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So, yesterday I had had it. I had even had it with Alaska. It started with the boat. It turns out that I had improperly drained the heat exchanger and it cracked. Oh, I learned how to do it while taking the broken parts off. Then I had to go fix the cracked faucet in the butcher shop (which did not crack last year so I thought would be fine). I had to spend $210 just to get the studded tires off the vehicles, as it is illegal to have them as of Friday. I got paid yesterday but I spent almost the entire paycheck on the regular bills and a bunch of unexpected things. By the time I got home almost the entire check was gone in just one day. I was fuming. I was sick of the cold breaking and shattering and tearing and destroying things that need to be replaced. Stopping to get groceries for the family and animals that I knew would cost far, far less in the lower 48 made me even madder. Then, to top it off, on my way I stopped to get the mail as I always do. The mail contained a bill for $34…
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So, in the grand tradition of all the names I have been called over the years (Tractorboy, Hillbilly, Squidbilly, etc..you get the point) I got up early yesterday, picked two nice ones out of the horse trailer they arrived in, and put two piglets in the back of the Suburban. They are now living in the back of my horse trailer because the ground is still too frozen to finish their pen. I hope to get them out of there soon but so far they are just sleeping a lot. They are still stressed out from their journey and I am going to make them sort of treat today to get them on their feet. I figure I may not save the world by growing more of our food, but I'm not hurting it as much. I buy Alaska made grain to help reduce the carbon footprint of the meat even more. And even if I save even two pigs a year from the horror of a factory farm, that is worth it to me. These two pigs are going to have the best life I can give them. Besides I just plain like to have animals around. True, it is mor…
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So, happy birthday to my "number 2" girl. It's too bad your sister gave you her eye infection. I can't believe it has been a year and I can't wait to see you grow up. I don't know you that well yet because you are just starting to really move around on your own. But there are some things that I do know, and they amaze me. Like how did you get so unflappable and so easy going? If you cry then we know something is wrong. You were that way right from the beginning. You smile and laugh easier than any person I have ever known (except maybe your Uncle Gabe). You are a beautiful girl and you are going to be stunning as a woman. I can't wait to get to know you and spend time with you and watch you blossom into the amazing woman that I know you are going to be. One day when you are captain of that submarine or performing open heart surgery or acting on that silver screen, or whatever it is you choose to do, I hope you remember that I loved you from the…
So, all I can say is that an Alaskan spring is for muddin'.
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So, get this. Today I got a letter from the Bank of America. I have been a customer for almost 9 years. I have 3 credit cards with them (I know, I know). I have an account with a few grand on it that I have been paying down each month. I have never, ever, ever missed a payment or been late. My credit score is good and has not gone down in the last few months. Yet for some reason my credit rate is going from 9.9% to 18.99%. No reason is given. I guess this Bank is doing this to millions of us to make up for bad decisions they have made. Bank of America got $45 billion of taxpayer money to stay afloat and now is doing this to me. Wow. I wish I could say I will pay it off right away and be done but I can't. So now I have to come up with another $100 plus a month just to pay interest on a card that I have been paying down. What the f&^? This is going to get ugly for me. I guess it is time to sell some stuff. And when I can, I will get rid of my Bank of America credit ca…
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So, there are firm rules about living in Alaska. Like, no screwing around. Ever. Don't ever get into a 1980's "zodiac" (ahem....)with a 1980's Evinrude, neither of which has seen in water for years. Don't fail to take the right gear and have to borrow a purple poncho, which freakily was also from the 1980's. And, whatever you do, don't go to a dangerous glacier fed lake that is known for killing people. Oh, and forget safety gear. However, the chance to get out onto Tustemena Lake to look for spring black bears was just too tempting. So that is exactly what we did. And we made it too. Geez. Otherwise, not much is new. The pigs arrive next Saturday so finishing the log pig house was a priority. It is done now and we still start on the pen. Kadee loves the little house. We'll see how she likes it when I send her in to clean it out. She is just the right height.
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So, I just wanted to show the progess of the log pig house we are building. Spring is coming, the rabbits had babies and all is turning to muck and mud. God Bless Spring in Alaska!
