore Alaska by way of a cruise ship.

    Past Vacations Were Work…

    In the past, our Alaska vacation required an immense amount of

    planning, organization, and ultimately, “work”, yielding very little time for some true relaxation and quality time with loved ones. An NCL Alaska Cruise allows you to truly relax and spend the necessary quality time with loved ones. The cruise gives you options. If you want to engage yourself into an intense schedule, you can. If you don’t want the intensity, that’s your option.

    Cruising With NCL…

    We elected to cruise with NCL for various reasons:

    they’re very competitive in price, they offer “Free-Style Cruising”, they have fabulous children programs (we could spend some quality romantic time together while the kids were fully involved in the children programs), superb entertainment, an international crew and they were the first cruise line in Seattle. We had to check them out…and that we did!

    Six of us, 2-adults and 4-children, set off to explore the

    qualities of NCL on an Alaska vacation. Our vessel, the “Norwegian Spirit” was docked at the Port of Seattle, the Pier 66 Terminal. Our scheduled departure was a Saturday afternoon allowing us the relaxing time to get some last minute things together. We were in no rush whatsoever. We could arrive at the ship between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. How soothing this was to all the family members.

    Arriving at the terminal was a little confusing; it appeared as if every passenger descended on the ship at the same time. Amongst the confusion we found a courteous NCL employee who directed us to the appropriate baggage check-in and ticketing lines. We were impressed how quickly and orderly the lines

    flowed. NCL did a fantastic job of getting us through the baggage check-in, ticketing and on-board the ship.

    Each passenger is issued an ID card before boarding.

    This ID Card serves as your room key, boarding pass and credit card for any onboard shopping. It’s imperative that you guard it like your credit card, do not leave it unattended. You’ll need it in ALL ports of call for departing and boarding the ship.

    Before the ship left the Seattle dock, on to our Alaska

    vacation, we were exploring. The Spirit carries 1,996 passengers with a crew of 920. That’s nearly 1-crew member for every 2-passengers! And we have to say; the crew was there to serve us and make sure we had the absolute best Alaska vacation. We appreciated all of the nationalities represented on the Spirit. It’s truly a vessel of international flair.

    Our kids, of course, loved the stern section of the ship,

    the Kids Club. It’s amazing, an entire mini-amusement park with tunnels, tubes and balls, a pool with slides, fountains and a mock pirate ship yielding water-spouting cannons that make up the upper portion of the stern section. This is a kid’s heaven. When our kids were tired of the water games (that rarely

    happened), the arcade was only steps away.

    The restaurants on board were numerous from fine dining to

    buffet style and fast food offered 24-hours a day. You’ll never go hungry. If you’re dieting to lose weight, put the diet on hold for the duration of the cruise. You’ll want the flexibility to enjoy all the fabulous food entrees.

    The Many Options…

    We especially enjoyed the many options of simply watching

    whales spout, the beautiful scenery passing us by, picking up a movie in the theater, dining, playing cards, trying our luck in the casino, listening to some live entertainment at one of the many bars, lounging on the deck by one of the pools, pumping iron at the gym, shooting some hoops on the basketball court…the

    list seems endless. This is the ultimate Alaska vacation; you can do it all, part or nothing.

    Our family of six always had something to do, there was

    never a dull boring moment. Each one of us had the option to choose what we wanted to do. My wife, for example, read a book in the library while I watched a movie in the theater, our oldest hung out with some new found friends and the other three played on the water slides. Our Alaska vacation was unlike any other,

    there was literally no sacrificing the wants and likes of other family members. And above all, we didn’t have to drive to any of these recreational activities!

    One of our favorite functions were the evenings live

    high quality professional entertainment in the grand Moulin Rouge showroom. It’s unique in that the Moulin Rouge utilizes two decks, with theater style sitting. You ultimately get a great view from every seat, including the seats in the balcony! On our

    particular cruise, the Cruise Director, Adrian Lewis, did a fabulous job organizing all of the professional entertainment. The picture depicts a special attribute to all the crew who made our Alaska vacation an unforgettable experience.

