Rod Run to the End of the World

This event is one which we have attended and participated in for the past three years: the Rod Run to the End of the World. It is an enjoyable event for those of us who love the allure, artwork, and sheer poetry of the classic, American-made automobile. This is the 35th time that it has been held, and the town which hosts it has changed very little in those 35 years.

Other than the vehicles, the only other reason to attend is for the opportunity to taste some of the best barbecue this side of the Rockies! Terrell’s Texas BBQ, out of Portland, Oregon, is slow-cooked to bring out the juicy tenderness of ribs and brisket. Award-winning and succulent, even southern-fried rednecks can’t help but glomp down on a spicy ‘Hot Mama’ and smile! Nomnomnomnomnom…

Here are just a few of the pictures I took today. The sun came out after some refreshing rains; we even had a thunderstorm blow through, clearing away the dryness and bringing much-needed fresh air and moisture. Very nice and relaxing.


Talkin’ Sports: Football & Baseball

Amazing. Two major stories in Seattle sports occurred over the past couple of days and I’m still digesting them.

In football news, the legendary, animated, personable and talented cornerback Richard Sherman was unexpectedly released from my home team, the Seattle Seahawks. Not long afterwards, the announcement was made that Michael Bennett would be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. I am not the only “Number 12” who is surprised and dismayed over the announcement. No real reason has been given yet so we’ll see what excuse is made by management, if any.

* UPDATED Monday, 12 March *
I was reminded of the fact that Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett were two of the most outspoken members of the Seahawks. They weren’t shy about their support of Colin Kaepernick and his silent protest, and the criticism they have received from the knee-jerk reactionaries has been mind-numbingly racist, to say the least.

On a far better note, legendary and talented outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is making a triumphant return to the Seattle Mariners, the team – and city – which welcomed him with open arms when he was brought over from Japan. If nothing else, please read the article in the link. It is very deep and quite poignant; an interesting insight to a fascinating, enigmatic man.

Seattle’s Pike Place Market: 110 Years!

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington! It ranks in my top five things that I miss about living in Seattle. I resided in that wonderful city for over a decade after leaving the state of Alaska. My family moved from Seattle to Alaska when I was three, and I returned to the state and city of my birth after I turned 21. Pike Place Market was always a popular destination for me, and I lived in walking distance from it for most of the time I lived in Seattle.

Here’s a bit of history about the Market, courtesy of its official website:

At the turn of the century, Seattle was a rough and tumble place and a rapidly growing city. As the population of gold rushers, loggers, fishermen, shipbuilders and merchants grew, so did the demand for produce and goods from the city’s neighboring farms. In the decade of 1890-1900, Seattle’s population nearly doubled, growing from 42,000 to 80,000 citizens.

Farmers brought their vegetables, fruit, milk, dairy, eggs and meat to the city by horse drawn wagons and by ferry from the nearby islands. The goods were purchases by wholesalers, who sold the goods at a commission at warehouses on Western Ave. In this system, farmers occasionally made a profit but increasingly only broke even or lost money.

In 1906-1907, the price of produce—onions namely—soared, leaving the farmers none the richer and the citizens angry over the price gouging. The uproar led one local official to try to find a solution. In the summer of 1907, Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle proposed the city create a public market place where farmers and consumers could meet directly to sell and buy goods and thereby sidelining the wholesalers.

On the public market’s first day, August 17, 1907, crowds of shoppers seeking fresh produce and bargains descended upon the new marketplace. The first farmer sold out of produce within minutes. Within a week, 70 wagons were gathering daily to sell along the newly named Pike Place, a wooden roadway that connected First St. to Western Ave.

Councilman Revelle’s words of dedication ring true more than a century later:

“The Market is yours. I dedicate it to you and may it prove of benefit to you and your children. It is for you to protect, defend, and uphold and it is for you to see that those who occupy it treat you fairly. … This is one of the greatest days in the history of Seattle.”

Developer Frank Goodwin, who had recently returned with a small fortune from the Klondike Gold Rush, saw an opportunity in the flourishing market and began construction of the permanent arcades that make up the heart of today’s Market. The Market prospered during the 1920s and 1930s, and was home to a lively mix of Japanese- and Italian-American farmers, struggling artists, political radicals, and eccentrics.

The “stair-climb” was the best daily exercise I got in the city, and spending a few hours at the Market on a Saturday or Sunday was not uncommon. The selection of fresh meats, seafood, and produce was unbeatable. The unique shops on every level of the marketplace always provided their own surprises! I would take my son there every weekend and we’d enjoy wandering along the waterfront, riding the carousel at Pier 54, and taking home a small bag of fresh-made mini-doughnuts to nibble on in the courtyard and watch the birds and squirrels.

