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So, a lot happened today. A lot. First, after five years of swearing I would never get a cell phone, I did. Some local lawyers who are too busy, and who happen to be friends, said they would refer me business if I had a cell. Even one private DUI for $1500 puts us way above where we are. Plus the baby and all. So I did it. Got a plan with NO long distance or roaming charges, which is why I swore I would never get another cell phone. This means that if I have to go Alaska to look for a new house or a job interview I can stay in touch. If I get J a phone with the same company we can talk for free. Second, I got our birds today. Day old chicks. Meat birds, turkeys and layers. Mmmm, free range chicken. I haven't bought meat for years. And I refuse to. Those who support the factory farms will have to answer someday to someone.

If you eat meat, have the decency to raise your own. If you can't buy from someone who does. Our animals NEVER suffer, in life or death. Those who abuse anima…
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So, work around here continues at a breakneck speed. I am working at least 3 hours after work every day. Yet I am very frustrated at how much there is to do. Joe, the backhoe guy, came and spent about 7 hours digging trenches, moving compost and logs and fixing the driveway. We got the trailer plumbed, wired and built a septic system (pictured below).


I painted on it tonight. I also removed a bunch of rotten sewage pipes. Fun job. The electrician comes on Friday to hook it up. By the time my mother arrives in 2 weeks or so it should be livable (if you exclude the brewery in the front half of it!). I guess I am panicking a little because I know the heat is coming. If I don't get this stuff done now, it will soon be too hot to work outside. Like I have said before, living in California is just like living in Alaska: in July and August here it is way too hot to work. In Kenai in December and January it may be too cold outside to work. One big difference (and one of the main reaso…
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So, Gabe is over and we are drinking. Must go. Shooting broken carboys with blackpowder pistol. No wonder so many guys died in the civil war: it takes about 5 minutes to load. I think I want to kill my first moose in Alaska with one. It will add some risk. God bless America. If you look carefully at the second pic you can see water and glass flying into the air. Awesome. After shooting and drinking beer must eat meat. Good friday night. Except for the screaming kid. Just kidding. She is great. Or maybe I am just saying due to lack of sleep. Maybe enough Dark Delirium will mean sweet, sweet sleep tonight. I feel sorry for teetotaler J.
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So, I 've taken a big mental leap. I doubt it will pan out for several reasons but I have tried. I applied for a job in Kenai today. It is a lot sooner than I thought I would (as I haven't even learned if I passed the Alaska Bar exam yet). But there is one reason: health care expenses. I know I have written about this before but it is getting critical. Unfortunately my boss is making a lot of money but doesn't give us health care for my family. As a result of Kadee's birth I expect to pay over $10,000 in medical expenses this year. And I have health insurance for both of them! After paying a $2300 a month mortgage and all the bills I will be left with $50 a week for food and diapers. Unbeleivable. So, instead of watching my assets and savings grow, I am losing assets and gaining only debt. So I have decided to start over sooner rather than later. To that end I am coming home and working for at least 3 hours on the house every night. I finally got the monkey off my back…
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So, I don't have much to say today. I just thought I would upload some pictures for the Grandma's and everyone else. Here is a rare picture of Kadee with her eyes open. Big blue eyes (for now). All the babies on the place are doing well. Becky turned out to me an awesome mom but I am a little sad because she doesn't even acknowledge me anymore. I take her our to go potty and she runs back into her puppies as fast as she can. Oh well, in a week she will be looking forward to a break from them I bet. Julianne continues to shrink and before long will be back to her old self (which I know she is looking forward to). I am just enjoying my last day off before work tomorrow. I am continuing to clean but am frustrated because all the hardware stores are closed for Easter Sunday (except the ones an hour away) and I need six bolts to finish my front door. I wanted this project done for my own piece of mind. Oh well. Tomorrow after work.


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So, as I write this Friday morning, Becky is having her puppies. Two so far. I am not sure that she has anymore, which is fine I guess. I am hoping to sell them to pay the hospital bill for Kadee. As much as I love Kadee I really resent my employer for not having health insurance for us. Kadee is doing great. I'll write more later when I see what happens. Today is going to be busy: I am also having a new internet connection put in so no more satellite hopefully. Yay. It is better than dial-up but way slower than DSL. This new wireless service is way faster than DSL but is $120 a month. Jeremy is going to help me pay for it. I am also finishing the drywall on the new front door, continuing to clean etc. It is still better than work.

It is now 8:53 p.m. Becky had 6 puppies: 3 black and white and 3 brown and white.
They are about half the medical bill for Kadee. My new internet connection is AWESOME!. It is worth the extra dollar a day I will pay. Finally, I got a (partial) monkey off…
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So, before my blog gets too consumed with Kadee, I thought I would show you the (almost) final versions of my beer labels. I am still working on the slogans and a couple of minor changes need to be made but here they are. The blue head will be removed when I pay for them and get copyright. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. However, since I hardly got any comments on the birth of my first child, I don't know how many I will get for beer! Come on people. I am making a chronicle of my daughter's life and I want her to be able to look at this in 20 years and know people cared. I am taking the week off of work to clean the house and look after Julianne and the kid. J is doing well but is on pain meds and is too sore to do much. I feel bad because work is busy but screw it. Family first, especially when I have to pay my own medical insurance. Anyways before I go back to work, here are two pictures of Kadee that give you a better idea of what she looks like.






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So, I'm a dad. To an American. And a Canadian to be. And a British citizen to be. Someone who will never have to wait in line in a goddamned "Backlog Elimination Center" just for permission to live and pay taxes. She was born a little before her due date (April 7, 2006 at 10:25 p.m.) but both mom and baby are healthy and fine after a 15 hour labor. She is 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches long. We had quite the scare yesterday when her heartrate dropped. It was terrible to see the doctors and nurses rushing in with equipment. It was very scary. Even though I had never met my daughter I found myself crying. But now she is here and ready or not I have to do my best. Not that I moan about my childhood, because I think I turned out alright, but I intend to give her everything I did not have. Besides the gift of triple nationality (meaning she will be able to live or work anywhere in North America or Europe), I am certain that she will be both smart and feisty. No matter HOW she turns…
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So, I had one of the scariest moments of my life today. It was strange. I'll write more later. It is big.

By the way, here is one of the final pictures of my wife before Kadee was born. Is she hot or what?

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So, in response to overwhelming reader response (i.e. Patrick), I will answer some questions. First, my haircut. I agree that picture of me splitting wood made it look like a "rug". But it is a Marine "high and tight", the same haircut I always get. It probably looks better in pictures when the head is freshly shaved. Second, I am not a dad yet. We go to the (final?) doctors appointment tomorrow. Julianne is not due for 10 days or so. Believe me, you will know when Kadee is born. When she is born I am coming home to check on the place and put up pics on the blog. Third, the eggs. I don't know yet what they are for sure. They will hatch, if at all by Friday. Unfortunately, the power went out for no reason and I am afraid they might have died. Finally, I was asked why the Shawshank Redemption is the best movie ever. I think I answered that in an earlier post. But, to reiterate, it is because it contains such a strong message of hope. Maybe it just because I am a…