Thursday, January 31, 2019

Good morning to friends near and far, warm and cold, and welcome to the Daily Drip for Thursday, January 31, 2019! Portland is off to a chilly morning (by our standards) ahead of another sunny and 52 degree day, although light rain moves in tonight and sticks around for the weekend. And we promise to keep an eye on this: the predicted snow level for Sunday night, Monday, and even Tuesday has dropped from 1000 feet to only 500, and that puts most of Portland’s urban hills within reach of some pretty, but hopefully nonaccumulating, snowflakes. We’ll watch, and we’ll see, and we’ll crank up the Daily Drip Storm Center if there’s a need. Sunrise 7:33 AM, sunset 5:15 PM.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the snow possibility. Here’s how the National Weather Service folks on duty are putting it in their morning post: “Some of the coldest air of the season will spread into the region and snow levels likely will be the lowest thus far this year. Yes, not saying too much there. The bigger question, and as of yet the larger unknown: Will we see snow down to sea level/the valley floor? For now, the best answer remains…perhaps.” Meantime the Accuweather private service doesn’t mention snow for Portland at all. So we’ll stay close and post updates and if anything weird happens, we’ll fire up the Daily Drip Storm Team…of which you are a member!

Meanwhile, the Polar Vortex barrels eastward from the heartland and brings its cold embrace to the eastern time zone. Current temps as of 0400 Pacific: Minneapolis -25, Chicago 16 below, Philadelphia 6 above, NYC plus 4, Boston and Portland Maine 3 above. Portland, OR…+37.

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A week from today the Portland City Council will unanimously pass a resolution condemning white supremacism and the alt-right movement. It doesn’t mention “Patriot Prayer” or Joey Gibson by name, but that’s where it’s aimed. The resolution begins, “Whereas, nationally, there has been a rise of white nationalist, white supremacist and alt-right hate groups, many of which have been emboldened by the words and actions of the current presidential administration,” and continues, “there has been a recent surge of alt-right hate group activity and hostility, here, in our home, conjuring painful memories of our city’s past and causing harm to current residents.”

The superintendent of the St. Helens School District says he is ashamed of the treatment of the Parkrose High School girls’ basketball team at a recent game at St. Helens High School, where three men hurled racist insults and followed the players as they left the building. This foul behavior apparently continued without anyone trying to stop it, even though referees have the authority to do so. I hope OSAA is looking into that. Superintendent Scot Stockwell wrote, “I am personally mortified and embarrassed by the bigoted actions of those involved. It is upsetting that the ignorance of a few reflects on our entire community.” Which it certainly does.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Said he: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

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Eleven days until Spring Training.

The Blazers played one of their best games of the year last night, thumping the hot Utah Jazz 132-105 at the Moda Center.

The recent springy weather has allowed crews to make good progress on the expansion of PGE Park, where they’re creating a triple-deck seating section along the SW 18th side. Once known as the left-field wall.

That Netflix documentary about Rajneeshpuram called “Wild Wild Country” will now get the big-screen treatment, directed by Barry Levinson (Tootsie..The Natural…Rain Man) and starring Priyanka Chopra as Ma Anan Sheela. People here are groaning about this; we’d rather let Baghwans be Baghwans.

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I haven’t yet cracked the code for our new improved website posting tool, so we’re back to doing it the old way until I learn. The links to these stories are all in the first comment section below, although the image for only the first one will display under the comment box.

–“Monarch population up 144 pct at Mexico wintering grounds”

–“Chicago Polar Vortex Sparks Stray Cat Mission, Save ’em with Straw”

–“Kenya inventor creates glove that translates sign language to speech”

–“Marathon competitor runs 19 miles carrying a PUPPY after finding it in the road during her race”

–“Couple Stumble on 1950s Suitcase Full of Cash Hidden in a Wall While Renovating Basement”

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While throwing an orange rubber ball to the pup in our field yesterday I paused and just watched the limitless sky, peering way up high to see Airbuses and 767s from Anaheim and Oakland spreading long white vapor trails (above the green terrain) at 38,000 feet before beginning their steep descent into SeaTac or Vancouver BC. I know we’re in a drought and should be concerned about summer, but haven’t these clear winter days been spectacular?

