Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ta-da! Here’s the Daily Drip, materializing in your news feed (depending on Facebook’s whims) for Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Our local weather in Portland calls for rain, highs 40-45, with a 1000-foot snow level (look around for TV towers: they tend to sprout from thousand-foot hills in Portland). Sunrise 7:15 AM….sunset 5:34 PM.

Floodwaters have made a muddy mess of many of our roads, and K103’s Janine Wolf will be among the morning traffic reporters scouting for the very latest on the likes of Cornelius Pass, which carries way more traffic than it was ever built for, and which was closed by a mudslide yesterday afternoon between US 30 and Skyline Blvd. We remarked on the radio yesterday morning about the radar image showing an angry red smear of heavy precipitation stalled in a swath from, like, Gaston clear up to Kalama…and then we saw the results. A muddy river runs through many a back yard in Scappoose and Rainier…Highway 30 was a lake…herds of elk were seen fleeing the floods… the Columbia County Fairgrounds opened horse stalls to accommodate folks with flooded stables…Forest Grove school buses were late because they smartly avoided driving through ponded roads…Vernonia is watching the Nehalem River, which looks full, but below flood stage. Good thing they build that beautiful new school on the hill. Who has a flood story to tell?

In the Columbia Gorge, a winter weather advisory in the west and a winter storm warning in the east expire at 7 AM, but many schools there are either closed or two hours late, and travel on I-84 remains a challenge. In fact the westbound lanes are closed at Hood River because of multiple semis. And starting at 8 AM they’ll close one lane at a time of I-84 at MP 54 to finish up a diesel mopup from a Monday truck crash.

And now California’s getting a punishing from the storm, that recently drenched Hawaii, and southbound truck traffic on I-5 is being held at Ashland because of heavy snow in the Redding area, while chains are required on all other vehicles except 4x4s.

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Voters approved two levies for the Vancouver schools. But Hiockinson failed, Ridgefield is trailing, and LaCenter and Evergreen have a lead.

Oregon is on its way to becoming the first with a statewide rent control program, as the Senate easily passed SB 608 and lateralled it over to the House, where it’ll get the same favorable treatment. Republicans say it’ll scare landlords out of the business and decrease the housing supply, hurting the people it’s designed to help, but Democrats say renters have been gouged long enough.

We’re sobbing in our suds over the closure of BridgePort Brewing, the latest of the old-guard steinfillers to call it a day. BridgePort re-tuned our tastebuds with the Blue Heron Pale Ale, opening the age of the IPA. Other craft brewers took that hoppy model and ran afield with it, and with declining sales, BridgePort has sadly switched off its kettles and will padlock its brewpub door on March 10.

There’s video going around of a guy riding a Freddy’s shopping cart down the steep West Burnside hill toward Big Pink. Dude’s in the left lane, and stops for lights along the way. He’s apparently known to many as the King of Cans, and his conveyance has been referred to as a Burnside Cadillac.

The Blazers have the Golden State Warriors at home tonight at the Moda Center.

A wire fox terrier named King won Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. We were rooting for the Bouvier, named a sweet boy named Lars, but no…

This was the day is 2000 when, two days after Charles M Schulz died, the last original Peanuts comic strip was printed in newspapers

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The Good News Doctor is IN!

–“Cool-headed girl, 8, saved injured father’s life during CA shooting spree”

–“A nursing student is forever grateful for a stranger’s generous act”

–“Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner”

–“Local Goodwill stores have received an extra 5 million pounds of donations since Marie Kondo’s show debuted on Netflix”

–“Black leopard spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years.”

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I love the folks at Portland’s National Weather Service. Scorched by complaints about snow that did or didn’t materialize, from grumps who don’t grasp the complicated crapshoot known as forecasting, they posted this via Twitter yesterday. From the National Weather Service:

“Here’s what we recommend you do. Wake up early for work tomorrow and check the weather. Be prepared in case there is snow. If not, have that extra cup of coffee, scroll through your favorite news source, or take a quick nap. You could even make yourself a nice breakfast.”

Thanks for scrolling through the Daily Drip!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Good morning! It’s Monday, February 11, 2019, and together we emerge blinking from our burrows after the snowstorm that picked Seattle over Portland, leaving us with just a chilly rain. Half an inch or more, with highs around 40, converting whatever snow you had into a dirty gray concrete that shrinks and dissipates into nothing. This rain would be falling as snow, but for the weathermaker’s left turn into Washington, which has been pulling up a southerly wind for us while delivering still more snow to Seattle. The NWS up there is calling the forecast for the next two days “extremely complicated.” Sunrise 7:18 AM….sunset 5:31 PM. And through it all, we’ll gain 12 minutes of daylight this week.