    Ports of Call…

    And of course, there are the ports of call: Ketchikan via the Inside Passage from Seattle, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert with a sneak into the Sawyer Glacier. The ports are all awesome. You have the choice of departing the ship and venturing out into the Alaskan territory or stay in your second home, onboard the Spirit. It’s your choice to expand your Alaska

    vacation to meet your adventurous needs and desires.

    On shore you can experience nearly any level of excitement

    you so desire. You’ll have at your disposal helicopter flights, fishing opportunities, river rafting, guided tours, shopping expeditions or simply strolling around on a self-guided walking tour. The ports of call, on our Alaska vacation, were relatively small. This enabled us to walk around the towns to capture the Alaskan lifestyle. Granted, our stay in each port was limited but it did yield enough time to get a taste, an experience of Alaska. The ports were showcased enabling us to see the highlights and if so desired we could return at a later date.

    Ketchikan was our first port of call after cruising through the majestic Inside Passage. Ketchikan is a

    shoppers dream, an added feature to experience the ultimate Alaska vacation. The historic downtown and specialty shops are within minutes from the cruise ship docks. You’ll find a wide selection of native art, jewelry, sporting goods and even the Alaskan themed toys.

    We especially enjoyed walking around town, watching the

    salmon run through a stream in the center of town and riding the

    city bus to Saxman Village, a native village 2-miles south of Ketchikan. The village is literally a totem pole park revealing the native’s culture. Returning to the ship we decided to walk the 2-miles back along a fabulous waterside walkway that portrayed the beauty of this Southeast Alaska area.

    Juneauwas the second port of call. We were amazed how much the city had changed over the past 10-years. The

    cruise ship industry had a great effect on the coastal Alaskan towns. Shops literally sprung up overnight to accommodate the thousands of passengers descending upon Juneau and the other coastal towns.

    Juneau is the capital of Alaska, nestled between

    towering mountains. The enormity of the cruise ships makes for an awesome sight as they cruise between the mountain ridges.

    Juneau is also home to the Mendenhall Glacier. This is a sight to be seen, especially if you’re not familiar with glaciers. We took the city bus to the Mendenhall Valley and walked about a mile to reach the glacier. Of course, there are other options to get to the glacier via helicopter or one of the many bus-guided tours.

    If you plan on visiting the glacier bring along your

    National Parks Pass. This will entitle you free entrance to the visitor’s center.

    Our third Port of Call was the infamous little town of

    Skagway
    . Our route to Skagway took us up the Tracy

    Arm to the Sawyer Glacier. We cruised past icebergs and gushing water falls. The captain brought the cruise ship near the spectacular ice-flow, a sight you have to see. Our kids continued playing on the water-slides as we cruised along

    the towering pieces of ice, truly an amazing sight.

    Skagway welcomed us with open arms. It’s here that

    the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began. It’s hard to imagine more than 30,000 gold seekers set out from this once tiny village. And now, Skagway is experiencing it’s second gold rush. Approximately 5- cruise ships visit Skagway every day during the months of May – September, that’s 10,000 visitors per day bringing money into the community!

    The town is very easy to get around; it’s about 7-blocks

    long all encased with specialty shops. The prices are extremely competitive yielding some good quality products. Regarding the tours, you can always sign up for a tour aboard the ship; however, if you didn’t make previous tour arrangements you still have ample opportunities on shore.

    Skagway is known for the famous scenic railway. It’s a

    3-hour ride out of Skagway following the gold rush route into the Yukon. We decided against the train ride and hopped aboard a personalized driving tour with the Skaguay Tour Company. We like the added edge a personalized tour gives. The tour consists of a historic city tour and a drive to the summit of White Pass, essentially paralleling the train route but only half the cost. We also had the opportunity to stop at various points of interest along the way, unlike the train. Before you go to Skagway check out Skagway Tour Company. Be sure to bring your passport, you’ll cross into Canada and may need the identification for re-entry into the U.S.

    Our last Port of Call, before returning to Seattle, was

    Prince Rupert
    . This cosmopolitan city encompasses

    many cultures and is the home of the First Nations people for 10,000 years. Near the cruise dock is a native museum with a variety of shops nestled along the waterfront. Compared to the other ports, we found the various gift items expensive even with the good U.S. dollar exchange rate.

