Friday, December 14, 2018

Hellooooo! (Echoes)…We’re up here on the summit of the week, having finally finished what feels like a long, hard climb….it’s Friday, December 14, 2018. Portland’s weather turns rainy and windy, with highs of 50. Sunrise 7:43 AM, sunset 4:27 PM. We’re one week away from the winter solstice.

I’m really looking forward to this morning on the radio, because it’s our annual K103 Christmas Show! Live performance radio in a great big studio with a piano and everything, the way my Daddy used to do it. Tune in for high school choirs, local musicians of national acclaim, an all-star bell choir, and a visit from a St. Nick who’s so real that he has a website. And if you’re near a TV, Fox 12 is doing cutins every half hour!

OK, let’s give this news thing a whirl! As always, I appreciate (and clearly need) the editing help.

The FBI is working to identify the source of the bomb threats that have turned up in email inboxes of schools, government offices, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, and all over the country, demanding $20,000 Bitcoin payments or else. They’re calling it a hoax and a scam, but still, it’s very concerning.

The Portland Water Bureau reports that somebody stole an entire Benson Bubbler from SE 65th and Foster. They’re kinda cute about it…putting the announcement in the form of a missing person bulletin…Born in the 1940s…height about 3 feet tall…weight 50-60 pounds…. they make it sound like somebody swiped a garden gnome…

Neighbors in the Bethany area of Washington County are fighting back against whoever punctured an 8-foot inflatable black Santa Claus put up by an African-American couple. Their neighbors are now also getting black Santas…and making sure that security cameras are trained on them.

It’s not the billion dollar investment they’re making in Austin, but Apple announced yesterday that it’s expanding its Portland area operations–which many people didn’t know existed. The company itself won’t say how many employees it has in Portland, but The Oregonian/OregonLive says it reported last spring that “Apple has a new hardware lab and has been poaching engineers from Intel.” The new announcement may egg them on. (By the way, analysts say tech companies like Apple and Amazon are expanding eastward, beyond their West Coast roots, in part because of the high cost of housing here. Money goes a lot farther in Austin).

Intel says it wasn’t a hazmat spill that sickened dozens of people at a Hillsboro facility last month–it was a really nasty cold.

The soccer fields at Delta Park have big signs that say No Animals. Those same soccer fields are absolutely thick with Canada Geese.

Headline in PDX Monthly: The Hottest Gift This Holiday Season Is a Robert Mueller Devotional Candle.

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The Washington Post reports that a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died of dehydration and shock a day after she was taken into Border Patrol custody for crossing into the US illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along the border in New Mexico. She’d had no food or water for days, and a statement from the Border Patrol says “agents took every possible step to save the child’s life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathize with the loss of any child.”

Cybill Shepherd is saying CBS suddenly turned sour on her hit show “Cybill” in the mid-1990s—right after she spurned the advances of CEO Les Moonves. She says her show would have run for another 5 years. Moonves resigned in September after multiple reports of nonconsensual relationships with women.

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Tomorrow, KGW turns 62. Why does that feel so…right?

Rain Man opened in theaters 30 years ago this weekend. When’s the last time you saw that? I’ll see if I can find something to put in the Coffee Cup links.

This is the weekend of “NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band,” the annual concert series at the Aladdin Theater, benefiting Friends of the Children, and led, as always, by the gifted musical couple of Marv and Rindy Ross–a shimmering light of love and talent that’s illuminated the music world in Portland and far beyond for decades.

And! Dweezil Zappa is at the Roseland Theater tomorrow.

Newly named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies. Nominees not making the cut: John Prine, Todd Rundgren, Devo.

The Blazers host the Toronto Raptors tonight. Whip them! Whip them good!

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Let’s wrap the week with a special lineup of positive, or at least intriguing, stories. Click on the Coffee Cup, at the top of the Comments section, for links to the items.

–“How a veteran given four months to live restored a polluted Seattle creek — and lived another 27 years”.

–“Gary Sinise Flies Gold Star Children to the Happiest Place on Earth — People Are Overwhelmingly Appreciative”

–“Letter to Santa found after 120 years”

–“Paul Allen is gone, but his good works continue: $125 million gift launches institute to probe immune system”

–“The Raunchy, Comical, Political Snowman Invasion of 1511: How a frozen festival helped Brussels survive the ‘Winter of Death.'” This is a longish piece for your weekend reading.