Happy Eleventy-th birthday, Pike Place Market! I wish that I could attend the festivities, but roaming the shops in my memory and mind’s eye will suffice. Recalling “Pike’s Place,” before the housing and population boom which has rendered the waterfront a complete eyesore, will always be quite the pleasant interlude. I have plenty of pictures as well, but they are only shared with my nearest and dearest!

😉 ❤ 😎

Storms On the Shore!!!

Hey all! Sorry for the late post, but unstable weather has been causing minor issues with the electricity. Also, my computer has been giving me a hassle, which is what frustrated the hell out of me yesterday – dealing with the computer techs has been a major exercise in futility! They refuse to acknowledge that there is some flawed component in my computer, which is causing the crashing and freezing issues I experience while gaming – whether I attempt to record a gaming session or live-stream, or not. I’m currently using what is supposed to be our ‘backup’ computer, and it’s running far better than mine is! Guess what? It even records and streams gaming sessions just fine – so there is obviously an issue in my main rig.

I was all ready to post a spleen-venting, expletive-filled, post of hatred towards condescending douchebags…but, waking up to the sound of thunder this morning soothed my mood. I will do a post about my ineffective dealings with the computer techs, but will try to do so in an amusing way! I’ve been inspired by a couple of bloggers who inject much humour in their writings and posts, and wanted to try to put a funny spin on something that has been exceptionally annoying and frustrating. I do my best to have backup plans in case things go wrong…it helps to be prepared for any possible eventuality.

The morning thunderstorms were very nice to wake up to…although, I understand that while I was enjoying the flashes of lightning and feeling, and hearing, the roll of thunder, the coastal town of Manzanita, down in Oregon, had a fairly sizeable tornado! The remnants of a typhoon are the cause, to my knowledge. Still, I love thunderstorms and wild weather…I’m what you would call a ceraunophile, LOL!

The wind is starting to kick up again, so I’ll keep this post short and sign off. It’s going to be a wild weekend! Hopefully the power stays on…I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Also, I hope that I can get some nice shots of the ocean after tomorrow’s storm blows through! The waters will look awesome, I think; I stepped out on the porch earlier, after everything had finally calmed down, and just listened to the roaring of the ocean…it was nice.

Also, I wanted to note that tomorrow is the night of the Hunter’s Full Moon (in Aries, no less!), as well as the Perigean Spring Tide…the overcast skies will prevent me from seeing the moon, but its effects are definitely being felt!

Lawetlat’la / Loowit – 35 Years After

Photo credit: McChord Air Museum

On 18 May, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., the mountain known as Mt. Saint Helens in Washington State erupted, blowing down and scorching 230 square miles of forest. The mountain shrunk by 1,314 feet (401 m) that day; 57 people were killed in the eruption and subsequent avalanche of debris. From the USDA / Forest Service website:

Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River.

The avalanche rapidly released pressurized gases within the volcano. A tremendous lateral explosion ripped through the avalanche and developed into a turbulent, stone-filled wind that swept over ridges and toppled trees. Nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing.

At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. Wet, cement-like slurries of rock and mud scoured all sides of the volcano. Searing flows of pumice poured from the crater. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

A vast, gray landscape lay where once the forested slopes of Mount St. Helens grew. In 1982 the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.

I and my family were in Alaska at the time, but our relatives in Seattle and Renton called us within minutes to tell us of the event even before it made the evening news. The mushroom cloud produced could be seen for miles, and the falling ash blanketed everything. Some people collected the ash and still have it saved in jars in their homes; others lamented the damage done to their vehicles when they tried to wash the ash off – powdered pumice and other igneous rocks scratch paint badly!

We took a motorcycle ride to the mountain last summer – it was a perfect, sunny day and we took the route through the Columbia River Gorge that leads through the tiny town of Cougar. It’s a crappy little place, so if you decide to visit the mountain, avoid Cougar like the plague and pack your own lunch. There are far better places to eat at! Carson / Stevenson have some decent restaurants, right there in the Gorge.

Anyway, the landscape on the mountain is fascinating to observe, especially all of the downed trees. Years later, there is still much fallen timber scattered like so many toothpicks for a Titan. I don’t go for the touristy things, usually, but the various Visitor’s Centres and museums on and around the mountain have some worthwhile exhibits.