    There are tours that you can participate in; however, we

    took advantage of the walking tour along the waterfront visiting the sunken gardens. It made for a nice walkabout; however, our kids were anxious to return to the ship and engage in the many wonderful activities. That’s the beauty; you have a home away from home, a comfortable place to return to creating a relaxing and enjoyable Alaska vacation.

    Seattle, our off-boarding port, came far too soon. None of us were very anxious to leave the ship; we were ready to do the cruise again, back to our Alaska vacation. But the reality, we had to disembark. NCL made this an extremely easy process.

    Each passenger is given a color-coded baggage tag depending upon your on-shore schedule. For example, if you had a morning

    flight scheduled out of SeaTac Airport, your color-coded baggage tag indicated early ship disembarkation. You’d simply listen to your color tag announced over the loudspeaker system and proceed to depart the ship.

    NCL makes it a relaxing experience even when the ship has reached its final destination. You can sit

    back, relax and continue to enjoy your Alaska vacation while eating breakfast looking out at Seattle’s skyline.

    Foremost, the things we bring with us from any vacation is

    the memories, the experiences. It, therefore, makes sense to have a memorable vacation. Unfortunately there is a cost to it, any vacation or anything we do in life will cost in some form, either money, time, material things, etc. A cruise costs money. If money is a concern to you then we can show you how to save money before you purchase your cruise tickets.

    The Alaska cruises book-up quickly. We encourage you to get the most of your Alaska vacation by booking early. You will not be disappointed. And we’ll help you through the booking process, your memories are a keepsake; therefore, book early.

    We do not sell cruise tickets, airline tickets or any travel tickets, we simply reveal the Facts so you can make an informed decision and get the most for your hard earned dollar.

    Step out into the exciting, adventurous, and romantic wonderlands our planet has to offer…make your Alaska vacation an Alaska Cruise.

    Some Things To Remember Before Leaving The House:

  • Cruise Tickets
  • Passport
  • Camera/Film
  • NCL Luggage Tags on your bags
  • Craig Dahl – Senior Editor



    Should You Go On a Gap Year: Benefits and Drawbacks

    A gap year sounds almost too good to be true to most of us. It’s a year spent between high school and college traveling the world and soul searching. Learning a new language or new slang. Falling in love with an exotic locale (and maybe a few new strangers you meet along the way). And the most important part: bragging to all your friends about it.

    Being immersed in a strange new place, even if it’s as close as Alaska summer jobs is exciting, but don’t book that plane ticket and pack your suitcase just yet. How do you get a work Visa if you need one? Where do you live? What will you eat? Most important, who’s paying for it? If not planned just right, a gap year can be detrimental to your career and the rest of your working life. Here are some benefits and drawbacks to make sure your year of exploration goes smoothly.

    Benefits

    A gap year (a year-long break between high school and University) has been popular in Australia and the U.K. for decades. Americans are just now starting to dip their toes in the uncertain waters – Harvard and Princeton both recently started encouraging these years. Princeton even went so far as to implement a ‘bridge year’ which allows you to work in the public sector abroad for a year before entering as a freshman. A year spent traveling and working odd jobs leads to you being more ready to face academic pressures later on. It’s all about getting on the fast-track to maturity before entering the collegiate world. A well-timed break also allows students who didn’t get into their dream school another crack at the admissions process. Plus, you get to see the world while everyone else is hitting the books and taking finals.

    Drawbacks

    A gap year does have a few drawbacks. You’ll be away from family – so far away in fact, that you might not be able to call them every time you need something. And you thought living in those dorm rooms was going to be hard! Don’t go for the year abroad if you catch homesickness easily. It’s also super expensive. Your parents, even if they’re insanely wealthy probably don’t want to pay for it because they were raised to believe that you have to go right from school to more school or to work. Expect to kick in some cash whether it’s for your airfare or living expenses. There goes all that graduation money.

    Final Thoughts

    If you have the money, the time, and the resources do it! When you get older and have a longer list of responsibilities, a gap year is nearly impossible.