That’s the DD for this last day in January! Bring on February, the shortest month–just four weeks from here until March!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Good morning, and thanks for checking in! It’s Wednesday, January 30, 2019, and though it’s a cold 32 on my deck, Portland’s weather looks sunny and mild again today, with light winds and highs of 52 degrees. But that’s sure to change with the arrival of a blob of cold air from Alaska that will chill us down late in the weekend, bringing a possibility of a bit of snow down to 1000 feet or lower from Sunday night into Tuesday morning. This is not a setup for a major snow event–not enough moisture, not enough cold–but the timing and the exact snow level are moving targets, so we’ll keep watch. Sunrise 7:34 AM, sunset 5:14 PM.

At least we’re not enduring the temporary ice age that’s enveloping the Midwest. As I write this it’s 28 below in Minneapolis and minus 18 in Chicago, with enough wind to make it feel colder than nighttime on Mars. It’s so cold that the unofficial creed of the post office…”Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”… is temporarily on ice. The U.S. Postal Service is stopping delivery in parts or all of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. I know we have Daily Drip readers in those brutally cold states: we send warm thoughts and comfortable virtual hugs!

Midway up the snowy north side of Mt. Hood is the wreckage of a small plane that took off from a Camas airstrip on Friday. The Battleground man at the controls didn’t make it. I’m told George Regis was the owner of a flooring company in Sellwood, and that he loved the mountains. He was believed to be on a heading toward Texas or Arizona.

The Clark County measles count is now 36, plus one in Multnomah County, one in Deschutes County, and two in Hawaii, namely the Washington kids who sprouted symptoms while on vacation. Plus an adult from the Seattle picked it up on a trip to Vancouver. The total is expected to grow significantly. A church in Vancouver thinks a Bible study class may have been the origin of the local outbreak: a girl visiting from Florida may have brought the infection here over Christmas. The church says it encourages vaccinations, but many members who came here from the former Soviet Union are suspicious of such things.

It’s fizzled in the past, but Oregon Rep. Mitch Greenlick is sponsoring a bill to run a commuter train between Portland and Salem. He’d like to extend Trimet’s WES line, between Beaverton and Wilsonville, another 29 miles south.

Three Oregon lawmakers have introduced a bill the “prohibits landlords that allow pets from charging tenants additional rent or fees based on possession of pets.”

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Senator Ron Wyden is putting the heat on the FBI to investigate the five cases from Oregon where Saudi students have been accused of serious crimes–and skipped bail with the apparent help of their government. Wyden’s demand for action came during a Senate committee hearing, where the chiefs of the nation’s intelligence agencies delivered a threat assessment that directly contradicted President Trump by concluding that North Korea is not about to give up its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not, for now, taking steps to make a nuclear bomb. They also said the Russia and China are cooperating with each other more closely than at any time since the 1950s. And they didn’t mention the supposed invasion of our southern border as a threat at all.

We expect any day to hear confirmation that Intel, Oregon’s largest private employer, is planning a major manufacturing plant expansion in Hillsboro. They just announced an $11 billion facility in Israel, and the news release alluded to expansion in Oregon as well.

Apple says it will release a fix later this week of a security bug that a 14-year-old boy discovered, in which the FaceTime app could eavesdrop on people, even before recipients answer calls.
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Random items for today from the DD files…

A Portland brainiac who invented the computer mouse was born here on this day in 1925. Douglas Engelbart was a graduate of Franklin HS and OSU.

This is the day in 1969 of the Beatles famous rooftop performance on Savile Row in London, a quiet street except for the clots of gawking tourists (like me in 2010).

On this day in 1973, KISS played their first show at a club iin Queens, New York. They play their last Portland concert this Friday.

The Portland Trail Blazers (31-20) play the hot Utah Jazz (29-22, but winners of 9 of their last 11) at the Moda Center tonight. ESPN, NBC Sports NW, and Rip City Radio 620.

