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So, you haven't lived until you have been to the Great Alaska Sportsman show. Wow. Managed to spend only $100 and learned a lot. Took a class on skinning bears, care of game meat, float hunts and on fishing for salmon and halibut. Took five hours of driving but definitely a day worth repeating. Also got approved for a loan on the 24 foot boat pictured yesterday. Let the games begin!
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So, I got the magnums back from the Gunsmith today. Put a muzzle brake on each of them. Mister, you just shot an unarmed moose. Well, he should have armed himself if he was going to be so tasty. In 5 months the hunt begins. Going to the Great Alaska Sportsman Show in Anchorage tomorrow. Will report.



P.S. We got a new cat.


It was a stray that was hanging around the office. The owner said he would shoot it if it got under the building. What else could I do? Am so excited about spring and all the hunting and fishing I am about to do. Very serious about a different boat. Check out this boat.

It is BAD ASS for ocean fishing. We have found a new house too. Work is going great and I am amazed at how smoothly the office is running with all the extra help. Everything is coming together. I am starting to live the "Alaska dream". Am happy.
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So, why am I so happy in this picture? We drove to Anchorage today so I could go to a continuing legal education class on immigration law as it relates to criminal defendants. J got to go to Walmart. I got to go to Sportsman's Warehouse (and I managed to spend only $140 on ammo and camo!) On the way home, I noticed this. What is it you say? WATER WITHOUT ICE!!! Just as the Kenai River flows out of Kenai Lake at Cooper Landing, there is water. Pure, sweet water. If you have ever spent a winter in a 960 square foot house with a wife, a teething child, 4 dogs and 1002 square feet of noisy children's toys, you will know what this means. The start of "breakup". Fishing. Hiking. Hunting. Camping. Gardening. Bear watching. The outdoors. Talking about all of that, I have made a big decision. Huge. Let's just say here is a picture of the boat I am buying with my tax refund (a 16' Lund with a 25 horse 4 stroke). I won't live even one summer here without a boat. Th…
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So, I really do love Alaska. Got up really early and went ice fishing on Hidden Lake. We drove about a mile and a half out onto the ice (which is kind of creepy given the depth of the lake). Had no luck fishing (I didn't even catch this trophy)


but we made a fire on the ice and had a great time. One of the local lawyers showed up with his snowmachines and I got to fly down the lake ice as fast as it would go (which was pretty damn fast!). We drank beer and BS'ed and it was just a great time. I can't wait until Kadee is a little older and she and J can come. I'm glad so many people Outside have misconceptions and misperceptions about life in Alaska. Otherwise places like Hidden Lake would not exist. It is just amazing. As usual, pictures do not do it justice. As usual, my words do not express how much I enjoy life here.

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So, stuff is getting better. Stuff is getting better everyday. The Agency has hired several new lawyers, two of whom showed up yesterday. Only one is a permanent position but the improvement in the office is amazing. Yesterday I got to box up 4 boxes of misdemeanor files and give them to a new lawyer. Now I can concentrate on the felonies and really delve into them. I expect my caseload to get a little bigger, but it is much better. We are still trapped in winter here. Coldest March on record. It gets damn cold at night (like -15 or colder). Right now it is snowing again. Although I enjoy ice fishing I have not been very lucky at it and I must admit I am getting a little anxious for some nicer weather and some "real" fishing. I am also hoping to move in time to get a fence built to keep the moose out of my garden. Of course, come September 1, 2007 any spike or fork bull, or any bull with antlers 50 inches or better will be fair game. But I understand it is almost impossible …
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So, just to torture Gabe. A nice, new Remington model 700 7 mm Mag . New Cabela's Alaskan 3.5-10x44 Guide Scope ($269.99 in Cabela's Catalog). It feels good to think about how it is going to ride around in my truck. Lonely for its true owner. Tonight I'll dream about gunning down moose. Caribou. Bear. Elk. Deer. All with "my" nice, new 7 mm mag. At least until I can ship it to Gabe. Can you hear her calling for you Gabe? Don't worry. I won't sully her too much tonight. Or will I? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Too late.


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So, let me tell you a story. It is the story about how I became a lawyer in the first place. I like to think about this story when I am frustrated with my job. In the winter of 1994 and spring of 1995 I was tired of school. Tired of university. I hated city life in Victoria and never felt at home there (although I am not 100% sure I would feel the same now). Yet after almost 4 years of university I had no real skills and no idea what to do with the rest of my life. Someone convinced me to consider law school. I agreed to write the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for reasons I cannot recall now but I had no real intention of following through. So, I applied to a community college in Prince George to be a heavy duty mechanic. At the time I thought it was either that or apply to be a police officer. I used to be very conservative and "law and order". At least until July 26, 1996. But that story is for another time. I thought I would be happier being a mechanic in the North co…
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So, John Sively at Soldotna Realty claims that the reason that they were so rude was that I claimed to be the "new District Attorney". Wow. Just wow. First, I think either his wife or the seller confused "public defender" with "district attorney". That happens to all us PD's from time to time. Second, there is NO "new DA" to claim to be. Third, why would I claim to be a DA? Did I think they wouldn't sell a house to a PD? Besides, claiming to be a DA may be a crime or unethical. I don't know because I have never claimed to be a DA. I am proud of what I do. I wouldn't lie to some realtor. And even if I did claim to be a DA, why would that matter? Then he says that I failed to follow proper procedure by not submitting earnest money. Why would I submit earnest money when I didn't know if my offer had been accepted? Here are the facts. I learned of the sale through a woman who works in the court house. I went over to the house aft…
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So, I just got back from Homer (here is a pic of the lovely Homer Courthouse). This is the last month that I will not be in trial down there. Luckily, I have an excellent working relationship with the DA down there and we can resolve most of the cases. The few that need trial are piled up for April 9. Should be fun...after work maybe I can go fish. Anyways not much else is new. I am still steaming about the rude treatment at the hands of the realtor. Whatever else you do, do NOT use Soldotna Realty (http://www.soldotna-realty.com/ for those of you that want to look into the seventh ring of hell). Both Barb and Cindy are the rudest people I have ever dealt with. Just go look at them. How happy do they look? At one point Cindy was literally screaming at me about expecting them for work for "free". As a lawyer, I "should know better". My crime? Saying I would represent myself and expect the seller to credit me the 3% somehow. These people are the worst of the worst. O…
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So, I thought I'd show you where I spend so much of my life. I must admit that normally I cannot work with anything on my desk but the file I am working on. I am a neat freak in the office. But I have found it easier to put all the files for the week on the desk on a friday before so I can see what I have to do the next week. I have learned that next week the Agency is sending some additional attorneys to help out. That will be good, as right now we are engaged in hand to hand combat. I have a weird story for you. See if you can figure this out. I found a house for sale. It was a second house of a couple where the husband committed suicide. The wife wanted nothing to do with Alaska and told me she was very eager to sell it. I was told it would be a "godsend" if someone could just take the whole place. Now, the place had on it two great boats, an amazing firearms collection, a shop with tools and furniture and appliances. I researched it and offered her a full price offer…