Friday, June 22, 2018

The words seem redundant…but Happy Friday! Here’s the Daily Drip for June 22, 2018, pecked away on ancient PC that’s so old we it bought at Circuit City with a check. Hang on while I boot up the 3600 baud modem. Portland’s rollicking weather looks like it’s settled down…though I wrote the same at this time yesterday, and whoops, a rogue thunderstorm volunteered to go mavericking across the Metro. The most we expect today is morning drizzle from the marine clouds (you missed Fleet Week, Marines!) which will gradually clear up, with a happy-hour high of 74. Sunrise 5:22 AM sunset 9:03 PM.

We’ll have **one second** less daylight than yesterday.

On this fifth day of the tent city protest outside ICE HQ on Macadam, an Antifa activist mined LinkedIn to find the home addresses and personal phone numbers of ICE employees–and posted them online. Reporters tried to call some of those employees for comment, but their mailboxes were already jammed.

Add Alaska Airlines to the list of carriers declining to fly children who have been separated from their parents.

The Pentagon has been ordered to supply 20,000 beds at old military bases for migrant children.

Melania Trump made a visit to children confined near the border in Texas, but it’s her curious wardrobe selection that’s getting attention. Inscribed in large words on the back of her coat were the words, “I really don’t care. Do U?” Her husband tweeted that it’s a reference, somehow, to “the fake news media,” but Melania’s office says, no, there’s no message at all. A BBC commentator offered, “It stretches credulity that the first lady would make the effort to fly down to Texas, visit children, talk to staff and engage in this heartbreaking story only to deliberately undermine it with a callous choice of clothing. I give her the benefit of the doubt on compassion – but if she chose to wear this without thinking, it was pretty tone deaf.”

ODOT has placed “on leave” the Oregon DMV worker who opined about immigrant families that “I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good. It’ll save us hard working AMERICAN’S billions of dollars on our taxes!! 😉” Meantime a member of the Oregon Army National Guard will be “disciplined” for posting on Facebook that “they’re lucky we aren’t executing them.”

The House passed a farm bill that would tighten food stamp eligibility, cutting some 400,000 households from benefits, and bumping thousands of kids from free and reduced-charge school lunches. It goes to the Senate.

The administration is now requiring US Geological Survey scientists to get approval before giving interviews. Usually when I’ve talked with them, it’s when a certain volcano is erupting ash all over us. Not a good time to be jumping through hoops.

A woman who was ripped on meth led cops on an I-5 chase that began in Cowlitz County, and ended when they blocked her from going the wrong way onto SR 14.

A five-week closure of the Portland Aerial Tram begins tomorrow, so crews can tune up the rope track and do whatever will make Jean and Walt happy (those are the names of the pods). Shuttle buses will carry most folks up and down the hill–it’s a half-hour drive. Or you can walk it in the same amount of time.

Oregonian columnist Steve Duin tweets that he was driving home from playing tennis when a car started following him, laying on its horn. Steve’s known for taking a controversial stand or two, so he kept driving, but the honking continued, so finally at NE Sandy and Glisan he pulled over. That’s when a family returned to him the wallet that he’d left on top of his Subaru.

Pulitzer-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, described by NPR as “a principled conservative beacon,” has died. George Carlin passed ten years ago today.

The Blazers, already a young team, drafted 19-year old guard Anfernee Simons, and made a second round trade for Duke’s Gary Trent, Jr, whose Dad played with the Blazers in the 1990’s.

From the fun-stuff calendar…and please add what I’m missing…The Decemberists are at Edgefield tonight and tomorrow night, Indigo Girls are at the Zoo Saturday night. It’s the weekend of the Tigard Festival of Balloons. Portland’s famous World Naked Bike Ride is tomorrow night. And get the grill ready…summer chinook salmon season opens on the Columbia from Bonneville Dam clear down to the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

On the birthday list: Meryl Streep, Cyndi Lauper, Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, who attended David Douglas High School, and Kris Kristofferson. Funny story about Kris. After college at Oxford he was an Army helicopter pilot, then got a job flying crews to oil and gas rigs on the Louisiana coast–while also working a weekend side-hustle sweeping floors at Columbia Records in Nashville so he could make connections in the music world. He met June Carter, and asked her to give a tape of his songs to Johnny Cash. She did, but he ignored them. So what did Kris do? He landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash’s lawn. It wasn’t long before Cash had a number one hit with Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”

On this day in 1940, Hitler took over France.