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I would be remiss if I omitted the local lore of the First Nations peoples who lived here: the (extinct?) Multnomah and the widely-dispersed Klickitat. All of the volcanoes in the area have fascinating tales behind them, and the one behind fair Loowit is, of course, tragic…as all good myths should be. From Wikipedia:

Native American legend[edit]

Native American lore contains numerous legends to explain the eruptions of Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The most famous of these is the Bridge of the Gods legend told by the Klickitats. In their tale, the chief of all the gods, Tyhee Saghalie and his two sons, Pahto (also called Klickitat) and Wy’east, traveled down the Columbia River from the Far North in search of a suitable area to settle.[7]

They came upon an area that is now called The Dalles and thought they had never seen a land so beautiful. The sons quarreled over the land and to solve the dispute their father shot two arrows from his mighty bow; one to the north and the other to the south. Pahto followed the arrow to the north and settled there while Wy’east did the same for the arrow to the south. Saghalie then built Tanmahawis, the Bridge of the Gods, so his family could meet periodically.[7]

When the two sons of Saghalie both fell in love with a beautiful maiden named Loowit, she could not choose between them. The two young chiefs fought over her, burying villages and forests in the process. The area was devastated and the earth shook so violently that the huge bridge fell into the river, creating the Cascades Rapids of the Columbia River Gorge.[8]

For punishment, Saghalie struck down each of the lovers and transformed them into great mountains where they fell. Wy’east, with his head lifted in pride, became the volcano known today as Mount Hood and Pahto, with his head bent toward his fallen love, was turned into Mount Adams. The fair Loowit became Mount St. Helens, known to the Klickitats as Louwala-Clough which means “smoking or fire mountain” in their language (the Sahaptin called the mountain Loowit).[9]

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Yes on I-522

I’m going to talk politics here now, believe it or not! Not my favourite subject, admittedly, but I do my best to stay aware of things that might impact me directly. I live in Washington state, also known as the ‘Evergreen State.’ One of the many benefits of being a resident is the ability to cast votes via mail, hence my little crack about staying home on Election Day in a post I did last year – I stayed home because I’d cast my vote two weeks prior to the general election!

Anyway, one of the major issues to be voted on is I-522, which would label genetically-modified food. It’s similar to Oregon state’s Measure 27, which failed in 2002, and California’s I-37, which was defeated just last year. The same corporations which threw their financial backing into the defeat of those measures have pulled out the same old tactics to derail this initiative. The top two backers of the “No on I-522” campaign are the Monsanto Company, Inc., and Dow Corning. The Seattle Times newspaper printed a Business & Tech article supporting the “No” vote; I’ve posted the link below, as well as two op-ed pieces – one for I-522, the other against it.

Seattle Times: “What I-522 would require

Seattle Times: “Guest: Reject I-522

Seattle Times: “Guest: Vote yes on I-522

First off, let’s talk about Monsanto. Many people don’t know that Monsanto was directly involved in the creation of the chemicals DDT and Agent Orange, and it was the first company to mass-produce LEDs. DDT was a pesticide that had detrimental impact to wildlife, especially predatory and scavenger birds including the bald eagle, golden eagle, and the California condor. Due to this toxicity, the use of DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1972. Agent Orange was used by the US military during the Vietnam War, supposedly to defoliate the jungle canopy to expose Viet Cong fighters – of course, millions of innocent civilians were affected during that quagmire, and the effects of Agent Orange are still felt by ‘Nam veterans, Vietnamese, and a large number of peoples in Southeastern Asia today. From Wikipedia:

“Agent Orange or Herbicide Orange (HO) is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand,[1] during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of the use of contaminated batches[2] of the compound.[3][4][5][6] The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange.[7] The United States government has challenged these figures as being unreliable and unrealistically high.[8][9]

A 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, it was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical. The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), an extremely toxic dioxin compound. It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped 55 US gallon (208 l) barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called “Rainbow Herbicides“.[4]

During the Vietnam War, between 1962 and 1971, the United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 US gallons (76,000,000 l) of material containing chemical herbicides and defoliants mixed with jet fuel in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia, as part of Operation Ranch Hand.[10][11] The program’s goal was to defoliate forested and rural land, depriving guerrillas of cover; another goal was to induce forced draft urbanization, destroying the ability of peasants to support themselves in the countryside, and forcing them to flee to the U.S. dominated cities, thus depriving the guerrillas of their rural support and food supply.[11][12]