Road issues? Yes. Columbia Gorge. Snow flurries and spots of ice between Troutdale and the Dalles. There’s a winter storm warning east of Cascade Locks, but it looks like the snow level is rising, so we might not have our annual truckers convention at Exit 17.

School Announcements? There’ll be many; The Grammys were still on TV last night Battle Ground and Gresham-Barlow preannounced a 2-hour delay today.

Flight Delays? Ooh. Lots. Sixteen canceled and 21 delayed in and out of PDX as of 0300, mainly to SeaTac.

Power outages? The winds the kicked the cold out knocked over some branches too, and there are about 500 customers in east Multnomah and Clackamas Counties who are beginning their Monday with no hot coffee.

Glad that we’re not in it here in Portland, but our coziest good wishes to folks up I-5 from here.

Spring Training begins this week–some teams are having their first workout today! I think the Mariners begin tomorrow. Expectations are low for this year’s team. That’s the perfect recipe for a Cinderella year, of course, but sometimes a pumpkin is just a pumpkin.

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Portland’s City Club is out with report that says the local government is in dire need of a top-to-bottom redo, wiping out the current fossilized form in which the elected policymakers are also tasked with actually managing the bureaus–a skill that few politicians have, which is why virtually every other city has a professional city manager who’s hired by the council to run the bureaucracy. Instead, the City Club report says Portland should expand the size of its city council,and elect its members by district so that every part of town has a direct voice. This idea has come up again and again, and, like a sales tax, it’s been defeated every time. But that’s not to say it isn’t a good idea.

Speaking of government with sand in the gears…we’re plunging headlong into another shutdown, unless wiser heads somehow prevail. Friday is the deadline.

Came in from the cold after a few miles on the trails, pulled off my Yak Trax, and flipped on CBS in time to see Kasey Musgraves collect one of her Grammys, and remembered that she’s in Portland, at the Schnitz, one week from tonight. Stayed with the show for an hour and was struck by the power of the performances, one after another. Lady Gaga knocked my socks off, but others did too—I’m too jammed to do a review, but if you have comments, we’d love to hear! (Some of those performances out-powered what we saw at a recent football halftime, if you get my meaning).

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Let’s see…what other notes do I have for today…

The Oregon Symphony is doing Dvořák’s Eighth tonight at the Schnitz. It’s different from his others; more cheerful, rooted in Bohemian folk tunes, and pales in popularity to his smash-hit 9th.

Whitney Houston died seven years ago today.

It was on this day in 1990 that women were allowed to join Portland’s Arlington Club, which had been a posh man-cave .since 1867. It was on that very same day that Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years

This was the day three years ago that the last of militia cowboys holed up in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge surrendered to authorities, 41 days after that mess all began.

Happy birthday to the memory of Thomas Edison, whose inventions would have made him a billionaire if he’d been smart enough to be born a century later. Happy 56th birthday to Sheryl Crow, the music teacher turned rock star. And you’d be widely admired if you wore your hair in a “Rachel” today, because there are fifty candles on the cake for Jennifer Aniston. I’m going to use a “Friends” question on “Stump Bruce” today. (“Stump Bruce” is exactly the same as “Stump the Jock”—an interesting trivia question sent in by a listener–that we recently renamed because new people around here kept asking, ‘What’s a jock?”

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In the Daily Drip Coffee Cup today, you’ll find links to these stories, which are all good news except perhaps for the last one!

–“When Driver Sees Cash Flying Through the Air on the Highway, She Turns it All in to Grateful Widow”

–“Cab driver spoils scam on 87-year old woman”

–“Watch as firefighters rescue a family dog from a house fire”

–“Fast hands, calm mind: How an 11-year-old boy’s amazing crochet skills quiet his busy mind”

–“Yikes! There’s progress in Artificial Intelligence technology that could turn THOUGHTS into speech”

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And so was your weekend spent hunkered and snug, or venturous and bold? Do you have a vast cache of red wine and chocolate ice cream? Or Chardonnay and strawberry? There’s a good way of getting rid of all that vino…just turn it into a drinking game. Take a sip every time someone posts the ‘We will rebuild” joke. That’s still funny after 10,000 times. Or keep it as part of your earthquake kit! And about all those loaves of bread that were snatched off store shelves–who has a really good French toast recipe?