    Alaska – Brief Travel Guide

    WHAT TO SEE, TO DO AND WHERE: Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America (6,194 m or 20,306 feet), 150 miles from   Fairbanks . Mountain climbing season is very short because of cold weather, strong winds and avalanche hazards. Nearly 1,000 people each season attempt the mountain, the best climbing conditions are in June.The peak is located in Denali National Park that offers superb mountain scenery and incomparable wildlife viewing, from 400-kg (900 lbs) grizzlies to Alaska state birds, willow ptarmigans, from Dall sheep to porcupines.

    Many visitors come to Alaska in winter to see Aurora Borealis when Northern Lights glow in all its glory. Birdwatching is also very popular among Alaska visitors, over 250 bird species inhabit the area, especially the southwest region. You can find all Alaska nature watch viewing sites including detail maps here. Whale watching boat trips allow the visitors an opportunity to observe and photograph Beluga, Orca, Humpback and Gray whales, along with many other marine mammals, in their natural environment. Available Alaska whale watching tours are listed by geographic region here. There many miles of trails for backpackers- from the pristine glaciers and fjords of remote Wrangell-St Elias National Park to the famous Chilkoot Trail where you follow the footsteps of the Klondike gold prospectors on this demanding 33-mile route near Skagway. It is a difficult hike and usually takes three to five days.

    The Alaska Trail system has over 40 both land and water-based trails with recognized recreational, scenic, and historic value. If you travel by RV or motorcoach, you need to know where to camp. Alaska RV parks index comes in handy.

    Do not also forget to visit Talkeetna – every Alaska visitor’s favorite small town is the base for superb flightseeing trips around Mount McKinley. Alaska’s capital Juneau is worth seeing. Founded as a roughneck mining town in 1880, Juneau is very much urbane these days. The city is also close to breathtaking glacier lookouts. If you enjoy driving, challenge the lonely Dalton Highway , a 500-mile road leading from  Fairbanks  to the Arctic Ocean. On the way you can try recreational gold panning on any Federal stream segments along the Dalton highway south of Atigun Pass. For those looking for downhill skiing opportunities, Alyeska Ski Resort, located 40 miles south of Anchorage, offers 3 double chairs, 2 fixed quads, 1 high-speed detachable quad and a 60-passenger tram to move you 840 m (2,800 feet) above scenic landscapes. For cross-country skiing fans Alaska’s many trails are available to trek through mountain valleys or to ski beside the ocean.

    Annual sled dog races (dog mushing) is Alaska’s official sport that attract participants and spectators from all over the world. The most famous race, Iditarod, runs for 1680 km (1,049 miles) from Anchorage to Nom and lasts 9 days starting on the first Saturday in March. Throughout the year many Alaska’s communities host festivals and carnivals, there are interesting events for everyone. One of them is World Ice Art Championships held at  Fairbanks  in February-March where competitors carve magnificent sculptures from blocks of ice. Among other outdoor activities we would like to mention are boating on Alaska waterways, snowmachining and ATV-ing. We also devoted three separate web pages to Alaska Sport Fishing , Hunting and Cruises.

    WHEN TO GO: Alaskan summers are cool, the average temperature is +14 deg.C (58 F) in summer and -12 deg.C (11 F) in winter. It receives midnight sunshine in May- July and goes into 24-hour darkness during the part of winter. May to September are the best months to visit for warm time activities. You can check next week weather forecast for Anchorage here.

    GETTING THERE: There are many direct or one-stop flights from major US cities. The largest Alaska’s city, Anchorage, is under 4 hours from Seattle by air. Anchorage is 2,463 road miles from Seattle, 3,608 miles from Los Angeles. It is more convenient to fly to Anchorage and rent a car or RV on the spot. To travel by water you can take a cruise to Alaska or use the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry.

