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So, I wish I had more to write about than the usual. Trips to Tustumena and the like. I feel like it is a slow summer. I haven't been fishing yet. I had a minor surgery that has taken me out of commission for a week. There have been periods of rain for a week at a time. I feel like I have a million projects and summer is half over. Yuck. This weekend should be busy though. It is J's birthday (and Canada day!) tomorrow. It is my birthday friday. Then a long weekend for the Fourth. Planning on doing some halibut fishing out of Homer and getting some stuff done around here. Work has been busy, especially with the departure of a felony attorney in the office. I have been trying to get Kadee and Alyssa's PFD appeal done too. I have decided to drive down the Alcan with Jesse when he leaves in about 6 weeks. Perhaps I can get my summer together after all. I really don't have much to write about today but I just wanted to update a little. I hope to have some adventures…
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So, happy summer Solstice. Well, not really. For now the Earth tilts back towards the cold and dark. I much prefer December 21. But to celebrate, I took my family onto Tustumena lake for the first time. I mean why not 'celebrate' in one of my favorite places? I also took the Interns, and Bill, to Caribou Island, near Cape Monica, and cooked salmon and rabbit. The place is littered with wild chives so I used them too.We made a fire, but not the usual affront to God fire that I usually make (I can't stand seeing a bigger fire than mine!). The girls found a field of thousands of Hornicorn flowers (AKA Blue Lupines) and played in the hornicorns and wild roses. I taught Kadee to find the chives and she delighted in chewing on them like someone in a Western film. We drank cocktails and played cribbage while the girls played in the lake. It's funny: I got the State's brief today in the girls PFD appeal where the State is arguing that my little girls are notAlaskans. Can …
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So happy Father's day to me. Took the girls on the boat for the first time this year. After a week of rain, the sun finally came out this afternoon. Just in time to go back to work. Kadee got to drive the boat, and a good time was had by all.

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So, Alaska gets a new bail statute on July 1, 2010. It has some problems. I can hear the DA's now. Howling that we scumbag defense lawyers are making meritless arguments. Or as a DA in a recent trial put it, "the Constitution blah blah blah". I am not kidding. He won that argument too. God this job is hopeless. Anyways, back to the bail statute. I won't bore you with too many details. And rest assured I am not giving away any secrets..I am sure the State knows that the Defense plans on challenging the new law. Well, I am at least. Because it is bullshit. Here is the basic problem: The Alaska Constitution states that "an accused is entitled . . . to be released on bail, except for capital offenses when the proof is evident or the presumption great." Alaska Const., Art. I, Sec. 11. Pretty basic right? But the new law mandates that for a wide group of defendants the court should presume, subject to rebuttal by the defendant, that noamount of bail andnoconditi…
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So, chicken killing day. I set aside one day every June to fill the freezer with chicken. Cornish Cross are amazing. From egg size to big roasters in 8 weeks. The last three years I have had the interns help. This year was no different. Except these interns had never killed or plucked a chicken. But they did a great job. They all cleaned chickens and 2/3 actually killed one. Think of that the next time you order a chicken sandwich! It wasn't a flawless process but it was pretty darned good. For about 4 hours work, we have all the chicken we need until Spring. Sweet. I like to think I offer the Kenai interns a unique experience. I have been so lucky so far that everyone who has come to Kenai to intern has been a pretty darned cool person. In exchange, I try to offer them things like boat rides, camping, learning to shoot, killing chickens and a host of other things that I hope they remember always. Tomorrow night they will get an amazing roast chicken dinner. Good job girls!



















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So, I may be broker than I have ever been. The rash of broken items continues. I haven't even listed all the things that have broken or failed in the last few months. But, what the hell. For a few dollars in fuel I can go to Tustumena. We can get around Caribou Island and back for about 8 gallons. Divided by 4, it is a pretty cheap ride. As you may know, Tustumena lake is one of my favorite places in the world. I got to introduce the Interns to it. It was a beautiful night. On the way home, the water was absolutely calm. Like glass. I cooked halibut and salmon. Taught them to shoot a blackpowder pistol. Showed them the cabin on Caribou Island. We are going to go camping there. I found a field of Hornicorn flowers that Kadee is going to love. It is easy to lose track of time in the Alaskan summer. It is light at midnight. Once again I found myself coming home at about 2 am. Oops. But I was impressed once again with the Interns. The have quickly learned how to launch and…
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So, Kenai lake. Not much to report and that is how I like it. I took the Interns to the lake. The boat worked. The baked salmon was delicious. I am hoping it turns out to be a good summer after all. The Interns are convincing me not to worry about the fact they are women and do the stuff that I do. So I took them on the boat. Showed them how to shoot (they are better than I expected), let Intern #3 drive the boat and Intern Cooper did a heck of a job with lines and handling getting the boat on and off the beach. Just a heck of a job. It is almost boring to report 'nothing' but there we go. Gets my mind off wrecked Rhinos, the dryer that went out today, the Supreme Court gutting Miranda and all the other bullshit in the world. I found some blue lupines at the lake, which Kadee loves. She calls them 'Hornicorn' flowers because she has a stuffed unicorn that she calls a 'hornicorn'. I love coming home....the girls get so excited to see me and they loved…
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So, as the wife would say, "faaaaaiiiinnnnnnnnggg interns yeah". Oh the evening started as usual. A fire. I barbecued some salmon burgers. We listened to Super Tramp a few dozen times. Some of us drank. I lent my Rhino to the interns. You know, the usual stuff on a summer night. It ended with Jesse in the Emergency room and a wrecked Rhino. I mean wrecked bad. Oh I was pissed when Intern Josh did some body damage. But Intern #3, as she has asked to be called, skewered the Rhino with a 4" spruce log. It was just a total accident. She doesn't drink and wasn't impaired. But she got sucked into a rut when she was really moving and she just impaled it. The engine and tranny might be totaled. But much more importantly, the blood in the Rhino is Jesse's. The log went right through the body, through (and, thankfully mostly past Jesse) and into the engine. A few inches higher and Jesse would have been badly hurt or killed. It is that simple.So I was relieved. And I …