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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


And you thought Alaska was all about whales, glaciers, towering peaks and grandeur.... and by request, a special addition for Iain

Dispatcher: I have a trip at Rozak Pawn. Want it?

New Driver: Sure.

Dispatcher: Are you familiar with Rozak?

New Driver: No, but I have a map and a phonebook. I ought to be able to find it.

Dispatcher: If you aren't familiar with this address you will need more help than you can find in a phonebook.

Truer words have never been spoken. This story may not be unique to Alaska, but it certainly has Alaskan flavor.

For background, Rozak Pawnshop burnt down 10+ years ago. There is a nearby apartment complex that is still referred to as "Rozak Pawn" by cabdrivers.

Dispatcher: Are you familiar with the Fantasyland porn shop?

New Driver: Yes.

Dispatcher: The first road past Fantasyland is Rozak Road. Take a right on Rozak, then take an immediate left. This will put you on a goat trail that leads back into the woods. Follow the goat trail around for a ways. When it looks like you are in the middle of a junk yard.... keep going. Follow the goat trail through the junk yard. When you get back a ways you will see a building that looks like it may have been inhabited 20 years ago, or possibly a lean-to that a meth cook erected in the middle of nowhere. That is actually an apartment building. When you get there lay on the horn until someone comes out.

Perfect instructions.

I still remember the first time I picked up at Rozak Pawn.

Dispatcher: Are you there yet?
Me: I...... don't think so.
Dispatcher: Where are you?
Me: Well... I'm back in the woods. All I see are piles of tires.
Dispatcher: That's the place. Start honking.

For Iain:

For the Google satellite view, click here.

South side of the Richardson Highway. East side of Rozak road. It's hard to tell, but the building in question is hidden behind piles of junk. I didn't realize it until I saw the satellite view, but the junk extends pretty far back into the woods.

Sounds like something out of Mad Max. Please take a photo and share it with us next time you're there.
Thanks for the link. I had a look around using Street View and it isn't pretty. You don't see much of that in suburban London.
They have Street View in rural Fairbanks?????????????
You know, that could pass for rural Alabama.
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