All right! Headlines that might bring an accidental smile..

–“Vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows”

–“Actors portraying super heroes pose as window washers at Akron Children’s Hospital”

–“High school students surprise World War II veteran with diploma 73 years later

–“A woman who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer aged 14 has tracked down the nurse whose games and jokes helped her get through her treatment, 30 years later”

–“High school students surprise World War II veteran with diploma 73 years later”

Friday! Time to dash. Cheers! What are you up to?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Morning, friends, and welcome to the Summer of 2018! May it be everything you hope for, and nothing that you dread. It’s Thursday, June 21, and humankind hasn’t found a way yet to trip up the celestial ballet, so summer in the Northern Hemisphere began right on schedule at 3:07 AM Pacific. It’s the longest day of the year, with sunrise at 5:21 AM and sunset 9:03 PM, adding up to 15:41:09 of daylight–seven hours longer than the day of the Winter Solstice.

Portland’s weather? Well, after hitting an insufferable 95 yesterday, the heavens popped and crackled late into the evening across the Metro area, with hail the size of nickels peppering a field in Farmington, nearly an inch of rain pounding a West Linn neighborhood. and thunderheads that stood 45,000 feet into the twilit sky. Today some leftover drizzle stretches into the morning hours, and then it stays cloudy and humid but much cooler, maxing out at 75.

I put in my miles without a drop or a rumble, while tuned in on the LiveATC app to some fascinating chatter between the PDX tower and the many aircraft flying in, over, and out of town during our flirtation with stormy weather. The men and women with hundreds of lives in their hands were unfailingly cool, patient, and mutually helpful, even as planes large and small were climbing and darting around some epically turbulent towers of thunderclouds. Love to hear stories from any Dripsters who may have been aloft for the ride!

For all the jubilation and glee over President Trump’s apparent cave on his globally-decried border policy, it’s way less than it seems. Those 2300 kids who were taken from their parents will not be reunited with their families anytime soon. The government will keep arresting everybody who comes over the border without papers, so the zero-tolerance edict remains intact. The change is that Trump now wants the kids to stay with their folks in custody pending a court resolution of their low-misdemeanor charges, and to do that, the USA will be building detention camps. As for what changed his mind, Trump said, “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.” He got an earful from both his wife and his daughter, but history will recall the scorching he received from the First Ladies, especially Laura Bush.

(And while we’re using our inadequate resources to arrest and charge every one of these misdemeanants–even calling in military lawyers as prosecutors–one wonders how we’re doing against drug cartels, smugglers, and terrorists).

The 24/7 protest outside ICE headquarters on Macadam continues to grow into an Occupy-style situation, and it’s having a definite effect: yesterday the agency closed its doors over “security concerns.” Portland’s mayor has taken the stand that, unlike a year ago, he won’t allow police to break up the protest. Tweeted Ted Wheeler: ” I want to be very clear I do not want the Portland Police to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track.”

An ODOT employee bought herself a whole lot of grief by tweeting, about the refugees, “I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good…” ODOT HR has some work to do there.

Oregon Republican lawmakers believe that Democrats will make a move on killing the “kicker” tax rebate in the next legislative session.

Governor Kate Brown was born on this date in 1960.

Looks like TriMet has big plans…its new GM, Canadian Doug Kelsey, told The Oregonian editorial board that buses should get priority over cars in traffic…that some light rail stops need to be closed downtown to speed up the system…that a multi-billion dollar bond issue will be on the 2020 ballot to pay for MAX to Tigard.. that there might someday be a tunnel under the Willamette River..and that MAX and the buses all need WiFi.

Seattle has us beaten by three months, but Portland may ban plastic drinking straws starting in October. Lots of procedural mumbo-jumbo between now and then, but that’s what it amounts to. Environmentalists say that plastic straws do what they’re supposed to do. They suck. Especially for the marine life forms that choke on them.

