Hello from Homer, Alaska!


At least we have a friend at the end of the road!


Today I had a “first”. I called a WC resi job and postponed until I get back from a 7 day vacation to see my kids and grandson. I postponed because I am fatigued and my tendinitis needs some rest. I’ve been working 6, sometimes 7 days a week for too many years.

I am very fortunate that I rarely get sick enough to miss work over the last 3 decades. This is probably because of all the shots I got during my 3 years in the Corps a long time ago. The flip side of that coin is that I have not been scheduling enough time to recharge my body.

I was excited last month because April was my best grossing month since I started almost 2 1/2 years ago. I’ve been trying to make May surpass April but I see now that it is more important to slow down before I fall down. Being fatigued and hurried while doing ladder work is not a good combination.


Did a lakefront resi yesterday for my first repeat customer in the Fairbanks area, which is almost 600 miles from Homer. I go to Fairbanks on working vacations to see my kids and grandson.

The client wanted a repeat but then noticed that her windows were still clean from last year so she asked if I wanted to clean their cabin at a place called Harding Lake. I had never heard of it so I looked at Google map and saw it was only 48 miles from Fairbanks. I like seeing new places so off I went.
Although the lake hadn’t thawed the temps were in the high 50s.


I met a member of the greatest generation today. My client was in the Marine Corps in WWII.

He got injured at Iwo Jima in 1945 and was also at Tinian, Guam and Saipan. He was in the 9th Marines Infantry Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. I was in the Corps back in the 80s but I think this is the first time I met a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima. When I was growing up on an abandoned military base in the Aleutian Islands these guys were my heroes.


I learned a bit about my prices relevant to other local WCers. When I told the client my bid was $200 for her 2 story resi today (10 ground story panes, 8 second story, 1 skylight requiring roof walking, 19 interior N2G panes) the lady said she already had a bid for $130. I don’t renegotiate my bids so “the other guy” will get the job. The other guy will be doing 6 ladder sets in real mushy sloping ground, what a pain.

Glad to know that I’m not undercutting.


Nice post so far. Thank you!


Now I have 401-Ks for employees. Since I am an employee of the S-Corp that I own I am feeling good about this. This will also help with recruitment and retention of good employees.


I had a nice view at this job.


Flood tide at Beluga Slough.

I’m lucky that I still have several hours per day with temps over freezing. Worked on a CCU exterior today and will finish the exterior Monday.


Two for one! The local T-shirt shop melted the zipper while applying my graphic so they got me a second jacket. I will get a new zipper at the local boat cover/fish bag (brailer) manufacturing shop.


Posted just because I like photography.