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So, despite the fact that it was 16 degrees below zero when we left the house, we went to the Peninsula Winter carnival. It had all the standard events those of you outside Alaska might expect. Toss a frozen salmon. Dogs pulling hundreds of pounds of nails. Ice hockey, snowmachine rides and ice sculptures. J and I don't get out enough and even though Kadee didn' like the cold, it was neat to see so many hundreds of people in one place. Yes hundreds. In many ways living here is no different than anywhere else. On the other hand it is different.
How many of you have lined up at 10 below to toss a frozen salmon? Even Kadee did that. How many of you get excited to see more than a few people in one place? It was the perfect day too...cold and clear. Life goes on in Alaska even when it is cold. As I told Kadee today when she was crying: you are as much Canadian as you are American. And you are an Alaskan too. Time to toughen up. Let's go watch hockey.
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So, we are back from Fairbanks and Chena Hot springs. Long trip but a lot of fun too. The first night we stayed in this cabin at Sheep creek lodge (http://www.sheepcreeklodge.com/). It was super cool and you can't beat the $63 price. Saturday we pushed onto Fairbanks. We were told to prepare for the cold. Yet it stayed in the 20's. Above. In fact it rained. We went to Chena Hot springs. Didn't see the northern lights. But G and I had a good soak in the hot springs. Even though Kadee and J weren't allowed in, I think they had a good time. I must say though that now that I have been once, I doubt I'll go back. Overpriced and bad service. Luckily I know how to entertain myself. For example, G and I blasted the Mini 14. Beautiful. After that it was time to retire to the bunker and drink whiskey and coke.


Today we did the 10 hour drive back in one go. J and Kadee were troopers. Good trip and great to see G of course. Just to change the topic slightly: I would like to ta…
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So, time to suck it up. First, J, Kadee and I are headed to Chena Hot Springs this weekend. Hoping to see the northern lights. On the way we are staying at the Sheep Creek Lodge. Then it is off to Kotzebue for almost two weeks. Then I go to the Mandalay Bay for almost a week. I have never been away from home for this long and have mixed feelings about it. But if it doesn't work and if I don't get my game face back after this, then I don't know what to do. Stand by for pics and stories about Fairbanks, Kotzebue and Las Vegas!
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So, the weather has turned cold. Yesterday it was -10 F (about -20 C) but I went ice fishing anyway. I bought an 89 Subaru for $750 to replace the Suburban. It's the only way I can afford to drive these days. I figure it won't take long to pay for itself when it gets about 28 mpg versus the Suburban's 8 mpg. As it was, I had to sell a week's vacation back to the State in order to pay the medical bills. The medical debt will be better than when Kadee was born (the hospital bill was $8,000) but I just don't know how much more things like health care, gas, insurance, etc can keep going up. The last few weeks have been filled with some incredibly difficult personal drama, that I won't discuss. I think I will always remember the winter of 07/08 as the hardest period of my life to date. Even though I am nervous about going, I think that the week away in Kotzebue will really help. I have offered to pay for J to go somewhere warmer for a few days or a week but she has …
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So, despite the advice of some, I did it. The Rhino kicks ass too. Hell, I'm so far in debt why wait until I'm in my 40's to have a life. A snowmachine or quad won't allow for family activities. This will. And G and I will kill things off it. Go fishing. Camping. Exploring. Hell, let the first person who can absolutelyassure me that today is not my last day on earth criticize. Otherwise, here we go. Perhaps it is temporary but I am beginning to feel better. I think that New Years Eve was the low point for me. The next five weeks will see me away from home for almost three between a felony trial in Homer, going to Kotzebue for a week to cover court up there and then Vegas (baby!). I have mixed feelings about that much time away but I think that with the changing light and the prospect of feeling better, things are just looking up. I appreciate the personal advice that my friends and some readers have sent me lately. I hope that this blog will soon again be about how muc…
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So happy new year. I had hoped to post some pics of the little get together I had last night. However, I got too liquored. Like puking liquored. I hated it and didn't mean for it to happen but I just drank too much on an empty stomach. Then to make things worse the emotions of the last few months just poured out of me in the form of tears. Real fun for me and those around me. My Native buddy came over and was drunker than any human I have ever seen. I was in bad but I am told that turned into a nightmare. I've already apologized to those who came over. I have decided to stop drinking for a while. It is becoming too convenient. I'm not sure what 2008 holds for me. I'll be a dad again, that seems almost certain. Other than that I have no idea where this new year is going to take me. I need to pull myself out of this funk so I can start to enjoy Alaska again. On Christmas when I was on a snowmachine I had the most fun I've had in ages. I felt alive. So, in the h…