Monday, August 13, 2018

Howdy, neighbors! It’s Daily Drip time, and don’t worry that it’s Monday, because it’s Monday for everybody else, and don’t worry that it’s the 13th, because 13 is a very lucky number in Italy, where the phrase “fare tredici” (“to do 13”) means “to hit the jackpot.” And be happy that it’s August, because this is the month when we do our very best at living in the moment, as we always should, knowing that the “ember” months are right around the corner. Portland’s weather is turning hot and hazy again, with highs in the low 90’s today–this’ll be our 27th–then high 90’s tomorrow, and moderation late in the week. Highs at the coast should be no more than 72. Sunrise 6:09 AM, sunset 8:21 PM.

Perseid meteor shower peaked last night. Can I get a witness?

That fellow who stole the Horizon Airlines plane? He was a former Oregonian. Lived in Coos Bay for five years starting in 2010. Met his wife there and they opened a bakery. Became a ground service agent at Sea-Tac, somehow acquired the skill to fire up, taxi, and take off in a Bombardier Q400 twin-engine turboprop, and tooled around for an hour in the lovely Puget Sound sunset. Enormous credit goes to the air traffic controllers who improvised miracles to clear out the rush-hour airspace even as they pretended to chat casually with him until he “called it a night” on a barely populated island. He wasn’t a licensed pilot, and told the tower that he’d “played some video games,” which have some excellent flight simulators. It’s still astounding that he did as well as he did, swooping and rolling and circling Mt. Rainier; I might be able to do that in a Cessna, and I had training. A childhood friend believes the man had a brain injury while playing football. While it’s unbelievably sad that he cut his life short and pierced the hearts of his loved ones, and evidence of an underaddressed epidemic of mental trouble in our country, this could have ended with many more lives lost.

A pilot with engine trouble landed a red, white, and blue Cessna 172 on the 580 freeway in San Leandro, CA last night. Dashcam video shows him waiting for a gap in traffic, then dropping the plane in for a smooth merge.

Cowlitz County deputies are searching for an Ohio man who was last seen starting a day hike near Mt. St. Helens Thursday morning.

The health department is spreading word that somebody with the measles paid a visit to Portland from July 30 to August 6, rode MAX, ate pancakes, and visited a bridal show on 23rd. Symptoms include coughing, fever, runny nose–which is how most of us feel sometimes in winter–and then a rash that starts at the head and spreads down. People with symptoms should call first before doing to the doc, before bringing their pathogens to the waiting room.

The media covered the stuffings out of it, but only a handful of white supremacists and their ilk showed up in DC yesterday. They were outnumbered, like, 500-1, by people who oppose everything they stand for.

Reality-show villain Omarosa pretty much owned the political Twittersphere this weekend, with wild stories that might be true; she contradicted herself in media interviews on a key point or two, and even estranged fixer Michael Cohen came to Trump’s defense, saying emphatically that the president did not eat paper. At least in his presence. Omarosa did give Meet The Press a secret recording of her being fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly–in the top-secret Situation Room, no less, which the White House termed “a blatant disregard for our national security.”

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The Seattle Mariners, who seemed to be into their familiar summer swoon, picked a fine to come alive and sweep the first place Astros on the road in Houston. The M’s, now 4 games out of first place, open a 3-game set at second-place Oakland tonight.

The Vancouver Whitecaps ended the Timbers unbeaten string 2-1 Saturday night.

The crowd roared for Tiger Woods just like days of old…but he came up short on the 17th, finishing second to Brooks Kopeka in the PGA Championship in St. Louis.

“The Meg,” about a freaky gigantic shark, took a chomp out of “Mission Impossible” and more than doubled analysts’ box-office expectations, swallowing $44.5 million in North America to be this weekend’s number one movie.

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Oregon actress and pioneer granddaughter Gretchen Corbett–who played Jim Rockford’s lawyer and sometimes girlfriend–lights up 73 candles today. Alfred Hitchcock was born this day in 1899. markswoman Annie Oakley was born in 1860, and “Bambi” premiered this day in 1942. Stephen King told Rolling Stone that the first movie he ever saw was a horror movie. It was Bambi. Some lines from Bambi:

Owl: “Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example, you’re walking along, minding your own business, then, you’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of the sudden, you run smack into a pretty face. WHOO-WHOO!”

Thumper: “Eating greens is a special treat. It makes long ears and great big feet. [to Bambi, aloud] But it sure is awful stuff to eat. [looks at his mother and turns to Bambi] [whispering] I made that last part up myself.

Bambi’s mother, as the forest burns: [last words] “Faster! Faster, Bambi! Don’t look back! Keep running! KEEP RUNNING!”

Ouch. They showed us that when we were little kids!

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In real life, the mother orca who has carried around her deceased calf for 17 days, in an endangered pod off the Washington coast, has let her go.

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OK! Let’s see what I can find on the Bright Web!

–“Dog with Cancer Crosses ‘Find a Home’ Off His Bucket List”

–“Teenaged Syrian refugee ‘saved the day’ after rescuing toddler from Hamilton rooftop”

–“Police rescue a bride from her flooded car when she’s stranded on her wedding day. And her dress stays dry!”

–“Family returns from Carr Fire evacuation to find Grant the fish happy and well-fed”

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May we all be happy and well fed, and bring comfort to those who aren’t! Have a wonderful Monday!

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