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So, something about this picture just looks so right. It gives me the shivers. It would be even better if she was pregnant and scrubbing a toilet. But in all seriousness, despite all the problems that we have, I would like to dedicate this post to my wife. There are a lot of reasons. First, is that she is a great mom to my daughter.
Second, is her attitude towards Alaska. True, when she is mad at me, she hates the idea. But most of the time she is very supportive. I know tons of men who say they would love to move to Alaska but are not "allowed". I thank Julianne for being at least marginally supportive. I know it will be hard on her at first but I am sure that she will learn to love Alaska as I am sure I will. Third, I do appreciate her looking after the place. I am often frustrated by her inability to work but there is a certain contentment in having my coffee made for me, my clothes ironed etc. So despite how hard the next few weeks are going to be on us, she should know …
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So, every day here becomes more torture than the last. Summers here are always hot but they seem even hotter now that I have only 15 days left in California. The heat and the flies are driving me crazy. I am miserable. Other than that had a good weekend though. Brian stopped by last night and we caught up. He is a guy that I never see enough of. He gave me a fly fishing lesson and promised to visit in Kenai. I gave him a cooler full of meat, a table and chairs and a jug of moonshine. Given how much he loves to fish, I am sure he will visit (and hopefully often).
Also went to a beer fest yesterday with Joe and Gabe. Our last public piss up. J was supposed to come but didn't. She blames me but it was for the best really...it wasn't a great place for a kid. On the way there I caused a big fight with Joe and his wife over moving to Alaska. He wants to but she is opposed to say the least. Had a good time regardless. The hardest part of moving is leaving people behind that is for sur…
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So, contrary to what Gabe says, stuff is getting better. Stuff is getting better every day. First, Gabe will be taking the ferry. So much for the convoy. But Gabe will be taking the guns. You cannot beleive the hassle of taking guns to Alaska. It is nearly impossible to do legally. So, Gabe will take the wife's car and I will (gladly) pay his way. It will take us almost exactly the same amount to get to Kenai. There are pros and cons to this plan but it is done as I have paid for the ticket which was over $1700 plus a hotel room in the world famous Alaskan hotel and bar. On another note, the house is nearly finalized, as long as financing doesn't fall through. I have NEVER been more financially strapped. Beyond ugly. I'll keep you updated about when I go under.















On other news the old truck goes tomorrow. Got $500 for her and gave it to Gabe for helping me out this summer. Paid about $25,000. Wow. When I think about what I have done in that truck. Carried a lot of things. …
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So, I did it. I gave notice at work today. Put in an offer on a new house (pictured below).
Test drove a truck. Confirmed with Quinlan Steiner that I was coming for sure. Screw the Green Card (for now). I leave on 9-11-06 to freedom. Just couldn't live with my decision not to go. I realize it might slow down the Green Card. But damnit there must be a value to being happy too. I didn't come to the US just to hate my job and hate where I live. No more Three Strikes law. No more 110 degree days that stretch on for months. No more giving a DNA sample just for being arrested. No more insane gun control laws. No more income or state sales tax. No more dead brown landscape (I can't wait to see green again!) No more hearsay at critical levels. No more recriprocal discovery. Granted, it will be financially tight until the house sells. So its time to celebrate. I feel free. In my heart I know I did the right thing. Even Jeremy now says he can live with it. It's hats off to beer t…
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So, I screwed up. After all this, I filled out the I-140 wrong. More precisely, I checked one box wrong. The effect of that is that I made myself an "EB-3". That means, that if the I-140 is granted, I will not be able to apply for the last document until about 2010! My lawyer, as usual, is not being very helpful. According to her, you cannot just fix a typo. You have to send the WHOLE package again. It can be fixed but this really puts me back a few weeks. It makes me sad. I would say that right now I am depressed generally. Julianne says that I don't seem depressed but I am. It is a combination of things. First, of course, we had both hoped to get to Kenai this fall. That doesn't seem likely, because even if the I-140 is denied it might be too late to get there before winter. If I was single I would move in the winter but with J and Kadee that doesn't seem realistic. Second, I have kind of decompressed at home. After months of craziness and work the house is now…
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So, an update. First, that little bastard Gabe is going to Alaska for sure. I bet him $50 he would NEVER go. So I am out $50. Nevertheless, I helped him buy a truck so he could go. Seems like the least I could do to help a fellow freedom lover out of the s*&% hole that is California. Gabe strapped on my .300 win mag for this picture. Damn good big game gun. I am going to gun down more animals with this baby than should be possible. And Gabe, that little Irishman, is going to pull them out of the bush. Second, Kadee is starting to eat solid food.
Wow. She is still my little girl but she is growing up. I'll miss these days in some ways. Regarding the move to Alaska there is no news. The I-140 arrived safely in Lincoln Nebraska this morning at 6:49 a.m. Now we wait. IF it is denied then we will be in the sweet, sweet land that is Alaska by October. If granted then we will be in Alaska by mid April at the latest. I spoke to Quinlan today and he affirmed that he wants me to have …
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So, I sent my I-140 for filing today. This is my "Immigrant Petition for an Alien worker". If it is granted then Green Cards are almost assured. If not, then we will start over in Kenai. I am told that a decision should be made in a few weeks. I'll believe it when I see it. The US government is as slow as George Bush. Enough said. Either way, I feel really good right now. Either we leave with the knowledge that we did everything possible or we leave with the certainty of Green Cards. Nice. Regardless, I will be on pins and needles the next few weeks. Can you imagine the joy that will be felt if we actually leave for Alaska with Green Cards?Almost as much joy as Kadee gets from sucking her fingers. I'll obviously write as I get news. Other than that not much is new. Except that I have to start wearing a coat and tie every day at work. That may not sound that bad but try it when it is 105 degrees. It sucks. My life has become Office Space.



