Wednesday, September 21, 2005
My Fellow Alyeskans... It's Miller Time!
Yes, I am in fact an Alyeska resident... still. If you ever get stationed up there you'd be a moron not to become one. The first reason is because it's easier to live up there and deal with government issues as a citizen. Second reason... Free Money Baby!
No, not welfare. No... not government subsistence. Oil revenues. The state of Alyeska invests the money it makes off of its sale of oil. A percentage of the annual investment profit is divided equally among all Alyeska citizens. This little scheme is called the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. This year's money breakdown can be found here.
The amount of money shared isn't really that large, but it is kind of rare for a state government to share with its citizenry the profits made from the state's natural resources. After all, the citizens own the state... not the government.
So as I was saying to my fellow Alyeskan's... It's Miller Time Baby!
To my non-Alyeskan brethren... the great State of Alaska is not really called Alaska. Its original native name was 'Alyeska' until the evil white man came with their snow boards and evil TGI Friday restaurants and declared the new name as 'Alaska', mainly because they couldn't spell Alyeska. Don't you remember the little ditty... "You say Alaska, I say Alyeska."
Oh, and the 3rd reason for being an Alyeskan resident... besides the prestine beauty and great wildlife... is the fact that we get to say 'Wanna see the biggest State in the Union' as a pick-up line.
posted by El Capitan at 2:25 PM
that is totally cool, I wonder if they do start drilling more up there (fat chance with the envirotypes scaring everyone) if your share goes up too, or will they find a way to weasel out of new projects?
I Learn me sumthin ever day!
And the town of Chicken, AK was named such, because the miners couldn't spell Ptarmigan (I think that's how you spell it...). Beautiful country.1:58 AM
I knew there was another reason that I so loved Alyeska. What a beautiful place. I didn't know you were a resident at one time. That's so bad ass.8:17 AM