–“For today’s 30th anniversary of Rain Man…check out a scene!”

–“Last reminder: you can still enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan for 2019, but Saturday is the deadline.”

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So if I don’t get to see you this morning at our K103 Christmas Show, you can hear it live on 103.3 FM in the anywhere within, what, 75 miles or so of Portland, or on the iHeart Radio app, just about everywhere else!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hark! It’s twelve days til Christmas! Welcome to this Thursday, December 13, 2018. Portland’s weather is in a peaceful lull, with some hit-and-miss rain and highs near 55. For our northerly friends, a vigorous storm with a subtropical tap is aiming at the Olympic Peninsula and then Seattle, where 50 MPH wind gusts could harvest some trees and douse some lights today. The southern periphery of that could bring sharp rises to rivers on the south Washington coast like the Grays and Willapa. There are high surf warnings and wind watches on the Oregon coast. Sunrise today 7:42 AM, and sunset’s stuck at 4:27 PM for three more days.

First…cheers rang through the hills as three missing people were brought out alive from an abandoned West Virginia coal mine where they were trapped for four days. The state’s Governor said afterward, “We didn’t quit, and we found them.” The two women and one man are believed to have entered the mine illegally in search of copper they could re-sell.

The community is being called on to help an Oregon City family who, in the midst of a home purchase, lost all of their money to a scammer, who tricked them into wiring the sale proceeds from their old home to a phony email address posing as a title company. The FBI tells them the money is not recoverable. They’re out over $123K, which was to be the down payment on their new house, and now they have nowhere to go. They have to be out of their old house on December 23. KGW’s got a link to a Go Fund Me for them, with a goal of $150,000. It’s raised about 7 K so far.

A Portland couple came home from a trip to Seattle find their door was wide open, their home was ransacked, toys they’d received from the Portland Fire Toy and Joymakers for their 11-year-old-son were stolen, ornaments were swiped from the tree…and then the thieves wrote on the bathroom mirror, ‘Happy Hollidays.” Misspelled. But KOIN reports their son said, “‘Presents aren’t everything, Mom. It can all be replaced.”

The first powder day of the ski season turned into a true adventure for more than 150 skiers at a very crowded Mt. Hood Meadows, after a power problem stranded them in mid-air on the Blue chairlift. The skiers were calmly and methodically evacuated by ski patrollers and others who teamed up and safely lowered the skiers to the ground one-by-one.

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People are reacting with sadness to the news that a survivor of the Holocaust, who made his home in the Portland area and spoke hundreds of times at schools across the region, lost his life Tuesday night when he was hit by a car in Hillsboro. His name was Alter Wiener, and he was 92 years old was he was struck while crossing Century Boulevard at Brighton Street. Police say the driver cooperated, and no citations or charges will be filed. Wiener was 15 when German troops overran his hometown in Poland. He was 18 when he was freed from a labor camp in May 1945. He lost over 100 family members in the Holocaust, and saw horrible things, and spent the last sixteen years speaking publicly on behalf of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. He summed up his message this way: “All the problems that we have in the world today come from the same root of prejudice. It’s senseless. Prejudice and stereotyping are absurd. We are all God’s children.”

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Michael Cohen reports to prison in March to begin a three-year sentence for a smorgasbord of crimes he says he committed to cover up “President Trump’s dirty deeds.” The National Enquirer flipped on Trump, too, promising to tell everything it knows, in return for avoiding prosecution for campaign finance law violations.

Theresa May retains her perch as Prime Minister of Britain, but she clearly lacks the vote in Parliament to pass her Brexit deal with the EU, and the EU says it’s not budging.

Looks like Nancy Pelosi has made a deal with young dissident Democrats to return as Speaker when the House turns blue in January; she’s promised to limit her term to four more years, and maybe two.

Oregon is getting colorful new drivers licenses featuring holographic images of Mt. Hood and other iconic scenes and a vertical orientation for drivers under 21, so people checking ID can easily see they’re under age. They’re designed to be much more difficult to duplicate. But they’re still not compatible with the federal Real ID act.

Sesame Street is debuting a Muppet named Lily who is homeless, who will help kids understand what homelessness is.

This is the day in 1577 Sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth, England on a round-the-world voyage that some people are sure brought him to the Oregon Coast. It’s in dispute. Drake wrote of dropping anchor in a place he called “Nova Albion”–and the map his crew drew of it looks an awful lot like Whale Cove, south of Depoe Bay. But about 20 other spots up and down the west coast make the same claim, and Drake isn’t talking.