I’m doing the KEX/K103 fandango today, beating the headline deadline four times an hour and having a ball doing it. And delighted not to be staying in a hotel. So, I’d appreciate it if you Dripsters who are knowledgable in the folkways here would go on troll patrol. And I’m speed-typing this so, I know…typos.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Well, here we are bright and early!…or at least early…on Thursday, February 7, 2019! It’s a biting 22 degrees as I write this at 0300. Today should bring increasing clouds, with highs in the low 40s, and then..

There’s a good reason we made a point of not sticking a fork in winter way back during our sunny January: an additional surge of arctic air pours into the Northwest Friday night through Sunday, and though it’s too soon to say with certainty, we’re anticipating a potentially significant amount of snow in the days to come. We’ll know a lot more today, but already there are websites and news stations warning of two major snow events: one Saturday, and one sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday. These all depend on computer models, and not all agree, but whatever you do to get ready for a big snow, do it now. And check the links I posted last night if you want an idea of the moving parts that need to come together before we know whether it’s going to be Snowpocalypse…or a Maroon 5 halftime show.

On the bright side…literally…We have over 10 hours of daylight today for the first time since early November. Sunrise 7:24 AM, sunset 5:26 PM

Headline of the Day: “Portland’s Worst Day of the Year Ride postponed because of bad weather.” Scheduled for Sunday, it’s been postponed for two weeks.

All Portland freeways are open for your commuting pleasure today, unlike yesterday’s 14-hour closure of I-84.

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A whole lot of prison time may await a 52-year-old photographer from Carlton in rural Yamhill County, who is accused of preying on at the very least eight women and girls, many underage, by assaulting them in various despicable ways during photo shoots purportedly to launch them on careers as Playboy models. The FBI says he’d been running his nasty scam from 1994 until recently, so there may be many more victims out there.

Rarely shy about taking a stand–and less than ever, with Jo Ann Hardesty aboard–Portland City Council today takes up a resolution that “condemns white supremacist and alt-right hate groups.” Chances of passages are pretty good….it’s sponsored by the entire City Council. That same council voted 4-1 to approve that six-figure settlement with a fired police officer who made a racist comment about killing black people.

The Multnomah County health department has sent exclusion letters to almost 5,000 parents in Multnomah County, warning that if their kids don’t get their shots before Feb. 20, they won’t be allowed in school.

A six-seat single-engine Piper Malibu Mirage cracked up after hitting a radio antenna during a landing at the Aurora Airport. Happy to report that the pilot and passenger made it out with minor injuries. (So many questions…what radio antenna?)

This’ll be pretty in snow–the Portland Winter Light Festival plugs in today at 5 PM. It’s described as “a city-wide event showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout our city.” You’ll see displays all over town, but the main locations are Tom McCall Waterfront Park at Salmon Springs, PGE Headquarters/World Trade Center, the Eastbank Esplanade south of the Hawthorne Bridge, and near OMSI. I hear that people come to this all lit up–I mean, with lights on their clothes!

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Today Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sen. Ed Markey are introducing what they call a “Green New Deal” a 10-year national mobilization designed to eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions.

The Flood of 96 was at its deadliest, on this date in 23 years ago. This was the day when Verna Wenger, 84, of Corvallis died when her car went into a drainage ditch near Monmouth; Amber Bargfrede, 8, of Scio drowned when she slipped and fell into a culvert on her way to get the mail ; Doug Andrews, 45, of Brownsville died after abandoning his car in Linn County; and Jacqueline Jank, 62, of Troutdale drowned when a landslide knocked her riverside house into the Sandy River.

The Cowboy Junkies…a great Canadian country/rock band that was formed in the 80s and still has its original personnel–all siblings but for one– play at Revolution Hall tonight.

It was a Fab 4 day in Feb when Beatles arrived in the US for the first time on this date in 1964.

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There are days….I’m sure you understand….when I’m tempted to whittle this report down to just this section: the good stuff!

–“Artist creates beauty in the ashes after the Paradise fire”

–“School asks for 50 mentors, 600 showed up”

–“Sarah Haycox – The Power of A 4th Grader to Change the World”

–“How this amateur painting became a hilarious social media sensation”

–“Dad Writes Heartfelt Message To The Man Who Entertained His Daughter At The Airport”

I really like these links today. They’re in the DD coffee cup below.