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Tell me something good??

–“A cure for cancer? Israeli scientists say they THINK they’ve found one.”.

–“Barack Obama’s former chef to use $250,000 lottery winnings to feed the homeless

–“McDonald’s workers open restaurant after-hours to feed little girls after father was arrested”

–“Soccer ball survives Challenge explosion”

–“Canadian police officer filmed helping woman with groceries on snowy street”

Details at the links posted in the comment section of my Facebook page. The Coffee Cup will return as soon as I defeat my own technical adequacies that are thwarting me from figuring out the supposedly better new system for posting on our web site.

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That wraps up the day’s Drippitudes. Hope you’re wrapped up and warm!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

So the world turns its Portland side toward the sun, and it’s a new day, a Tuesday, January 29, 2019. It’s a cold morning, but our weather is out of sync with the season; it’ll be more like a sparkling early March day, with an insistent wind streaming down the Columbia, and highs of 50. On Thursday, we get a deep pool of cold air from the Aleutians that could settle in for a while. There’s nothing specific out there, but weather geeks who love snow are saying it’s too early to write this winter off. Sunrise 7:35 AM, sunset 5:12 PM.

We should mention that the NWS reports patches of freezing fog in the lower Columbia River from Vancouver to Kelso and along the I5 corridor in Cowlitz Co. There`s also some freezing fog in the south Willamette Valley.

The headline in this morning’s New York Times: “Polar Vortex to Grip Midwest With Most Extreme Cold in a Generation.” Tomorrow’s high will be minus 14 in Chicago and Minneapolis. Then the cold moves east, and some cities will have 72 hours of wind chills below zero.

Hey speaking of weather…it’s good to see Matt Zaffino back on Channel 8. Matt was off the air for surgery to remove a melanoma from his face. He’s an outdoorsy person who spends a lot of time on the mountain and says he will definitely be more dedicated to sunscreen. So he’s fine, but for now, the weather guy on The Ocho looks like he has an Oucho.

The anti-vaxers’ measles outbreak has now spread to 35 people, and now OMSI–Portland’s Kid Central–has been added to the list of possible exposure sites (January 19 would be the worry date). And we’ve learned that a family from Washington with a couple of unvaccinated children flew to Hawaii’s Big Island, where the kids promptly broke out. But the local health department got word, and the kids were quarantined until their contagious period passed, then put on a plane back home. Plus, a similarly-infected family may have visited a trampoline park in Bend.

Somewhere out there is a small airplane carrying a pilot who took off Saturday from an airstrip near Camas and has been neither seen nor heard from. His destination was believed to be Arizona or Texas, but without a flight plan, nobody knows.

A 51-year-old hiker, a man, has been missing since Friday at Oswald West State Park at the Oregon Coast.

You’ll want to avoid Harmony Road and Railroad Avenue in Milwaukie, where a tow truck driver was hooking up to a disabled vehicle–and parked his rig on the railroad tracks. A Union Pacific train promptly crashed into the truck, and though nobody was hurt, the railroad’s crossing arms were smashed to bits. The tow truck driver was jailed on some unrelated warrant.

Gray whale license plates go on sale Friday, with most of the $40 surcharge going to OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute.

The Bridal Veil Post Office is open again, for all your wedding-invitation-postmark needs. It was vandalized over the holidays. They’d really appreciate it if you bought your stamps there, too!

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Roger Stone is arraigned in DC federal court this morning.

The Congressional Budget Office says the government shutdown cost the economy 11 billion dollars, with a quarter of that permanently lost.

President Trump has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to deliver the State of the Union address one week from tonight. I’ve never missed one SOTU in my adult life. (Then again, I’d never had a speeding ticket).

Thousands of people turned out for the Texas funeral of a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran who died with no family. Thinking that he would be buried with no one attending, the veterans cemetery put out the call for the public to come..and a line of cars stretched for miles.

On the birthday list today, noncandidate Opray Winfrey turns 55. And Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released sixty years ago today.

