You charged me HOW much!

So there we were. We took a long weekend to Walla Walla to enjoy life and sip wine.

So after sipping wine yesterday, we were walking home from the last place and decided to stop at a local market for a snack.

We picked up a few items. Then I took it to the cashier to ring it up. As I always do, I slid in the debit card when it told me and punched in the PIN number. Vicki, the cashier, finished the transaction and turned white.

She told me “I made a huge mistake! But I will fix it.. now to me, huge is like $50.

Yeah it was a bit more.

Yep, she charged me almost $5000!!

Ok, I am no saint, and early on, I had NO idea how much was charged. Had I known, I might not have been so nice. But, by the time I did, the poor lady had down everything she could, called tech support, and was,ready to cry. I saw the total and yelled, “Holy crap!!!”

I had every right to chew her ass….

But somehow I channeled my inner Tony. Lord knows at work I have made so many mistakes. I knew I had enough in the account to cover the mistake, and she told me she and her husband were the owners, and they would make it right.

I took a deep breath and said “I know you will!”

She almost cried again!

She went on to tell me how people have been jerks and screamed at her for simply forgetting to give her a mistake! Then here I am, $5000 in the hole, and I am being nice.

My momma was a cashier, mistakes happen, and lord knows dealing with the public sucks right now!

She took my info and said she would talk to her hubby who was the accountant. I said I’d call the bank. I kept reassuring her that all would be fine. ( won’t lie, I was a bit worried.)

We got back to hotel, and I called the bank. I am NOT happy to tell you they said I was screwed. I had to wait to let it go through then dispute. People, there should be an OOPS! BUTTON! Nope there ain’t.

So I logged on and transferred enough from savings to make sure all was good.

Not 3 minutes later, Vicki called and said a check for the full amount would be there for me first thing in the morning.

We went to breakfast and walked into the market. She saw me, and made a point to say hello and give her a huge shoulder hug! Then she introduced me to a coworker who called me a saint!

Y’all know that ain’t so!

But the check was there and in addition, a huge sack of yummy snacks! Plus last night’s snacks were free!! The extra was not needed!

Ladies and gents. Life is hard now. People can be jerks, I see it every day! Mistakes happen. I fully admit that if stuff bounced I would be so much madder. But it didn’t and she made it right.

Instead of making a poor lady cry, I made a friend! She will tell the story of a guy who did NOT chew her ass forever. I, on the other hand, was all taken care of.

So take a breath, try to understand and make life better for all!

New adventures?

So, long long ago, in a town well north of here, I started this blog.

Back then, as I am now, I was a bike riding cowboy.  The silver bike and I traveled all over hell and gone.

And I’d share the places I went and the things I saw.

This continues today of course… Continue reading “New adventures?”

The Ocean Decides…

Sorry y’all, I know it has been a LONG time between posts.

I could blame agate hunting, bike rides, work in general, and assorted other reasons. But pure and simple, I haven’t had (in my mind) a good topic. Is there a such thing as bloggers block?

For some reason, though, on a blustery but sunny Sunday evening, I feel inspired to try.  Lets see what happens!  And I am happy to see All YAll who read this!

So, in the last couple weekends, I have have had reinforced to me, that the Ocean has the final decision on what you get to see when you visit…. Continue reading “The Ocean Decides…”

A true Oregon Coast weekend

I am so sorry y’all!  I have not been a great blogger dude.

I started a new page on Facebook, Life at the Oregon Coast. With everyone who seems to enjoy my photos, it just seemed easier to have my own page. From there I can share all the photos to other places. Scary enough, over 600 people have joined! Not bad for a bike riding, beach walking cowboy with a trusty point and shoot camera.

But with that, I have neglected this. So lets get back on track!

Continue reading “A true Oregon Coast weekend”

Agate Hunting Valente Style.

