I have read about it in my comments section, received it in my e-mail, and even heard it repeated during a recent phone call. But none of it seemed to come from an eyewitness account.
So what is your local neighborhood blogger to do when he is consumed with curiosity and cannot get satisfaction?
You guessed it. ROAD TRIP!
So early this morning, at the first showing of Alaska's crack, I made sure to pack my Wasillian to English dictionary, my redneck repellent, and my faithful camera toting sidekick, and embarked on a drive through the thick pea soup fog that enveloped Anchorage and headed for the wilds of Wasilla.
Once there we walked as close as we could to "Castle Palin" and snapped these photos. (If you click on the photos you can see a much larger version. You can even see the men who were working on it while we were there.)
We have heard repeatedly that Sarah Palin is done with Alaska. I had that information about property purchased in Montana. We know she met with Rupert Murdoch at Fox News headquarters amid rumors of a television show. And she has NOTHING keeping her in Alaska.
So why spend a portion of her newly made fortune to build, what looks to be, an entirely new house right next to her old one? (Let's face it, now that Todd is unemployed, you can bet your ass HE is not footing the bill!)
To be honest, I don't know. Oh I tried to find out. But my sources are just as mystified as I am.
And that is where we enter the territory known as "Rumorville".
The rumor that I have heard more than a few times, and let me stress that this is ONLY a rumor, is that this is to be Bristol's house. And that it is to house both her and her CHILDREN, as payment for her continued silence. I even heard that she was going to get a nanny and a new car, once again only a rumor.
Is this reliable? I dunno. But if anybody has a better theory feel free to share it. (Especially if you are currently living in Wasilla, hint hint.)
I am not sure exactly sure what danger awaited me at the other end of this little gravel road, but considering that Sarah would probably love to have my head mounted on her wall, I decided not to press my luck.
(By the way just to be clear for legal purposes, we NEVER stepped foot on private property and took all of our photos from areas open to the public)
Update: Here is the link from the Recorder's Office which shows that purchase of Lot 4, Block 1(The Palin house is built on Lot 3, Block 1) was recorded July 14, 2009. Which was ten days after she resigned.