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So I guess I've been beaten. At the current time, the waiting list for a professional worker who is NOT from India or China (for them its way worse) to get a green card is about 13 years. Add 5 more to become a citizen and I will be a citizen by the time I am 59! I wish I was making this up. But I'm not. So I have to sell the Deuce. Trying on Ebay but who knows. It just isn't fair to the truck, or economically feasible, to have a $6000 moving truck sit around for years. On another note, I guess I got a small taste of my own medicine. We just had a winter storm in Northern California yesterday (which means that today it was so hot I had to take my shirt off to work outside...I am not kidding just look at the weather in the picture above which is dated today). Of course one day of rain makes everyone in California panic like the bird flu was just injected into Big Macs. So, me being me, I make fun of everyone. The news stories about a day of rain being presented in the same …
So my younger brother calls out of the blue today. We haven't spoken in, like, five years. He tells me that he hasn't worked in years. He is 30, has lost his hair and has bags under his eyes. He has a heart problem and has a swollen left testicle that has left him unable to work for years. The doctors apparently don't know what to tell him. Either do I. A quick Google search reveals this:

"Possible causes of symptom: Swollen testes: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Swollen testes as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

Testicle injury
Scrotal infection
Bowel loop hernia
Scrotal cyst
Testicle cancer
Scrotal skin condition

Ward, maybe you should take that list to the Doctor and say "start checking at the top and let me know when we figure it out". Damn, if my nut hurt so bad I lost my hair I'm not sure…
So Merry Christmas everyone. As you can see it is raining here but we have our Christmas lights up nonetheless. We are looking forward to a new year. After losing 4 dogs, a cat, a baby goat, 2 piglets and numerous poultry we are hoping for a year with less death. Besides Kadee, we will be having puppies with Becky and David, getting a new steer, getting more turkeys, chickens and guinea fowl, we should have babies out of 3 goats, and I would like to get a cat for some kittens.

We have no plans for the holidays, but as you can see I am well stocked for the holiday season.

At least with booze. Unfortunately the bar is so crammed with homebrew right now that this picture doesn't do the bar justice.

On an entirely different note, whether or not I move to Alaska, drilling in ANWAR is a bad idea. And today the Senate blocked it yet again. I mean good God, destroy one of the last wild places on Earth for some oil? Yes, yes I know the arguments about the size of Alaska and the new technology…
So we went to the home brew store yesterday. I love that place. Except it always takes me a couple hours to get out of there. Mick, the owner, is constantly brought home brewed alcohol for his opinion. Tough job. But he loves to sit and chat with each person for, like, ever. When it is my turn it is ok but waiting is frustrating. I always just used to get a kit beer and make that. Now, however, I am getting into all grain brewing. Although I still have not made a beer that impresses me I keep trying.

Today I am making a lemon rosemary hefeweizen. I got the most gorgeous lemons I have ever seen from a friends tree and some rosemary from another friends bush. I found a recipe and tweaked it a little. I will see. I have spent some time figuring out which beers I would like to perfect for my brew pub: a red beer (like Rickards Red for you Canucks out there--I am cloning a red beer from the Yukon beer company later today), a stout (oatmeal maybe?), a hefeweizen (maybe flavor…
So Jeremy unexpectedly came up for the weekend. What to do? The obvious. We went out to the range with about 20 guns and blasted away for the day. Now, we are cooking a prime rib from our beef and drinking. Julianne isn't here. In a few minutes we are going to play a head to head World War II game til about 2 am. A man's day. I forgot to take the camera to the range but here is pic of one of the black powder pistols we were shooting.

Actually this gun belongs to the guy who taught Julianne to drive but it is at my house until he gets a place where he can keep it. There was a six year old boy shooting next to us with his dad. It made me a little sad but I guess I can always take Kadee with me. Julianne, as you see, continues to do well.

I wish I had more to report. The weather continues to be in the 50's. People are continuing to panic about the "cold". I study, I work, I wait for my kid to be born. Yay. Work is about to get crazy as I am starti…
So it's a girl. If you look at the bottom left of the second scan you can see KADEE LEIGH ADAMS face. If you look at the bottom left of the first picture you can see her hand. The doctor says she looks fine. No deformities that he can see, but he made it clear (for liability reasons I am sure) that we cant know for sure As glad as we are about that we are a little sad. We both wanted to name our child SAMUEL WALLACE ADAMS after our boys. That will be next. So anyone reading this better not steal that name! I am kind of glad in a way. Now I can meet the boys she wants to date. I will have one rule: if she sees it, it is gone. To the pigs. Here is 1000 years warning (actually these days more like 16 if I am lucky): boys stay away from her or I will feed you to the grizzlies. It is weird. I already feel VERY touch her and the Adams boys will kill your ass.