It’s Draft Day in the NBA. Portland picks #24, They might trade that pick in exchange for a veteran who can help them right now. Think good thoughts for the home team; this is kind of traditionally a tragic day in Blazerville.

The Oregon State Beavers plated eight straight runs to roar back and beat North Carolina 11-5, and stay alive in the College World Series. They play the Mississippi State Bulldogs tomorrow at noon, and if they can beat them twice, they’re in the finals. It’s great fun hearing Mike Parker calling the games on Rip City Radio 620.

Despite foreboding skies, the Hillsboro Hops were able to get in their home opener, which they lost, but not if you sampled the menu items that this year include Spimento Sandwiches, a spam and pimento combo that sounds disgusting but is apparently delicious.

In answer to several Dripster questions about this year’s World Naked Bike Ride, 1: it starts at Cathedral Park, and will probably be pretty much a St. Johns thing. and 2. Are you kidding? Me??

Headlines for a happy heart? Sure. Right here. Scroll past, if it doesn’t fit the mood. Everyone understands.

–“These parents hoped to raise $1,500 for separated migrant families. They’ve brought in $8 million.”

–“Japanese fans praised for their work ethic, cleaning stadium after beating Colombia in World Cup.”

–“Girl, 3, with an inoperable brain tumour may now survive thanks to $300,000 anonymous donor.”

–“Netherlands to close more prisons as crime rate continues to fall”

–“Rodney Smith Jr. is traveling to all 50 states mowing lawns for the elderly, disabled, single moms and vets for free”

–“Shirtless firefighter rescues kittens from sewer”

Couple quick personal items!

You can’t spell “stitches” without “itches,” but they came out yesterday, and I am several notches more comfortable. Still not up for pix.

My MacBook is in the shop, so I’m using our backup desktop PC that has the feel of driving a Ford Pinto.

And a reminder to everyone that this is a civility zone. The other day I bounced another one of our perpetually-cranky trolls, whose only contribution ever was to be kind of an arse, and I finally put him out of our misery. If you hold an opinion that’s contrary to mine or anyone else’s here, that’s perfectly fine. Just don’t be a toad about it, and expect be politely rebutted.

Happy Thursday, and happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Good morning to you, dear Dripster, surfer, or lurker, or competing radio person doing show prep, and welcome to the last day of Spring! Today is Wednesday, June 20, 2018, and though we’ll steam up to 90 degrees today, there’s a good possibility we’ll experience late-day thunderstorms with flashes and bolts of lightning, hail the size of Susan B. Anthony dollars, and potentially flash flooding in burn areas. Like the Columbia Gorge. So we’ll be on the lookout for severe weather, and may call upon the Daily Drip Storm Team if things start popping. The window for that seems to be between 4 and 8 PM, but we’ll see. Pix and video and real-time info will be welcome! Sunrise 5:21 AM, sunset 9:02 PM. This is it, friends. Solstice time is imminent. Druids are doing their stretches.

With the world watching, the US government is housing babies and toddlers, taken from their parents,. in at least three facilities in undisclosed locations in south Texas. The government is calling them “tender-age shelters.” Others call them baby jails. Lawyers and medical providers who’ve been there say there are rooms and rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.

Disturbingly unsurprising story from inside the walls of the federal prison in Sheridan, where volunteer attorneys who’ve met with asylum-seeking detainees in ICE custody say they were told that two men have gunshot wounds…and have not received medical attention.

Protesters shouted “shame” at Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she had dinner at an upscale Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC. And woman believed to be an congressional intern shouted an F bomb at President Trump as he arrived at the Capitol for a meeting with Republicans. That just gives ammunition to the other side, folks.

With on-the-nose timing, the US announced its withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it “a protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias.”

A truck from Fifty Licks Ice Cream drove up to the protests outside ICE HQ on SW Macadam…and handed out free cones to demonstrators. A chant developed: “Ice cream good, ICE bad.”

Noticed something weird on Gov. Kate Brown’s web page yesterday: an advisory that Oregon’s official state email had been hacked, and state employees can’t correspondent with recipients on certain domains like Hotmail and MSN. Apparently a state worker got phished, clicked on something they should not have, and IT crews are working on a fix.

