Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Well, you’re punching the ol’ Daily Drip clock on a Tuesday, September 24, 2019. I remember one morning in the 1990s when Craig Walker and I were joined by Richard Simmons on the K103 morning show, and I was doing the weather when Simmons jumped up and said, “Ya wanna know what the weather is? Look out the ***** window!” So lemme just do that. Hmm, dark. And also, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. Highs 70 to 75. Sunrise at straight-up 7:00 AM, sunset 7:04 PM.

Downed powerlines have closed Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast at Pacific City. I’ll see what I can find out.

For the second time in recent weeks, a woman in our area has shot and killed her estranged husband in what seems credibly described as self-defense. This time it happened in a home on Germantown Road in Washington County, where the unidentified woman says her soon-to-be-ex had pulled a handgun on her and was about to shoot when she got out her own gun and fired at him.

Vancouver police are investigating an incident in which one of their police dogs got loose, ran across the street, and attacked an innocent person who was watching an arrest being made. Police put out a statement saying they’re aware of it, that the civilian had minor injuries, and that the K9 will be removed from deployment until the investigation is complete.

All better now, but traffic was a gargantuan struggle on I-205 through Clackamas County for most of Monday. Canby police chased a Budget rental truck driven by theft suspects and it rolled over and burned near Johnson Creek Boulevard.

Comcast announced Monday that they’re goosing internet speeds for most customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Whether they’ll do the same with rates is unknown. They’re in tough competition on both speed and rate with CenturyLink and others.

It’s National Rail Safety Week, and we’re told that once every three hours, somebody is hit by a train in the US. So today, police agencies in Portland and nationwide will take part in Operation Clear Track, zeroing in on known danger spots and handing out citations to violators. In Portland, that would be the tracks along SE Water Avenue. No hopping any freights today, Dripsters!

This is also Banned Books Week, and the Multnomah County Library is doing its share of repudiating censorship by inviting folks (of the adult variety) to “Join Poison Waters and special drag queen guest performers to celebrate the freedom to read and have fun by playing Banned Books Bingo.” It’s at the Alberta Abbey tonight, a century-old converted church at 126 NE Alberta.

Which reminds me: reviews are rapturous over Triangle Productions’ musical, “That’s No Lady–that’s Darcelle,” showing now through October 5 at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall. Critic Lee Williams writes in OregonLive, ”Darcelle: That’s No Lady’ is a fiercely flawless love story that’s ready for Broadway.”

Les AuCoin delivers a reading of his interesting and anecdote-filled memoir, “Catch and Release: an Oregon Life in Politics,” tonight at the Oregon Historial Society.

Say, tomorrow I’ll be interviewing one Anderson Cooper! He’ll be speaking the Schnitz on Friday night. Anything you’d like me to ask him? I’m inclined not to torture him or us with an overabundance of political questions, but he’s a brilliant observer of our world, and I’m open to any requests you have. If it turns well, I’ll post the interview on a special Drip edition.

President Trump speaks to the UN General Assembly today. Overnight he’s been mocking Greta Thunberg on Twitter; you can find her UN climate remarks on my FB page.

If you skipped the Emmys on Sunday, you were in plentiful company. Ratings show that record-low 6.9 million viewers watched the TV show about TV shows, a 32% drop from last year’s previous record low.

Did you know that Bruce Springsteen turned 70 yesterday? He was born in….well, you know!

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TMSG. Cup here.

–“Savannah cop, dad-to-be buys car seats for young mom in need at traffic stop”

–“Injured Football Player Helped Off Field By Opponent”

–“A 21-year-old college student worked at a Texas hotel for 32 hours alone during a flood. Guests say he’s a hero”

–“‘I never lost hope’: Thunder Bay man reunited with lost dog after 4 years”

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And so it Drips! Have an excellent Tuesday; see you on the radio!

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A friendly family guy recently retired from K103fm radio, writer of The Daily Drip. Find me on Facebook to comment and interact, unless you're into hate memes from troll farms, in which case, please go fascinate somebody else.

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