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So, happy Thanksgiving. Here is the one day when all people in America, despite all the troubles in the country, need to remember how lucky we are. Today, of all days, we should put aside the stress and remember that we do not live on $1 a day. Live in a garbage dump. Watch our children die of hunger and basic preventable diseases. Scrounge for a drink of clean water. We should also be thankful that this country is coming out of a dark period indeed. Enjoy this day. Enjoy your family and friends. Alaskan Madman and his family are over. In total, there are 5 kids. 5 adults. Drinking cosmos and listening to 80's music. I am thankful for many things. My amazing girls immediately spring to mind. Last night Kadee was in bed. I told her I loved her. For the first time, she said "I wud you too Dada". I thought my heart would burst onto the floor. Wow. But I am also thankful that, for all the problems in our marriage and despite how isolated I know she is sometimes, that J…
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So, life goes on. Winter is settling around us. It was -6 F the other morning when I went to work. Ha. G. What was it in Sacramento? A balmy 60? For once I can rub the "cold" in the face of a Fairbanksan. Life has been a little stressful lately because of my rental house. I had some tenants who created a mold problem. They called me to tell me about it and when I asked to come over and see what I could do to fix it, I was told they had already moved out! They have left me in a bad situation as I may have to pay two mortages in December. Just in time for Christmas. Yay. I went and cleaned up the mold and it has not returned. The tenants are claiming $1300 in damages so a court battle looks likely. At least when I am stressed I just have to look around. These pics are what my drive home looks like. This is Mount Redoubt looking over the Kenai River flats. In fact, these pictures are little subdued compared to the way the mountains often look. I will try and get mo…
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So, G is gone. Let me tell all of you attracted to Alaska something you need to know: she exacts a heavy price. A heavy, heavy price. Either you will leave all those that you care about to get here or you will watch those that you care about come and go. I guess this place is is too big. Too wild. Too beautiful. I don't know. I know it will take me some time to get feeling right again. Life goes on. I have ordered some rabbit snares. My Rhino is overheating. The stove needs feeding. There are still 5 weeks of gathering darkness. I have yet to see Alaskan Madman leave. The girls are growing faster than seems possible. Life is funny. Enjoy it while you can people.
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So, today G, Andy, Alaskan Madman and I took the machines up Snug Harbor road in Cooper Landing. I still think that Kenai Lake is one of the prettiest places in all of Alaska. It snowed like hell today and we had a great time. I guess this will be the last ride like this. In a month two of these guys will be gone. I must admit that it has made me sad. I have even thought about leaving Alaska. Everyone else seems to be. But when I am riding in the world as it turns blue and I realize that I am happy, I can't imagine any other place I would want to raise my kids. G and AM will just have to come back and visit. Shouldn't be too hard to get them up here. No. I think that Alaska is still the place for me. And although I want the best for them, part of me hopes they decide to come back.
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So, G. is here. One last hurrah before he begins life in California. We have been relaxing so far but intend to get out and spend some time outdoors the rest of the week. Of course we have been riding the hell out of the Rhino, drinking whiskey, target shooting and playing WW II games. Good vacation. I must admit it makes me a little sad. Soon, G. will be gone. We have been helping Alaskan Madman move too. It makes me realize that when Spring comes that there will only be a few guys left to do anything with. As G. knows, life in Alaska is only as good as the company you have. Of course, the girls are too young to really get out yet and J. is doing the bulk of the child care (they are doing great as you can see). So this week is really it. Damnit. Well, I am going upstairs to enjoy what time I have.
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So, thank God! I cried for my daughters tonight. Let the whole world rejoice. The only downside is that Palin comes home to ruin our lives in Alaska. Yet even that horror will not diminish my joy tonight. I did cry. I kissed my girls and told them that everything will be alright. Eight years of murder and torture ended tonight. Thank God. Time to get hammered.
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So, GO VOTE!!!!!!! Go. Seriously. I would give my left nut to be able to vote tomorrow. To help remove the Republican douchebags who have changed this country so much. When I got to the United States 8 years ago it was a different place. Now there is extraordinary rendition. Drowning people, reviving them and drowning them again. Torture. Black prisons. American citizens arrested on American soil and held without any rights for years. Not to mention the gutting of the Treasury with an unnecessary foreign war. I know you are out there. By the millions. But, it is strange. I do not know one single person who is voting for McCain. I guess I just run in liberal circles. Except even the conservatives I know are voting for Obama. ENOUGH! I think I might cry if Obama wins tomorrow. Not because I believe in everything he stands for. Not because I am a "Democrat". But because the Republicans have turned over this country to dangerous, furtive men. Men who crave power. Men who care on…
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So, Happy Halloween! The girls went as witches this year. Here in Soldotna, the younger kids seem to go to the (only) mall as it is cold outside. I must admit it is only the first of November and I am already getting tired of the relentless cold. I don't mind the cold (really) but I wish it would warm up above freezing once or twice so I could do some of the things that I need to outside. For example, the pipes out to the brewery/butcher shop are already frozen. Making beer without water is awfully hard. Also, I discovered that some of my lagers blew up in the cold. Damn, this could be a long winter. G will be here next week as we spend one last week in Alaska together. Despite the cold, we will be finding some outdoor things to do. Not much else is new. I remember that it was one year ago this post that I was feeling awfully down. Things are better this year. Things could get a whole better on Tuesday when the balance of power in this country changes! Get out and vote please.
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