Sticking new fees on your cousin’s Airbnb is what the Portland City Council votes on today. Agenda items #679 and #680 would impose a $4 nightly “booking fee” on short-term rentals, and a 2% tourism marketing fee–the same that big hotels pay. Anyway, we’ve gone many weeks without a new tax, so I guess we’re due.

Canada is legalizing recreational cannabis, probably effective in September. It’s the first country in the G7 to do so.

Pretty darn important runway maintenance at the airport means the south runway (10R/26L) will be closed for awhile, putting extra air traffic into a line over the Columbia River. So look out for blue ice. Smaller aircraft may be vectored onto the always-popular crosswind runway. It’s fun seeing Skymasters brushing the treetops of Beaumont. With incoming thunderstorms, the good men and women in ATC at PDX will earn their pay today.

The tattered joke about America having a Starbucks on every corner will live on forever…but the company is closing 150 underperforming stores in cities where there’s a dense concentration.

In the College World Series, Oregon State plays North Carolina this afternoon at 4 pm ESPN.

Beaver football fans have a toothy grin over the newest recruit: he’s Bend’s super talented tight end Luke Musgrave. Nephew of Bill Musgrave, legendary Duck QB.

The Hillsboro Hops play their home opener tonight, although I refer you to paragraph one. By the way, the Hops have become a Thing. they sell out. I need to go and find out if what they’re saying is true..that the Hops are a great minor-league-ball experience. Any fans among the Dripsters?

Oof…San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland blew a two-run lead against the lowly Marlins, took a loss, stomped into the clubhouse…and slugged a door, breaking his pitching hand. He’ll be out two months.

Brian Wilson, the otherworldly genius behind The Beach Boys, was born this day in 1942. His gifted daughters Wendy and Carnie are friends of K103–they were even kind enough to sing on our Christmas show. Also on today’s birthday list is good old Lionel Richie–we still chuckle at his shocked reaction when we told him on-air that the Floyd Light Middle School Jazz Band played his “Brick House” at Dr. Seuss Day. (I was there! The kids killed it). Mmm-mmm!

OK! We’ve been tolling the gong of news for long enough here. Let’s ring some joy bells:

–“Smoking rate in U.S. hits all-time low, CDC says”

–“Jimmy Carter leads effort to open a clinic in a small Georgia town that was without a doctor.”

–“High School custodian wows graduation crowd with national anthem”

–“David Spade donates $100,000 to mental health organization following Kate’s death”

–“School Honoring Confederate General Renamed Barack Obama Elementary”

–“101-year-old Florida man still volunteers for Meals on Wheels”

Hey, on a night when the full moon is five days away, the Naked Bike Ride rolls through our town’s (inevitably) east side streets on Saturday night. So there’s still time to book a flight out.

We’re back on the radio this morning from 5 to 9, and then I get stitches out, thank God. Later, if conditions indicate, we’ll fire up the Daily Drip Weather Watch. It might be a very interesting signoff for Spring. Summer begins at 3 AM tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Good morning to you! Here’s your own personal news update on this Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Portland’s weather is balmy and warm, for the second-to-last day of Spring, with highs near 90 degrees. PDX made 83 yesterday. Sunrise 5:21 AM sunset 9:02 PM. It’s one of those rare days of the year when sunrise and sunset are at the same time as the previous day; that happens when we’re near the Solstice and the pendulum is pausing.

News..a lot to sort out….a lot to endure, and react to, and take a stand on..

Some hard news has fallen on 14,000 young Oregonians with intellectual disabilities and their families, as Special Olympics has canceled the 2018 State Games competition. Instead, they’ll spend their limited resources on year-round local activities and training. Also canceled: the Bite of Oregon, a benefit for Special Olympics.