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Yikes, do we need some good news out there!

–“Rescue personnel pull submerged car from icy Klamath river, surprised to find driver alive inside, surviving in an air pocket for 5 hours”

–“‘Mowgli girl’ who survived alone aged 4 in bear infested wild for 12 nights becomes young ballerina”

–“Melbourne gave 70,000 trees email addresses so people could report on their condition. But instead people are writing love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns.”

–“They Make Killer Bread…but Dave’s also turns lives around, starting here in Portland.”

–“He’s run the same story for four days in a row, but Radio Daddio persists in spreading the word about Saturday health care deadline”

Details and links in the Coffee Cup, the first item in the Comments section on my Facebook page.

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Tomorrow’s the day of K103’s Christmas Broadcast, and I believe we still have room. I’ll link to the signup page on my Facebook so you can put your name on the guest list. We’re on the air for next week as well, so we’ll have more time for festivities. Perhaps we’ll add some live ukuleles to the playlist, who knows? But tomorrow will be something special. If you can’t be there, you’ll love it on the radio!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Morning friends! It’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018, and we’re shaking off like a big ol’ wet dog after the downpour yesterday and last night. Today’s weather is still showery, just not as heavy, with highs of 48. We’ve had heavy snow and high winds in the Cascades overnight, where they’re waking up to snow-covered roads and a snow level of just 3000 feet, easily covering the mountain passes. Sunrise 7:41 AM, sunset’s still stuck at that latest-of-the-year 4:27 PM. There are 19 days left in 2018.

I’m sure you had the sense to come in, but I lowered my head and splashed for three miles as the rain came through before dinner last night. My clothes are tumbling in the dryer now. Some trees fell and lights flickered, much of Sandy was out of power, but as of 0330 were have just 227 in the dark because of a tree down near Estacada.

The Portland School Board voted last night to pay for a greater Portland Police presence in the schools. There was pushback from some students who said police with guns make them feel less safe, rather than more, but in the end, the only “no” vote on the board came from the single student representative.

Portland got a reality check from city economists, who say the city’s budget is so reliant on business and hotel taxes that even a slight recession could mean millions of dollars in cuts and wholesale elimination of programs. The city economy is strong right now, but there are signs that the exuberance may fade: building permits are down this year, which means construction will be down next year.

The Oregon Christmas Tree industry is disputing a report in Fortune Magazine that some tree farmers have switched to growing pot instead. Forbes says Christmas trees are in short supply, because of “the economy, bad weather, and farmers shifting to more lucrative crops, in some instances marijuana in the Pacific Northwest.” But an OSU expert told Willamette Week: “I have no idea where the marijuana idea came from, and I don’t know any Christmas tree growers who have switched to grow it. A few growers have switched to growing hazelnuts, largely because they require less labor, I’m told.”

There’s joy at Mt. Ashland, where a 27-year-old snowboarder who vanished on Sunday was found alive and smiling Tuesday morning.

The USGS says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt as far away as Atlanta.

NOAA’s 2018 Arctic Report Card says Arctic surface air temperatures are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, while reindeer and caribou populations are half what they were 20 years ago.

A tank broke at a chocolate factory in Germany, spilling an enormous amount of chocolate that flowed into the town’s streets and immediately hardened into a frozen chocolate river. Firefighters used blowtorches and shovels to clean it up.

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Security is high in France following a terrorist shooting at a Christmas market in the Rhine River city of Strasbourg. Three people were killed, more were wounded, and the 29-year-old suspect has not been caught.

British PM Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote today in Parliament.

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There’s a new sushi spot opening in Lake Oswego next month: it’s Bamboo Sushi, part of the successful Japanese chain, opening January 9. It’s at 380 1st St…right next to Salt and Straw.

It’s Frank Sinatra’s birthday (1915-1998, although the lifespan of his influence is 1940s-to-forever).

The sarcastic Sacramento alt-rock band Cake plays at the Doug Fir Lounge tonight. I’ve liked these guys since their debut hit, “How Do You Afford Your Rock and Roll Lifestyle,” which features this lyric: “Excess ain’t rebellion… you’re buying what they’re selling!” This is a sold-out fundraiser performance benefiting The Giving Tree.

