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Got some good (?) news today. Lawyer thinks the first step to my Green card might be done by end of year. We are still years from leaving but at least it is something. It is almost October and we are back into the mid to high 90's. God I hate California. We actually had a little rain the other night for the first time on months and months (gasp!). It just shows how cruel this place is: we go from rain to unbearable heat again. Not to mention that the rain was a freak accident that was about 2 months too early. What kills me is how the retards who live in this place see 1/10" of rain and then cry about how they can't wait for the heat again. The top story on the news is how the heat is coming back, don't you worry.

So after the terrible accident where we lost three dogs, we are starting to rebuild. Trying small dogs. Not sure how they will handle -50; if anyone who reads this knows how little dogs do, I would sure like a comment. We are trying to thin the…
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So I read in John Wilder's blog (http://movingnorth.blogspot.com/) about the lack of local government interference with personal property rights in Fairbanks. I always assumed that such freedom was a cornerstone of American democracy and freedom. Boy was I wrong. The final straw I had with California came last summer. I blew a main breaker. It was 100 degrees (38 degrees celsius for my Canadian readers) and climbing. I had no power so I had no Air conditioning and no water. Day one turned into day three before I finally tracked the problem down. But the tenants in the house before I bought it were power thieves so the meter was locked. And PG&E would not remove the lock to allow me to replace the main breaker without a building permit per county ordinance! Three days without power and water. The animals were dry. The plants were dying. I was frazzled. And I needed government permission to replace a breaker. After many angry phone calls, and the help of an electrician, I got po…
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So I got a new toy. Wanted one for a while but with the blog I felt it was critical. So I finally got a digital camera (God I love Ebay). Up above you can see my new $30,00 kitchen. Posted the pictures here because I told my mother I would. Spending the money seemed like a good idea at the time. I guess it will make my house easier to sell and since timing will be critical, that is important. Anywhere we move in Alaska would be a shock in winter so it will be important to move in Spring. Of course timing is anyone's guess. Got some bad news about the government backlog for green cards. Seems it is now 4 1/2 years! Not entirely sure I can stay sane that long here. It is retarded. My wife was a geriatric nurse for years in England but now she sits around. We just wait for paperwork to be processed. Maybe we should have come in a raft. Here's a partial solution to the social security crisis brewing President Bush: SPEED UP THE DAMN GREEN CARDS FOR THOSE OF THAT …
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Don't get me wrong: I am still leaning towards Fairbanks (hence the name of the blog). That doesn't mean that I want my (future) kids carrying an oxygen tank by 5 like some 87 year old smoker. So I am looking to the hills around Fairbanks. I understand that getting up a little bit can mean it is 20 degrees warmer too. Nice. Got some real estate flyers in the mail today. Spent part of day looking at them with "Google Earth", which is too cool by the way, and even looking at schools. I can't believe that I will be a dad in a few months. Pearl Creek Elementary seems like a good hit.

So now I am trying to figure out how to get to Alaska. The Deuce is fun to drive but at 45 MPH for 4000 miles it will get to be too much. Thinking about the ferry. Priced it at $11,200. Thank god moving expenses are a tax break. But you have to leave your animals for days at a time? That is cruel and stupid. Coast guard regualtions treat the dog lover and farmer like Osama …
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So I've narrowed down my search in Alaska to three cities: Palmer, Fairbanks and Kenai. There are pros and cons to each. Note that I have not included Anchorage. Too big. To me, moving to Alaska and living in a big city is about as stupid as taking a trip around the world and only eating at McDonald's. How fun! I have also excluded the really isolated places like Bethel or Nome. I think my little fireball of a wife would kill me.

1. The Cons of Fairbanks: the cold. Although I love and miss the cold I think I would be foolish to think that I could go from California to -60 and not feel it.
Second, the crappy air quality of Fairbanks. From what I can gather breathing the air in Fairbanks is about as healthy as riding around New Orleans in a canoe and drinking the "water". I didn't take this photo (obviously) but it shows the nice, clear air of Fairbanks in the winter. Third, the isolation (although this is not too big a factor given the size of Fa…
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I suppose my hatred of California could be whiney. Remember that song from the 80's about sunscreen? There is a line in it like "live in northern california once but leave before it makes you soft". That has definitely happened to me. I guess part of it is that it is so hot for 5 months a year that I can't step outside without puking. I have gained 15 pounds since moving here whereas I never gained an ounce from the age of 16 to 26. Maybe it was the constant activity in the cool weather. If you want to feel like a piece of Tandoori chicken every day then move to California.

So I priced out the cost of a UHaul from California to Alaska. One way. $9,999. No joke. Ten K to rent a truck for a week. Nope. Went a bought a 1966 Deuce (pictured above). Now I have to figure out how to drive it and make sure it will make it to Fairbanks. I have a year and half at least I guess. Waiting for Green card and that will take forever.

I gotta get out of here

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First post. Haved decided that it is North to Alaska. Moved to California from British Columbia. Hate it here. Why you ask? Lots of OBJECTIVE reasons. The heat. The only thing that grows here is "star thistle". It is less fun than you might imagine. Look at the pic and imagine that is the ONLY alive thing for miles. You can't walk without getting covered in burrs and getting so scratched that you want to die. Or at least it feels that way when you have to clean your leg hairs. They say California is the land of "milk and honey". But the only vegetation besides pine oak trees is dead grass, star thistle and burrs. The smallest cow and the most midgety bee would starve to death if the two of them had the entire state to feed off of. What else? The ban on the .50 cal rifle. Guns cause crime like flies cause garbage. Taxes. The Three Strikes law. Don't get me started on the law in California generally. The Courts and Legislature are as busy grabbing the rights …