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So get this. The assholes at http://www.remanufactured.com/ who were supposed to send me a brand new engine for my boat didn't. I went to my mechanics yesterday and my "new" engine was in a million parts. It turns out this company took an old junk engine and spray painted it to look new. There is not ONE part that is usable. Even the block itself is garbage. So months of waiting and thousands of dollars later I have a hunk of junk. The scary thing is that company could have killed me and my family. Screw around on Alaska's waters and you could end up dead. We are out at sea. A storm is coming in. My "new" engine doesn't start. The seas are rising and I am panicking. My little girl is screaming. Let me tell you this: I am making it a personal mission to see these assholes in court. Civil for sure. Criminal if I can. Have complained to the Illinois Attorney General and I will never give up until there is some measure of justice. I have represented thousan…
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So, a mixed day. First, my boat. Wow. What a nightmare. Am into it for over $10,000 of borrowed money. Long story but a lot of it is at 13.5%. As soon as it is fixed I can get that down to about 7.2%. Big difference. The new motor (pictured here) was a nightmare to get. The people at http://www.remanufactured.com/ are complete assholes. Tonight we actually got onto the water. I actually drove my boat! It was actually pretty funny as when I was told to stop (as the shore was approaching) I instinctively put my foot down on the floor. My mechanic just about pissed himself laughing. However about 15 minutes into it, the engine lost all oil pressure. Bottom line: the engine needs to be taken out, completely rebuilt and reinstalled. Another 50 hours of labor for my mechanic! A lawsuit is about to ensue. Not only did I get the worst customer service of my life from those assholes at www.remanufactured.com but they didn't build the motor right. Now the good news: it is a long story, but …
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So, my supervisor didn't get the judge's job, despite being the highest ranked candidate. Total crap. Those who think that only prosecutors should be on the bench are celebrating I am sure. It was a completely political decision. The Judicial Council, through an extensive process, ranked him as the most qualified. But, the Republican Governor, in a surprise move (sarcasm noted)appointed a former prosecutor who was ranked lower. Now that judge is essentially installed for life. In a few years she will be required to stand for retention, where no one is allowed to run against her. Unless she turns out be a serial killer or something, she will almost certainly be retained. The "justice" system is absurd. I am often asked why I don't write more about my job. About the players here. There are several reasons. First, I think it would be unprofessional. Second, outside of the local players who would care that I think "X" judge screwed me or "Y" prose…
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So, it's funny how different people make the same mistakes over and over again. Like how I hired this contractor to help me out around here. There were some things that needed doing. He quoted me $1300. I'm now out of pocket $4000 and the jobs are maybe 1/3 finished. I let him go because I couldn't pay for him anymore. Now I have to finish them myself. Oops. Really screwed up because now there is no money left. I mean none. If there is an emergency am cooked. Not even sure how I am going to do the few things that I need to do (like fix brakes on Suburban!) Am even thinking of selling boat. J and I are re-doing interior because cheesy original 1978 carpet makes me gag. Since I got a piece of remnant carpet for nothing, we can improve the value of the boat with just some labor. The boat motor should be in Anchorage tomorrow and I might be on the water by Sunday! Anyways not much is new but just thought I would memorialize getting screwed by a contractor so maybe I won't …
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So, I'm back. And until June 10, 2008 at least, this will continue to be a blog about Alaska. As pissed as I am about having to drive 1200 plus miles, I was reminded why we are here. Alaska. Sometimes it still does not feel real. This place is amazing. I thought the drive would take me several days but I did it in almost exactly 24 hours by driving straight. Meaning, for the first time in years, I didn't sleep at all









last night. The combination of stress over the visa, starbucks canned coffee and the lack of darkness meant I just drove for almost 24 hours. Click on the photos to enlarge and check out the time stamps on these photos...they are accurate. It never got dark at all last night. Despite the fact that we live in one of most beautiful places on the planet, you know what is best about the drive between Glennallen and the Canadian border? The solitude. I would drive for an hour and see maybe a car or two. Maybe. Other than the road itself there is zero proof of human exi…
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So, I am preparing myself mentally for the 1300 mile drive I have to start tomorrow. For reasons unknown to me, the State will not sign my I-129 which would allow me to apply for a new TN visa through the mail. The State has an expectation that its Canadian workers will drive to the border once a year in the largest state in the country. It is absurd but I have no choice. I can't afford to fly to Canada as that is almost $1000. So I have to drive all the way to the Alcan border crossing. It will take days. There are two positives to this trek however: first, I will know on Saturday if we get to stay in the US for another year instead of waiting months. If I am denied (which I don't expect by the way) then I have 3 months to find a job and home in Canada. Second, I will be driving through some of the most beautiful country on earth in one of the nicest months of the year. I will take my rod, a sleeping bag and my camera. Whatever happens I will have some great picture…
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So, tomorrow I begin the process of asking for a new work permit. It is always an extremely stressful time for us. In theory some bureaucrat somewhere could say we have been here long enough and give us 10 days to leave the country. Ugly. If J and I decide to go to Canada I want it to be on our timetable. Losing everything is not a fun prospect every 12 months. The possibility of having 10 days to leave and no job or home to go to literally keeps me awake at nights at this time of year. I'm not even sure where we would go. How we would get there. How I would pay for another move. I won't rest for at least 3 or 4 months (assuming I get an extension of our visa). There is immigration reform pending and it seems promising for those who want some stability in their lives. Instead of requiring an employer to sponsor a person, the new system will be based on points. A person needs 55 or more points out of 100. Points would be awarded for employment, education, knowled…