    TRAVEL TIPS: Northern weather can be unpredictable. Consider taking with you and wearing multiple layers of clothes in response to a wide variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Alaska is more expensive than most other states: apart from two dozen hostels there’s little budget accommodation, and eating and drinking will set you back at least twenty percent more than in the Lower states. Still, experiencing Alaska on a low budget is possible, though it requires planning and off-peak travel. From June to August room prices are very high. May and September, when tariffs are relaxed and the weather only slightly chillier, are just as good times to go, and in April or October you’ll have the place to yourself, together with a smaller range of places to stay and eat. Winter months are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for the spectacular aurora borealis . At this time of year hotel rates drop by as much as half.

    We wish you a nice and safe trip!



    Does the Bible Support the Doctrine of an Age of Accountability?

    This writing is dedicated to Titi. An Indonesian woman living in the jungles of Borneo, and the mother of four who recently experienced the loss of two of her young sons to jungle fever. And to men and women everywhere who have known the pain of the loss of a small child. May the God of all comfort, by the Holy Spirit comfort Titi and others who grieve, that they may be able to accept and believe God’s revealed truth. That in their sorrow they may find an anchor for their souls in believing God’s promises, and the acknowledgment of the goodness of His plan. For He is in control.

    This teaching begins with a small story.

    I do not rightly recall the year with exactness, it was somewhere around 1997. My daughter Hanna was at the time about 13, maybe 14 years of age. I do not at this time remember the source, but I had obtained a copy of The Peace Child. A book telling the story of how a missionary named Don Richardson with his wife Carol had been used of God to bring the gospel to a stone-age people group in the tropical rain forests of what is now called Papua New Guinea, an island nation found directly north of the nation and continent of Australia. I had been very moved by the story, and as fortune would have it this same Don Richardson was to be the key speaker at a missions conference in   Fairbanks , Alaska. Since this was only a 300 mile drive away from our home, my daughter Hanna and I determined to invest a weekend to hear what this man had to say. We knew no one at church that was hosting the event, but they received us warmly and provided from among their members a place for us to stay for the weekend.

    Mr. Richardson’s speaking began with him offering a claim that he believed he could to the satisfaction of any thinking person prove that the Almighty would at the end of all things be proven to have won not only a moral victory over the evil one, but a quantitative victory as well. Meaning, that not only will the Lord be shown to be pure and true, and the devil absolutely corrupt, but that it will also be shown that far more souls of men have found refuse in the salvation of our Lord then the souls of men who have gone the way of the evil one. He further noted that his claim appeared to be exactly opposite to the words of Jesus found as apart of Jesus’ famous “sermon on the mount” recorded in Matthew 7:13-14, which reads as follows. Enter ye in at he straight gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in there at, because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there be that go in thereat. I must say that Mr. Richardson had my attention. For I was very acquainted with the words of Jesus found in Matthew 7:13-14, and I was interested to hear the explanation of his claim.

    Mr. Richardson then stated a claim that was to be the foundation for the larger assertion that God would be shown at the end of time to have won the quantitative victory over Satan. This claim being that through the course of human history 60 to 70% of all people who had been conceived in the womb had not lived to the reach an age where their faculties of understanding were developed so that they could be accounted responsible for the very sin that they were born into. Therefore, being held innocent before God at the point of their death, all such would have been, and still are to this day ushered directly into the heavenly glory of the Almighty God, our creator. These, by the mercies of God will be shown to have been privileged to have circumvented the rigors that are custom to this natural life. And of course us who have lived any amount of years in this life know very directly the magnitude of evil and pain that can be, and very often is a part of this natural life.

    Mr. Richardson was forthright to say that he could provide no clinical proof that as much as 60 to 70% of all human life from the beginning has never lived to what is termed by many as “the age of accountability”, but that the acceptance of these figured would be based on reasoning within the minds of thinking people who have appreciable understanding of the mortality rates that have been common in nations of the world both in regard to miscarriage and infant mortality, before the advent of modern medical and health practice. In fact, even to this day the mortality rate of the preborn and young children throughout the earth is very tremendous. Especially considering how that among “advanced”, and “civilized” nations, abortion steals the lives of multiple millions around the world each year.

    Mr. Richardson had my attention. My ears, as it might be said, were all his. I wanted to hear what he had to say, for since my youth I had heard the term “age of accountability” used in Church circles, but I had never been able to provide sufficient Scriptural proof of this teaching. It was not that I did not believe that the very young, because of their innocence, went directly into God’s presence at the point of their death, but yet I could not show it by Scripture, and I wanted to be able to have the confidence of Scripture in this most important issue.

