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So, you want to see a good time in Alaska? Check my my digs last night. I slept on the beach in between tides waiting for the salmon to come in. Sleeping bag. .44 pistol. Tarp. Good to go. God I love Alaska. I really, really do. I have not posted a pic of the kids lately (this blog tends to get a bit 'selfish' in the summer) so here they are. Doing great and growing up so darned fast. Soon, they will be with me on all the Alaska adventures. Kadee already loves her Rhino rides, as you can see. She is talking more and more. Yesterday, I was trying to sleep and she came in. I woke up and said "no, Kadee, let me sleep". She ran back to J and said "Dada mean". Funny stuff.
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So, I am learning to make the best of what is a seemingly bad situation. One of my character flaws is that I tend to be a bit high strung. Ok, maybe a bit more than a bit. Anyways, I am learning to deal with that. It is helpful to have a guy around like Josh, one of our summer interns. Unflappable is the personality trait that comes to mind. For example, we are out on Katchemak Bay last night looking for halibut on "The Defense Rests". What do you think happens? The boat blows a hose and starts taking on water. At the same time the control panel for the bilge pump starts smoking and blows out. Now we are out at sea mind you. In the past, I might have panicked. Except now I expect to take on water. Josh just hopped back there and fixed the hose. We got out the manual bilge pump. We were fine. Nobody panicked. The only injured party (other than a nickel's worth of hide on Josh) were the beers we drank immediately thereafter. We learned a little more about the boat and how…
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So, the boat has sucessfully gone on the water twice now. Tonight we took it out of the Kenai river and into Cook Inlet a half mile or so. There are a few minor problems but no fires. It didn't take on water or leave us stranded. Hell, that's a good night. I think it is because I finally named her. She is now "The Defense Rests". I hope that is better than "The Defense Sinks to the Bottom". Talking about that, I lost my trial. All four counts. Ouch. I start another one soon. Good thing too. I don't what is wrong with me but I have been restless lately. Edgy. I find myself wondering what I have done with my life. Thinking about all the things that I haven't done. At least being busy at work helps with that. I know. I know. There is no reason for it. I mean look at my life. I told a co-worker today how I was feeling and she agreed: perhaps it is good to feel this way. I'm not the type to be complacent. Anyways, the boat is running. One less aggrav…
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So, I got my camera cord today. Sweet. Here are some random pictures of life in Alaska in the last week. The best place on Earth. Drinking beer by the ocean. Watching my boat take on water (again). Getting firewood. Riding in planes. Catching fish. Life goes on. Am in a felony trial. I have a bunch of work to do in the next few weeks but then Jeremy gets here for our hike and the boys get here for 10 days of fishing.
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So, I am home. Am full of mixed emotions. I don't know why I do this to myself. On the one hand, for example, I got home last night after Kadee was in bed. This morning she opened the door to my room and just said "wow" and climbed into bed. I can't describe how that makes me feel. On the other hand, I had a great time in Ketchikan. The place felt right. Many thanks to Paul and KP for showing me a great time. I did get to go out halibut fishing and learned quite a bit about how to boat a little more safely. I just don't know. Am glad to be home but I miss my new friends. I miss Ketchikan and I feel an almost overwhelming sadness. Damnit. Why do I always have to make things so complicated? I do have one other topic. If you do an internet search for 'Alaska Public Defender' this site comes up pretty high. As such, most of the new lawyers (and interns) who join this Agency have read this site at least once. What I find so interesting is that somehow I have c…
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So, I find myself quite sad today. Strange really. I have only been here a week but a big part of me doesn't want to leave. Perhaps it is because I was born and (mostly) raised in a place very similar and only a few hundred miles south. The smell of the sea air, the green ferns, the rain and the blue light of the hills all seem so natural to me. Even though I live close to the ocean, I really realize now how much I miss it. I have enjoyed my time in Ketchikan. Funny how one can be happy and enjoying oneself but yet feel sadness at the same time. I am looking forward to being home yet I am unwilling to leave. It reminds me that time keeps moving forward and there is nothing we can do about it.
P.S. This is the Hole in the Wall bar....one of the best bars I have ever been to.
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So, despite being away from home, it seems like I am managing to do the same sorts of things. Drink. Shoot. Admire Alaska. The weather here continues to be great. I am hoping to get out on the water and explore a bit of the island for some other pictures. Work continues to go well and I am gearing up for some trials next week. I'll post again when I get some more pictures or something interesting to write about.




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So, Ketchikan! The last two days have been very beautiful here with bright blue skies. Quite the contrast to the way it looked when I first arrived (to the left). I am enjoying the town and am enjoying the work here...I have only been here a few days but it does seem less stressful than being a Public Defender in Kenai. Being here makes me want a (working) boat. Unlike the death trap that is called Cook Inlet, this place is surrounded by protected water. You could spend a lifetime exploring the coves and bays around here. Not to mention there is world class salmon and halibut fishing. There is also great fishing in Kenai but here there are crabs and shrimps too. No moose are around but there are plenty of deer and black bear to hunt. Yup, suffice to say, I like Ketchikan a whole lot. One day, I'll definitely bring the family down here..I really should have done it this trip.

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So, camping! This was the first time we had gone camping. This is what life in Alaska is all about. The weather was perfect and the view was amazing. Next to us, set-netters were pulling in salmon.
J was a little worried about camping with the girls, but they loved it. I'm off to Ketchikan at 5 am tomorrow and I hope to blog from there.
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So, I keep hearing that Kadee looks like me. No. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is to the left. Done. I got a nice surprise today. The State's medical plan has a $1000 maximum out of pocket. Except it isn't. I learned that J's doctor is an "out of network"provider. So the money we paid him doesn't count. Over $1000. The problem is that he is one of the only OB-GYN's (if not the only one) in the area. So Now I have to pay a bunch of hospital bills too. Yay! Heads up: the medical plan here is terrible. Geez guys. For $935 a month you'd think the State would at least buy a decent plan for us.
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So, chicken killing day. Time to put protein in the freezer for the winter. In only 20 days, the days will start getting shorter. So, today a number of friends and I put over 30 birds in the freezer. Thank God too. With my luck with the boat (which is still in the shop), I need all the help I can get. It is back to work tomorrow. Am both anticipating it and dreading it. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy. But, today, another thing got crossed off my summer 2008 list. Over 15 beautiful corn finished chickens went into my freezer and two other friends got 10 each. When it is dark and -30 outside, the fire will be roaring and one of these babies is on the rotisserie life will be good. Thanks for the help guys. Dinner is on me. G has gone home and I have felt a little lost without him. I miss him. We got drunk at Hooligans and we talked pretty extensively about my recent depression. I need to remember how adamant he was and about how important my family is. I finally think I ha…