Anyone who has followed the blog for longer than a couple of years knows that Michelle and I loved coming to the Oregon Coast for vacations. We loved spotting whales, going on beach walks, going to lighthouses just walking on the beach.

Oh and sunsets and good food, and waves, and the people, and the food and and and….

Was it any wonder we wanted to move here?

However, one thing I never did, was hunt agates.  I knew there was a beach called Agate Beach. But in my head, it never equated with me looking for them. Who knew I’d be good at it…. Continue reading “Agate Hunting Valente Style.”

Once again the bike was the better choice!

Yes I know, I have not been a great blogger this year. Shoot some of you might’ve thought I stopped blogging all together. 

As with all posts this year, I am happy to report that Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and still gainfully employed by the Mighty P!  Breaking news: The Man Child, during the time of global pandemic and layoffs, was just hired by the Mighty P last week! VERY proud of him!

With sitting down to compose a blog post,  though, like with all things, you just have to be in the mood to do it. I’ve thought about it a time or two this month, but good food, sunsets and big waves have gotten in the way.

But then there was today…. Continue reading “Once again the bike was the better choice!”

I have tuned out!

Hi all, long tome no see! So long in fact, they have changed how to do a post. My apologies if I end up messing it up somehow. We’ll see how this ends up!

As always, since the time covid has come amongst us, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and gainfully employed! We also survived the wildfires that hit our area, almost a month ago to the day today, without any damage at all. The Wind Gods smiled on us!

But now back to the post, what do I mean ‘tuned out’.

Folks, I am tired of the news. Especially the political news. I know who I am voting for, and I bet y’all can guess who it is! But keeping to my rule of NOT being political on this blog I will leave it at that.

But since I know, there is no need to watch debates. or listen to what the candidates said or tweeted yesterday, or anything else for that matter. In fact I have, for the first time in since I got here, changed the car radio from NPR to KCRF 96.7 classic rock!

OK, when did my 80s music become classic rock!!! Am I truly that old????

But I digress!

I am doing my best to enjoy the remainder of daylight savings time and getting outside after work. Beach walks and bike rides take the place of seeing or hearing people fighting and complaining!

Now I am not safe from ALL battles. There was this epic one recently in a tide pool. Who knew hermit crabs have knock down drag out fights?

(Quick note, I made it go back to old school blog post writing!! We will get this done!)

I will freely admit that I did get sucked into one online debate. 

One day, I was walking along the Salishan Spit and found this 

It’s about 4 feet wide and 2.5 feet tall. I posted it on a Facebook group I am in, dedicated to Flora and Fauna of WA and OR. The debate was on!! 
I thought it was the vertebrae from a whale, another thought it was the pelvis, still a third thought it was the back of the skull of the whale.  There never was a clear winner, no expert of Whaleology appeared. But you know what? No one got mad, no names were called, no one got unfriended. It was a polite discussion amongst people with different theories…  If only that could happen in other places! 
One thing a lot of us DID agree upon is that it was a once in life time beach combing find! A friend of mine suggested I hook a wagon to the fat tire bike
and haul that sucker to my back yard!  (Michelle said know. Turns out its illegal to bring home whale bones from Oregon beaches. Who knew??)
Now I should mention, but I won’t show the photo. what happened to the dead whale I found right before the fires.  
The decision had been made to bury it, and it was. I would’ve enjoyed watching them bury that sucker. When Michelle and I walked the beach 2 weeks after I found him, he was nowhere to be seen. 
However, as we know, the beach and waves have a mind of their own! 
Last week, when I found the whalebone I was surprised to see the whale was back! YEP sure enough the waves did it.
Wanna see the power of waves?
This is a photo from about 2 months ago. This big ole piece of driftwood was almost buried.

This is the same piece after the first big waves of the year hit (same waves that dug up the whale!) I took this last week. 

We humans sometimes think we are in charge. Momma Nature, though, every now and then, lets us know we are wrong! 