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Oh, yes, we need some good news. Let’s see what I can pour into the Daily Drip Coffee Cup, below.

–“Sharp Dressed Man gives tailored suits to those in need

–“Bill Gates Shares His ‘Favorite Infographic’ That Shows 200 Years Of Human Progress

–“Boy calls 911 for homework help, dispatcher comes to his aid

–“Three-year-old boy missing in woods for two days says friendly bear kept him safe

–“The Shinto principles behind Marie Kondo’s method of tidying

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Say, Bruce has a toddler flu, so it’s Jim and Janine and me, and you remember from school days, when there’s a sub?–there might be chaos! Anyway, we invite you to tune in 103.3 and see what happens. Have a nice sparkling day!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Well, look! It’s the last Monday morning in January, and we still haven’t had a snow day in Portland! Today is the 28th of the month, in the year of oh-my-Lord 2019. After a raw, bone-gray, fogged-over weekend, today looks different: winds will be pouring out of the Columbia Gorge, gusting to 50 in Camas and Troutdale and 30 in Portland, and the fog will blow away in the Metro area, allowing the bright sun to win out; not so much in the valley. Highs will be in the mid-40s. And if I’m reading the lingo of the meteorologists correctly, we’re flirting with a snow possibility at foothill-levels next weekend. Or maybe those NWS folks are just excited about finally getting a paycheck! (Great work through the shutdown, ladies and gents of US National Weather Service Portland Oregon!). Sunrise 7:36 AM, sunset 5:11 PM. We’ll gain ten minutes of daylight this week.

Yep it’s back to work for our furloughed friends, and a momentary end to involuntary servitude for others, as the government shutdown has itself been shut down, at least for three weeks. February 15 is the deadline for the various antagonists to get on one page. But today the wolves have been shooed from the door, the National Parks are opening and the IRS is gearing up to be swamped with questions about the new tax law, and the airplanes, thank goodness, are being inspected and vectored by folks who aren’t hitting the food bank on the way home.

The anti-vax measles wave has sickened 34, with nine more waiting for lab results.

Your inbound downtown drive may have an extra time-suck starting today, as one lane of Naito Parkway is staked off to cars and opened to all on foot and bike who are displaced by the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade maintenance project. It’s the “Better Naito” configuration that’s become the norm in the summertime, starting early. Bet the city does that permanently someday.

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The price of a Forever Stamp has popped up to 55 cents. You probably have a stash of cheaper Forevers that you haven’t used. Mine all have Santa on them.

Happy birthday to my forever friend Margie Boulé! She’s one of this town’s most gifted personalities, with off-the-charts talent diversified between on-stage, on-camera, on the radio, and in the Oregonian column whose demise signaled a major downturn for our town’s daily paper.

Hey the Dandy Warhols are 25 years old today! They’re touring in Europe, now, where they’ve always been huge. If you’ve never dived into their stuff, you are depriving yourself of some tasty rock and roll. (Personal favorite, easily accessible on YouTube: Talk Radio. The videos are amusing, but I ignore those and focus on the music. Their keyboardist/bass player Zia McCabe, who pops up on the DD sometimes, is my pal from Schoolhouse Supplies Spelling Bee days. Congratulations, Zia! and the Dandies!).

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There’s a peace deal in the works between the US and the Taliban. The framework is: we pull out from Afghanistan in phases, and they observe a ceasefire. Unresolved is what happens after we’re gone. The Taliban’s attitude toward women is right out of the 12th century.

Sen. Kamala Harris, an early favorite of many, formally launched her run for the Democratic presidential nomination Sunday. And the man behind Starbucks, Howard Schultz, said on Sixty Minutes last night that he “may” run for president, and he’d do it as an independent because both parties have let us down. Sharp guy, but you know which side most of his votes would come from.

