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.
You know, sometimes you just need an extra day off during the week… This week, I was lucky enough to score a Friday!
Before I get into that, the important stuff first. Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and yep still employed! We made sure to get our flu shots last month, and even though we are back in a Covid shutdown for a couple of weeks, we are making the most of it.
We have already decorated for Christmas
And in our backyard, Frosty the snowman is holding auditions for Santa’s Sleigh Team.
We even went out for dinner the day before the shut down began. Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay has done an excellent job keeping people separated and safe, and who would miss a sunset like this?
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
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!
You know, I think I went the entire month August without a post! Oops. And stuff did happen. I may have to go back and do an August post soon.
However, this is not that post.
First off, as always, the important part. Michelle and I are happy healthy and employed.
Fun fact, when I donated blood a couple weeks ago, the Red Cross did a Covid antibody test to see if I had ever had it. I came back negative. I was curious as both Michelle and I were pretty sick in February. But it turns out it was just a bug.
First let’s cover the important parts, as I have been doing since the word went sideways in March. Michelle and I are still healthy, happy and gainfully employed. We, like everyone else, are hoping someday things will be more normal; but until then we are being careful. We always have a mask ready when outside.
Hi all, just a quick story from Friday. Made me smile telling it so I wanted to share!
Michelle had the day off on Friday, so while I was in the office, she was getting some chores and errands done. One of the chores was to wash the car. We have a VW Tiguan a small SUV.
Now unlike big towns, we don’t have an automatic carwash. The kind when you sit, and roll through, starting dirty and coming out clean.
Nope, we have the old school plug in quarters and do it by had thing. Its about 3 miles north of me.
Just before the world closed, Michelle and I had made the decision to downsize to one car. We just have had very few reasons to keep two, and with a regularly scheduled maintenance being quoted at between $1200 -$3000 (Volvos aint cheap) it just wasn’t worth it. So sell it we did. Its been 4 months and there has not been a need for a second car. Well, until Friday….
She took off and I was at my desk when she called and said she needs more money. The car was covered in soap and it took more that she though to finish the wash. Hell I hadn’t been to one of these since high school, I had no idea what they would cost. Woulda thought by now they took debit cards instead of quarters…
OK let’s recap. I am at work, we don’t have a second car. She is three miles, and 2 decent hill climbs from me, and, the biggest issue, there was an UGLY headwind between her and I. It would taken be at least half an hour of hard pedaling to get there….
Then it hit me.
She has a RadPowerBike, an ebike. This one has 4 levels of assist, Each one giving more power assist to the pedaler.
I could hop and Rad and be there like the wind!
I grabbed the money, ratcheted up the assist to maximum, put my foot on the pedal to start and…
Folks that think almost took off without me! At that level I was gonna fly!
I got on and used those mountainstroh legs to pedal hard and Rad reached down and pushed me faster than I could believe. I was heading into the wind doing at least 20 mph! It was a kick in the pants!
I could feel the big goofy grin on my face as I got the car wash, Michelle was laughing when I pulled up and said, “Me and Rad are speedy!!!”
It took me maybe 5 minutes longer than it would have with a car, but HALF the time of a pedal only bike!
I gave her a kiss and headed back to work! I was back before anyone knew I was gone!
I have met many riders of ‘real’ bikes who think people riding ebikes are cheating. (I’ve never really understood what the competition is that they are cheating on though….”
I think all miles are good miles. Anything that gets someone out and pedaling is a good thing!
Plus, that sucker is just plain fun! I have more than enough bikes now, so I won’t be adding an ebike to the stable, but if you ever get a chance to ride one, take it!