The US began to target food crops in October 1962, primarily using Agent Blue. In 1965, 42 percent of all herbicide spraying was dedicated to food crops.[12] Rural-to-urban migration rates dramatically increased in South Vietnam, as peasants escaped the war and famine in the countryside by fleeing to the U.S.-dominated cities. The urban population in South Vietnam nearly tripled: from 2.8 million people in 1958, to 8 million by 1971. The rapid flow of people led to a fast-paced and uncontrolled urbanization; an estimated 1.5 million people were living in Saigon slums.[13]

United States Air Force records show that at least 6,542 spraying missions took place over the course of Operation Ranch Hand.[14] By 1971, 12 percent of the total area of South Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, at an average concentration of 13 times the recommended USDA application rate for domestic use.[15] In South Vietnam alone, an estimated 10 million hectares (25 million acres, 39,000 square miles) of agricultural land was ultimately destroyed.[16] In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[17][18] Overall, more than 20% of South Vietnam’s forests were sprayed at least once over a nine-year period.

Fascinating, no? But wait, there’s more – back to the GE/GMO conflict. In May of this year, GMO wheat was found growing in Oregon and it was a strain that had been developed by Monsanto. From OregonLive:

“Researchers who identified Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat in a northeastern Oregon field are questioning the seed giant’s emphasis on the potential for faulty test results.

A Monsanto spokesman said the company is “operating on the assumption” that the test results announced 10 days ago are valid. But in a press conference call last week, company officials stressed the potential for false positives and noted that Monsanto hasn’t been given plant samples to test.

Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, said the company has the only test that can pinpoint the genetically modified strain last planted in Oregon test fields a dozen years ago.

“Let me emphasize, this is the only reliable test,” Fraley said. “We provided it to regulators and we don’t know if anyone else besides us is using it now.”

Federal investigators looking into the rogue wheat are “certain” their testing is accurate and the plants are Monsanto’s strain. Researchers at Oregon State University, who ran the first round of tests, said the implication that the results could be wrong is off base.

“It’s kind of making it sound like, ‘We’re Monsanto, we know how to do the test and other people don’t,'” said Robert Zemetra, a wheat breeder at OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science. “What this is showing is other people do know how.”

As a corporation, Monsanto’s only allegiance is to its profit margin and bottom dollar – not the health of consumers. I understand that there are people out there who have no problem consuming garbage; the numbers of fast-food “restaurants” is prime evidence of that fact. Personally, I like knowing what I consume, and I’m glad for existing labels that tell me if something contains chemicals such as saccharin, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, and the like. I like knowing if the fish I eat has been caught off the coast of Washington, the Gulf of Alaska, or if it has been raised in a ‘fish farm.’ I like being able to make a choice on whether to buy or not buy foods that contain ingredients that are abhorrent to me. Knowledge is power! Labels on foods allow for people to know if something is kosher or halal, while other labels let people with allergies know if a product contains nuts, eggs, bee pollen, or whether it is or isn’t gluten-free. Vegetarians and vegans have the right to know if a consumable does or does not contain animal products. On that basis, I have the right to know if the food I eat has been genetically modified. More from Al-Jazeera:

“To the corporations and agribusinesses that spent $46 million to help defeat what they considered onerous government regulation, the Golden State’s dance with GMO labeling was a brush with disaster. Opponents — including bio-tech and food manufacturing giants such as Dow AgroSciences and PepsiCo Inc. — outspent supporters five-to-one. The Monsanto Company chipped in more than $8 million, nearly as much as the total raised by the pro-labeling campaign. Despite such lopsided outsider spending (22 percent of “No” contributions were made by organizations based in Washington, D.C.), the initiative lost by less than 3 percent.

Corporate political donations are nothing new, but it was the brands under these companies that provided the real surprise.”

Just the other day, while out shopping, I saw this bag of popcorn kernels which is sold under the brand “Amish Country.” Here’s what the label looked like:

Why do corporations like Monsanto and Dow Corning have such an issue with people wanting to know what they’re consuming? It doesn’t make sense to me, which is why I’m voting ‘YES’ on I-522. Here’s a final statement about GMO labeling and I-522 from OregonLive:

“It is important to note that the spending by biotech corporations and their supporters striving to reject Oregon’s Measure 27 in 2002, California’s ballot initiative in 2012, and Washington State’s Initiative 522 is approximately ten times more than those supporting labeling. Almost all of this corporate cash comes from large international corporations such as Monsanto or related trade associations that allow corporations to cover up their involvement. Of course these corporations benefit immensely from continued sales of GMOs or, otherwise, they fear retaliation or litigation…So why is the U.S. government and large food corporations so keen on perpetuating the use of GMOs? I believe the answer to that question was best stated by renowned physicist and environmental scientist Amory Lovins: “Genetically engineered crops were created not because they’re productive but because they’re patentable. Their economic value is oriented not toward helping subsistence farmers to feed themselves but toward feeding more livestock for the already overfed rich.”