    Before we examine the Scripture let us again rehearse the claim that Mr. Richardson offered that day, the same claim that I now am suggesting and promoting to you, the reader. That the Almighty Sovereign will be shown at the end of time when all the affairs of man are laid out plainly to be judged, to have not only won a moral victory, (which is to say that He will have been shown to every soul of man to be absolutely good, and the devil, and his influences to be absolutely corrupt) but will be shown to have won the quantitative victory as well, having provided a way for the larger percentage of all human life to in spite of the sin of mankind to have both an entrance and a continuance in His presence for eternity. This being possible because 60-70% of all human life have not continued in this life to the age of accountability. Therefore, not having to undergo both the rigors and the deceptive temptations of the evil one in this present life. For this Yahweh aught to be praised!

    Mr. Richardson then went on to show us a particular Bible verse that was the text of his message. And like what is very common in Scripture the truth that we were searching out was to be found in the text of a story that really has no direct bearing on the particular truth we were seeking to uncover. Isaiah chapter 7 begins with the unfolding of the story how that the nations of ancient Syria and Israel had joined to form an army that had marched on Jerusalem to over take it. The prophet Isaiah and his son were sent out by God to meet the king of Judah who was a descendant of the King David, whose name was Ahaz. Ahaz was given the comfort of the promise that the actions of the two kings of the north would fail. Further the prophet instructed Ahaz to mention anything whatsoever that he may have wished to be accomplished as a sign that God would protect Jerusalem, exactly has He had promised. Ahaz, felt that it would be tempting the Lord to ask for a sign, so he declined the offer of the prophet. Therefore the prophet, speaking by the Holy Spirit offered his own sign, and that sign was that a virgin would conceive and bring forth a son, and that His name would be called Immanuel. This obviously was spoken in regards to the Messiah, Jesus, the Christ of God. Who some generations later was to be conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit within the womb of a young woman named Mary who at the time was espoused to a man for marriage, but had yet to join him in physical relations.

    As extremely tremendous as the reality of this prophetic prediction, and its fulfillment was, and still is, we will leave it and focus on the following statements concerning the child which was the fulfillment of the prophecy. From it we will forge the exhilarating and comforting conclusions pertaining to the doctrine of the age of accountability. Speaking of this child that was to be born of a virgin woman the prophet went on to say, “He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong, and choose the right, But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.” (Isaiah 7: 15-16 NIV) Thus we see mentioned in words that were first, in particular terms, used in regards to the Lord Jesus, the truth that there is an age of innocence in a child’s youth before the child (any child) can come to a place where he has sufficient faculties to discern good from evil and choose the way of good or evil. In regards to the Lord Jesus this truth is verified by the Scripture in Hebrews 2:10 where it is said that Jesus had to suffer in order to be brought to a place of perfectness, (completion). So if the One who was born of the actual seed of God had to by the love of the truth learn to choose good over evil, how much more the rest of the human family who have each been born into sin. Therefore, concluding that children who die during the innocence of this period of their lives are according to the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:8, ushered into the presence of the Eternal God. For 2 Corinthians 5:8 speaking of the death of one who abides under the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ at the point of death says, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

    Praise and exaltation to the Lord who in His mercy has allowed countless millions of the human family to escape the harsh rigors of this present natural life to find an entrance into His presence in that they were were at the time of their departure from this life found innocent before Him, not having come to the place of understanding sufficient to choose either good or evil. May He ever be praised for this. May His goodness be recognized among all peoples of the world. May the comfort of this truth be known by all who have lost children, and grieve for the loss of them. Knowing that through the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ they are not lost, but only temporarily separated from those of us who are yet to gain an entrance into the heavenly courts. Who by the atoning properties of His blood which He allowed to be shed upon the Cross, considers all who will receive Him by faith to be acceptable to God. To this God be praise and adoration throughout all eternity. Amen!

