Autumn’s Early

After a lengthy, extremely dry summer filled with excessive heat during which the record for number of days above 90F was broken, our rainy season seems to be off to an early start. Beginning last weekend, August 28, when a large storm blew into the Pacific Northwest, disrupting the Hood-to-Coast run, and forcing campers off … Continue reading Autumn’s Early

More on The Grump

Because I just want to throw things every time I think about this. Since I've known Carol, she has had pretty long hair, most of the way down her back. Although I didn't think this was a particularly good look for her at her age, it was none of my business and never said anything. … Continue reading More on The Grump

Purely Pacific Northwest

Pretty video of locations around the Pacific Northwest, with some fantastic shots of Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens. The opening shot is moonrise on Mt. Hood, which is just east of Portland. I recommend viewing in full screen. We desperately need a channel that features these kinds of videos, the way Norway features hours-long … Continue reading Purely Pacific Northwest

Death by New Job

...and this is about how I feel at the end of the first week:   Gracie wants to know why I'm not getting her dinner. The bus driver is a psycho, zooming through city streets and 25MPH zones at speeds well over the limit (I can't see his speedometer, but I can guess by the … Continue reading Death by New Job

Finding Portland

I just saw this at Smithsonian Magazine's Web site, and had to share. My beloved Portland captured on film in a zippy 3.54 minutes! "Finding Portland: Where Young People Go To Retire" opens inside a deserted Pioneer Place mall, and shifts around the city showing the bridges, the highway interchanges, Waterfront Park with the cherry … Continue reading Finding Portland

Viva la Bookstores!

For me, being able to visit a bookstore is a treasured experience that online book buying will never be able to equal. (What's Harvey got to do with it? Nuthin', 'cept he's a local landmark at a marine supply shop. No idea.) A few days ago, Evil Wylie (@EvilWylie, aka Andrew Shaffer) tweeted out a … Continue reading Viva la Bookstores!

Cherie M. Priest at Beaverton Powells tonight

She just tweeted she's on a prop plane, coming down from Seattle. I've never been on one myself, but when I set up travel for the guys in the office here, they often catch the hop up to Sea-Tac, and on to Asia. If you're a fan of Cherie M. Priest, and would like a … Continue reading Cherie M. Priest at Beaverton Powells tonight

Another Oregon Vortex — Forty Years Ago

Some of you may have heard of the Oregon Vortex, a place in Gold Hill, Oregon where the natural laws seem unable to hold sway. But this weekend marks the fortieth anniversary of a different Oregon Vortex, proving the counterculture of Oregon in 1970 rivaled even that of California. In late August 1970, President Nixon … Continue reading Another Oregon Vortex — Forty Years Ago