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Say, yesterday we talked about the thanks that are flowing to TriMet’s drivers for their work under the pressure of a snow day. Now the gratitude is flowing the other way. This was posted on the Portland subreddit:

A huge thank you to the courteous drivers in Portland today! I drive for TriMet (yeah, yeah, I know). Driving a 40 ft, 20 ton vehicle is difficult and stressful (in the top for most stressful jobs) on a good day. Today, they decided to send us out unchained. Some buses had them from earlier in the morning but most of us only had the drop downs if they were available.
People were so nice. They let me out, made space for me, gave me room, and just generally made it easier to move around. There were a few who pulled the usual, which I won’t get into here, but the vast majority were amazing.

Finally, a reminder to be nice. That’s all, so easy. I thank you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Good morning! We’re flipping the desktop calendar page to Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Let’s try this going-to-work thing again, shall we? Our weather forecast is deceptively simple–Sunny and 40…but it’s the overnight cold that challenges us today. Current temperatures at 0300 include 25 at PDX, 24 in Vancouver, but 33 in Salem. Sunrise 7:25 AM, sunset 5:24 PM.

Bullets flew on I-84 last night between Vancouver police and a truck they were chasing, after the pursuit crossed into Oregon on the Glenn Jackson Bridge and veered west on the Banfield. Nobody was shot, and the suspect was booked into custody for being the getaway driver in last month’s killing of a convenience store clerk in Kelso. I-84 was closed in both directions for a lengthy investigation, and we’ll get updates shortly.

People are remarking about several aspects of the State of the Union address, including an apparent threat by the president to hold up legislation if the newly-Democratic House insists on using its oversight powers to investigate his administration. Said Trump, “The only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there’s going to be peace and legislation, there can’t be war and investigation.”

And: there was the moment when the president was ticking off economic highlights and remarked that most of the new jobs are going to women, and female Democratic House members, all dressed in white as a show of unity and power, broke out in high-fives and laughter, celebrating their victory that arguably was attributable to the president…just not in the way he intended. “You weren’t supposed to so that,” he chided, to more laughter.

The Portland City Council today votes on giving a six-figure settlement to a police sergeant who was fired for making, as an alleged sarcastic joke, a truly unacceptable remark about “shooting all black people.” The PPA grieved the termination, it went to arbitration, and the two sides agreed on retirement rather than termination, and a $100,00.00 settlement subject to City Council approval–which new member Jo Ann Hardesty vigorously opposes. The final vote on that is today. It’s agenda item #107.

Interesting fact from the Beaverton PD: of the 20-some DUI arrests they made in January, the average BAC was .165. The law is .08. The legislature might lower it to .05.

Salem will be the scene of what organizers call the “Largest Citizen’s Lobby Day for Climate in Oregon History” as supporters of the Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) rally at noon on the Capitol steps.

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Cue the birthday music!

Ronald Reagan was born this day in 1911. He’s the patron saint of conservativism, but people sometimes remember him for his nonbombastic personality and his tendency to downplay ego: phrases like “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit” and “I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting” remind us that modesty and a sense of humor create a climate in which a leader can work with people across the aisle.

It’s the birthday of Babe Ruth, who was swatted into breath on this day in 1895. Six days until Spring Training! And another sign of the time of year for which we yearn…the first spring chinook salmon has been caught in the Willamette River by a guy–who won’t say where! Which reminds me… the five-day run of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show opens today at the Portland Expo Center. It’s supposed to be the largest gathering of outdoor sportspersons west of the Mississippi River.

Happy birthday to Portland’s public television station! KOAP, now KOPB-TV, went on the air on this date in 1961. When it comes to TV, it’s a 10!

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TMSG, with links below.

–“A legally blind high school basketball player took one shot in his only game all year. He sank it.”

–“Dog falls 40 feet down cave hidden by snow, saved by Utah County Search and Rescue. Video of reunion in link”

–“Adorable pup is being hailed a hero for saving an 87-year-old woman from Minnesota’s sub-zero weather.”

–“California Deputies Help Lost Elephant Seal Find His Way Back Home”

–“Max Bobholz – At 12 Years Old He Helped Bring Baseball to Africa!”

