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Kodiak man's work takes others to 'task'

Posted: December 17, 2012 - 1:01am
In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, David Thomas stands by the truck of his company Task-Are-Us in Kodiak, Alaska, Thomas is a Coast Guard firefighter, and when he's not answering fire calls, he's picking up the phone to handle odd jobs across the city. (AP Photo/Kodiak Daily Mirror, Nicole Klauss)  Nicole Klauss
Nicole Klauss
In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, David Thomas stands by the truck of his company Task-Are-Us in Kodiak, Alaska, Thomas is a Coast Guard firefighter, and when he's not answering fire calls, he's picking up the phone to handle odd jobs across the city. (AP Photo/Kodiak Daily Mirror, Nicole Klauss)

KODIAK — When it’s cold outside, activities like shoveling the porch or picking up groceries seem unappealing.

Task-Are-Us of Kodiak is working to make people’s lives easier by taking care of the little tasks they don’t have the time or energy to do.

David Thomas started Task-Are-Us around a year ago and said it really took off about three months later. Task-Are-Us completes small tasks to help make life easier for people in Kodiak.

“When I got it going, it worked out because a lot of people, like fishermen’s wives, their husbands are gone and they need stuff done, handyman work,” Thomas said.

Task-Are-Us does event setup and cleanup, winter tasks like shoveling porches or sidewalks, helping people move, dog walking and sitting, grocery pickup, minor landscaping and handiwork, among others.

“I do pretty much anything,” Thomas said. “A lot of people like little things done and don’t have time to do it. I have people kidding their husbands won’t do it.”

Thomas has also worked on large projects like cleaning up the Kalsin Bay Inn property. When the owner sold it, Thomas and five friends worked to clean up the land.

Over the summer he pressure-washed and refinished decks for Coast Guard families who didn’t have time to do it.

The business is a side operation for Thomas, who works full time as a firefighter at the Coast Guard Fire Station. He said when he’s not able to take a task because of work, he is usually able to have one of the other firefighters at the station complete it.

“At first they were laughing because they didn’t think it would go, and now they’re working with me,” he said.

Thomas decided to start the business because he was looking for a job he could continue when he retires in four years.

“I was looking at something I could do so when I retire I can have a little extra income,” he said. “A lot of times when you retire you can’t live here because it’s so expensive, so that was my idea. If it goes good here I could actually start it elsewhere too because you don’t see this too often. There are a lot of handymen, but not a variety like I do.”

Thomas charges an hourly rate, and people can call for quotes.

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