And now to the border. As more and more families are being separated, comments are rolling in from all sides mostly condemning the Trump policy of making an example by prosecuting (for a misdemeanor) every single soul who sets an undocumented foot in the US after trudging on roads or riding a rickety packed bus from El Salvador and Guatemala to America. Asylum in the US is the only hope they see of escaping the horrors of home, the gun violence and gangs (like MS-13, which originated in LA in the 80s, and was spread in Central America by members who were deported). But when grownups are jailed, their kids can’t go with them, and so our present government policy is to funnel these thousands of children into fenced pens at an old Walmart, where they are fed and shown TV and wonder if they’ll ever see their Mom or Dad again. From John McCain: the policy is “an affront to the decency of the American people.” From Ron Wyden: “Trump’s grotesque trampling on human rights must have zero place in America and in Oregon.” From Ted Cruz: “All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers.” From Dan Rather: “Let’s be clear – tearing children away from their parents is but a logical extension of this administration’s immigration policy – a policy already steeped in cruelty and fueled by racism and demagoguery.” Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker canceled the deployment of his state’s National Guard troops to the border in protest. But Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says there will be no apologies, and: “It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of — don’t believe the press.”

Here in Portland, protestors continue a 24-hour vigil outside ICE headquarters at 4310 SW Macadam. A lot of that is connected to our own version of the events on the border, as over a hundred asylum-seeking men are held at the federal prison in Sheridan, southwest of Portland. Another vigil is happening outside that facility, while an extensive legal network has sprung up on behalf of the detainees with volunteer lawyers saying they’ve been denied access to legal counsel.

Dow futures are down hundreds of points, as investors around the world are rattled by the latest layers of threatened tariffs emanating from the White House.

Something completely new to look at? President Trump yesterday ordered the Defense Department to create an entirely new branch of the military called the Space Force, on par with the Army and the Navy and the Air Force, with the mission of “reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation.”

In the College World Series: a do-or-die game that was delayed by lightning and rain for 4 and a half hours ended with the Oregon State Beavers pounding the Washington Huskies 14-5.

The state means biz when it says no booze on the beach at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area–they’ve cranked out 140 citations and warnings since the ban took effect in May.

On today’s birthday roster…Ann Wilson of Heart, Salman Rushdie, Lou Gehrig, Kathleen Turner, Guy Lombardo, and Moe from the Three Stooges–who was born in 1897.

Happy birthday to the Federal Communications Commission, keeping us safe from interference on our assigned radio frequencies, and also from skin and dirty words, since 1934.

The BBC reports that women today speak at a deeper pitch than women of past generations — because their more prominent role in society has led them to adopt tones that project authority and dominance.

The ever-popular “Les Miserables” opens at a near-sellout Keller tonight. The winsome little urchin in the ads is a detail from Emile Bayard’s “Portrait of Cosette,” printed in the original 1862 edition of the novel by Victor Hugo. Cosette is a street kid, fending emotionally for herself after she was ripped from the arms of her mother, who’d been arrested for some crime.

Sounds familiar.

So, that’s the news, and may I just say, Argh? Tell me something non-arghworthy!

–“Kind Texas Cop Buys Food For Man Whose Groceries Were Stolen When He Fainted Outside Store.”

–“Indiana state trooper lauded as ‘hero’ for pulling over ‘slowpoke’ left-lane driver.” Hero?

–“In California, more and more companies want to recruit autistic employees.”

–“Europe’s oldest tree is still growing.” (It’s in Italy, and was planted in the year 788).

–“Man makes girlfriend’s dream come true by proposing to her in a Trader Joe’s.”

–“Radio Daddio finds a vacationing neighbor’s escaped cat.” I’m practicing my I’m-not-a-hero speech for media interviews.

Away we go into a workday! We’ll be seeing you on 103.3 from 5 to 9, and right here all day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Well, here we are, opening our eyes to a Monday, June 18, 2018, with a hot summer sun, a risk of an afternoon thunderstorm, and highs of 85 to 90. Perched as we are halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, we’re four days from the Summer Solstice and we are now practically at our solar extreme, with sunrise 5:21 AM, and sunset 9:02 PM. Today we’ll have almost an hour more sun than Los Angeles.

That was a frisky little stormy whip-round we experienced late in the afternoon on Fathers Day, just as the goodies were coming off the grill and the second round of IPA’s were being popped! We scurried inside from our family BBQ in West Linn, while one town over, in Lake Oswego, a family ran for cover and watched through the window as a tree crashed down the grill. The storm came through at about the same time as two simultaneous wrecks in each direction of I-5 at SW Corbett. And it left thousands of people without power.  PGE’s website still lists around 2,000 in the dark, as of 3 AM.