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Say, after yesterday’s the icy commute, somebody on Reddit posted “Thank you, TriMet Drivers.” Hear, hear. That’s an ungodly tough and dangerous job, and snow days are prime time. Commenters weighed in with favorite TriMet driver stories. A sample: “TriMet drivers, as a whole, are the friendliest public transportation workers I’ve seen. They smile, wait patiently while we fumble with cash or phones, interact with passengers, help the disabled and elderly find a seat, and often wait for passengers to sit before moving. This is not standard in other cities.” And: “I LOVE the drivers on the 14. They handle the mess that is Hawthorne at 6pm with such patience.” And: “There’s a driver on the 4 who will get on the mic and tell jokes.” And: “A guy on the 9 sang us a Barry Manilow song on Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago.” And: “This one Christmas I had to be at work at 5am and it was really crappy out. The driver stopped at like a 7-11 on Grand and bought 24 donuts, put them next to him and told us on the mic to help ourselves because it was Christmas. I was bummed that day and won’t forget it. They’re amazing.”

That’s this morning’s DD report…your turn!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hiya! Welcome to this little coffee nook on a wintry Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Given the weather challenges we face, let’s think of ourselves as pilots getting a last-minute briefing before we fire up the engines. I’ll post the latest weather guidance from the meteorologists, add comments from other sources, and ask for your help with pilot reports on the conditions you encounter. I stepped outdoors and brushed an inch of fluff off my car as more light snow comes down. Its 29 degrees in my driveway, and we’ll see soon enough if I make it out of my hilly neighborhood. Sunrise, by theway, is at 7:26 AM, and sunset moves to 5:23 PM.

OK! This is from the NWS:

TODAY…Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs 35 to 40.

And: Light snow will continue early this morning over much of the Willamette Valley and up into Clark County WA, although the snow will be coming to an end over the far northwestern sections between 3 AM and 5 AM. Total accumulations in most areas will be an inch or less.

And: Any moisture left on untreated surfaces has likely refrozen making for treacherous driving and walking conditions.

It’s going to be a hectic morning on the school announcement front, with two-hour delays being the most common decision, for now, as districts buy time to see if things improve.

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We’ve been monitoring the search for a doctor who got hurt on a solo treck in the Columbia Gorge on Sunday; Leslie Drapiza, MD is a family practitioner in Salem, and she set off from the Starvation Creek trailhead off I-84 Sunday. Later she texted friends that she’d been injured. It’s snowing and communications have been spotty but she was able to get a message out last night around dinner, and the word from the Hood River Sheriff is… ah! “Leslie Drapiza was successfully reunited with her family and friends at the Starvation Creek Trailhead early Tuesday morning. Rescuers from the Hood River Crag Rats, the 304th Rescue Squadron and Multnomah County Search and Rescue were able to extricate her from difficult terrain in the area of Lancaster Falls on Warren Creek. She was then able to walk with rescuers down to the trailhead, arriving at approximately 1:35 AM.”

As we cope with the reality of today’s weather, take a moment to remember what Northwesterners were going through this week in 1996. On February 5th, the rivers were raging but not yet at their worst, and 25-year old Tom Otter became the first to die during the flood when a rockslide fell on his truck near Philomath. Seven more lives were lost as high water beseiged our communities.

We have the State of the Union tonight. It’s on a 6 PM PST, whether you’re seeking it out or avoiding it like Portland’s Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who explained via Twitter: “Just like in past years, I plan to skip a speech that will be filled with lies, deception and divisiveness.” Fellow Democrat Suzanne Bonamici’s approach is different: she’s going, and inviting as a guest a PSU student who’s an organizer of actions against gun violence. On the other side is Oregon’s Greg Walden, who tweets, “Now it’s time for Congress to come together with the president on long term, bipartisan solutions to secure our borders and thwart illegal immigration.” Other members are bringing furloughed federal workers as guests, while the President has invited a boy named Joshua Trump, no relation, who says he’s been bullied so badly because of his name that he wants to change it. I’ll watch as I always have, just in case some new ground is carved.

A legislator from Klamath County is proposing that the Portland Trail Blazers change their name to the Oregon Trail Blazers. Focus, dude!

About twenty Reed College students have spent this winter creating the world’s largest stick of chalk. They’re waiting for the six-foot, 1000 pound tower of soggy plaster to dry before submitting it. (Or electing it. Couldn’t hurt).

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Home run king Hank Aaron was born this day in 1934. Though technically a new record was set 40 years later, by Barry Bonds, Aaron’s lifetime achievement of hammering 755 home runs continues to hold the major league mark in the minds of many because he did it without a little help from his friends, so to speak. Aaron is in the HOF. Bonds is not.

