Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hello, friends, and thanks for spending a few minutes with the Daily Drip! Today is Thursday, October 3, 2019, a day that will bring a 90% chance of showers and a slight possibility of thunderstorms, with highs maxing out at 60. We might measure a quarter of an inch in the garden raincup, maybe more if a thunderburst happens by. Sunrise 7:11 AM, Sunset 6:47 PM.

Breaking overnight….22 Army paratroopers were hurt during a nighttime jump…and several are reportedly “stuck in trees”…after a military training accident went horribly wrong at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby.

So glad to say that two 71-year-old hikers who got lost on Mt. Hood near the Kiwanis camp were found before they had to spend a second night in the cold. They walked out smiling, hugging their families–and taking a group photo with the search and rescue people who found them by tracking their muddy bootprints into deep woods far from the road.

A doctor from Corvallis was amazed and not amused to learn that sperm donations he made as a first-year medical student at OHSU (hey, you’ve got to pay tuition somehow) have resulted in a population boom right here in Oregon. He’s the unwitting father of at the very minimum 17 now-adult children, some of whom are finding out about each other thanks to ancestry web sites. Most, perhaps all, were born in Oregon, and some crossed paths socially, not knowing they were half-siblings. Danger! “Not cool,” says the doc, aware of the potential for tragic inadvertent liaisons. He says the agreement was that no more than five children would be thus conceived, and that all would be on the East Coast and unlikely to meet each other. And oh, yes, he’s suing OHSU, which has no comment.

The Portland metro area’s supply of hard drugs has taken a hit from one of the largest takedowns of a drug trafficking organization in the state’s history. Forty-one people were involved in the Mexico-to-Oregon ring that peddled, at its peak, at its peak, 77 pounds of meth and 55 pounds of heroin every week in the Portland area.

The Oregonian’s Maxine Bernstein reports that a Portland police sergeant has been suspended for one day without pay for untruthfully telling a protestor to stop taking video of police because it’s against the law. Filming cops is perfectly fine.

One year ago, Tracy Barry announced that she’d be leaving KGW-TV, and an institution lost a part of what made it an institution. Her face is more familiar to Portlanders than the face of Portlandia herself, and her trustworthiness and humanity are sorely missed in a world where those virtues are on the wane.

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Sultry, cinematic songstress Lana Del Ray is at the Moda Center tonight. Her tour is supporting her latest album, titled “Norman (F’ing) Rockwell,” and it’s full of language, but we’re adults, right? It’s beautiful. Every single cut.

Sounding good to me right about now is the 10-day 2019 Fire Mountain Music Festival which starts today in the north Oregon coast hamlets of Cannon Beach and Manzanita.

Keb ‘Mo plays tonight and tomorrow at Revolution Hall.

The Portland Fall Home and Garden Show begins today and runs through the weekend at the Portland Expo Center. From its web site: How-To Seminars & Demonstrations on the stage, Artisan & Holiday Marketplace, Kids Zone, Plant & Nursery Marketplace, Container Garden Competition, Oregon Tree Display.

Happy birthday to radio wizard George Johns, founding father of the adult-contemporary format, and an early owner of K103–who hired Craig Walker! (and me.)

Lindsey Buckingham, whose virtuoso guitar licks and record-producing genius were as big a part of Fleetwood Mac’s powerhouse hits as the poetry and voice of “his hippie girlfriend,” as Stevie Nicks referred to herself in their last Portland concert together, turns 70 today.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Shapeshifters are at the Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight. Les Schwab himself has already taken that stairway to heaven, but today would have been his 102nd birthday.

We lost Janis Joplin on this day in 1970.

Seahawks vs. Rams..5:20 PM on FOX! The weekend’s here!

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News getting you down? Wash your eyes out with these!

–“Police praise ‘junior detectives’ after they track down missing 97-year-old woman”

–“Women used spy cameras and meatballs to find a missing dog after 15 weeks”

–“Tennessee 3rd graders surprise classmate with toys after he lost all his in house fire”

–“This 89-year-old woman knitted 450 blankets and coats for shelter dogs”

–“Aliens may have bugged space rocks to spy on Earth, scientist says”

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Yesterday we saw wild extremes in the social media world, from obscenity-peppered tantrums to a profound act of forgiveness. Just when we need it the most comes the story of the grieving young black man forgiving–and then hugging–the white cop who was just sentenced to 10 years for murdering his brother. My God, what a moment, and what a time for it. Look for it if you haven’t seen it, and gain from it what you can. And have a wonderful Thursday!

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