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So, Kotzebue! My first time here when it wasn't winter. What a glorious time to be here. The fall colors are just beginning. I can see the ocean from my room and my office. I am still feeling the sticker shock of things here but otherwise I love it. If I was single I would definitely do a tour of duty in the Bush. I will try and get some pics of the town and surrounding area. I brought the .300 Win Mag and will try to get a caribou after work one night. Things are on a different schedule up here, and it is a pace I enjoy.

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So, here is to AJ. She makes my heart ache she is so beautiful. I wonder if I only think that because she is mine? Nah. She is simply stunning.

P.S. So is Kadee. Here is she chewing on a rabbit bone. Pfffftttt. And she hasn't been given her PFD yet. How could she bemore Alaskan?
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So, it begins. Fall. Went out camping on Tustumena Lake this weekend. Beautiful out there. But this little patch of color is the first sign of fall I have seen. The boat ran like a champ and we went out for a ride last night after the wind died down. It was flat calm and I easily got the boat up to 42 MPH and went around Caribou Island. Even though it is moose season and the parking lot was crowded, we hardly saw anyone. No mishaps either, except for Monica falling in. She was trying to push the boat off from shore and the water dropped off from shore to very deep instantly. She couldn't get on the boat fast enough and was hanging in the water. Thankfully it was a nice day. I have gotten so used to the boat now, and being on it with people who know it, that I failed to give good instructions on how fast to jump on. We went to the far end of the lake and saw where the glacier feeds it. Maybe my last trip for the year with Kotzebue coming up, the pigs to slaughter and the last fra…
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So, the hogs got out the other day. Put a hole in the fence and took off. By the time I got home they had been gone hours. To make a long story short, we found them. I wish I had had my camera. We were walking down the road. J was pushing AJ in a stroller. The dogs were running around. Kadee was getting pushed along by the pigs. The pigs were following the shaking of the grain can. I was wearing a shirt and tie and rubber boots and carrying a lasso I was using to smack the pigs when they stopped moving. And this procession went down the road. Kids, dogs and hogs. People saw...they let us pass. Sometimes I love Alaska. The weather is amazing right now. I am going camping on Tustumena Lake this weekend. I went out there last night and it was stunning. These pictures show the Kasilof River. It is the time of year where we start to get amazing sunsets, although that also means we are now getting darkness. Oh well, it is time.

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So, you know what I hate? Clients who lie to me. I have been doing this job long enough (almost 10 years already!) to know when a client is lying to me. Pisses me off. I always try to explain that we each have a job. My job is to keep my mouth SHUT. I explain that I will go to jail before I will reveal a secret. In exchange, I need to know the truth. Now don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting everyone is guilty. But I hate the conversations that go like this: "I need the truth so I can effectively represent you. I hate being surprised. Is this true? No man, no. No way. I didn't do that. No way. Ok. What if the State were to offer you a misdemeanor with another month to serve. Hell yeah man. I did that shit." I am summarizing of course. Daniel Benzali said it best in the amazing show Murder One. He told a client about how words are weapons and how when they lie to him they send him into battle one armed. Sometimes I honestly think I have done th…
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So, last night I took the girls out to the Big T lodge. Hell of a place. To get business the food items are half off so you can buy a pretty darned good prime rib dinner for less than $10. In Alaska, that is a great bargain. As you can see, the girls really tucked into their meals! Summer is winding down and it is time to get ready for the quiet time of year. I do have a few projects that I need to finish and some I need to start. I am going to help build a cabin for some property up in the Caribou Hills. We are going to build it in a shop and then trailer it up. Jesse's mom has 18 acres with amazing views so we will be able to use it all winter for snowmachining. It has been raining like mad lately and I am already starting to feel house bound. You know that things are changing when the fire at the lodge feels really, really good. Not much else to write about for now. I am going back up to Kotzebue for a week at the end of the month.
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So, tomorrow, I am taking the day off to go to Anchorage to fight for Kadee's PFD. Legally, I have never been more excited. This really does seem to be a case of first impression in the history of the United States. I am ready. I think that I have an answer for any question that may be thrown at me. I don't expect to win of course. And part of me will be disappointed if she does win. Because there are such broad constitutional questions at play I want to create good case law for all who follow. I have arguments about Equal Protection, the Supremacy Clause and State law. This may be my only chance in life to actually fight for my family on an issue on which I am absolutely right. It may be the only chance I have to walk up these steps and fight for my little girls. So, when I lose tomorrow, I will rejoice. A case like this has big potential.

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So, once again, I went to Tustumena lake. God I love it up there. The reds have made it to Nikolai Creek. I was walking around in chest high grass, with dead salmon and raspberry bushes everywhere. Let's just say the Desert Eagle I was carrying felt too small. Before long I am going to take the girls up there. I know the lake a lot better now and it can be dangerous. I wasn't sure of the boat. But it is time. I have had a good summer so far but one of the things I have realized is that I could spend a lifetime exploring just the Kenai Peninsula and never see it all. So I go back to the places that I have seen and try and see a little more of it.
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So, victory! The freezer is finally full of halibut. To celebrate I cut the gill plate of the first halibut I landed and put a drop of my blood on my tongue. The boat was overdue for a load of halibut. It took a lot to get there. Not only was the boat fubar and the mechanic had to rebuild the jet after only 10 hours but I worked my ass getting it ready to go out (with thanks to Intern Scott). We dug out about 1000 pounds of water logged foam from the bottom of the boat. The smell was awful. I stuck a screwdriver in to pry some out and got a mouth full of the foulest tasting 'water' you can imagine. I took almost two pick up loads of foam and junk out of the boat. Then we had to rebuild the floor. It was a lot of work but the upside is the boat performed like a champ yesterday. The RPM's came way down and it is burning about 10 GPH. The load of halibut is a load off my shoulders. My freezers are full. I mean full. Salmon, chicken, moose, rabbit and now halibut have us well…