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Thirty-three years ago, on a bright Monday morning just like this one, kids filed into gyms to begin their school day by watching the televised launch of America’s first Teacher in Space. The nightmare that happened 73 seconds later was heart-stopping and incomprehensible to all of us, but imagine what it was like for little kids in class, many now in their 40s. That morning is painted in our minds, the crazy puffs in the Florida sky, the stricken expressions of the families in the stands, President Reagan delivering Peggy Noonan’s words (“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.) This is Challenger Day. Let’s remember flight commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee; pilot Michael J. Smith; Ronald E. McNair; Ellison S. Onizuka; Judith A. Resnik; Gregory B. Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe–who now has 40 schools named after her.

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Let’s see if we can find some demondayfication in these stories!

–“Guy Witnesses Young Man Struggling To Pay For Date In Fancy Restaurant And How Waiter ‘Saves’ Him”

–“Deer, Elk Rejoice–I-80 Wildlife Overpass Opens in Utah”

–“Boy Uses His Savings To Buy A Gas Station Attendant A Bicycle”

–“11-Year-old Girl Has Been Granting the Simple Wishes of Nursing Home Patients”

–“Study Claims That Attending A Concert Once Every Two Weeks Can Add Nine Years To Your Life” (hat tip to Sue Stebner Marston)

Details in the Coffee Cup, assuming I’ve posted the links correctly!

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Let’s do it to Monday before Monday does it to us!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Good morning, friends! Here comes the trusty Daily Drip for Friday, January 25, 2019. Portland’s weather will be partly sunny with highs in the 50s, abnormally dry and mild for this long month. Sunrise comes at 7:39 AM, with sunset inching later at 5:07 PM. We’ve gained ten minutes of daylight since Monday!

Latebreaking news in the Mueller probe, as Trump adviser Roger Stone, a self-described “dirty trickster” whose activities date back to Nixon days–he even has a tattoo of Nixon on his back–was indicted on seven counts early this morning by the special counsel. The FBI pounded on his door at 6 AM and took him into custody.

It’s Shutdown Day 35, and a second paycheckless payday for hundreds of thousands of people who direct and inspect our airlines, guard our coasts, inspect our food, feed our poor. The Senate voted on two “message” bills, strictly for show, and defeated both. But the headline today is that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are negotiating with each other on a bill to open government for three weeks while they figure out a mutually agreeable compromise on border security.

Shots fired downtown, scary words to hear on the newsroom scanner, as two people were wounded yesterday afternoon in Ankeny Alley off West Burnside and SW Park Avenue. That’s between Powell’s and Big Pink. They’ll be OK, and so far no arrests or explanation or even a suspect description. But I want to paste in a Reddit post shortly after it happened from someone who says: “I was there, I’m waiting to give a police statement. Homeless argument, one guy pulled a gun, shot off 3 (I heard 3 shots) and one hit his leg. My sweater became one of the tourniquets for his leg, he was shaking and scared, only 22 years old. Suspect fled. My anxiety is thoroughly through the roof. My employer was super understanding and let me take the rest of the day off. I really hope the poor guy is okay and I wish I had gotten a better view of the shooter.” We’re left to hope the guy is caught, and to wonder why this happened. Next time could be worse.

Encouraging news on Oregon schools, as the state’s graduation rate went up 2% for the second year in a row, and is now just below 80%. The national rate is 84. Officials credit the reintroduction of career technical classes, but say that chronic absenteeism requires stepped-up attention. Almost every group shared in the gains, with the significant exception of African-American students, though Portland showed improvement there.

Late word from Vancouver this morning that the school district and VPS support employees have made a tentative contract agreement, and school will go on as scheduled today.

The Clark County measles count is up to 25 since the first of the year, with a dozen more cases suspected. There are stories in out-of-state media about how Clark County, Oregon is an anti-vax hotspot.

In our TMSG section, we’ll link to a story about Paul Simon’s donation to the Portland Public Schools. He’s making 10K contributions in every town he visits during his farewell tour, and this one calls attention to a Portland program that teaches culinary skills to special education students who have finished high school and now enter adult life with challenges ranging from Down syndrome to severe autism. Other artists on farewell tours have made similar moves–including Metallica, who gave ten grand to community colleges after their December appearance at the Moda Center. Good to see that. Your move, KISS!