Did I tell you that my sister Jan is generously helping me with content research for the Daily Drip? She unearthed the following: Oregon got its first newspaper–the Oregon Spectator, based in Oregon City–on this date in 1846. That was our first printed newspaper. But there was a handwritten satire sheet circulated among the folks a year earlier, called the Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget. Which makes me feel less silly about the name of this thing.

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Everywhere life is full of heroism, says the good old Desiderata, so let’s back that up with true stories from the light side; links should be below, in the DD Coffee Cup.

–“Young refugees run into burning home to rescue family”

–“Police officer films 3 young men helping elderly woman: ‘She could have been my grandmother'”

–“Steward at soccer match praised for helping disabled fan to his feet to celebrate each goal as his team won 3-0”

–“‘Marie Kondo Effect’ floods thrift stores with donations”

–“The Love Story Behind L.A.’s Bunny Museum”

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By the way…Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the most joyous and colorful celebration for many Asian cultures, and there are celebrations for the next two weeks in Portland or wherever you may be. Today begins the Year of the Pig! I learn from Chinese astrology that ” Pig is mild and a lucky animal representing carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. Personality traits of the people born under the sign of the Pig are happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave.” Sounds like a very good year!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Morning, Monday people! It’s February 4, 2019, the midpoint of winter, and here comes a little taste, maybe. It’s complicated, because several weather systems are interacting, so in a second I’ll post the very latest wording from the oracles at the National Weather Service. Sunrise 7:28 AM, sunset 5:21 PM We’ll gain 11 minutes of daylight between now and Friday…compared to only 10 last week. Here goes:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY… TODAY…Snow showers likely, mixed with rain at low elevations. Snow accumulation up to one inch. High 35 to 40.

Further amplification from the NWS discussion page: “Overall, earlier snowfall expectations still look on track, with lowest elevations (generally under 500 ft) likely to see accumulations limited to an inch or less due to warm ground temperatures and marginal surface temperatures. Several inches of snow can be expected at higher elevations. ”

We do know that it’s snowing prettily in the Coast Range, and it’ll be a borderline day for school closures. Bet we get lots of delays in districts with higher hills.

So it’s going to be a day when we peer at the sky and wonder, or gaze at the TV reporters up on Sylvan as they wonder, and we’ll know whether or not it snows when it snows. Or not. There are wide variations between locales, so if things start happening, I hope you’ll be your neighborhood’s correspondent and file reports for the Daily Drip Storm Team. Be sure to tell us where you are, since folks who drop by this little breakfast nook are spread hither and yon.

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Bless the Super Bowl! It has given us a chance to gabble and buzz about topics other than things that bring us down. Doesn’t matter that it was not the most riveting game or that the usual team won; people will be talking about it in the break room at work today–and not at all tomorrow. So let’s see what we all can contribute to the discussion. Love to hear some original comments.

An Oregon State Beaver sets an all-time record in the Super Bowl! Johnny Hekker kicked a ball that bounced and rolled 65 yards to become the longest punt in the LIII year history for America’s big game. He had a great game. Otherwise…

The Super Bowl left me flat, like the barely-touched third IPA that’s still on the coffee table. You expect to have your socks rocked off. We still have our socks. The New York Times calls it “a Super Bowl only a Patriots fan could love.” The halftime show was symbolic. We’ve seen the biggest talents in the world on the biggest stage in the world–Michael Jackson, the Stones, McCartney, U2–delivering performances that we talked about for days. My notes on the halftime show last night are sparse because not much of an impression was made, at least here. Some people really liked it, and I see that! (They preemptively bleeped other performers whose rhymes were indiscernible anyway, then a gyrating Adam Levine tiptoed up to a lyric that everybody knows is going to be bleeped and he goes “I don’t give a shhhhhh” and looks teasingly into the camera and doesn’t get bleeped, and I’m thinking…so what?).

Other people watched Puppy Bowl XV and say that it was great. Seven days to Spring Training.

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A rent control bill gets its first hearing in the Oregon Legislature today.

Despite bipartisan pressure, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has not yet resigned over racist yearbook photos that he apologized for, then denied being part of.

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So many driplets from the DD history file to remark on, this February 4!