Otherwise not much is new. God it rained yesterday. Almost made me feel at home. Another w…
Well some good news. I think I am less panicked about the whole Alaska bar exam thing. I still have a few months and I have a plan to get it learned enough to pass. If I had thought about it, I would have written the Washington bar exam and waived in. I guess the only benefit to my madness is I get to go to Alaska in February. Yay! As I said earlier, we find out if it is a boy or not on Friday. I know Julianne (and others for that matter) don't understand but I REALLY want a boy first. INCOMING! We each bought a little outfit on the weekend: mine was for a boy and J's for a girl. Cross your fingers. I managed to pawn my loser felony trial off on an eager misdemeanor attorney so that is good too. The only good thing about a trial right now is the beautiful old courthouse that trials are done in.

And, unlike everyone else in this lousy state, I am happy about the winter "storm" we are having. Watching the news you think it was Rapture time or something. OH…
So it took a whole day (7 am to 5 pm) but we cut enough meat to last five families an entire year.

In fact I was surprised it took so long because I have so much to do. As if working full time wasn't enough I am trying to study every day. Not to mention the fact that there is NO Alaska outline as to what I have to learn so I am making one from scratch. Next week I am in trial and so my life is about to get even crazier. I feel a little overwhelmed really with the amount that is going on. I could study 8 hours a day and still feel like I am doing too little. Today is another example of how much I have to do. Oh well. At least the weather finally turned. We had rain finally and the house is actually chilly today.

It is about 50 degrees outside, which is nice. I wish I had more time to work outside today. I had a 4 day weekend but it felt like about 2 hours. I can only imagine how bad it will be when there is a kid too. Julianne and I find out the sex on Friday at 4 p.…
So I called the Alaska Bar Association just to check on the status of my application. Everything was fine until Ellie asked me if I was studying Alaska law. I would fail if I wasn't. Oh great. Of course I haven't been. When I wrote California, I was told not to study the specifics of California law but to "think like a lawyer". Turns out, from looking at old Alaska bar exams, that she is right. I need to know Alaska specific law. Just add that onto the list of things I have to do. Thankfully I might be able to find a little time at work, if things don't get crazy with drunk drivers over the holidays.

I heard an interesting piece on NPR about blogs. About how people don't want to read about what movies you saw or how your kids are. Who cares? Good point. Maybe I should stick to the basics of this blog: why Kalifornia sucks. Well the house pictured above (a model I like by the way) would be half a million dollars or more. Actually I shouldn&#…
Well some of us had a busy day. Our dog Becky and our cat Witty, who have an unnatural relationship, spent the day lounging. We both worked on the room, I dealt with some homebrew issues, we worked on the hide, J cleaned the kitchen etc. I still have a least two full weeks of work here. I could stay busy here full time. Tonight I still have to do a partial water change on my tank, study etc. Whew! The weatehr was about perfect, if a little warm. We had a great sunset, that this picture does not do justice to.

For some reason we have amazing sunsets here in the fall. By now, in Fairbanks it is still light but is -8F or -22 C per Nice. Here, I am trying to get all the things done outside that I didn't want to do all summer. I found time for a ride today even.

Another week start tommorrow. I remember when I was first a Public Defender how I could not wait to go to work. Now I am just thinking that we have a four day weekend coming up soon. Even though this was…
Well, as promised, we killed our beef on Friday. Let me tell you, I had the "butcher's steak" and it is awesome tasting meat. It should be: they went through thousands of pounds of corn and molasses and alfalfa. Whatever some of the uneducated masses may say, a grain finished home grown beef is better than factory meat by far. The first pic was taken about 10 seconds after I shot the steer. Dan, our friend and butcher, hopped in there and cut the throat.

Then we dragged it out, (pic 2) put it on its back and started skinning (pics 3 and 4). THe we lifted it up, finished skinning, gutted it and cut it in half. You can see there is a lot of beef in the back of the truck. Mine was 675 pounds and the other was 880 pounds of meat and bones. We butcher on November 26. We brought the hide home and started cleaning it for tanning. We are going to put it on the floor somewhere. We finished the basic scraping and salted it today.

