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So, I didn't go to Homer today. Rough seas and the boat needed work. So we went steelhead fishing instead. And I caught my first fish in Alaska. Look at this beauty. I heve never fought a freshwater fish like that. What a day. Nothing like standing in ice cold water up to your knees in 40 degree weather while it rains. God I love Alaska. Everyone was catching fish...I must have seen a dozen or more fish just like this being caught. Besides the halibut season is just about over. I really missed out on a summer of hunting and fishing but hope to hunt and fish this fall and winter as much as I can. For another example of the fish and game in the area, see the pic of the moose. We had this moose in our back yard not 20 feet from the house the other day.
No other real news to report. I made my first beer in 6 months last night. Everyone around here is excited by the idea of my homebrew so I know I will be busy all winter cooking beer. I am going to be able to do it cheaply because ever…
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So, I "caught" my first fish in Alaska. Well not really. I went fishing after work tonight on the Kenai river and snagged a half rotten male pink, or "humpy" salmon. I'm not really going to count it as my first fish here but it was fun anyways. About 40 degrees and raining. Just about perfect. I decided to splurge and buy the fishing license. I gave up my green card to hunt and fish so what else could I do? Besides if I can catch some edible salmon or a big ole halibut and I buy a 1000 lbs of potatoes, we can live all winter pretty cheap. I am signing up for the moose road kill project and hopefully will get a moose this winter too. As for work it is already getting better. I think anytime I start a new job I am slightly depressed. But I appeared in Court today and it felt okay. One of the local private attorneys has already invited me fishing this weekend! I told him some other time, as I cannot leave J and Kadee alone too much. We REALLY need another car so …
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So, I'm back. With DIAL-UP!!! My God. Apparently the phone company cannot keep up with demand here for DSL and so I am on a waiting list. How long you say? All I know is that it will be at least 4 months with dial-up. I am going to go crazy. If I buy a laptop and spend $90 a month I can have a fast connection. Cannot afford it. As predicted, money is becoming tight. Will be bad. As for work, I am in the stage of "my God what did I do?". I sometimes feel like I have no clue about what I am doing, although the mechanics of practicing law here is no different than California I am sure. I know little about Alaska criminal law or procedure yet I have a full case load. I AM SURE THAT MY CLIENTS WILL BE HAPPY WITH ME AS I AM AN EXCELLENT LAWYER. I was quite depressed at work today and was wondering if I made the right decision. Am worried about Green Cards but for no reason...my life would be no different right now with one except we would get our share of the oil revenue. A…
So, I can't write much. No internet at home yet as they are "backlogged". Over for dinner at new co-workers house. Start work tomorrow. Have many pics and much to say but will have to wait a few days. Alaska is great.
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So, with any luck, this will be my last post from California. When I am done with this I am taking my computer apart to pack it. I had my
going away party last night. This is it. I have to finish packing and then clean. I must admit to having mixed emotions. I am excited about Alaska to be sure. But I am nervous about the border, although all my experience says it will be okay. I am nervous about the drive. I am nervous about whether or not my family will like it. I am also concerned about the financial impact of this move until the house sells. I am also a little sad about leaving the house. We have done a lot of work to it. I got married here. Had my daughter. Some great parties. Almost every person that I care about has been in this house. Nevertheless, it is time to go. Look for audioblogs as I wind my way up the highway. The next time I write I should be living in Alaska!
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So, this is either going to be the best thing that I have ever decided to do or the worst mistake of my life. Even assuming that my lawyer is wrong and I make it across the border (and I should), my dream of freedom has a price. Like my horse Maximus. He is gone to a new home now. His purchase price didn't even pay one month of mortgage on this place. I admit I cried when I had to leave him. But he is hardly the only cost of this move. I have gotten rid of at least 80% of what I own. Julianne has done the same. Clothes, appliances, furniture everything. Not to mention the thousands of dollars in moving costs. I estimate this move is going to cost me at least $15,000. And I have to leave friends and animals behind. So I dedicate this post to my horse Maximus. You were a good friend and a damn good horse. Even though I think you would have loved Alaska, I hope you are happy the rest of your days. I will miss you. And always remember that you were part of the price of…
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So, I just got back from Seattle. Yes Seattle. My lawyer is a jackass. I was speaking to her yesterday about my situation. She made it clear that I am retarded for leaving right now since my I-140 was approved. The document that she would not do because she felt would fail was approved. That was not the problem however. What she said next made me crap my pants. I literally ran to the toilet. She said I was now ineligible for a TN visa because I had an approved I-140 in the system. Meaning of course that I can NOT go to Alaska. So, thinking I would check before I go, I spent $500 flying to Seattle, renting a car and going up to Blaine. To make a long story short, she was right in a way. I was denied a new TN but only because it was "premature" in that I was not on my way to Alaska. The border agent looked at every thing and said he feels I will get a new one no problem. So, I will again take a risk and we are still on track to leave next Tuesday. It is possible that I will ge…