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So, of all the things I've read about Governor Palin being the VP pick for McCain, I haven't heard any criticism for 1. effectively leaving the state without an executive branch and 2. leaving her family. The easy one first. She is now off running for Vie President. Lt. Governor Parnell is doing his thing in regards to Congress. So who the hell is running the Executive Branch of the State of Alaska? Fine by me actually: less government is always better. Now let me be "politically incorrect". Governor Palin is a brand new mom to a special needs baby with Downs Syndrome. She already had an important and busy job. So why accept this nomination? She is being touted as pro-life and 'pro-family'. Is she really like so many other people who are 'pro-life'...once the baby is out, well too bad? I doubt that. I'm sure she is a loving mother. But this responsibility she is taking on is more than full time. Campaigning aside, Governor Palin has a lot to learn…
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So, victory! Ok. Roadkill. But good God what a roadkill. It is 4:20 a.m. and I just got home from a 4 hour roadside butcher job. A BIG cow. The best part was that the only injury to her was a broken leg BELOW the knee, so there was no wasted meat. At all. Trooper had to put her down. I have never seen a nicer piece of moose. She must have 1/2 inch or more of fat on her. Wow. Thank God AlaskanMadman came and helped. I started to do it myself but she was just too big. Work in less than 4 hours. Ah, the life of a Public Defender in Alaska. Looks like meat is back on the menu boys!
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So, I just had to post this picture. Made me laugh. Alyssa is so beautiful. Wow. Today, I am trying to cut, split and stack 3 cords of wood. Taking a break from moose hunting. There are just too many damn people on the Kenai Peninsula. As usual, my house is a hub of activity today. It used to be that I was the guy borrowing everything. Now that I have more outdoor gear, tools and space, everyone comes over here to work on vehicles, borrow gear, butcher fish and animals, drink and all of that. OK. Back to work. It seems that every single thing I own is broken or in need of service after a summer of fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and all of the things I got to do in the best place on Earth: Alaska.



P.S Winter preparations are coming along. Check out this freezer. The top row is moose, then red salmon, then halibut, lingcod and sheefish, then chicken, and finally king salmon and trout. The door has clams, spinach from the garden and smoked salmon. The garden is in full swing and the po…
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So, my first day moose hunting this season, this was my view. No moose were taken by my hunting party tonight. But, what a night to drive around and hunt. Work is crazy right now and I was glad to get out of this (short) week. My time off for the summer is over and it is time to buckle down for the winter. Tomorrow I begin the task of winterizing the place. It is coming.
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So, my brother and his family left today. Sucked. I haven't seem them in 2 years and 3 days was just not enough time. At all. I had this moment when they were here. My niece and I were cooking an Indian dinner. '80's music was playing. I was drinking a Cosmo out of a mason jar. People were coming and going. Kids were laughing. Tables were being moved around. The house just felt 'full'. It was a good moment but even as I was living it I knew that it was slipping out of my fingers forever. I realized how much of my family life I have given up to live in the United States, and in Alaska. She is 15 now and off to University soon. I will probably never have another chance to do something like that. Seems so simple. Cooking dinner and having a drink. But we don't have any family here. Most of the time it is just the 4 of us. Most of the people that I care most about live in other places. I have been lucky enough to se many of them this summer. Mixed blessing. I would…
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So, let me tell you something about life in Alaska. At least for me. I am damn proud of where I live. Damn proud. I love this place (even though I despise the government.....but what else is new). Alaska is the best place on earth. So when friends (old and new) and family want to visit, I am happy to accomodate. Not only do I get to do new things (and share the cost) but I get to show visitors why Alaska is just so special. Like today. My family and I hiked up to Exit Glacier. It was Kadee's first hike and she did the ~2 miles like a champ. I was so proud of her. She is getting to be an 'Alaskan'. 2 miles at 2 years old just to see a glacier. Sweet. Like yesterday I went shooting to get my.300 Win Mag dialed in for moose season, which starts Wednesday. Kadee sees my gun and says "Gun. Moose". She just got it. The gun is to kill moose. I didn't teach her that. She just got it. I just about cried. She gets it. And the Government says that this 2 year old is som…
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So, my brother Darren and his family arrived today. Super cool as I have not seen them in years. Will tour the Harding Ice Fields, halibut fish and to to Tustumena. Will hopefully see a little more of Alaska. Stay tuned. Now going upstairs to visit!
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So, get this. The State of Alaska has decided to give out another $1200 to every man, woman and child in Alaska to help with the high cost of energy. Well, that is almost true. The Senate, at the last moment, attached this 'help' to the Permanent Fund Dividend ("PFD"). So most people in Alaska will be getting $3200 or more this fall. Each. That is almost $2 billion dollars dumped into an economy of 675,000 people. At once. Fine. Here is my problem: once again, my family is not eligible. I can live without the money for myself and J. I can understand the argument regarding non-citizens not getting the PFD. But what pisses me off is that my kids don't get it. Kadee is a US citizen and has lived in Alaska almost her whole life. Alyssa was born in Alaska and has lived here her whole life. But, screw 'em. Their parents are not citizens so they don't get it. There is a big difference between the PFD (which is designed to help settle Alaska) and the government h…
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So, the boys just left. 10 minutes ago. Am devastated. So many goodbyes. And it will get worse for me. My brother will be here in a few weeks. Have said goodbye too many times this year. Could tell more stories about fishing. Tustumena lake. All my recent pictures did not work......camera was full. But everything seems so hollow now. There is nothing left to say. My tears are enough. Streaming down face. I need to be alone now. I need to suffer alone. Such bitter sweetness. So much joy that ends in so much pain. Wouldn't trade it for the world. I will miss them more than they will ever know. Will write again when I am ok. Dont know what I will possibly write about.Bye for now.