Again, it’s the unwritten policy of large international corporations: profit over people and rejection of anything that resembles the EU acceptance of the precautionary principle.”

That’s it in a nutshell, wouldn’t you say?

WhiteWatch: PacNW Edition 2013

It’s been a while since I posted about the white-trash fucktards in my neck of the woods! After a bit of a lull, they’ve been actin’ up and actin’ out…so have fun with the latest insanity from the white criminals in the Pacific Northwest! On with the show…

Here’s a paedophile named Logan Storm. This former middle school teacher was found in possession of horrendous child pornography, yet was only sentenced to wearing an electronic monitor device. KGW Newschannel 8 reports:

“A former Beaverton teacher convicted of federal child pornography charges was arrested Monday after being on the run since January, according to a newspaper report.

The Oregonian reported Tuesday that 37-year-old Logan Storm was arrested in Mexico and was expected to return to the United States by Wednesday.

Storm was indicted for encouraging child sexual abuse in August of 2010, after images of child pornography were discovered on his computer, according to police.

At a January 29 hearing, a judge ordered that Storm be monitored electronically instead of being held until his April sentencing. The next day his monitoring bracelet was found at a Troutdale park.”

It’s becoming so commonplace I can’t even be shocked about it anymore…I mean, seriously – come on. Here is a predatory child-rapist who is obviously a high-risk recidivist – who in their right mind would let him walk around in public, even if he were to be gagged and bound like Hannibal Lecter? The only ‘cure’ for scum like these is a full-metal-jacket to the cranial cavity…end of fucking story!!!     👿

Next, this cretinous scumbag was released from prison on Friday, 8 March after serving several years for armed robbery. His happy grandparents threw a party for him and offered him a room in their Renton-area home for the night. KGW reports on how he repaid their kindness:

“SEATTLE — Police continue to search for a man accused of killing his grandparents, who had just picked him up after his release from a Washington state prison, hosted a party in his honor and offered him a room in their Renton home for the night.

Police say 26-year-old Michael “Chad” Boysen is considered extremely dangerous and has tried to obtain guns.

Boysen was released from prison Friday after serving several years for robbery. King County Sheriff John Urquhart says Boysen’s grandparents — an 82-year-old man and 80-year-old woman — picked him up from prison and hosted a family “welcome home party” for him that night.

The couple was killed later Friday or early Saturday at their Renton home. Friends of the victims have identified them as Robert and Norma Taylor.”

As of today, he was apprehended and hospitalised after a day-long standoff in Lincoln City, Oregon – we’ll see how long he stays jailed! He will supposedly be extradited back to the state of Washington once he’s released from the hospital, but since he’s white he’ll only get a slap on the wrist…maybe even an ankle monitor, eh? Ye GAWDS…I mean, seriously – the comments of some people being interviewed were as intelligent as the one that went “THIS isn’t THAT sort of neighbourhood!” One asshat in Renton basically stated that they were glad that Michael had left the area and that he was basically “someone else’s problem.” On top of that, all they said about the murderer was that he was “sick and in need of help.” Gee…how WHITE of you to say that!!! I doubt that you were that gracious when Aaron Campbell was shot in the back by Portland Police…no, someone like you would say he deserved it, even though he was a bereaved young man who wasn’t quite in his right mind following the deaths of his mother and brother in a week’s time. Such is the racist view, and such is the cushion allotted by the privilege of white skin.

This fucked-up moron thought it would be a grand idea to unload a can of Mace in a Safeway store on Wednesday, 6 March, with no thought for her fellow shoppers who might have respiratory issues. KGW has the story here:

“ST. HELENS, Ore. — Two people were arrested Monday in connection with the HazMat emergency that left 31 customers sickened and shut down a Safeway store in St. Helens last week.

Investigators believe the suspects intentionally sprayed Mace inside the grocery store.

About 100 people were evacuated from the store after several people started coughing and complaining that their throats hurt.  Investigators said 31 victims had to get medical treatment at the scene and one patient was transported to a local hospital.”