–Twenty years ago today, the Panamanian-flagged freighter New Carissa dropped anchor to ride out a wicked storm off the Oregon Coast—but the chain was too short, the anchor dragged along the ocean bottom, and the ship hit the sand near Coos Bay. The resulting oil spill killed thousands of seabirds and tarballs fouled the breaches, as the ship broke in two in the powerful surf, and for the next few weeks, the hulk stubbornly resisted efforts to clear it. While the bow section was being towed out to sea for disposal, the line broke in a storm and the New Carissa was adrift–only to be pounded aground for a second time, 80 miles to the north, at Waldport. This time, the Navy brought in the big guns and hauled the bow into deep water where a destroyer and a submarine–the USS Bremerton–slammed the Carissa with explosives and torpedoes and put it on the bottom. The stern stayed on the beach–where it moldered for nearly a decade. News crews printed up T-shirts that said, “I Survived the New Carissa.”

Portland officially killed the Mt. Hood Freeway on this date in 1974, legally diverting the federal transportation grant money to a new project that became MAX light rail.

It’s the 15th anniversary of Facebook’s launching by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook is snoopy and intrusive and was clearly a tool of nefarious forces in the 2016 election and beyond. Yet here we are.

Rosa Parks was born this day in 1913, and it’s Rosa Parks day in a couple of states–although Oregon observes it on December 1–the day she was arrested.

Patty Hearst was kidnapped on this day in 1974. Seems to have spent some of her time on the lam hiding out here in Portland.

Happy birthday to Portland blues legend Curtis Salgado! (1954)

Fleetwood Mac released their tortured masterpiece of shattered relationships, “Rumours,” on this day in 1977. Karen Carpenter died in 1983.

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We lost John Mahoney, the Dad on “Frasier,” one year ago today. A couple of quotes from character Martin Crane:

–[Looking at a beer can loviingly] “Well, hello there. Will you be my Ballantine?”

–Frasier: “Didn’t you ever give Mom something unexpected? “ Martin: “Yeah, you!”

–“Haters will see you walk on water and say it’s because you can’t swim.”

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Let’s pour a little sweetness on this Monday! It is my belief and desire that I’ve slain the IT dragon and correctly posted the links in the fabled Daily Drip Coffee Cup. Check it please, and let me know?

–“Japan leaves dressing room spotless in dignified response to Asian Cup final disappointment”

–“Meet the woman who rented hotel rooms for homeless in Chicago during polar vortex”

–“Bus Driver is Hailed a Hero After Saving 16 Children From a Burning School Bus”

–“Woman Learns Blood Donor Who Saved Her Life Years Ago Is Her Husband”

–“The World’s Loneliest Frog Has a Potential Mate, Raising Hopes that Species Won’t Croak”

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Commercials? A few grabbed me. The sudden silence with a woman whispering about beer caught my attention, but only a few really stick out for me..the Bud Light corn syrup delivery that seemed almost like a Gamet of Thrones episode…and then a Bud Light spot that literally turned into a Game of Thrones promo….that was cool. And I want to watch again the spot with elevator carrying people down to all of the levels of bad experiences……middle seat on a plane…’The talk”…root canal…all the way to car shopping. It was funny; not quite sure what was selling. And of course The Washington Post, Democracy Dies in Darkness. Knowing Keeps Us Free commercial was a highlight…in a game that needed more highlights!

That’s DD for this first Monday in the shortest month of the year. Let’s share what’s happening out there; check back here and tune in 103.3 and see what’s up!

Friday, February 1, 2019

(OK campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause its coooold out there today!)

*POP!* That’s the sound of us emerging from the eternal January, and bursting into Friday, February 1, 2019! We’re witnessing an atmospheric regime change, as the high pressure we’ve enjoyed for a week is being overthrown by rain that pushed ashore overnight and will march inland through the morning. High today around 50. Sunrise 7:31 AM, sunset 5:17 PM. But late in the weekend, things change.

(You want a prediction about the weather? I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter! It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives!)
Oh…wait…that comes later. But seriously:

They may or may not be needed, but deicers and sanding trucks are ready to roll, and TV news people are already reporting from Sylvan. Here’s the latest guidance on the snow possibilities for Portland:

–From the National Weather Service, reluctant to venture onto a limb: “Colder air arrives later Sunday and remains over the region into next week. With lingering moisture, will see snow at times over the mountains and foothills, with spotty snow down lower. It’s too early to say how much and who will get the snow, due to uncertainty in the pattern and models.”