OH!  And speaking of waves, here is my public service announcement: When the waves are big, do NOT stand on or near big logs. Why?

Every year we loose someone to waves and driftwood. Even that big sucker above I have seen rocked by waves… 

OK, on to better stuff. The last few weeks have been fun (well outside work, work is never fun, that’s why it is called work!) 

First off, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is open again! 

This is one of my favorite places to bike to! I’ve been there twice now, which is a good 44 mile round trip. These are the longest rides of the year. AND I hit the 2000 mile mark for the year! Not too shabby for not having a single 100 mile ride in 2020. (Ok I just looked on Strava 2137 miles to date! And counting!)

We did have a brief revisit of smoke! Nothing like when the fires were just up the road, but the NorCal fire smoke hit us for a couple of days. 

The nighttime red moon was REALLY creepy! 

But it soon cleared and sun came back! One of the things I love about this time of year is that it is still light late enough after work to go on a bike ride, but the sunset is early enough for me to catch! There have been 2 nice ones this week! This was Monday (I snuck down after cleaning out the gutters) 

 

And this was Tuesday at the end of the bike ride.

After 2.5 years of living here it still does NOT get old watching the sun set! 

Wildlife has been fun too! 

The birds love our back yard bird bath. He is a pine siskin.

Last night, no photo evidence, there was a young possum looking in the patio door at our car looking out at it! All I could think was that Mewson was saying, “You are one ugly cat” While Pete the possum answered “You are one funny looking possum!” I just let them stare at each other! 

Blue Herons, Egrets and kingfishers are all over, though eagles have been scarce. 

Whales are coming in closer again as well! 

And just yesterday, for the first time ever, I found a Roughskinned newt! I had parked the fat tire bike for a cookie break. 

He was hanging out near the fish ladder I found this summer.

Cute little guy, just sorta hung out for a bit then disappeared into the moss.  

I have found quite a few NICE agates lately.

 

I have them tumbling now, hoping they turn out as well as I hope! This one, perfect for halloween, also came home with me. 

I am also on the look out for a person! He or she has some serious mad skills! (sorry its blurry, but check out the balance!) 

I have tried, there is no way I could do this! I would love to watch one being done! 

All in all, as you have read, life is pretty darn good here! 

I am a lucky man to have a beach 3/4 of a mile from my front door. I am lucky I can saddle up my bike and see things that make me forget the world. I am lucky to have a loving wife who takes car of me. 

And I am even lucky to have Sal here who keeps seems to be watching me every chance he gets!

I swear any time I am near the water, on the bike or walking, he is there!  I choose to think he is just keeping an eye on me! 

OH!! One last thing!  Not a big deal but I thought it was cool! One of the Facebook groups I am a member of, dedicated to the rocky coast lines here at the coast, chose this picture at the banner for October. 

No money or fame, but I won a tshirt! Not bad for a point and shoot. 

Ladies and gents I hope this post finds you well. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to get outside, breathe fresh air, and love life. Get away from the TV and radio and take a walk. Plug in your favorite CD or mixed tape and take a drive. Get the hell away from the evil and hate and just love life for a bit! 

Like the wind y’all! 

Home and safe!

This morning we got a text from out neighbor saying the power was back! Also winds had died and fog came in. Plus we read with the weather improvement the fires were not spreading.

It was time to go home!

2020 was NOT done with us though, Our hotel was just north of the Columbia River in Wa. To get home, we had to, I know it seems obvious but it’s true, go back into Oregon!

2020 put an accident on the south side of the I 5 Columbia River bridge that closed s/b I5 for hours! It was close to check out time, so we had to leave…

This meant we drove 30 miles NORTH to Kellso, to cross the Columbia and then drive to Astoria, the far north end of the Oregon Coast, and THEN turn south….

All in all 100 miles or so out of the way, but in the end we are home!

House is safe, power on and we had an excellent pasta dinner.

We are glad to be home!

Thanks for caring y’all!