The indie-pop band Death Cab for Cutie is at the Crystal Ballroom tonight. Founded in Bellingham and taking its odd name from an obscure Beatles lyric, they’ve been putting out totally listenable alt-rock hit albums for 20 years. A bit of a Coldplay-meets-U2 vibe.

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Let’s dry out and warm up to some good news!

–“New Jersey officer climbs burning building to help save family”

–“Police Officers Buy Shoplifter The Boots He Was Trying To Steal”

–“A 101-year-old man who credits daily Coors Light intake to long life scores free beer, brewery trip”

–“Volkswagen restores cancer worker’s 350,000-mile Beetle”

–“Time’s running out to enroll in health care for 2019…share this link for anyone in need”

Check these out by clicking on the Coffee Cup at K103.com!

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Well, it’s time to saddle up and see if any trees fell on my road. That’s already happened once this year. If there’s nothing in the way, I’ll join Bruce and Janine for a morning of good times and Christmas music on 103.3 from 5 AM on. BTW if you’re buying Michelle Obama tickets through Ticketmaster, they have a pre-registration on their website that ends at 10 AM today, aimed at thwarting bots and scalpers. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Good morning! Let’s gather around the coffee pot for the Daily Drip on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. We’re in for a dark and wet day, two weeks before Christmas, with heavy rain and highs of 45 in Portland, and a great big snowstorm in the Cascades, where the snow level today jumps to 6000 feet. Then it drops to pass level for the rest of the week, and snowplows will work around the clock. Sunrise 7:40 AM, sunset 4:27 PM. At its high point today, the sun is only about two fists above the horizon.

***There’s an embargo on this so I can say nothing more until later in the morning, but there’s a significant coming-to-Portland tour announcement today, and I’ll update this when I can. Bet there’s somebody in the family for whom this’ll be an excellent the stocking-stuffer.***

Developing story…five missing US Marines have been declared dead after an apparent midair collision during a refueling operation off the coast of Japan last week.

If you happen to ride WES, the Wilsonville-Beaverton commuter train…best skip it today. They’re doing upgrades to the signals, and shuttle buses will serve all stations.

Here’s a story with both a weird twist and a good turn. The twist is that Washington County deputies arrested a suspect porch pirate–who turned out to be an Amazon delivery driver. The good turn is that those deputies then finished all his deliveries. He’d allegedly grabbed a “bait package”–with a hidden GPS device–from a porch in Aloha. Deputies followed the signal to the man’s vehicle, which had 18 Amazon packages waiting to be delivered. The deputies personally delivered the packages so there would be no further delay for the intended recipients.

the City of Portland is writing a $50,000 check–while admitting no wrongdoing–to a black employee of the US Postal Service who said he was pulled over twice, while off-duty, and verbally harassed by a Portland police officer.

A white supremacist attack with an Oregon connection…several suspected members of the Aryan Brotherhood including two from Corvallis were jailed in the beating of a black DJ as he worked at a club in Lynnwood, outside Seattle.

A Corvallis man drew a crowd of police when he began setting off firecrackers in the street in the middle of the night. He tried to fend them off with bear spray, then fled, and was found hiding in a dog house.

Aw, jeez, I parked under a tree with crows in it. Glad it’s raining.

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The Seattle Seahawks pulled off a not-very-artful 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. They haven’t mathematically clinched a playoff spot, but it looks very good.

Rolling Stone and CBS report that Lindsey Buckingham has settled a lawsuit against his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates. He filed it following his surprise firing (it’s said that Stevie Nicks wanted him gone) from the band almost a year ago, alleging breach of oral contract.

TIME Magazine will announce its Person of the Year–which is not necessarily an honor–soon. Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mueller, Christine Blasey Ford, Jamal Khashoggi, and families separated at the border are among those on the short list.

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the day the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.

Man landed on the moon for the last time on this day in 1972.

We lost Vera Katz one year ago today. And this is the anniversary of the 2012 shooting at Clackamas Town Center.

Reminder: December 15 is the deadline to enroll ins Affordable Care Act health plans. Again, I’ll put a link in the Coffee Cup. Please pass along to anyone who may need it.

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TMSG!

–“Family who received gifts from Santa’s Helpers now donates”

–“First-Class Passenger Gave Up Seat to Mom with Sick Baby”

–“Beavers return to Italy after more than 500 years” (They were hunted to near-extinction after they were deemed OK to eat on Fridays, like fish)

–“Urban Frogs Make More Attractive Mating Calls”

–“You can still enroll in a health care plan for 2019, but Saturday is the deadline.”