Everybody’s thinking about this…the situation on the border…asylum-seekers escaping the violence of Central America, being criminally prosecuted by US authorities and marched off to jail, their screaming kids pried from their arms…how can this be OK with anybody? It’s certainly not all right with former first lady Laura Bush, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post calling the Trump policy “cruel and immoral,” while even Melania Trump tweets that she “hates to see children separated from their families” and needs a country that “governs with heart.”  The heat is on the White House, from both sides of the divide, to fix this.
Serious digging by The Oregonian reveals that the state’s new law empowering judges to impound guns from people who are obviously about to shoot someone has been used almost 30 times since it took effect at the first of the year. That includes a military vet who threatened to shoot people at his Beaverton church…a man who boasted about planning a school shooting…and a guy who’d just been fired, whose sister prevented him from going back and killing his boss.

A husband and wife in their late 60s who have spent the last 17 years circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat they bought to celebrate their retirement were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat flipped 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington. They were on the last leg of their 70,000-mile journey when their craft sank.

So how is your relationship with the Willamette River? Chummy enough to jump in and swim the quarter-mile across and back? That’s what Mayor Ted Wheeler and a bunch of other people are doing this morning at seven, to help the Human Access Project begin another year of showing Portlanders the river is much cleaner than we think. Hang on, let’s check online water sample results…OK! At Riverplace, the latest weekly reading is that there were 10 E. Coli organisms per 100 ml. The previous week there was 1. But the state standard is 406. So, hop in! You first.
Lots of cougar sightings around town. Including some false alarms. One particularly beefy feline seen stalking a Battleground neighborhood turned out to be a house cat named Ranger.
Garfield the comic cat turns 40 tomorrow.
NPR religion correspondent Tom Gjelton just turned 70, and yesterday began a 3600-mile cross-country bike ride from the Oregon Coast to Massachusetts.
It’s Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday. The most commercially successful composer in history was born this day in 1942. He’s still cranking. New album coming out soon maybe? And he’ll be doing Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon…
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on this date in 1983 when she and four other astronauts safely blasted off–on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The Oregon State Beavers play for their lives against Washington in the College World Series at 11 AM today. They collapsed against North Carolina in Omaha’s brutal heat and humidity on Saturday.
World Cup underway! Sweden and South Korea are getting set to play at 5 AM Pacific….Mexico shocked defending champion Germany, and overjoyed fans in Mexico City are believed to have triggered a small earthquake…
A “Roseanne” spinoff is in the works at ABC–minus the title character, but including everyone else, and centering on the Sara Gilbert character.
At least 600 people have summitted Mt. Everest this spring. But almost all of their garbage is still up there. Climbers give up a $4,000 waste deposit if they fail to come down with 18 pounds of trash. But most of them are high-rollers for whom 4K isn’t worth the hassle, I guess.
TMSG! Headlines, mostly, in contrast to the sad and outrageous things happening in the world…

–“In Toronto, Canada, Constable Niran Jeyanesan got called to a Walmart to arrest a shoplifter who attempted to steal clothes for a job interview. Niran paid for his clothes and the man got the job.”

–“Missing 3-year-old girl found in Missouri cornfield with dog by her side; Yorkie alerts searchers with a ‘weak bark.'”
–“Americans gave a record $410 billion to charity last year.”

–“Kenny Chesney Will Donate All Proceeds from His New Album to Virgin Island Relief Fund”

–“Firefighters save pregnant dog; become parents of 7 puppies”

–“A string quartet performed with instruments made from debris from March 2011 quake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan…ensemble of musicians from Japan and Austria part of Tsunami Violin Project, which aims at having 1,000 artists from around world play the instruments.”