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So, I did it. Here is the new ride. I hope that one day these pictures will appear as quaint to my girls as the ones showing my dad in front of his 1950's Chevy or whatever it was. I mean how many times in life do you get to come home with a new truck?
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So, you know it is spring in this house by the chicks. Sure, there may be 2 feet of snow in the backyard. But in our spare bathroom, there are 40 meat chicks and 6 new Delaware pullets. A guy in the store today made a comment about why I would bother with all the "work". It gave me a chance to rail against factory farms. It is okay to eat meat. It is not okay to let animals suffer in life or death. I will not soil my soul with the blood of the suffering any more than necessary. The clerk got quite a chuckle. Regardless of whether I come out ahead financially (and I do by $1 or $2 a bird), it is the right thing to do. And the kids love it of course. Plus it just makes me feel good to see the vegetables coming up, see the homemade wine waiting to be bottled, see the chicks in the bathroom and the rabbits and the chickens outside. It makes me feel good to heat with wood and eat roadkill moose. Hell, isn't that why I came to Alaska? In other news, I am sad to report that m…
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So, happy birthday to my number one girl! Wow. Three years since you came into my life and changed it forever. And what a little lady you have become. The way you insist on wearing your rubber boots and pajamas to help me get eggs. The way you climb onto the boat and use the binoculars to look for bears because "brown bears mess me up". The way you look when you are sleeping. The way you know exactly how to break my heart.

The way you have to help me do everything, even though sometimes you cause more damage than you mean to. The way sometimes you don't love me because I am a "boy". Sometimes I remember what it was like to be single. To not have you in my life. Sometimes, when the bills are piled up and your mom and I are scrapping, I say "never marry and never have children". But I don't mean it. You are why I work. Why I fight so hard for my clients. Why I believe that my life and my work have value. I could probably make more money doing somethi…
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So, if you ever want to know what a stroke feels like try going to Chuck E Cheese's. Good lord. Flashing lights and screaming kids. Kadee loved it though. She got hopped up on Cherry Coke and had the time of her two year old life. Sometimes I am glad we live 2.5 hours from Anchorage....I could not handle that place more than once a year. I wasn't sure we could go for a second.....Mt. Redoubt erupted again just as we were leaving. This picture is taken just around the corner from my house. There are a bunch of super cool pictures of the multiple eruptions (that I did not take)...I will post some next time. Otherwise not much is new. Today I went and got a bunch of logs. I am building a log pig pen in my continuing effort to avoid the obscenity of eating factory meat. Bill and Jesse were helping load a log that must have weighed a hundred pounds (it is the one right behind Bill on top in the picture). Somehow Bill didn't hear the '3' as in 'drop in 1, 2, 3'. …
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So, there was an open house for the new courthouse in Kenai today. I got a chance to see some of the inner workings that I normally don't get to see. It was also a chance to get some pictures of where I spend my life. I thought I would share them so you can see where, well, where I spend my life. I got to pretend I was a judge, an accused as well as stand at my usual podium (I think I was pretending to argue that a third party was not necessary in this pose). Tomorrow I am taking the family to Anchorage to celebrate Kadee's third birthday a little early. Next week I am sitting second chair on a 'moose' case. The regulations surrounding moose hunting are absurdly complex, as evidenced by the number of legal hours that we have put into trying to interpret them. I'll post on Sunday with some picture of Kadee celebrating her third birthday!
P.S. Before anybody out there accuses me of being 'suicidal', I am only joking in this last picture. Although tho…
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So, I’ve changed my mind. I must admit I was shocked enough by some slander to consider making this whole thing private. Stupid little anonymous comments I can handle but slander is a whole other thing. Then I remembered something. As one regular reader put it “you are becoming quite the pussy”. Well I may have many flaws as a man but being a “pussy” is not one of them. When the hell did I back down from anyone for anything? I think the worst part for me was that it was other lawyers who were making what I will call shitty little comments. For those of you who have seen Braveheart, it was like when William Wallace yanked the helmet off of Robert the Bruce. I expect there to be some ‘attacks’ (since I have chosen to make certain parts of my life public) but when those attacks just get mean and personal for no reason, well that is unexpected. Here is the situation. I posted a picture of a co-worker and me (clearly, I thought) mugging for the camera. I thought it was obvious we were goof…