Details in the Coffee Cup link below.

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Well the rain just began pounding on the roof…just in time for me to dash out to the car for the journey into the radio village, Love to have you join Bruce, Janine, and me on 103.3 and iHeart Radio…and I’ll look forward to swiping comments from you for our 620 AM DD feature on the radio. Thank you!

Monday, December 10, 2018

OK, Monday! You can’t scare us! Here we are, back together again on December 10, 2018. Portland’s weather is cloudy with a 50-50 chance of showers, and highs around 45. The Winter Weather Advisory in the Cascades and Hood River are being dropped, and now the whole week looks rainy but mild in Portland, with an abundant amount of snow on Mt. Hood where it’s welcome. Sunrise 7:39 AM, sunset 4:27 PM. We have exactly three weeks left in 2018.

We heard reports of ice and snow in the Gorge, but they’ve seen worse.

From Tennessee to Virginia and the Carolinas, the South is suffering from a massive blast of winter. Hundreds of flights are canceled, school is closed, power is out for many.

The man who caused a ruckus Friday at the Starbucks inside the Hollywood Fred Meyer, and was shot and wounded by police, turns out to be an escaped bank robber who held up a series of Portland banks five years ago.

People in Portland have lately reported hearing the ghostly wail of a train whistle in the distance: a ghost of a railroading Christmas past, perhaps? Why, yes! It’s the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s annual steam locomotive excursions, with round-trip rides that chug from Oaks Park Station through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to the Springwater Trail gateway on the Oregon Pacific Railroad. It’s been going on the last few weekends, and this coming Saturday and Sunday are the last trips.

I don’t have particulars on this, but somebody followed their GPS navigation off Highway 26 onto a Forest Service road on Mt. Hood, got stuck in snow, and needed rescue. Glad they’re OK. It doesn’t always end happily–remember the Kim family, a few years ago? That GPS can lead you straight into trouble. The young, tech-smart mountain drivers in your family may not appreciate “the talk,” but give it to them anyway.

Keizer firefighters had a super-fast response time to a fire Sunday morning…in the kitchen of their own firehouse.

Environmentalists are gearing up for a fight, now that the federal government has okayed the drilling of exploratory test holes on the northern flanks of Mt. St. Helens for a company that hopes to mine commercial quantities of copper, silver, gold, and…big pause…molybdenum. Good luck with that one, anchor people!

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Some Democratic members of Congress are telling the Sunday shows that impeachment should be considered, now that federal prosecutors have directly implicated President Trump for directing attorney Michael Cohen to make illegal payments to fend off a sex scandal that could have hurt his prospects in the 2016 the election. Others say it’s politically wiser to let the voters do the job in 2020, and that Trump could face charges when he leaves office.

Strange days at 1600, as General John Kelly is taking a hike from his job as Chief of Staff, the top dog of the whole White House operation save for Individual #1. Rumor had it that VP Mike Pence’s chief, 36-year old GOP wunderkind Nick Ayers, was the top candidate to take over, but he’s bowed out. His cat-wrangling capabilities are currently maxed with baby triplets at home.

There’s a huge nationwide train strike in Germany.

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It was a sweet welcome home at PDX as the 2018 MLS Western Conference Champs, the Portland Timbers, arrived home from Atlanta, just one game short of a storybook ending. The Rosarians doffed their straw hats, the Timbers Army chanted their chants, and the whole team worked the rope line, high-fiving and signing autographs for kids. They didn’t bring home the hardware they sought, but they made the Rose City proud. BTW the first **12** games of 2019 are on the road, because of the construction at Providence Park.

The Seattle Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Restaurant news, in the form of this ambiguous Facebook post: “After 21 incredible years in The Pearl, Paragon (as we know it), will close towards the end of December. Thank you for many years of support. Come to celebrate the memories and enjoy all your Paragon favorites one last time.” As we know it? But! There’s now a restaurant in the cozy space that was long occupied by Wildwood. It’s called West, and I think it opened Friday.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan two years ago today. He didn’t come to the ceremony in Stockholm, but the US Ambassador to Sweden read a speech written by Dylan that said in part, “As a performer I’ve played for 50,000 people and I’ve played for 50 people and I can tell you that it is harder to play for 50 people.” Later, Dylan himself wrote and recorded an acceptance message, and it’s work of literature itself. It includes some A-plus book reports on classic pieces of literature that influenced him. The audio is 27 minutes long, but if you’re out for a walk or a drive, it’s good listening. I’ll link to it at the Coffee Cup, first item in the Comments.

