Friday, August 3, 2018

Good morning to all citizens of Drip Nation! It’s Friday, the best day, August 3, 2018. Today looks cloudy with a hint of drizzle, and highs of 70; then it’s back to the 80’s for the weekend and the hazy low 90’s for next week. The warmth is returning, so enjoy the coolth! Sunrise 5:57 AM Sunset 8:35 PM.

We’ll see precisely two and a half minutes less daylight than yesterday.

With giant DC10’s swooping overhead, dumping brilliant orange fire retardant, crews continue battling the South Valley fire in Wasco County. Over 100 homes destroyed. Also up in smoke: thousands of acres of wheat, somebody’s hard-earned livelihood, and a major Oregon export.

We’re still suffering effects of last year’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge, which left areas of such instability that ODOT reports “almost continuous rockslides” are occurring along the Historic Columbia River Highway as it passes through a burn area. That six-mile stretch will remain closed indefinitely.

Some guy with a stars-and-bars tattoo under his shirt (which he showed off for cameras) was seen Wednesday yelling the N word and other obscenities at African-American families at the Beach Elementary playground in North Portland’s Overlook neighborhood.

Tomorrow we have a rematch between the hotheads of Patriot Prayer and the similarly disputatious Antifa, who clashed violently just a few weeks ago until cops declared it a riot and broke up the party. Buses carrying the “patriots” from Vancouver arrive at Salmon Street Springs at noon. There’s a potential for more violence and if it goes really badly our town will end up leading the national news. Charlottesville was a year ago next weekend.

One-sentence DD editorial time: I was disappointed that the White House press corps didn’t follow Jim Acosta and walk out on yesterday’s briefing when Sarah Sanders refused to disavow the Stalinesque phrase “Enemy of the People” as applied to journalists. (I fondly recall Reagan’s press secretary Marlin Fitzwater. We interacted on some things during his tenure, and he was helpful and kind).

A story in the SFGate online site reports that California transplants are so disliked by Pacific Northwesterners that they’ve “faced a range of backlash, from harmless jokes to threats of violence.” But most of those interviewed say “affordable housing made up for any kind of backlash,” which some say went away when they got rid of their California plates.

Apple hits a trillion dollars in value…Amazon could be next.

A man in a pirate mask–with a stuffed parrot–plundered a safe from the Last Lap Pub in Cornelius.

Oh…my…grog…look what’s filming in Portland today: a fake Naked Bike Ride for a Disney movie! People are getting paid $150 for pedaling their own bikes in flesh-colored shorts and bikini tops in a scene for “Timmy Failure,” the flick about a kid with his own detective agency. I don’t know the location…though the real NBR hung out at Cathedral Park this year, so…

What’s up for you this weekend, eh? Some suggestions…the Gladstone Community Festival runs through Sunday…the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert with some terrific tribute bands and a silent auction for pediatric cancer is tomorrow afternoon…It’s the weekend of the Tualatin Crawfish Festival. The Vanport Jazz Festival is tomorrow at Portland Meadows. Amos Lee is at the Oregon Zoo tomorrow night. Adam Ant is there tonight. Phantom of the Opera wraps up at the Keller Sunday night…what else?

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Something good!

–“The makers of Nutella are looking for tasters, and they will train you!

–“‘It’s Adorable’: Duck Becomes Best Friends With Dog After Being Rescued By Family

–“Egyptian fisherman Uses His Boat to save 23 Greeks, four dogs from wildfires

–“These 2 kids were just making music on a street corner. Then Cyndi Lauper walked by.

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Cyndy Lauper!! We had her on the show once, and she was really nice. Let’s see if she might provide the DD QOTD!

“You always have to remember – no matter what you’re told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.”

“Humor is a great vehicle for getting a message across. If you get too serious, you could die of starch.”

“I get the greatest feeling when I’m singing. It’s other-worldly. Your feet are anchored into the Earth and into this energy force that comes up through your feet and goes up the top of your head and maybe you’re holding hands with the angels or the stars.”

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College football training camps begin today across the land. In Eugene, the Ducks are guided by head coach Mario Cristobal, who replaced Willie Taggart in December, and will star Heismann candidate Justin Herbert at QB. Up the road, the Beavers are in the head coaching hands of their former star quarterback Jonathan Smith from the 11-1 glory days in the 2000 season. The Beavs were 1-11 last year. We’re interested, here on the DD, in the teams you care about at whatever level, and we count on you to keep us updated!

OK, gotta run. Time to get this football to you. Go deep!

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