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So, note to self. Next year more potatoes. They grow great here. More manure in the potato patch too. Less lettuce and kale. More things that can be frozen. I am in the process of putting away the garden. This was my first Alaska garden and it had mixed results. I learned a lot. I probably could have bought the food for less money. It is quite different than gardening in California. Of course, this was one of the coldest summers on record in Alaska so that made in more challenging. I am looking forward to next year as the soil should be better. I am cultivating some red wrigglers in the laundry room over the winter to help even more. Yes indeed. It is dark about 8 p.m. now.....summer is over. The snow will be here soon.
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So, Tustumena lake. What a beautiful day! As we were launching a guy came up to look at the boat. Not unusual. Except he pointed out that he had spent many, many hours on her. We swamped stories of fires and taking on water. He owns a machine shop and been her former mechanic as well as a friend of the former owner. He told me that they never went out on the ocean without a problem. Once they had to paddle in 9 miles when the motor died out of Deep Creek. The boat went through motor after motor (sound familiar?). The hose that caught fire this May, causing so much panic, had done the same thing with the previous owner. He told me that this boat was "jinxed", a term I have screamed at it many, many times. But. He also told the boat had been up the mighty Yukon river. Dead moose have been on this boat. It is has caught so many halibut that they needed an "assembly line". He had slept on board and seemed to have fond memories of her. Today, for the record, was the sec…
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So, it is my TWO year anniversary with the Alaska Public Defender Agency. That has several consequences. First, on a personal note, where the f^%$ did the last year go? And time only speeds up I hear. Second, I now don't have to pay the State back $3000 for moving expenses. I have fulfilled my part of the bargain. I am also now 25% vested in the State's contribution to my retirement. Of course, I am in a "defined contribution" plan. Working for the State, I do NOT contribute to social security. Which means if the market craps out or the State f%$*ks ups and invests my money in Enron or Lehman Brothers, I could work my entire life and end up with nothing. Not even Social Security (if that is still around). So, as of today, I might have 25% of nothing. Thanks guys! To celebrate I took Kadee for a walk in the fall colors. I love this time of year. Third, I have been thinking about my job. I still love what I do. There is indeed a war on terror in this country. And I am …
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So, fall is here in the Great Land. The leaves are changing. You can see your breath at night. Not much is new with me. I am just preparing the place for winter. Trying to get in a last few 'summer' activities before the snow arrives. I had hoped to have some great pics of the landscape but the camera crapped out on me twice today. Once on the Kenai River fishing for silvers and again on the Tustumena Lake testing the boat. The boat finally seems to be running right. I will try and get some pictures of the land as it changes. Winter is coming and I feel it. It is amazing how that fact never leaves one's mind when you live in Alaska. P.S. Alyssa is doing great and is more beautiful each day.

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So, today most of the people in the State got their PFD. Am I bitter? Hell yeah! $3269 per person. I didn't think I would be bitter. After all I chose to move here and I know that non-citizens have different rights than citizens. I guess it just pisses me off that I am considered an Alaskan when it comes time to take my money but not to give it to my family. When I go to pay sales tax or property tax or personal property tax or auto registration fees etc etc, I have never once heard "sorry sir, but you are not a true Alaskan, so that is waived for you". I like to think that I am true Alaskan, despite my citizenship. I heat my house with wood. I cut up moose (I have been tanning this hide) and feed my family the moose, bear, salmon and halibut that I can scrounge or kill. I drive a '89 Subaru Wagon (the classic Alaska automobile). I believe in leaving people alone, unless they need help. I came here because, to echo the words of Chief Justice Rabinowitz in Ravin v. St…
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So, the nonsense of this new Republican party aside (Palin actually mocked Obama for caring about the rights of suspected terrorists...Jesus), life goes on in Alaska. I got another road kill moose tonight. This time a nice little bull calf with a broken leg. Once again, zero body damage. Much smaller and easier to handle than the giant cow last time. Sweet. Andy and I had him apart in about an hour. That is seven moose I have done now and I am getting pretty good at it. The key is to take the quarters off first. Never gut the animal before the quarters are off. A bunch more nice roasts and more burger. Plus another darn nice hide. But, also more work. I keep making lists of things I need to do and I keep getting all this free meat, darn it! Anyways, it is 1:30 am and I just got home. This guy is in pieces and hanging in the meat locker. I am going to have a drink and clean up. Get some sleep. A busy weekend continuing to get ready for winter. Now another moose to put in the freezer to…