–From KGW’s Matt Zaffino: Above 500 feet, 1 to 2 inches. On the valley floor, zero to 1 inch.

–From KGW’s Rod Hill: “Snow showers, not a snowstorm. Portland accumulations trace to 3″, 1 to 5″ above 500 feet.”

–From KPTV’s Mark Nelsen, via his blog: “What I do see is a few “flirtations” with low elevation snow next week, first chance is late Sunday night/Monday AM and again maybe Monday night/Tuesday AM. Possibly late next week. If you live near/above 1,000′ you’re almost guaranteed at least some snow at some point Sunday night through Tuesday AM.”

–From @realDonaldTrump (POTUS Twitter account): “What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”

So are you doing anything to be ready, you know…just in case? I’m making a note to round up the things I need to go to work on a snow day. Find my gloves. Locate the scraper/snowbrush and put it by the door; last year I thought I was very smart by stashing the brush in the car. I needed to brush off the snow with my arm into order to get into the car to retrieve my brush. Do you have any snow-day life hacks…you know, just in case?

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Portland Police used DNA and a genealogy database to solve a crime that baffled detectives 40 years ago, the murder of a 20-year-old woman in her apartment at NW 18th and Couch. The match they hit on turned out to be a serial killer who was executed in Texas in 1999.

National media are finally picking up on an Oregon outrage. NBC News tweeted this overnight: “Saudi diplomats reportedly spirited the five young Saudis out of the U.S. with forged passports on private planes, according to the Oregonian newspaper.”

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If you, like me, need some reason to give a fig about the Super Bowl, there’s this: ten players with Oregon ties will be suiting up on Sunday. They are:

For Los Angeles: Grant High’s Ndamukong Suh, the 307-pound defensive tackle whose name I was privileged to learn to pronounce as a high school football PA announcer; wide receiver Brandin Cooks from Oregon State; onetime Beaver punter Johnny Hekker; linebacker Samson Ebukam from David Douglas HS; cornerback Troy Hill from Oregon; backup QB Sean Mannion from Oregon State; and third-string tight end Johnny Mundt from Oregon.

For New England: Former Duck Patrick Chung; punter Ryan Allen from West Salem HS; tight end Jacob Hollister of Mountain View HS.

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It’s a huge concert weekend at the Moda Center, as KISS’s “End of the Road World Tour,” showing off their licks in Portland for the apparent last time. (Speaking of local players, their lead guitarist, Tommy Thayer, is a ’78 grad of Sunset HS Beaverton, is on the Pacific University Board of Trustees, he’s a major supporter of military vets, and a great guy).

Then Bob Seger–who moaned about “autumn closing in” a good 40 years ago–brings his Silver Bullet Band to town on Saturday night. “Night Moves,” by the way, was a true story from Bob’s obviously lively adolescence. He was 18 and the “dark-haired beauty” with, you know, was a year older. Rene was her name; her boyfriend was away in the army and everything in the song happened. The soldier came home and married Renee and Bob was left with was a broken heart and a million-selling song.

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Noteworthy anniversaries;

February 1, 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
February 1, 2004 – Super Bowl XXXVIII, remembered for a certain halftime incident that triggered a crackdown on anything even slightly risqué in the media. You wouldn’t believe the training we underwent.
February 1, 2010: The first streetcar tracks were laid on Portland’s eastside.

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. The event itself is nothing to me, but the movie says it all. Quoth Bill Murray: “This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!”

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These are today’s “Something Good” stories, and I have reason to believe the links are actually in the fabled Daily Drip Coffee Cup. I’m still a student driver on our new and improved content system; we’re to the point of turning in circles in the church parking lot, and I’m almost ready to take it on the street.

–“82-year-old Michigan granny, Marlene Downing snowblows her own and neighbors’ driveways in sub-zero temperatures”

–“Pharmacists deliver prescriptions on a snowmobile”

–“Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette goes viral after making par on one of golf’s most famous holes

–“Indiana Coffee Shop Offers Free Cup of Joe for a Good Deed”

–“Prison animal programs are benefitting both inmates and hard-to-adopt dogs in Florida””

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That’ll drip it for the week. It’s been a good one: we’ve gained ten minutes of daylight just since Monday! Don’t worry about the snow possibility. Whatever it is, we’ve seen way worse. Final thought:

Rita: What should we drink to?
Phil: I like to say a prayer and drink to world peace.