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So, I am busy sealing a shed against the squirrels when a neighbor shouts my name. Turns out he took some folks halibut fishing and they caught two: a 60 pounder and a 180 pounder. After berating them for taking a big breeding female, I saw that the fish just weren't being dealt with. The two guys didn't know how to deal with a halibut! Well crap. Probably 100 lbs of filets were sitting in the sun. So I did it. And more importantly perhaps, I showed them how to do it. It made me feel proud. I have been in Alaska almost 4 years now and I was the guy who was showing folks how to deal with halibut. I showed them how to filet them. How to skin them and put them in the freezer. I got a few lbs of fish out of it but the next time these guys get some halibut, they will be able to deal with them. That's what matters.
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So, the police just suck. The longer I practice law, the more I wonder what the hell they are good for except to bully the People. I hope the jury pounds this case so far up his ass that he shits paper the rest of his life. Of course, I have learned the hard way that may not happen. My old client Rayburn Zink was a hero for fighting in WWII. He may have been a public servant for being a California Highway patrol officer for years. But, to me, the greatest thing he ever did was teach me a lesson I will never forget: the people in this country get what they deserve. And what that is is cops like this. Laws like this. I often wonder if everyone has gone insane but me.



http://abcnews.go.com/US/TheLaw/videotaping-cops-arrest/story?id=11179076
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So, last night I was looking at an old book I own called simply "Barns". It made me hungry for something different. I miss the smell of horses. I miss the creak of a saddle. I miss it a lot. I don't know why I am writing this post. But I feel like I am on the verge of another life change. I don't know how or why. Perhaps it is the realization that J is not happy here. Perhaps it is just a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. But I am pushing 40 and this is not how I imagined my life. I miss pushing a cowboy hat on in the morning and it feeling natural. I guess we'll see about it. I have a plan to make things better. If it falls through, I am going to make some big changes. What good does a boat do in the yard? Life is short.

Time to make sourdough.
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So, I haven't written in a while. No excuse. It has rained since June and for the last few days it has been clear and blue and in the 60's. The rain is coming back Sunday so I have been outside doing everything from sleeping to painting to getting firewood. Already, the weather is changing. It is nice at day but the chill is in the air when the sun drops. A few trees have started to turn yellow. Today was the first day of (gun) moose season and it really the start of fall. It is a big time in this part of Alaska. A lot of folks were off today to chase the spikes and (maybe) bigger bulls around. Me? Nah. I don't think so. Still some road kill left. We will be ready for the winter without a bull. Well, ready in the material sense. I'm not sure about emotionally. To be honest, I am already looking forward to the first snow. I know, I know. But I am also keenly aware of how I will feel in March. That part of life in Alaska has worn thin. But we are ready. …
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So. 99 years. We'll see about it. Hang tight Jimmy.
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So. My garden. It sucks ass for the most part. In July we had 23 days of rain. 23! One of the rainiest summers ever. Slugs are everywhere, despite my best efforts. Most things are not growing right or are just rotting right in the ground. A lot of the plants have turned to mush. Thank god I don't have to depend on it to feed my family. Even the tomatoes in the greenhouse are all flowers and no fruit. It is just too darned cold. And it is mid August! There are few positives. As always, despite doubling the size of my plot, I didn't plant enought potatoes which seem to be doing well.
Carrots are doing well. Leeks, beets, kale and parsnips too. I did pick enough for a nice vegetable soup tonight. Not much return for all the money and labor. Everything else seems to be bolting or eaten by slugs or is just rotting. Of course, in this house, there is still food production going on. Even the crappy garden leads to food. The hogs are doing well and eat the waste. Turkeys and rabbits ar…
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So, goodbyes are a part of life. Next week the interns leave and so does Jesse. It will get much, much quieter around here. To celebrate a
great summer, I threw a little party. Did the usual thing. Fire. '80's music. The usual. I must admit that I was concerned when three women showed up last May. I thought it was going to be a quiet summer too. Turns out I was wrong. The interns this year were just great. All of them turned out some excellent legal work and we all had a lot of fun. I can't think of much good to say about them leaving except now that I won't have anyone to do anything with, I can stop spending some of the money I don't have. But doing things with them and feeding them and all of the rest of it made for a great summer. I sincerely hope that the Kenai Public Defender Agency interns had the best time out of any in the State. Good work ladies. 101%. You know what it means. I will try hard and stay focused and not feel sad. Winter is coming....I saw my…