Don’t use a Neti pot without boiling the hell out of the water. Google “brain-eating amoeba” to find out why.

Happy birthday to former KATU television journalist and long-time Oregon State Senator Mark Hass, who sometimes reads the DD, and we thank him and all who do!

Say, I want to use this platform in the next five days to make sure everyone knows that the health care signup deadline is Saturday, since PSAs for this have been pretty well cut from the federal budget. If even one person who needs it signs up as a result of finding the link here, that’s enough to make me happy. So everyone, bear with me, as each day I give this reminder: December 15 is the deadline to enroll in Affordable Care Act health plans. There’s a link down below at the Coffee Cup, if you’d like to share with someone who could benefit.

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Let’s warm up this December Monday with some good news. As always, links to the full story are found at the Coffee Cup, first item in the comments section.

–“Wendy Littlefield needed a way to honor the daughter she lost in 2010. Along came a 12-year-old girl.”

–“Missing Dog Found Guarding California Family’s Property A Month After It Burned Down”

–“Firefighter Reunited With 4-Year-Old He Saved While on Vacation in Maui”

–“Mall Cop does CPR and Saves Woman’s Life”

–“Today in History: Bob Dylan accepts the Nobel Prize–and writes a whale of a book report on ‘Moby Dick'”

–“You can still enroll in a health care plan for 2019, but Saturday is the deadline.”

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Holiday time! Hanukkah ends tonight at sundown tonight…Christmas Eve is two weeks from today…we’ve got The Nutcracker going on all this week at the Keller…

So! Let’s show this Monday who’s boss! And Bruce, John, and Janine are here you to keep you company on the free iHeartRadio app, as well as 100,000-watt KKCW, at 103.3 FM!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Morning dear friends! It’s Friday, December 7, 2018, the last in our string of short but sunny days, with highs in the low 40s and clouds drifting in by sundown, which is, like right after lunch. Sunrise 7:37 AM, sunset 4:27 PM. But we can tan ourselves in 8 hours and 50 minutes of daylight in Portland, about a minute less than yesterday. There are 24 days left in 2018.

Portland and the valley can expect light rain for the weekend, but here’s a possible problem, and I’ll let the nice folks of the National Weather Service explain. They say, “The biggest concern with this system will be the potential for freezing rain in the Columbia Gorge and Hood River Valley. Cold air trapped in the central Columbia Gorge and Hood River Valley appears likely to remain in place, increasing confidence in freezing rain impacting these areas overnight Friday night into Saturday. Amounts should be fairly light, but any amount of freezing rain can cause impacts, making roads and surfaces slick. There is a lesser chance for freezing rain in the western Columbia Gorge, northern Clark County, and even perhaps some colder valleys in the Oregon Coast Range.” Temps will moderate next week. Maybe put off that Gorge road trip until then?

And: we have an increased danger of massive sneaker waves on the Oregon Coast. So look out for size 15 Nikes!

We’re on our way to paying tolls to drive on I-5 and I-205, as the Oregon Transportation Commission has given its unanimous blessing to the idea, which now heads to the Federal Highway Administration. They could sign off early in the new year, and that’s when the battle begins over precisely where the tolls begin and end. Looks like Washington politicians have successfully fended off putting tolls at the border; now Portland neighborhoods are worried about cut-through traffic.

The chaos on the stock market took a sorely needed positive turn yesterday as the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all staged furious late-day rallies that clawed back all the day’s earlier massive losses. Some reassuring words were spoken by JP Morgan-types, and traders took advantage of some tasty bargains to put an end, for now, to the hemorrhaging over trade worries.

Say, Let’s Go Portland Timbers! The lads in green will be in hostile territory as they battle Atlanta United in Atlanta for their second-ever MLS Cup on Saturday. Seventy thousand Atlanta fans will be roaring in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, at 5 PM Pacific on FOX. But the Timbers have a secret weapon: Timber Joey’s Victory Log has been hauled cross-country to Atlanta be with the club and its supporters. And Timber Joey is a Dripster!

Nice to report that the Portland Trail Blazers looked like their own selves again in a 108-86 demolishment of the Phoenix Suns. Minnesota is next, tomorrow night at the Moda Center.