Stupid little girl must have forgotten that she ceased being a minor, in the eyes of the law, the day she turned 18 years of age…too bad, so sad!     🙄

Here’s an interesting end to a strange story that began in December of last year. Aaron Griffin of Beaverton, Oregon, violently attacked his estranged wife at a Shilo Inn, but a passerby intervened and halted the assault. More from KGW:

“CORBETT, Ore. — A man whose body was discovered inside a car in a Columbia Gorge ravine off Crown Point was the suspect in a vicious December attack on his estranged wife in a Shilo Inn motel, police said.

He was identified Monday as Aaron Bryce-Dolve Griffin, 34, of Hillsboro.

Griffin’s body was discovered inside a wrecked vehicle at the bottom of a ravine near Crown Point.”

The number of white criminals walking around free is staggering – yet, non-whites in general, and Black people almost exclusively, are blamed for every crime that occurs in this country! It’s so fucking tiresome…

Here’s another genius – she thought it would be hilarious if she let her 22-month-old child inhale marijuana smoke from her bong while taking a video of the whole thing! I guess some people will stoop to anything to drive traffic to their respective blogs, vlogs, and twitterpated tripe!

Finally, the winner of the week: one Scott Fandrich, who stabbed a man in the chest and stomach, in broad daylight! More of the story from KGW:

“Police were called just before 5 p.m. to the report of a stabbing at 11502 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. A woman told police she heard someone scream, “he’s got a knife,” as two men struggled in the parking lot of the Starbucks.

Bystanders detained a suspect, later identified as 55-year-old Scott C. Fandrich.

Seeing he had a knife, the crowd backed off until one person grabbed a shovel and was able to hold Fandrich at bay until police arrived, according to police reports.

Police said 71-year-old Jerry Kush was stabbed five times in the neck and abdomen, he was taken in for surgery. Another man, 49-year-old Jerry Nehnevaj, was stabbed in the leg, he was treated and released.”

The moon wasn’t full on Monday, so I guess there’s been an uptick in the local use of methamphetamine and bath salts!

Move-in complete!

Aaaahhhhhh…we have finally finished moving in to our new apartment!  On Saturday, we spent a few hours cleaning up the old place: vacuuming, mopping the floors, cleaning behind the stove and refrigerator; ensuring that all cupboards, drawers, and closets were completely emptied; wiping down the window sills, dusting the cobwebs out of the corners, and doing the final walk-through with a person from the management office.  After years of renting from various management companies, I have a strong suspicion about the rental deposit that is required of all new tenants: I believe that, no matter what you do or how nice of a condition you leave the apartment being vacated, management will always find some excuse to avoid return of said deposit.  Basically, they already have an itemized budget for the cleaners who come in to do the ‘complete, final’ cleaning of the apartment before it’s turned over to the next tenant – so, even if you make the place look pristine (aside from whatever was noted on the entry walk-through), you will still be docked some pre-set amount at the very least, then they add on whatever arbitrary items they figure they can bitch about.  This is why, on any and every open house / walk-through of an apartment or house you plan to rent, make sure to take pictures of anything and everything, no matter how small or unimportant it seems to be!

We have our internet and TV service back – I subscribe to Comcast / Xfinity – and I finally decided to upgrade to the DVR service, as I was tired of not being able to watch a different channel than the one that was recording when I used my DVD recorder.  When television upgraded to High-definition Digital (HD or HDD, depending), the ability to record one channel whilst taping another became obsolete and/or unavailable.  Generally, I don’t watch many shows so the ones I record for future viewing are few and far between, but sometimes there are scheduling conflicts and I have to pick one show over another – since I hate playing favorites, I’d rather just watch one and ‘tape’ another, and then watch the other at a later date.  Especially on a day when there’s absolutely NOTHING on, and I don’t feel like vegetating in front of my computer!  I have my elliptical exerciser and my rowing machine in the TV room, so I don’t just sit on my ass when I’m watching TV!  🙂

There are still boxes to unpack and put away, but we have the main creature comforts set up – all we have to do is re-hang pictures and other decor, put books back on the bookshelves, and arrange the furniture to our liking once other crap is out of the way.  It feels great to have the move done and over with!  Now we can relax for a little while, at least until next week – then there will be holiday gatherings to attend!  Thursday, 12/15 through Saturday, 12/17 will be non-stop socializing…it will almost be too much for me to handle, LOL

Below are two nice pics of Vancouver, as seen from the Columbia River – the first picture shows Mt. Hood, which is in Oregon; the second one shows Mt. St. Helens, located in Washington state.  I love being near mountains and the water…I’m just a surf ‘n turf loving woman!  🙂

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