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The Blazers punished the Phoenix Suns 120-106.

Tomorrow is the 3rd anniversary of the climactic moment in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, when one of its leaders, Robert LaVoy Finicum, was killed by lawmen as he appeared to reach for a gun on a snowy stretch of Eastern Oregon highway, where a memorial stands to this day. I thought it would be interesting to see what’s happening at the refuge today, so I went to its website and learned the following: “Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.” So. The wildlife refuge is shut down again, but this time by our own government.

Tomorrow is the 319th anniversary of the cataclysmic Great Cascadia Earthquake, which clearcut forests on the Oregon Coast and shoved a tsunami across the ocean that smashed into Japan, which is how we know the date. The year was 1700. The estimated magnitude was 8.7 to 9.2, and it may have given us the Bonneville Slide, and thus the Bridge of the Gods.

Sunday is the 12th anniversary of the Portland Aerial Tram, whisking an odd blend of tourists and medical people in a scenic sail above the rooftops between Marquam Hill and the South Waterfront since 2007.

Happy birthday to my broadcasting buddy Paul Linnman! Great guy. It’s an honor to say “hi, there” every day to the only man on earth who’s forever associated with an exploding whale, unless that’s a metaphor for our current political climate.

The International Cat Show begins at the Portland Expo Center. For people who care about cats.

The lavish and elegant replicas of the King Tut exhibit at OMSI closes Sunday. It’s been there since October, and if you haven’t seen it and want to, it’s time to get off your sarcophagi.

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Something good? Coming right up!

–“9-Year-Old Gives His Shoes And Socks To Barefooted Homeless Boy”

–“Veteran who lost leg in Afghanistan helps change Colin Powell’s tire on Capital Beltway”

–“Cop Stops To Play Catch With Kid Who Was Playing By Himself In The Cold”

–“This basketball team lost 102-2, has no wins, but you wouldn’t know it by the players’ body language”

–“Look who made a donation to the Portland Public Schools–Paul Simon!”

Details in the Daily Drip Coffee Cup, first item in the comment section below.

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You know we lost a dear member of the Daily Drip community, as Mary Bailey Hungerford passed yesterday afternoon. Many of us knew her from Dripstocks and related events, and all of us read her lively and interesting posts over the years. Her page is still active, and I know her close friends and family appreciate reading your thoughts there. Our community will find a way of honoring her memory.

And that’s it for another week on the Daily Drip. Hugs to all, and we’ll see you on the radio.

Days without a speeding ticket: One!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

All aboard the Thursday express, friends! It’s January 24, 2019, a day that will launch a meteorological winning streak of dry skies and mild temperatures that could last a week or more. The weather pattern imitates late spring or early summer, with a thermal low along the coast, and highs reaching into the fifties. We’d be reaching for IPAs on the deck, but for the scarcity of light, with the planet’s shy tilt away from the sun and the stil-long hours of darkness. Sunrise 7:40 AM, sunset 5:05 PM.

Two significant arrests to report this morning:

–19-year old D’Anthony Leslie Williams was arrested in Camas for the murder of Kelso convenience store clerk Kayla Chapman.
–21-year-old Austin C. Keever-Nyberg was arrested while visiting the Clackamas County Courthouse for the incident captured on video where a Toyota Tacoma truck was driven into a group of young men as they attempted to run away near Wilkes Park in Portland. None of them have yet contacted police, so the extent of their injuries is unknown. And we have no clue why they were targeted

Day 34 of the shutdown. The Senate votes today on two bills that could end it, but neither has the needed 60 votes, and the House is leaving town today anyone. After days of back-and-forth, President Trump gave in to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s demand that the State of the Union be delayed until the shutdown is over. The headline on Fox News, whose hosts have been critical of the president for not delivering on the “wall” promise: “Trump Blinks.”

None other than Pink Martini founded Thomas Lauderdale popped up at a TriMet board meeting yesterday to speak out against the possible closure of several downtown Portland MAX stops, in the interest of shaving a few minutes off the crosstown trip. The bandleading genius said “MAX has been a grounding presence in downtown. If you take away one of those grounding presences, the city becomes less.” He also repeated the notion that Westside employers Nike and Intel are pushing the change, although TriMet says the companies have nothing at all to do with it.

