So, in a different vein, I finally got off my butt this winter and did something. Not a full blown adventure, mind you, but I got out of the house. We took the kids to the local winter carnival where they sat on ice bears, rode down slides made of ice, ate hot dogs and jumped in a bouncy house. It is just about February and the light is about to change. The next four weeks are going to be okay but then March will be here. I know that will be 8 weeks of me being cranky. Crap, I wish we had the money to just get out of here for a week of two in March or April. Alas, I will just have to put up with it. We are gaining about 40 minutes a week of light so the change is incredibly dramatic. And while the rest of the world will be enjoying Spring, I will feel like I will be going insane from the never ending winter. Then BOOM! May will be here. Interns will arrive. Friends are coming up to do some gold panning. Fishing. Camping. Hiking. Yes, yes I know it is still January. Perhaps it is just the increased light messing with my head. But I can smell summer coming. Damn getting out of the house...it's got me all worked up!

Comments

Justin T. said…
I'll do a winter camping trip with you if you want to get out of the house before May. I am always down for some Alaskan adventures.
Anonymous said…
Check out the Kenai Peninsula Outdoor Club if you want to find company for local adventures.
Justin let me know when you get to AK. Anon 1, good idea.
jLow said…
Sounds like y'all had a great time. And you never know what little moment will stick with your girls for a lifetime.
susan said…
was doing a search on public defenders in the homer area and your blog came up. cant find a thing for a person or number to contact. any references would be great if you could help please. my son neeeds one i think if its not to late for him. he is in a situation that i think is unfair and i wanted to see if i could help him somehow from california. he just kind of rolled over and took what the da told him since he had no money for an atty. any help would be greatly appriciated.
Anonymous said…
sue, u are better off starting a private practice. public defenders are bad lawyers, get bad pay, and are overworked.
Susan, I won't respond to anon since he/she is clearly a moron. Why would you "start" a private practice? Much more importantly, public defenders work by Court appointment. We don't get to take cases, even if we want to, without court appointment. If your son had no money I'm surprised that he didn't ask for a PD. It sounds like he is seeking some sort of post conviction relief? Perhaps he qualifies for a PD? If not, I suggest you call a private lawyer and talk to him or her about the issue.
susan said…
actually he does qualify. basically he got a dui in a parking lot after a christmas party. he had from 7 years ago an accident that he was originally charged with a dui that was dropped. alaska charged him with a 2nd dui. he told them it was wrong and they said prove it or get an atty. so he just took it. he asked the judge after the fact to change it and the judge said he would put a stay on it and give him 2 weeks to clear it up. we got certified records showing he was not charged and sent them up there. my son got a call while this was going on from the da stating that once he got the copies of the court records he would fix it. well the da changed his/her mind and sent my son an email to get an atty a few days before he was scheduled to go into jail.
susan said…
i should clarify that the da's charged him with a 2nd dui. the alaska dmv is actually following the guidelines of a 1st dui... i know you must pay your dues for your mistake. but make justice fair and make it right. my son felt as though he shouldnt push the issue from the tone of the da's email i guess as his sentance was on the lower end for a 2nd dui. i have seen his mvr print out as i work in insurance...he has no prior conviction of a dui. so where do we go...what can be done. to top it off his gdad is in last stage kidney failure, he is at 7% function, that he was taking care of. he had to make arragments for care for him while he is gone for 20 days. sorry i am blowing up on your blog i am just very frustrated.
tiny tim said…
Anonymous:
I'm assuming you said all those things about public defenders to try and get a rise out of people. The problem is that statements like that lead people to turn down opportunities for public defenders, which may be what Susan's son did. While public defenders may be overworked and underpaid, calling them "bad lawyers" is patently untrue as a blanket statement. Especially in Alaska, and a few more places around the country (namely Colorado, D.C. and New York City).
Susan, your son is going to have to talk to the court, or a private attorney if he wants to do something about his situation. It may be too late, however. I apologize for that.
Tiny Tim got it 100% right. If he qualifies, I'm sure Judge Murphy will appoint our Agency. We'll look at the situation and do what we can. I'm not in a position on this blog to give specific legal advice. And, for the record, the attorneys I work with are as smart, dedicated and driven as any I have ever known. We all choose this life to help the poor.

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