Comedian Kevin Hart has abruptly stepped down as host of the Oscars after some old anti-gay tweets popped up.

So this happened: a guy was out on the town in Portland, taking MAX here and there, and when he got home he reached for his phone and…D’oh! No phone! And what’s worse, his phone case was also his wallet! Figures he left it on the train..figures he’ll never see his phone or wallet again. But he borrows a phone and calls his number and…hello? Someone answered. It was the operator of the MAX train! He’d found the phone, was still on duty, and agreed to meet the guy at his stop and give him his phone back. Which he did. Hooray for the MAX operator. Hooray for humanity! (MAX operators have a pretty great reputation here).

Pearl Harbor Day. If you’ve visited that actual place, on a quiet and cool winter morning, did you feel an undefinable sense of calm? And standing on the Arizona Memorial, and watching the maroon and green plume of fuel floating up from the sunken battleship where 1,102 men are forever entombed, did you feel something spiritual? I sure did, and it reminded me of what I felt walking through the American Cemetery in Normandy.

For our family, December 7 is a day that will live in, well, not infamy, so much as a sad sweet presence…because that’s when, six years ago, my Mom, having decorated the Christmas tree with a few small angels she’d made of yarn, went to bed and became one herself. She was raised by a single Mother in the Depression, was a whip-smart student who went to a good college but dropped out while my Dad did the Army thing, and together they made and raised four kids. When the nest emptied, she finished college, made a long and strong midlife run through grad school, taught Latin and English at the University of Colorado, and she is with each of us to this day. Dad, too.

Birthdays! Ted Knight (1923) Harry Chapin (1941), Gregg Allman (1947), Johnny Bench (1947), Larry Bird (1956).

Harry Chapin. Do you know his “I wanna learn a love song”? It’s a true story of how he met Sandy, a married socialite nine years his senior, who called him asking for guitar lessons. Within two years, she and Harry were married. She then wrote the poem that became “Cats in the Cradle,” basically a rip on her ex’s parenting skills.

The last Apollo moon mission, Apollo 17, was launched on this day in 1972. As the spacecraft left earth, the crew aimed a camera back at the planet from 18,000 miles up, and the result is one of the most famous photographs in history, “The Blue Marble.”

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Some chocolate for the newsy soul?

–“New Law Passes: Owners Could Now Be Jailed For Leaving Their Dogs Out In The Cold”

–“Stranger Fixes Woman’s Car So She Can Get Daughter Home From Hospital”

–“Kelloggs is using rejected cornflakes to make beer in an effort to cut down on food waste”

–“This Memphis teacher wanted to make learning physics more engaging, so he created a website. Now it’s used in 40 countries.”

–“World’s first honey bee vaccine seeks to save dying pollinators” (Hey, but who’s gonna give them the shots?)

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And that’s the week! Here’s the weekend! We invite you to join the merriment on the Bruce, John, and Janine breakfast show on 103.3 in Portland, and the iHeart Radio app nationally and worldwide (hello to Lizzy in New Zealand!). Have a super day, friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Good morning fellow actors on the planetary stage, and welcome to Thursday, December 6, 2018! Here’s the Daily Drip, written in a sleepy haze by your 103.3 radio daddio and hopefully delivered to your Facebook feed right on time. Portland has two more sunny days before the return of the rains. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s or lower, with patchy freezing fog away from the urban area. Sunrise 7:36 AM, sunset 4:27 PM. It’s day 340 in 2018, with 25 to go.

Important weather note…this weekend’s arrival of rain could bring a nasty episode of freezing rain in the Columbia Gorge. Travelers should check the weather before heading out.

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What a zoo at PDX, where construction crews severed a water line at 2:45 PM, cutting off water to the entire Portland International Airport for 3 hours. No bathrooms! No restaurants! No water fountains. But mainly…no bathrooms!! Pretty horrible thing to happen at an airport ironically rated #1. Porta-potties were brought in right about the time water was restored. As a frequent traveler, let me just say….oh, baby, that better not happen again.

Speaking of odd local calamities… city crews are blaming a broken carabiner–some people call them D-hooks–along with “failed metal latches” for causing a piece of metal to come flying off the Portland Aerial Tram on Monday, clipping a 21-year old woman above the right eye. She’s so lucky to be alive. She did miss a final exam at PSU. All the carabiners and hooks have been replaced, but they’re bringing in an engineer to give the 11-year old tramway a checkup.

