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Called An Audible

Now I know lots of folks don’t like sports metaphors but, like I have blogged about before, they simply work sometimes

For my escape out of Eugene and travel south, a sports metaphor seemed appropriate

As I blogged about previously, Brutus blew threw through with a vengeance over my intended route over to the very scenic Highway 395 – a journey that’s been on my bucket list but was very hopeful things would work out despite the weather. Read more

Et tu, Brute?

Caesar: “Et tu, Brute?”
Bill Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (III, i, 77)

In case you weren’t paying attention in Literature class, I’ll help refresh the memory…

Perhaps the most famous three words uttered in literature, “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you, Brutus?) this expression has come down in history to mean the ultimate betrayal by one’s closest friend. This scene, in which the conspirators in the Senate assassinate Caesar, is one of the most dramatic moments on the Shakespearean stage. The audience has just witnessed the arrogance and hubris of a ruler who has sought, within a republic, to become a monarch, comparing himself to the gods. Brutus, a friend of Caesar and yet a man who loves Rome (and freedom) more, has joined the conspirators in the assassination, a betrayal which is captured by the three words above.

So, after a summer and early fall of generally outstanding weather, the weather gods have turned against me Read more

Sun Breaks over Eugene

I mentioned in my last post that the forecast was for a somewhat better chance of sunshine over the weekend – some “sun breaks” and even a chance for real sunshine

So, maybe the sun will come out tomorrow…was going to riff another musical but couldn’t go there…

Instead was becoming intrigued by a new weather term being used around here – maybe a unique Oregon term to add to my usual Weather Channel vocabulary: sun breaks. Read more

Singin’ In The Rain

Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

I mentioned in a previous post about rainy days at the beach that

some people walk in the rain, others just get wet – Roger Miller

still others sing in the rain…sometimes when it comes to talking about being out there in the rain, I cannot help but think about Singin In The Rain Read more

Happy Halloween

Came across a wonderful family farm near McMinnville during my recent stop there –

They really know how to decorate for Halloween

Hunkered down now in Eugene waiting on repairs

Dancing between the raindrops while exploring this area Read more

Oregon Wine Country

“We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

TJ was right on target when he predicted that the United States could make some mighty fine wine – just took a few decades

In the case of Oregon Pinot Noirs it’s only been 50 years since they first started planting Pinot vines near McMinnville, OR – my next destination – now ground zero for some world class Pinot Noirs Read more

Rainy Days at the Beach

Pacific Northwest jokes

You know the state flower is mildew.
You know the state motto: “Rain? What rain?”
You have a T-shirt that says, “200 Billion Slugs Can’t Be Wrong!”
You never go camping without a poncho and waterproof matches.
You rejoice at a forecast of “rain with sun breaks.”

Need I go on….

So, my hope for “unseasonably mild weather” I mentioned in an earlier post for my visit to the coast has been drowned by the monsoon I have been experiencing on my final stop on the coast – Florence, OR

Yup – the rainy season has begun with a vengeance – nearly 2 inches one night alone Read more

Coastal Contrasts

One has iconic sea stacks

One has 2 lighthouses

One is small and quaint

One has a busy commercial waterfront

What they both have in common though is they’re both part of the “People’s Coast”

Over the last week I had the chance to spend some time in two different coastal towns – Cannon Beach and Newport – and enjoyed my stay in both but was struck by how different each felt Read more