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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Quartzville Creek Camper

In The Zone

In Army boot camp, they spelled camping b-i-v-o-u-a-c.

Guys carried a tent pronounced ‘shelter-half‘, which means half a tent. You find someone else to make up the other half and set it up.

Hardware in Army camping included an M-16 and an entrenching tool, a folding shovel.

Once you get your tent staked, you dig a shallow trench on the uphill side to divert water. If it’s summer you dig the trench to divert urine in case the campers above you on the hill can’t find their way to the can.

Army camping is the standard for all camping to those who’ve done it. Read the rest of this entry

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Modern Migration

THE WAGON TRAIN NEVER STOPPED, IT JUST ADDED HORSES

The trail got smoother, too.

Bruce Springsteen, Museum Director

If The Boss ran a museum, what would it look like?

Bruce Loves Oregon History, He's Got Some Of His Own

We know his themes; he’s reminded us for thirty-five years.

Bruce likes cars. He likes to race them:

I got a sixty-nine Chevy with a 396
Fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
She’s waiting tonight down in the parking lot
Outside the Seven-Eleven store

Bruce likes Rock and Roll:

Well I got this guitar
And I learned how to make it talk

Sometimes he combines them:

Driving in to Darlington City
Got a union connection with an uncle of Wayne’s
We drove eight-hundred miles without seeing a cop
We got rock and roll music blasting off the t-top singing

Is it safe to say any museum Bruce ran would have to include cars and rock? Read the rest of this entry

Deep In The Heart Of Portland

OPEN MIC MEANS OPEN MIND

The guys showed up alone carrying acoustic guitars in soft cases, paste board cases, and custom hard cases.

Each of them planned to stand on stage and sing for twelve minutes.

Twelve minutes of soul searching.

Twelve minutes of analysis.

Twelve minutes of confession.

Then a man got up and sang Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics on his banjo. Read the rest of this entry

You Know It’s Oregon When…

The pioneers keep on showing up.

It might not be a covered wagon, but they don’t stop.

It might be I-5, but they’ve still got the spirit.

Making History In Portland

THE LEVERAGE SET WITH TIM HUTTON

Say you’re walking in Portland on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Since it’s the golden hour, expect movie production.

But who expects to see stars?

Memo to fans: don’t yell at the talent; they’re actually working, you know, in character.

Apologies to Mr. Hutton.