Blanket party invitation? Don’t go.
The guest of honor at a blanket honor is usually a surprise.
At least for them.
Everyone else knows who’s who and what to do.
After attending one, you may want to skip, or break the next one up.
The good thing about a blanket party is the inclusiveness.
Everyone gets to participate.
All races, all colors, all nationalities, all religions, all creeds, the works.
The unspoken rule is sit out and you are suspect.
If you don’t show up for a blanket party, yours might be next. [Read More…]
You might be Army Strong, but not from the start.
Step off the bus at the Army Receiving Station and you notice those around you.
Showing up in the dark leaves lots to see.
These are your people, the ones you’ll bond with, stay in touch with the rest of your life, and plan those big reunions when you get old.
Except it didn’t work out like that.
It never does with replacements and fill-ins, and those are the people you showed up with.
Who knew? [Read More…]
Explaining suburban dad death to suburban kids
Get married, have kids, and if they’re athletes you’ll see every town within thirty miles.
The Canby Cougar will bite you.
Get ready to be mauled by a Tualatin Timberwolf.
Run from the Newberg Tiger.
Every town’s mascot sounds fierce until suburban dad death shows up.
Then you need to ask, “is one town that much different than the rest?” [Read More…]
Oregon coast part of living planet until it drops on you Earth science is easier at the Oregon coast. See the sideways tree? They don’t grow sideways on purpose. Something happened. Less theory, more practical evidence. We departed early Sunday and drove North to Newport. The first site has exposures of the early Miocene Nye […]
What do you call fooling around with wooden boats? Fun. That’s what Ratty says: “There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or […]
Did Thomas Jefferson have a favorite tavern? If he did, and he was a good neighbor, it would have been the Michie Tavern. Not far from his home, Monticello, Michie Tavern was right there at the bottom of the hill. Except it was moved from miles away, which doesn’t mean it wasn’t a favorite watering […]
Ask your parents about these life quiz situations Life Quiz 1 Ever made to sit at the childhood dinner table until you finished everything on your plate…or fell asleep in shame? If a millennial asks their parents, and mom and dad say, “No, of course not. We weren’t raised in a gulag,” do a […]
Sharing with ancient China didn’t begin here. China invented paper money. Did they invent the safe soon after? Why don’t we hear more bank robbery stories from China? From ozy.com: Moving two tons of red stuff — Communist China adorns scarlet notes with a likeness of Mao Zedong — was hardly a one-man job, and […]
Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.