    A Watchman,

    Please consider: Isaiah 7:1-17, 2 Cor. 1:3, Heb. 6:19, 2 Cor. 5:8, Acts 20:28, Romans 3:25, Romans 5:19, Eph. 1:17, Eph. 2:13, Heb. 13:12,



    Hidden Side of Steve Jobs

    There isn’t a soul in the world that hasn’t in some way known about Steve Jobs. In fact, I’m pretty sure that you have all been impacted by him in some way, whether it was by using one of the amazing Apple computers and electronic gadgets that he helped create, or perhaps sharing some time with family and friends watching one of the many Pixar Studios animated films he was an inspirational part of. Whatever the case, right up until he passed away, Steve Jobs was all at once an icon, a visionary, and pioneer. But, he was also human, and as such, it turns out that he was just as “complex” as the rest of us.

    Steve’s Visit to India & Buddhist Leanings

    It’s common knowledge that Steve Jobs visited India in 1974, something that he was inspired to do during his days as a struggling college dropout in Portland, Oregon, when we walked to the Hare Krishna Temple for a weekly free meal. But did you know that he was Buddhist? Well, most certainly in an “unofficially official” sense, I assure you. Yet, he was very much a spiritual man, trying to reconnect with his inner self, so much so that he did have a Buddhist monk conduct his wedding. So, now you decide if he was or wasn’t Buddhist.

    Purely Pescatarian?

    You’ve heard of “Vegetarianism” and “Veganism,” maybe even joked about “absolute Non-Vegetarianism,” but do you know that it’s perfectly normal to be a “Pescatarian”? Relax; a “pescatarian” is someone who eats all vegetables and only fish and other seafood as a source of non-vegetarian proteins. You may not know this, but it created a bit of a headache for companies like McDonalds who were constantly voted down by Steve for the right to co-brand Happy Meals with Pixar characters.

    Steve Jobs Lied? Who hasn’t?

    Indeed, who hasn’t lied, right? But did you know that Steve lied to his long-standing business associate and, well, “friend” Steve Wozniak, back when they were first starting out? Working on development for Atari together, they got paid $5,000, but because Steve Jobs wanted to invest in his dreams sooner, and didn’t have the requisite capital yet, he lied to Wozniak and told him that they only got $750 for it, giving him only $375 as part of their 50-50-split agreement. On this count, I’m sure you’ll agree that he showed his fundamental “humanness” and let his human nature shine out a bit more than anyone, especially Steve Wozniak would have liked.

    Steve Jobs Lied? Who hasn’t?

    Poor guy, when he was told about this, Wozniak said that had Steve Jobs only asked him, he would have gladly loaned him the money that he wanted from what he had gotten paid. It’s sad, but does this really make Steve Jobs a bad guy? I mean, let’s not forget that he first denied that Lisa Brennan, the daughter he had with Chris-Anne Brennan, was his child. But then, he helped pay for her Harvard education. So, what was Steve Jobs, according to you? Was he the visionary that the world loved to hate but still looked up to? Or was he just another human being, some good, some bad, and some issues that needed to be handled better?



    Travel Jobs – Make Adventure Your Career!

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

    I want to open your eyes a bit to the wonderful opportunities the world has to offer. Other than spending 8-plus hours a day in a tiny cubicle, slaving away at something you hate, there are scores of things that you can do to make money in exciting, adventurous ways.

    For most of these jobs you don’t need to be young or physically fit. You don’t need to have special training, or training that is not easily acquired. You just need to realize that they’re there and go and get ’em.

    There are jobs that pay you to travel. There are jobs that give you free room and board. There are jobs that take you sailing, horse-back riding, mountain-hiking and to exotic islands. There are even jobs that pay you to dine at fancy restaurants.

    The list of exciting travel and adventure jobs that are available to you is almost limitless. You can literally pick and choose what excites you the most. And if in the rare case your dream-job doesn’t exist – you can create it.

    Did you know that:

    There are literally thousands of commercial fishing companies in Alaska that are always looking for new employees. Most of them will pay for your round-trip airfare from Seattle to Alaska, give you free room and board and pay you $2,000 to $10,000 a month (with experience you could earn even more).

