Monthly Archives: January 2007

Snow Day

I woke up to this…

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…so I’m taking a snow day.

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Looks like I’ll be taking the dog for a hike in the park then back home for hot chocolate, a fire and a good book. I love snow days!

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Hunting License = Minimized Disturbance to Wintering Waterfowl?

Who writes this shit?

Decoy Watching

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The sun came out today and the sky was a stunningly beautiful blue. I love these really cold, clear days in the middle of winter because everything seems so crisp and sharp. Maybe it’s just because I live in Oregon and we rarely see the sun in the winter and all the fog and rain makes everything seem blurry.

I was on my way to work and enjoying the beautiful snow dusted trees and the vivid colors all around and thought…I’m taking the day off. So, I called in a vacation day, turned the car around and went home to get Mark and the dog for a drive to Sauvie Island for some birdwatching. I’ve been in the mood to watch the eagles and checkup on the snow geese and this was the perfect opportunity.

Our first stop was the viewing platform where the tundra swans are joined by snow geese and various ducks. There were very few ducks in the water and no swans or geese at all…what a bust. Mark was looking through the binoculars as I commented on this and he replied “there are hundreds of ducks out there, here use these” and hands me the glasses. I noticed something odd flashing on the far side of the lake and just as I mentioned it…BAM! A gunshot rang out and we realized we’d been looking at decoys. Birdbrains! Actually, there were some other water fowl in the lake but evidently nothing worth shooting because they kept diving for food and the hunters didn’t seem too interested.

We continued out to the Columbia River and all the way out only saw one Red Tail Hawk and an American Kestrel. Of course once we realized the hunters were out in large numbers we didn’t expect to see much of anything. We took a little side road to a boat ramp and just across the lake we found a flock of snow geese. We didn’t hear a shot but there must have been one as these geese started and took to the sky and as they did another flock behind the levy began flying off. There must have been at least 500 geese in the sky which is always impressive to watch.

On our way back from the dock I caught this shot that gives a good idea of how beautiful the island is in winter.

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We stopped at the river to let the dog swim a bit but after about 30 minutes standing in the sub-freezing temps we decided it was time to go. It still amazes me that this dog is not fazed by the cold water. He’d chase sticks until our frozen limbs fell off if he had his way. In fact he’d probably be happy for the variety of sticks.

On the way out we took the levy road out toward Scappoose for while hoping to get to the other side of the lake where the snow geese had been. On the way we spotted a few more Red Tails and some Canadian Geese but not much more. Sadly we found one Red Tail hanging from a power line in a failed attempt to land on a power pole. I wish they’d put platforms above all these poles as opposed to just a few. We drove out a bit further and were rewarded with a flock of about 15 Tundra Swans sleeping in a flooded field. By now we were thinking about food so we decided to head back and just after turning around we spotted a Bald Eagle sitting on a piling in the middle of the slough watchng a small flock of geese. It was almost cartoon like the way he was sitting with his head lowered, staring at the geese that were just treading the current. Fortunately there weren’t many folks on this side of the island so we were able to stop in the road and get the glasses out for a close up view. Too bad the sun was behind him preventing me from getting a decent photo.

Although we didn’t get to see the large flocks of geese and we only spotted one eagle, it was still a nice day on the island and not a total bust as I had originally expected when we were watching the decoys.

What I’ve Learned…

…watching the People’s Choice Awards.

Breaking-up with Jennifer Aniston guarantees you a nomination for Best Leading Man. She can make ’em…but she can’t keep ’em!

Go figure.

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Darcelle XV

If you’re ever in Portland…don’t miss the fabulous Darcelle. A Portland institution!

What I Learned…

…on my “throw-the-back-out-load-the-new-iPod-because-you-can’t-do-anything-else” vacation:

* Since selling all my vinyl with the intention of replacing it on CD…I’ve replaced approximately 10%. I really need to correct this issue.

* I’m embarassed to say that I own a George Michael album. I believe it belongs to Mark but that may be wishful thinking. Of course I shouldn’t dis Mark right now since he did make Kory’s Full-Flavor chili this past weekend while I was laid up.

Kory’s Full-Flavor Chili is fanfuckingtastic!! Mark added some peppers….some other peppers and…more peppers. Yep, we like it hot and spicy! But I digress. Did I say… Kory’s Full-Flavor Chili is fanfuckingtastic?!!

Back to what I’ve learned…

* What I have replaced is usually replaced by a debut album and then a greatist hits or “b” sides album. That sucks because now I miss a lot of the treasures you only find by buying the actual album. This too must be corrected.

* Box sets are a partial remedy to this but still not the answer.

* I really miss my Miles Davis collection!! I’ve only replaced about 5 of 30 and now must go on a spending spree.

* Some of the music I listened to years ago really sucks but I want to re-buy it anyway. Why is that?

* I have a shitload of experimental or ‘new’ music. Ever heard of Charlemagne Palestine? How about Meredith Monk?

* I really miss the SF Symphony’s “New & Unusual Music Series”.

* Am I really gay? I don’t own a single Madonna album…or a Cher album.

* I do own a fair amount of Streisand…but everything started sounding the same about 15 years ago. What a waste not to have ventured into jazz with a voice like that. The closest she came was Funny Lady’s “My Man”.

* Oh, nevermind. My Musical Theatre collection redeems me!

* After uploading six Pet Shop Boy’s albums…all of which belong to Mark…I had to pull out the big guns and copy the Janice Joplin box set and some Dead Kennedys. I’m just so NOT 80’s pop! Butthole Surfers anyone?

* Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark, Depeche Mode and Klaus Nomi…okay…I’m SO 80’s pop. Berlin ayone?

* I love me some opera…but not on the iPod…that’s strictly for home listening!

* I still use the term “album”.

I have a lot of music left to rip so I’m sure to learn much more. I may also have to exchange this iPod for the 80 GB version since this one is about full. With all the music I now need to purchase it’s too bad the 120 GB version isn’t out yet.

Oh well…there goes the budget!

…Feel Me…Touch Me…Heal Me…

Today’s trip to the doctor was surprising and there may be light at the end of the tunnel. You see…my symptoms mirrored my doctor’s own symptoms of the last two weeks (no, it’s not crabs) which were tended to by his partner (in business…not life), an Osteopath. He canceled all charges for today’s visit and scheduled me for osteopathic manipulation tomorrow morning. If all goes well I’ll be back to normal(?) in no time. I only hope this Osteopath is hot since he’ll have his hands all over my nekkid body!

As much as I look forward to being able to put my pants on or bend over without pain (shut up!)…I have to admit I’ll miss some of the downtime. You see…I’ve been able to put about a third of my music collection on the new iPod while laying around in my drug-induced stupor. It’s been quite the learning experience too. What have I learned? Check back tomorrow…the list is still growing.