It feels good to be rolling into work at 4 AM against a bright far-northern sky! Thank you to everyone for the good wishes, and for tolerating yet another absence of this usually-Daily Drip. Recovery from that minor little surgery continues to go fine. I’ll be able to see you on the radio–5 to 9 AM on 103.3–better than ever!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Well, good morning, starshine! It’s Monday, June 11, 2018. Portland’s weather meanders back to dryness today with a high of 70. It’s a chilly 49 on my deck. Does anyone have any dramatic weather pix from the weekend? Bunch of people got hail, there’s video of some cloud rotation in NE Vancouver, and I saw some scary ragged clouds hanging down over, like, Mollala. I just got my hair rinsed a few times. Felt good.

This deserves note: Today’s sunrise of 5:21 AM is the earliest of the year, and there it will hang for the next eleven days before beginning the slow march in the other direction. I don’t know why we don’t celebrate the earliest sunrise; other high-latitude civilizations do or did. There was a huge festival when we were in Reykjavik a couple of years ago at this time. OK, it turned out to have been Pride Weekend, but still. Sunset tonight is at 8:59 PM, four minutes shy of its latest, which we will attain on the Solstice a week from Thursday.

The ultimate test of President Trump’s claim of being a master deal-maker comes very soon in a face-to-face showdown with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It begins at 3 PM Pacific in Singapore, where it will already be Tuesday.

A Fox News host apologized for calling it a “meeting between two dictators.”

Tired of the on-again, off-again tapwater alert for Salem, city officials there have decided to keep the water advisory in effect for the next two weeks. It pertains to vulnerable populations only, as the capital city’s leaders insist the water is perfectly safe for everyone else.

Fire demolished the Hillside Bible Church in Forest Grove over the weekend. They had a Sunday morning service anyway, gathered around the ruins.
The handsome ships of the Rose Festival fleet depart our fair city between 7 and 10 this morning, requiring the occasional hoist of the Burnside, Steel, and Broadway bridges.

While most students are still no doubt cheerfully and fully engaged in class, it’s the first day of vacation in the Portland Public Schools. Portland students will pay for their early exit by planting themselves back in class on Monday, August 27.

This is the day parking rates go up a few bucks a day at the long-term and economy lots at PDX. MAX is still two and a half bucks each way, no traffic, no parking fees. Total steal. I did it just the other day.

A steering committee today takes a good look at plans now being hatched for light rail in SW Portland, which will someday run from downtown via Barbur to Bridgeport. I only mention this bureaucratic stuff because every time a new MAX line opens, people complain they had no input. A draft environmental impact statement is Googably up for review, it’s full of specifics, and there’s no better time than now to articulate your view. The official public comment period begins Friday.

American network censors hit the bleep button for Robert De Niro but the crowd was on its feet at the Tonys last night, as he shook both fists and dropped an F bomb on President Trump. (He wasn’t, however, bleeped in Australia). “The Band’s Visit” swept the night with ten awards.

Portland Beer Week is underway. Beer Week is actually ten days, because this is Portland and that is beer.

Sure had some good strawberries this weekend!

This is the day in 1977 that Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. Very rarely are such dreams justified.

Oregon State and Washington are both headed to the College world Series in lovely Omaha.

Ferris Buehler’s Day Off hit theaters on this day in 1986, and the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” was soon back on the charts. Folks who related to Ferris and his friends, back in that day, are now…Dad. Mom.

Tell me something GOOD!

–“Family’s pit bull alerts them to house fire, helps drag infant to safety”

–“College student shot by Taliban in 2016 graduates with honors”

–“Restaurant owner who says Anthony Bourdain changed their lives donates profits to suicide hotline”

–“Cardinals rookie using his NFL money to pay off his sister’s student loans”

Ooof…time to roll… today I have to cram a week of work into one day, because I’m having a minor and not even worth talking about outpatient surgical procedure tomorrow. So I’ll be out for the rest of the week, though through boredom or medication, I might start a morning thread, you never know!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Good morning and happy happy Friday to you! It’s June 8, 2018, and though Portland’s weather is taking a sharp downturn, we’ll be back in the sun before you know it. It’ll rain late today and tonight, turning to showers by morning with thunder rolling tomorrow afternoon, while snow levels in the Cascades will drop to an autumnal 4200 feet. Which’ll make for pretty miserable camping, and not just in the high country; people staking out curb space for the parade in the morning have a wet night ahead tonight. Sunrise 5:22 AM, sunset  8:57 PM.

