Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hello, early birds! Here’s your worm! It’s the Daily Drip for Tuesday, November 28, 2017, a day that’ll bring rain, a dangerously high surf to the coast, and highs of 48 degrees. Sunrise 7:27 AM Sunset 4:30 PM.

There’s extra security today at Sheridan High School after an unspecified written threat was received. The district’s Facebook page is filled with Sheridan parents saying they’re keeping their kids home.

We’re glad to say that I-5 at the Marquam Bridge is fully open this morning, after yesterday’s eight-hour paralysis caused by a flipped-over hay truck.

You never know what’s going to wash up on the world’s stormiest coastline here in Oregon, but even veteran beachcombers are a little freaked by the translucent pinkish pickle-looking beasts that are showing up now. Marine biologists say they are pyrosome atlanticum, each one made up of thousands of individual invertebrates that glue themselves together and squirm through the sea in search of food and adventure. These gelatinous creatures thrive in deep, warm tropical water…and have no business being here.

A big-time backfire for an attempt to trick the Washington Post into publishing a false allegation against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore…as a woman who claimed she’d been impregnated as a teen by Moore was found by the Post to have many inconsistencies in her story, confronted her with them along with her Internet posts claiming to work “in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt (her spelling) of the liberal MSM.” She was evidently in the pay of Project Veritas, a group that attempts to discredit the press.

A White House event to honor a trio of WWII Navaho code-talkers took an awkward turn when President Trump veered off-script and said, “We have a representative in Congress who was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.” That’s the mocking nickname he gave Senator Elizabeth Warren during the campaign, because she once claimed Native American roots during her academic career. And he did it in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Cyber Monday has come and gone, the biggest ever, and soon our overworked delivery people will lug the boxes up our driveways and plop them at our door. Today, then, is Giving Tuesday. Americans are givers; we’re currently second on the World Giving Index, which measures donating, volunteering, and helping strangers.

Happy 55th birthday to someone we sorely miss on the everyday screen, the great satirist Jon Stewart. Nobody could skewer the proud and eviscerate the pompous like Stewart, whose scathing commentaries were like a loose wheel on the bus of the powerful. His last night on The Daily Show was August 6, 2015–just when all the fun was beginning. You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel!

On stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tonight: one Bill Murray–singing songs like “Moon River” and “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” to the accompaniment of a string trio.

At the same time next door at the Newmark Theater, it’s Jane Lynch–Sue Sylvester from “Glee”–singing songs from “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” live in concert. She’s so good that she’s cracked the Christmas playlist on K103!

I hope you’ve seen the raves from Dripsters about this year’s Singing Christmas Tree. It closes Sunday. Tickets are available online.

And now! Today’s edition of a new feature on the Daily Drip, tentatively titled…”I Don’t Need All the Details…the Headline Alone Tells Me Something Good.” (Nominations are open for a better name).

–“Neuroscientists have identified exactly how a deep breath changes your mind.”

–“New Study Shows Dogs Adore Human Smiles (And Vice-Versa) Because of the ‘Love Hormone.'”

–“Man Pays for 10K in Layaway Items at NY Toys ‘R’ Us.”

–“Amazing Sax Player is 84 and Spends His Days Jazzing Up Parking Lot for Shoppers.”

–“High School Students Form Club to Make Sure Nobody Eats Alone.”

Hey nobody eats alone here at the DD breakfast table! Unless you want to. So join us if you like, both here and on the magical 103.3 on your FM dial. Thank you!

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