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So, I think this is the longest I have ever gone without posting.  It just doesn't seem the same now that I am out of Alaska.  But the point of this blog is to chronicle my life.  And since I am now in California, I guess I have to suck it up.  A lot of things have happened in the last 6 weeks.  The firm is coming along.  My last baby had her second birthday.  My oldest child lost her first tooth.  We had a series of amazing winter storms.  The building is coming along.  Quite frankly, they are all things that probably just matter to me and those close to me. I suppose if I wanted to record for my children the way things have been lately, I would say....strange. I have been working many twelve hour days. Right now though I spend most of my days alone. There are no co-workers. I even eat lunch alone most days. It's ok. I'm 100% certain that I will miss these days before long. Driving a big old truck around, trying to build 'brand recognition'. . Tryi…
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So, for a lawyer just starting a practice, I have been busier than I thought.  The number of details and tasks in starting a new firm is pretty crazy.  I think I could write a book about it.  Of course, it isn't made any easier by the amount that Jeremy and I have decided to bite off.  Right now, my number one priority is figuring out how to make http://www.adamsfietz.com go live.  Right now we don't show up at all on Google so I am learning search engine optimization.  It's funny.  For the last 12 years as a lawyer I just wanted the phone to be QUIET!  Now all my energies on bent to the task of getting it to RING!  But I am loving the private lawyer gig.  I love having no boss.  I love being able to have a beer with lunch or go home early or (eventually) take the cases I want.    I am just remembering to enjoy the ride.  I mean Kadee's teeth have started coming out!  I remember when mine did and now my oldest child is losing hers.  Every day is precious. It's fun…
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So, www.adamsfietz.com  is alive!  The last few weeks have been surreal.  I have been busy every day but haven't practiced law.  It has all been making plans and arrangements to practice.  The office is coming along nicely, although is feels slow.  Quite a change.  We are defining our marketing plan and decided to buy a mobile ad truck to spread word of our existence. We are trying to do things differently. Other than that, not much is new. We are settling into the house. I have planted a small winter garden and am really enjoying the place. It's weird not having a pay check but we are still busy on every weekend visiting friends we haven't seen in years. There are times when I miss Alaska horribly, but I know this move was for the best. . Other than how surprisingly busy our dead end country road turned out to be, it is a beautiful area.  I am torn about how much to continue this blog.  It contains a lot of personal history.  On the one hand, I am a private lawyer…
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So, life continues.  For the most part, it has been great.  My only real negative so far has been dealing with California DMV.  Getting two new driver licenses and registering two cars cost over $2500!  What a joke.  It just goes back to my fundamental belief in life: I am happiest when the government leaves me alone.  I am happy to pay some tax.  But for the most part, the involvement of government in my life only leads to misery. I haven't been practicing much law since leaving Alaska, but have been very busy.  Besides the running around getting things unpacked and utilities turned on, I have been visiting the courthouse.  Making cider.  Doing construction on our building.  Reuniting with old friends.  Taking care of the many details in starting our firm.  It's been good.  Just to show what a cycle life is, we had dinner where the wife and I first met 10 years ago.  This time we went back and visited our friends there with our kids.  It was strange to see the place and to …
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So, the last wek has been crazy. Moving from Alaska to California is bad enough. But starting a new practice? Renovating a 100 year old building? All at once. It's nuts. But I found time to make some apple cider with the kids. Drive to the coast.  Buy J a new car.  In between, I have been knocking down walls.  Signing papers.  Ordering doors. And business cards.  And internet access.  And a million other things.  And today I talked to my first client in a few weeks.  It's go, go, go, go, go, go.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  I am living on credit cards but I am a happy man.  All is well. Tomorrow is another crazy day.  I have rented a closet sized office to practice out of while we finish renovations. So I am buying all the supplies needed to get it up and running.  All I can say is, stand by.  Life is getting more and more interesting.
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So, now that I have internet at home, I thought I would chronicle the last few weeks of my life.  First, let me give my impression of my new home.  I am much happier than I thought I would be.  The weather is not the oppressive and unyielding heat that I am used to in California.  The new house is great.  Kadee is happy at at school.  Our new office is going to be stunning.  So here's how things have been for me.  Two weeks ago today, G and I started loaded our trucks.  Our stuff was in 5 different places.  I was 100% sure it wouldn't all fit.  Well seven hours later, almost all of it did.  I lost an old fridge and an old wood stove.  We had figured that it would take several days.  So, since we had extra time, I convinced Jesse to take me to the lake one last time. God. I'm going to miss that place. Well, with the sight and smell of my favorite place on Earth fresh in my heart, we hit the road. We drove to Whittier to take the ferry down to Bellingham. What a trip! Befo…