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So, now I am desperate. Not enough to take it in the shorts by lowering the price anymore however. I have lowered the price $100,000 already! Unfortunately I have realized that my agent is marketing the home ALL WRONG. It took me about 4 showings to realize that everyone showing up had a different expectation of house than reality. I have asked him to change it but he has not yet. Jackass. I have the house on Craigslist like this:SECLUSION, SECLUSION, SECLUSION!!!!!!!! If you want to live in the country with 100% total privacy, yet close enough to commute to Auburn or Grass Valley then this is the house you have been searching for! A 1820 square foot home on 5 gorgeous acres that is set up for animals so bring the horses (YOU CAN RIDE WITHOUT TRAILERING FROM THIS HOME!!), dogs, cats, goats, pigs, steer or whatever. Great home for all those 4H projects. This is a 2 bathroom and 2 bedroom home with a (2005) gourmet kitchen that goes to a very large sunken family room with rock wall/hear…
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So, the dream of Alaska has about 5 days. After that it is at least spring of 2008 before we can move. That is because if I don't sell it now I won't want (i.e be able to) to move until the spring of 2007. At that point it would be legally retarded to move because the Green Cards should be in striking distance. I think I will rename this blog. As much as I hate California, I hate the godamned "BACKLOG ELIMINATION CENTERS" even more. If I learned I had 48 hours to live I would like to burn those &^%$ to the ground. God I hate the delay and burning them wouldn't slow them down a bit. All of this is made worse by the fact it is so hot. I mean killer hot. I mean I am cranky hot. You may have seen it on the news. Northern California is setting all time new records for heat. The nightly news is filled with people dying from the heat. And we were certain that this would be our last crappy (partial) summer here. Now it looks like the rest of this summer PLUS…
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So, still no offers on this damn house. I can feel Alaska slipping away from me. Or at least Kenai. It looks like my buddy Gabe will get an offer up in Fairbanks. Not that I think he will go. If I can't sell the house in the next two weeks I guess I will ask Quinlan about jobs in Fairbanks. Damn. People are retarded. You can clearly see in the pcitures that my house is in the hills. Yet almost every single person who looked at it and didn't want it, said that they were looking for something "flat" or with "year round water running". Ummm, this is a foothills property.
Those properties do exist but good luck finding one for under $500,000. I am realizing that this house is going to take a long time to sell. And I am stuck in this heat. It is 11:20 am and it is over 100 degrees already!. That is about 1 million degrees to those of you in Canada. I wish I had more to write about. After working really hard for months we are in some serious downtime. It is wayyy
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So, now that we have lowered the price of the house, there is at least some interest. No offers mind you, but interest. About 12 times as many people are looking at the house online, according to my realtor. Talking about houses, we visited my buddy Garry in San Francisco this weekend. He lives in a $800,000 home. Look at Julianne standing in his side "yard". The other picture is his "back yard". Nice eh? Garry thought we would never see him again, so we had to go. I don't know if we will EVER get to Alaska at this rate but it is really important for us to see those that we care about as much as possible.
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So, just a quick note. I was accused today of not looking at the potential negatives of life in Alaska. That is not true. I can think of a few things. So please forgive me but sometimes I find a list of pros and cons very helpful when trying to make a decision. On that note, I lowered the price of my house to $499,900 today. My real estate agent said sell it NOW or be stuck for years as prices are collapsing. I also spoke to Quinlan Steiner, my new boss in Kenai. He said he can only keep my job open until September 1. Damn. Well back to my list. Let's start with the pros of moving to Alaska. IF I get what I want for my house (might be an "if" now) I will be able to pay off ALL my debt and still have enough for a good down on a new house OR some toys. As a partner to that, there is lower housing costs. As such, I estimate that I will be about $2000 a month ahead. That means trips, toys and savings. So the first pro is money. Second, there is activities. When I think about…
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So, despite the fact that I am enjoying my new boss and my "new" job, I am getting more and more excited about Alaska. I am worried too, to be honest. How J and Kadee will like it. About how J will stay busy when I am hunting and fishing and riding and snowmobiling and all the rest. But days like this help a lot. Gabe says my thermometer is wrong, but it is not: it is just damn hot at my house all the damn time.
Anyways, not much else is new. Not much writing about anyways. Work is crazy. I just got assigned my first "SVP" case. It stands for sexually violent predator. The guy raped a 15 year old girl bowling with her family in the mens room in 1980. He has been in prison ever since and the State wants to keep him forever. This kind of case brings out the best and the worst of being a Public Defender. Although I am sickened by his crime, I will fight like hell as usual. The house should be about finished by Saturday so we are going to San Francisco to visit my budd…
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So, the house is now, finally, about 90% done.
We are wore out. Financially and physically. I had to borrow money from Jeremy this month to make it. The realtor I hired had a team of professional photographers here today to take pictures to make a "virtual tour". I will post a link when I get it. I took all these pictures to show off our house the best it has ever looked.


We'll see if it sells. If it does NOT sell by August 20, 2006, I will have to postpone Alaska until next spring. Which might not be so bad. I am really enjoying my new work enviroment. We'll see how long this feeling lasts. The place of employment seems to be better but all the little things about practicing law in California that I hate will still be here. Like having to call the government lawyer the "People". People my ass. When I tell Kadee about those little annoying things that Daddy has to put up with at work, she gets sad.
I am still torn about what to do. My new boss returned my 45 …
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So, the last few days have been busy. First, there was a fire here the other night. It was way too close for comfort. This picture does not do it justice. But around here it is so dry a loud fart would start a fire. Click on the picture to see just how close it was. Luckily they put it out. We were joking that with all our stuff packed anyways, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the fire got the place. Just get the animals, the kid and our packed stuff and go to Alaska. Second, the drywall was all re-textured today.
Now it just needs to be painted and the house is DONE except for clean-up!! Thank God. The texture guys screwed me by quoting me $400 and then showing up and saying it was a $1000 job. I had to do it because I hired a new agent to sell the place and he has a professional photographer coming on Wednesday to do the virtual tour. Not a lot of time to paint and clean up. Right now the house is a disaster again.

Everything had to be moved out to do the drywall. I am angry about …