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So, Merry Christmas. I hope that everyone had a good day. Once again, as I sit here with a belly full of beef and whiskey, having spent the day with family and friends, I am reminded how lucky we are. We may not have everything that we want, but we have everything that we need. And we are so very, very lucky. I mean look at these little girls...the most beautiful girls ever.... PS Kadee got make-up for Christmas. Sigh. Make-up. Clothes. Hair bands and accessories. That is my next 18 years. Now she just has to learn how to put it on a little more 'gingerly'....
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So, I thought I would save a few buck for Christmas with a toy chest for the girls. Umm, no. Even though I was only "re-finishing" it, it turned into a huge project. I had to take it completely apart to replace rot. I decided to replace rotten wood with cedar. After sanding it, buying new hinges and basically rebuilding it, it didn't turn out to save any money. But. I had a lot of fun doing it. And now the girls have something that means something. Not just another toy made in China. I am going to ask them to use it for dress up clothes. Have any of you (especially with kids) just taken a walk through your house and realized how much stuff you have? Especially stuff that is just everywhere? My god. And to think I paid for most of this stuff. Is it really necessary? To my girls: one day you may look at this chest and wonder where it came from. Know this: I spent weeks in the cold shop working on it. There is something special about working with wood when it is -10. From t…
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So, Gold Rush: Alaska on Discovery Channel. I love it. Yes, yes there are many haters out there. People who say they aren't "Alaskans". True. People who say they are chewing up the land. True. People who say they are excessively jumpy about bears. Yup. But as G said, this is a 'Ben Adams" operation. Lets look at the facts. Alaska! Check. Excessively armed. Yup. Overuse of the "F" word. You bet. Running machinery to the full hilt when you don't really know what you are doing. Ahem. Constantly worrying about money. Geez. As I said, I love it. Oh I know it isn't really "reality". But as Jack Hoffman said "There isn’t one man in America, if he’s got anything inside him, who wouldn’t want to be here with us". You're goddamned right Jack. It looks awesome. I admire you all.
9:33 Alaska time. The lunar exclipse starts now. The Solstice is tomorrow. As is custom may I just say: tilt, bitch, tilt. I've made it through another…
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So, these aren't the greatest photos but I wanted the girls to have them. I argued their PFD appeal last week. The girls did great. At the end the Judge complimented them for being so well behaved. The matter is under submission. I don't know what will happen or what the end result will be. It doesn't really matter in one sense: I will fight until all appeals are exhausted. Then I will ask politicians to change the law. I will be like Andy Dufresne in Shawshank with his letter a week. The State has no constitutional authority to declare you non-residents because of my citizenship. Good job girls.
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So, Sarah Palin's Alaska. How can I put this nicely? Hmmm. Ok. I got it. What a dumb bitch. I have a number of problems with this show, beyond the obvious trash TV quality to it. I must admit I have been drawn to it a few times, like a fly to garbage. I feel ashamed of myself. But I have noticed a few things. First, I like how she claims that Alaska is just chock full of these adventures. Well it is, but she never mentions that being a multi millionaire helps. Gee Sarah, can I come along on the private float planes/helicopters that ferry you around the State? Second, she is just so full of crap about her family. About how it is the most important thing in the world. Ummmm, Sarah, why do we almost NEVER see Trig? You know, the special needs child who probably needs you a lot. Does he have a nanny? I mean where is he when you are having all these great adventures with Todd? It's not really my place to judge how you raise your family, but when you make your family choices politic…
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So winter time is for sleeping in Alaska. Life continues here. The girls are excited about Christmas. They will have a good one. I have been re-finishing a toy box for them. Their English family has sent an absurd amount of stuff. As far as I'm concerned, a nice beef dinner (rare in this house) is all we need. That's good too. We had a few bucks set aside for Christmas but the washer went out this week. And that's ok. We went and got a good Alaska scrub spruce for our tree. The house is warm. The kids are excited. I expect the next months to be quiet. One bit of excitement: on December 15 at 1:30 I am arguing the kids PFD case. I am hoping to pack the courtroom.....most people who hear my argument agree with it and are looking forward to seeing it. Pretty basic: a US citizen is a US citizen, right?
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So, I haven't been writing much. I am at a strange place in life. It is a mixure of being bored and overwhelmed at the same time. I am bored because I don't really have anyone here to do the things that I want to do things with. The one chance I had to get out (I would have been in Kodiak hunting deer right now), I could not do because I had Mr. Eacker's motion for a new trial this past week. A decision has not been made. I love doing things with the kids but it is not the same. And I am really struggling with the new family dynamic. I don't always know what to do with the kids "new" dependence on me. There are times that I just need a break. I guess that makes me a bastard. I don't know how people do it all day, every day. But otherwise life is quiet...maybe too quiet. I want to do things this winter but am not sure what to do or who to do them with. And by things, I mean things that are hard to do with a 4 year, a 2 year old and a month old. …