On other news, I am proud to a…
So I am cooking dinner last night when my brother calls me on his satellite phone from Alberta. Out of the blue he offers to pay our tickets to see him and his family. I pause. On the one hand I am thrilled. I would love to see them again. On the other there is my pride. Damnit I am a lawyer. I should be able to pay my own way. Especially when I learn that the tickets are going to be around $2000. Well family over money. I guess that's easy for me to say since I'm not paying. But we are going! It'll be great. The snow. Seeing the kids. I relax up there. Julianne can see a real winter environment. A small taste of the winters in Alaska to come.

We are actively seeking a new roommate but who knows? Not everyone wants to live in hickville. The big problem for us is who looks after the dogs, cats, horse, goats, pigs, fish etc for a week? A few months ago it would have easy. But I had a falling out with the guy at work that I could count on. Long story tha…
So the weather had finally "turned". Down to 70's and we've had an overnight rain. The dogs and cats seem to think that they are about to freeze to death. I put a heating pad under some soon to be liquor to keep the fermentation going and the cats and dogs love it. Gosh, the 70's. Right now in Fairbanks it is -17 F or -27 C. Nice. That is 90 degrees colder than here. Called yesterday to the ferry people. The good news is that ferry seems like it will be closer to $7,000 than $11,000. The bad news is that I might have to sell my horse Maximus. Standing in a horse trailer for 4 days might just be the end of him. We'll see. I also have my Deuce listed on Ebay. It turns out that I need a commercial license in Kalifornia for it. The only crappy state where I do, by the way. God I hate this crappy place; we are so over-regulated you can't fart without a government inspection. I have to go through one scale and stop on my way out of this place a…
I think the worst part of moving is leaving behind people that you care about. For example, I couldn't wait to get out of Victoria. Now, when I think about the people I left behind, and the people closer to me like my brother and his family, I feel so sad sometimes. The thought of moving to Alaska is exciting. But then I have to leave behind more people. To be honest, there are very few people here in Grass Valley or in Auburn that I will miss. In fact, none. But I will miss Jeremy over in Santa Rosa and Brian and Gomes over in Ukiah. I will still miss my family and friends in Victoria. Like Lloyd and Stephen and all the gang there. To someone reading this I guess this doesn't make much sense. I mean, who are these people? To those that know me such emotion might seem out of place. But, I mean what the hell? I barely make it every month. Yes, yes I am objectively lucky I know that. And we live well I know that. But it is NOT how I envisioned my life when I dre…
So we want to visit my brother over Christmas. Can't. Will be trapped in first picture instead of visiting him and his family (second picture). My roommate of 2 years just gave notice and will be out within a week. I am a lawyer but without a roommate I can't make it. Mainly because of medical bills. The baby is costing my about $500 a month and will for some time. At least a year. After a $2300 mortgage, $500 in medical bills, that leaves about $1200 for car payment, insurance, power, gas, TV, internet, phone, food, animal food, automobile gas, etc. So no visiting Canada this year. I want my boss to start pay family benefits but who knows? As long as the US government takes 20 years to make a simple decision, I will live on credit cards.
So we visited our friend Brian in Ukiah this weekend. We hung out with him and another friend, Steve (the "cheap bastard") Gomes. Actually, I'll have to tell the story sometime about why I can't call him that anymore. They are both great guys and to be honest they were the hardest part of leaving Ukiah. We miss them and visit as often as we can. We told them about Alaska and they were supportive, which is nice. I told them about the Deuce and why I bought her and they couldn't believe it. So I posted another pic of her. Yes it is scary. But from here to Bellingham and then from the port in Alaska to whatever town we choose shouldn't be too bad.

We went up to Gomes new 880 acre ranch. Simply stunning. Forgot the digital camera but pics were taken with regular cameras and I'll be putting up pics soon. Brian and I hunted pig but didn't see any. The place is crawling with deer, pig, bear and other wildlife. By "ranch" I mean undi…
So our plan is to sell out of California, take the equity and buy a piece of land in Alaska. The more I think about it, the more I really miss the ocean. Maybe it is the fact that I was born on an Island. So a piece of land near or on the ocean would be great. We want a log house. Imagine this: a log house is in the center of the picture. Off to the left, via a totally enclosed walkway, is the pool house. We really want an indoor pool. The picture above makes me drool. Make it tropical. Off to the right, via a longer enclosed walkway is a covered riding arena (like the one above). At one end of that are the stalls, pens etc. Finally, off to the back, (again via enclosed walkway) is the shop. Hence, no matter how dark and cold it is outside one could swim, ride or work in the shop without going outside. I love the idea. All of this makes sense in Fairbanks but less so on the coast. The enclosed walkways wouldn't cost that much (I don't think) and when it's 6…