    English teachers are in high demand around the world. Institutes and private individuals will pay you just for showing people something that you already know. Usually, no special certificates are required (you don’t even need to speak the local language), and you can make $200 a day by teaching English as a foreign language. Teach in Thailand, Japan, Brazil – wherever.

    You can buy highly-prized items for dirt-cheap in countries around the globe, then sell them for huge profits. (Gold jewelry could cost you $100, you sell it for $1,000, earning you a profit of $900). One of the best ways to sell these items is through online auctions like eBay – and if you do it right you’ll be able to run your auction business from anywhere in the world.

    There are humanitarian organizations, like the Peace Corps, that pay for your room and board, and give you a monthly income. You’ll be able to travel to foreign lands, help people, and get paid for it.

    Your travel photographs are worth $$$. There are several places online (check out Shutterstock.com and iStock.com) where you can post your pictures. Every single time one of your pictures gets downloaded, you earn a commission. Once a picture is posted it stays there for as long as you like, and you continue to earn residual income from it, from anywhere in the world. Imagine how much you could earn each month with 1,000 pictures posted on several different sites.

    Countless websites, magazines, newspapers and trade journals want your travel stories. When you write about your travel experiences these publications pay you for it. Also, when you show restaurants, tour agencies and hotels your writing credentials, they will often give you a big discount on their services.

    Wildfires spring-up during the hot, summer months. They threaten forests, wildlife and homes. The people that fight these fires get room, board and travel expenses paid for. Plus, they get paid their standard hourly-wage, overtime pay, time and a half pay, and even hazard pay. Wildland firefighters consistently make thousands of dollars every week.

    I could go on, but I think you get the idea. There is absolutely no reason at all to stay in a boring, unfulfilling job that you hate when so many fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities are out there.

    Life should be an adventure. There are scores of adventurous job opportunities waiting for you to take advantage of them. So why wait? Get started today.



    Jobs in the Oil Industry – Roustabouts

    Are you ready for adventure, great money and benefits, 6 months on and 6 months off? Are you in really good physical shape and willing to work hard? If the answers to these questions is yes, then the job of a roustabout on an oil rig might just be what you’re looking for.

    The petroleum exploration and production industry is the largest industry in the world. Because oil and gas are the life’s blood of the world, it’s an industry that is expanding, regardless of the current economic conditions and it’s in real need of people willing to work hard and get compensated very well for their efforts.

    In order to keep up with the world’s thirst for oil, oil companies are inventing and deploying exciting new technologies that are allowing exploration and extraction where it was impossible just a few years ago. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, for instance, they are doing horizontal drilling which allows them to go under existing structures and leave very little impact on the land.

    Where do you want to work? Jobs are available wherever there is oil and oil extraction is occurring all over the world – as of 2005 statistics, the Middle East produced 31% of the world’s oil with North America (including Canada’s oil sands) producing 16.5% and Central and South America producing the least at 9%. The North Sea, Asia, and Africa are all set to become much bigger players in the development of their oil reserves.

    If drilling in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline project gain approval from the American Congress, a vast number of new oil jobs will come onto the market. The demand is for people willing to do the dirty work on drilling rigs, on the pipelines and in the refineries even though they may not have all the formal qualifications. Demand is also high for white collar workers who have degrees in various areas of petroleum engineering and geosciences.

    Three of the most prominent places exploration and extraction of oil is taking place – the oil sands fields in Alberta, Canada, the Bekkan Formation in North Dakota, USA and Barnet Shale Fields in Texas, USA – all of these are crying out for both experienced and entry level workers.

    For many of the jobs open around the world, you can expect $50,000 to $75,000 a year for an entry level job. And with incredible potential for promotion, the career ladder on an oil rig means as you move from roustabout to roughneck to assistant driller and even to rig supervisor, you can expect significant pay increases.

    It’s not work for the faint-hearted though, many of these are jobs involving hard physical labour around heavy equipment and you’ll have to stay on your toes. You could be working either offshore and onshore, in remote locations and often in extreme weather. But with the right attitude, a strong work ethic, the right training and qualifications you can make the oil industry your next port of call.