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People were deeply impressed by the Bush funeral. Elegant, sad, funny, and nostalgic for a kinder and gentler America. A few favorite words:

–From Presidential historian Jon Meacham: “You can hear the voice, can’t you? As Dana Carvey said, the key to a Bush 41 impersonation is Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne.”
–From his son, George W. Bush: “In his 90s, he took great delight when his closest pal James A. Baker smuggled a bottle of Grey Goose vodka into his hospital room. Apparently it paired well with the steak Baker had delivered from Morton’s.”
–From Sen. Alan Simpson: “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic.”
–Also from Sen. Simpson: “He never hated anyone. He knew what his mother and my mother always knew: Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in.”
–Again from his eldest son, the second President Bush: “Last Friday when I was told he had minutes to live, I called him. The guy answered the phone, said ‘I think he can hear you but he hasn’t said anything for most of the day.’ I said, ‘Dad, I love you, you’ve been a wonderful father.’ And the last words he would ever say on Earth were, ‘I love you, too.'”
–And finally from son George: “So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have.” And the younger President Bush sobbed, and America understood.

President George H.W. Bush will be buried on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M today, but first, he will be carried there by a special train–painted to look like Air Force One–created for the historic occasion, and reviving an American railroading tradition. There’s a fascinating article about that, in the TMSG links at the Coffee Cup below.

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Portland City Council has okayed the hiring of a dozen civilians who will handle non-emergency calls, like missing persons, bike thefts, burglaries, and non-injury traffic collisions–taking some of the pressure off police. They won’t carry guns, but they will have Tasers. The head of Portland Copwatch calls them “desk clerks with pepper spray,” but Mayor Wheeler says they’ll be “ambassadors of good will in the community.” With pepper spray.

Commissioners also gave unanimous approval to severe restrictions on plastic serviceware items like straws, stirrers, knives, forks, spoons, sporks, and condiment packaging.
Customers only get plastic straws if they specifically ask for them.

The Portland Timbers have arrived in Atlanta, where the airport has working bathrooms. Atlanta is the scene of Saturday’s MLS Cup match.

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Lyric-writer Ira Gershwin was born this day 1896. He teamed with brother George on songs that people whistle to this day, like “I Got Rhythm,” a centerpiece in the Portland-filmed “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”

Roy Orbison died 30 years ago today at just 52. “Oh Pretty Woman” was inspired by a comment that Roy’s co-writer Bill Dees made, when Roy’s wife Claudette popped in on their songwriting session and said, “I’m going out, honey,” and Roy asked if she needed any money, and Dees said, “A pretty woman never needs money.” Pretty outdated comment, but that’s where his biggest hit sprang from.

Ex-Michigan football player Jerry Ford became Vice-President of the United States 45 years ago today, upon the exit of the corrupt Spiro Agnew. Another one of the Greatest Generation good guys. I had a conversation with him once, when he was campaigning in Portland for election as President; he gave a news conference at the Red Lion Lloyd Center, followed by a meet-and-greet photo op, and I happened to be first in line for that. Press Secretary Ron Nessen’s camera jammed, and Ford and I were left to make chitchat while he fixed it. I perhaps rather directly asked Ford how he could pardon Nixon after all he’d done; Ford said he just felt he had to do it so the country could move on, but that he hated to talk about it. So I told him about my Dad, who resembled Ford so strongly that someone at a store wondered what the President was doing in a grocery checkout line. Ford laughed, we shook hands (he just about broke my fingers; if I can find it, I’ll post the pic to prove it), the picture was taken, and my Dad enjoyed both the photo and the story. Which was more important to me over the years than hassling Ford about the pardon.

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Pardon me while I round up some heartwarming, intriguing, or at least generally constructive news items….

–“George H.W. Bush’s Funeral Train Revives a Lost Tradition”

–“Mother reunites with daughter after 69 years apart: ‘It’s a Christmas miracle'”

–“LEGO and ‘Sesame Street’ team up on a $100 million program to teach refugee kids”

–“Police officers recount heroics to revive girl, 7, after asthma attack: “That first breath was very emotional for everybody. I teared up.”

–“First ever sun-dimming experiment will mimic volcanic eruption in attempt to reverse global warming” I don’t know. It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature. Not that we haven’t already.

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That’s the DD for today! Look forward to hearing your comments on the news, or updates on your lives, and we’ll be here tomorrow!