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So, I have a plan that I can live with. Whether or not we move to Alaska this year is entirely up to some government bureaucrat now. Without my lawyer (who was a supreme bitch to me today) I am filing my I-140. There is no guarantee it will be approved. My lawyer seems to think that it hopeless because I "changed employers". I think she is wrong. No one knows for sure. However, rather than pay her thousands of dollars to fill in a 3 page form I will do it. We should hear back in a few weeks. If it is denied then we will go, no question and no regrets. If it is approved, then we will stay and finish the Green Card process. Keeping with the theme that everything always works out somehow, the story gets better. My new boss is out all week. So I called the second in command in Alaska. He seemed less than pleased about my potential delay. Not content to leave it there, I called the person I am to replace directly. She hates it in Kenai and wants to come back to California. But wh…
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So, maybe we won't go to Alaska this year. Yes you heard me right. Right now my life is as predictable as a broken compass in the heart of the Bermuda triangle. I got a five word email that stopped me cold: Your labor certification has been approved. The image above is not the real letter but this is what it looks like. 23 months of waiting and sweating blood. 6 months ago I would have shouted for joy. I swore that I would throw the biggest party ever if I got approved. You see, that means the US Government now certifies that there are NO willing, able or qualified Americans who want my job. Our Green Cards are almost guaranteed now if we stick it out another year or so. But now what do I do? I bought a house in Kenai. I took a job, am marketing my house etc. There are NO guarantees in Kenai. To make things worse, this email not only throws my life into (even more) chaos but also Julianne and Gabe, who was counting on using our car to get to Alaska. Gabe has created a blog to chro…
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So, OH MY GOD OH MY GODOH MY GOD OH MY GODOH MY GOD OH MY GODOH MY GOD OH MY GODOH MY GOD OH MY GOD. What have I done? Got new pics of house today AFTER I was told the offer was accepted. I wanted an Alaskan experience and I guess I am going to get one. This is going to be halirious (at least in time).
Welcome to our new home.
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So, I bought this "house" in Alaska today. If you call a 576 square foot shack a house. This is going to be fun. A winter with a wife and baby in a 24 x 24 house. But I didn't have a lot of choice. It was only $65,000. I offered $68,000 so the seller can pay my closing costs. That means I only have to come up $3500 or so now. The house is on 1.14 acres and I have been told by various agents that it will make a GREAT rental. So we will suffer until the house sell and them buy something. I will keep this house, rent it and use the excess to buy another house. I have big plans to become a landlord in Kenai. To see the house in more detail see http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Anchor+Cir,+Soldotna,+AK+99669&t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&om=1&ll=60.49689,-151.268778&spn=0.023206,0.085831 Quite the wilderness when you zoom in.


It is only about 7 miles from the town of Kenai and it is close to Soldotna too. I am not sure what J is going to do all day but I am…
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So, in all likelihood we will be living in one of these houses within 6 weeks. That is right, I have a plan!!! If everything goes according to said plan we will be leaving here in a few weeks for a new life in Alaska. There are some hurdles though. It appears that about $10,000 is all that is standing between me and Alaska. Despite the fact that I do not want to, I may be asking for help from some of you. Normally I would just ask Jeremy but he is living on credit himself and that is not much of an option. Once again, however, I must give credit where credit is due: Dr. Dave Dowe. Three times he has given me advice and three times he has altered the course of my life 180 degrees. First, he encouraged me to go to Law school. That may not sound like much but if it were not for Dr. Dowe I would not be here at all. In the spring of 1999 I was a wreck. I was tired of college. I had applied for, and been accepted, to a community college in Prince George BC to learn a trade (making furnitu…