We’re hoping for good news from Salem today, where yesterday’s water samples looked okay, and if they test clean for the second day in a row, they’ll lift the alert. Again.
A whole bunch of Portland area police agencies teamed up for an undercover sting and arrested a whole bunch of people, 37 in all, proving the Beatles were right when they sang, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.”
Another privacy gaffe for Facebook, which admitted that friends-only posts for 14 million users were made public for a few days in May. Awkward!
President Trump arrives in Quebec this morning for the G-7 meetings with our closest allies, who are all seething over the tariffs imposed by the US. The POTUS take via Twitter this morning: “Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!” He skips tomorrow’s session on climate change to prep for next week’s showdown in Singapore with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un.
Scientists are excited that the building blocks of life–certain carbon molecules–have been discovered on Mars.
Hockey’s Stanley Cup was won by the Washington Capitals over the upstart Las Vegas Knights. DC hasn’t won a title in anything since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in ’92.
The Warriors will play the Cavs tonight in Game 4 of the NBA finals, and I hope Golden State finishes the job, just because of the burn that LeBron James laid on our town the other night. The clip is all over social media. James is talking about what a great basketball player the Warrior’s Kevin Durant is, which everybody knew he would be. “Everyone knew except Portland,” said James the other night. The Blazers had the first round pick but opted instead for a center with glass knees who washed out fast. “Sorry, Portland.” Ouch. Rub it in, why don’t you. Warriors in 4. Sorry, LeBron.
So much is going on this weekend…some requiring ponchos…some not…Barenaked Ladies (except for their ponchos) and KT Tunstall are at the Edgefield tonight, while Jethro Tull’s 50th-anniversary tour is at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend (poncho) tonight, and the Edgefield tomorrow night (still poncho). The Portland Opera presents Faust (no ponchos) at the Keller starting tonight. It’s sung in French, with English projected above the stage. Paul Reiser from “Mad About You” does standup at the Aladdin tonight, the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is at Oaks Park (poncho). It’s the weekend of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest (ditto). Saturday is McIver Park’s 50th anniversary. Wear your tie-dye poncho. Vortex Lives. And I hear there’s a parade!(poncho).
Nice weekend for the movies. Opening tonight: the female-powered “Oceans 8″…and the Mr. Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Happy birthday to Boz Scaggs…and Dilbert creator Scott Adams…

In one of the better PR stunts, Country Time Lemonade-like Product is paying for permits and fines for kids who are busted for running illegal lemonade stands.

— “23andMe kit led a Texas woman, abandoned at birth, to long-lost siblings in Pennsylvania”

–“Jersey Trooper Stops Retired Cop Who Delivered Him 27 Years Ago”

–“NJ teacher leaves $1 million to school district in her will”

–“Syrian refugee launches luxury sneaker brand in France”
 –“Ikea bans all single use plastic from its stores and restaurants” (now about the packaging…)
Yes! Tomorrow is Grand Floral Parade Day. It could be the rainiest in years, but maybe not, and the floats and bands and all the bright colors will be as impressive and stirring as ever. This is the year there’s a canine Grand Marshal, so having a wet dog in charge will make it a truly Portland event. K103 loves being involved in the Rose Festival, because it’s vital to support local and active traditions, instead of passively consuming what comes off a satellite dish. Tomorrow morning Bruce Murdock and I will host the Queen Coronation, as we have for over a decade; we met the Court for a rehearsal yesterday, and were very impressed by these intelligent young scholarship recipients, one of whom will wear the same tiara that has graced Queens’ reigns since 1933. Then it’s parade time, and our assignment, joined by our partner Janine Wolf,  is to narrate things from the comfort of Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s a long morning, but doesn’t feel work to us; it’s the joy of being fully-involved Portlanders.
One quick programming note: I’ll duck out for most of next week for a minor outpatient procedure, and the likelihood of a DD from Tuesday to Friday is entirely dependent on how the meds are working. Might be interesting!
Somebody asked for another Dalai Lama quote:
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Here’s to making the most of this weekend in June!