A Hood River skateboard designer who spends winters in Mexico is the subject of a month-long search in the mountains of southern Baja, where he went hiking a week before Christmas. Over 100 searchers have been trying to find 28-year-old Max Watson without success.

Willamette Week says an FBI sting has revealed seven brothels operating in downtown Portland and the West Side suburbs, including, yikes, an Extended Stay America not three blocks from where I work. Six people were indicted on charges that they brought young women from Asian and forced them into servitude.

So where did you sleep the night of January 23rd? For most of us, the answer is comforting. Home! In my bed! With my human and canine or feline animals! But that exact question is being posed at homeless camps, shelters, and meal centers as outreach workers conduct the annual “Point in Time” count, which is required for federal funding. Last year’s survey revealed 4100 people “experiencing homelessness,” as the phrase goes, at that point in time.

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Our thoughts are with our Daily Drip community friend Mary Bailey Hungerford, as she deals with a serious illness. There’ll be updates here, but also on her page, which would be the ideal place to comment so she and her family and see them. You’re loved, Mary!

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Today would have been the birthday of Oregon track wonder Steve Prefontaine, who was born in Coos Bay in 1951, rewrote record books, just missed medaling in the Munich Olympics in 1972, and died when he crashed his sports car near Eugene in 1975.

It was exactly 30 years ago today that Ted Bundy was executed. He’s the subject of a new Netflix doc series starring Zac Efron, but a lot of us who were around in those days will probably skip it. A Colorado high school classmate is one of his suspected victims.

John Belushi would have turned seventy years old today. He was only 33 when he died after ingesting a cocaine/heroin “speedball.” Did you know the “ugly little spud” that slimed Bill Murray in “Ghostbusters” was intended by producer/director Ivan Reitman to be the ghost of John Belushi?

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Amazon is testing self-driving delivery robots in Snohomish County, outside Seattle. They’re ugly little spuds, boxy and blue, about the size of a big dog, with six wheels and a smiley logo. They’re called Scout, and they can steer around people and pets. For now, anyway, they have a human companion.

The new mayor of Yoncalla, OR, near Roseburg, is Benjamin Simons. He’s 19. Umpqua Community College student.

The parent company of the Bend Bulletin has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And Buzzfeed is laying of 200 people, 15% of its work force.

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This morning’s good stuff? Right here.

–“New study: The Mental Image of a Loved One Can Keep Down Blood Pressure”

–“Golden Retriever saves its owner by leading an ambulance to him”

–“How a Group of Daring Bootleggers Created NASCAR”

–“Blood test could detect Alzheimer’s up to 16 years before symptoms begin”

–“A Puppy Saved From A Fire Grows Up to Become A Firefighter”

Details…you know where to find ’em…

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And now for the four words you’ve never heard from me: I got a ticket. I know, I hear the deflated gasp, the echoes of Peggy Lee. But this was big. I haven’t had a speeding ticket in my adult life. A warning or two, but I’m into driving safely and vehicular speed doesn’t impress me and tickets are just handing free money to the government. Yesterday I’m heading home tired at noon on the tall 213 hill coming up from 205 in Oregon City. Radio on, light traffic, good mood, and I zinged right by the black unmarked OC police car that everyone sees parked and waiting for speedsters. I glimpsed him in the peripheral and glanced at the speedometer. Gulp. Past 70. All seven of George Carlin’s words crossed my lips as reigned hard back to 55. In the rearview mirror, I watched the black car pull out and accelerate behind me. Then came the almost liquid blossoming of red and blue lights. The officer, a nice man, walked to the passenger side window and we both were friendly. Took my license, ran the check, saw my lack of moving violations and said ‘Well, you’re a good driver.” Will I get a warning? Oh, but no. $165 fine. FINE. Now I’m setting the cruise control at 3 MPH over the speed limit and letting traffic whiz around me. Anyway, those were the four words. I got a ticket. Crap.Thanks for all the other four-word ideas!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Good morning! Today’s your basic Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and Portland’s weather is a little drier and a little warmer, and a little brighter too, by a minute or so over yesterday, with a chance of showers and highs of 52 degrees. Sunrise 7:41 AM, sunset 5:04 PM.

They vow he will be caught, but police have not yet found the man who gunned down a young woman working the night shift at Holt’s Quik Chek convenience store in Kelso. Happened at 4 AM Tuesday on Cowlitz Way at N. Pacific Ave. There’s an outpouring of love in Cowlitz County for 30-year old Kayla Chapman, a graduate of nearby Kalama High School.

The swamped Clark County health department has logged its 23rd measles patient, still another unvaccinated child, in a county with a vaccination rate among Washington’s lowest, at just 77%. This is now getting national attention, with this morning’s Washington Post headlining: “An anti-vaccination “hotspot” near Portland declares an emergency over measles outbreak.” None other than Chelsea Clinton weighed on this one, retweeting an OregonLive article and mistakenly inferring that Clark County is in Oregon, but making the perfectly valid point that this shouldn’t be happening in this century, or even the last.

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Today is the 33rd of our surreal government shutdown, and workers are officially going paycheckless again on Friday. Are the parties oblivious to the consequences? Here’s one: the shutdown is hampering FBI investigations into terror suspects, drug traffickers, and child sexual predators, and undermining the agency itself, according to federal law enforcement people. The Senate votes on competing bills tomorrow, and both appear doomed.

The US Supreme Court is allowing Pres Trump’s transgender military ban to take effect, while lower courts decide whether or not it’s constitutional.

The LA teacher strike is over.

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Widmer, which was brewing craft beers when Portland was still a Blitz town, has closed its pub and tasting room in a venerable old building at N. Interstate and Russell near the Fremont Bridge. Some people say they hadn’t been back since the kitchen there was closed a year or so ago.

Not sure what, but something caused a boom that drew the attention of worker bees in the upper floors of downtown buildings at SW 5th and Salmon around midday yesterday. People flocked to the windows, but couldn’t spot smoke or flames.

A young woman out there is desperately seeking her wedding ring…posting on Reddit, “I lost my wedding ring set on New Years at Bar Maven or Kelly’s Olympian. I took an uber from Bar Maven to Kelly’s, and realized it was missing at Kelly’s. The uber driver came back and we searched her car together but did not find it. It’s a size 7 and has a simple white gold wedding band attached to the engagement ring.”

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The Blazers lost in Oklahoma City last night.

Serena Williams rolled her ankle and lost in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Portland became a soccer town on this day in 1975, when the NASL awarded our town the franchise that became the Portland Timbers.

Seattle Mariners fans are overjoyed that at long last Edgar Martinez is heading for Cooperstown. The team’s legendary designated hitter, who played only for the Mariners and thus was out of the limelight, got the call yesterday–in his tenth and final year of eligibility. Immortal Yankee reliever Mariano River was voted in with 100% in his first year of eligibility, which has never happened. Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens didn’t make it, again. The HOF is not rewarding the steroid era.

Hey! 19 days until Spring Training!

This is cool: Sunday’s lunar eclipse, during the “super wolf blood moon,” also brought the first known sighting of a meteorite smashing into the lunar surface during such an event. It was a tiny flash that was visible to viewers of the online broadcasts. Tip of the hat to Lew Frederick for alerting us!

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Today’s news from the bright side….

–“‘I don’t know how I did it’: Mom saves daughter, 4, from sinking car after crash”

–“She lost her engagement ring on a tropical beach. Weeks later, a stranger began digging”.

–“When I Was Alone at the Hospital at 4AM, a Lyft Driver Restored My Faith in Humanity”

–“This German group renovates Holocaust survivors’ homes in Israel for free”

–“56% of Americans Give Their Cars Names – Some Revealing a Love-Hate Relationship”

Links below!

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Happy birthday, you-know-who-you-are! xxxooo