Archive for May 29th, 2009


Qwerty Keyboard (Did You Know………..?)

Qwerty Keyboard

Qwerty Keyboard

Hmm, well perhaps you recall the typewriter that was typical until the last few decades. If you jammed too many keys down you created “upstroke clashes” The Qwerty keyboard structure we use today was created to slow down the typist in order to avoid jammed keys. We still use the Qwerty keyboard  today despite more efficient available concepts (Dvorak). Just found this interesting as so many of us are slaves to this gizmo.    


Dan Elder (spey casting hero saves 3 lives on Oregon river)

Dan Elder~Spey Casting Hero

Don Elder of Gresham, Oregon stood the test of spey casting under pressure on the Sandy River, east of Portland. Mr. Elder was in Oxbow Park  practicing his spey casting as the river was running high, off color and with low prospects of meeting a Summer run steelhead. As Elder was casting he heard screaming and soon became aware that a man was floating down the river hanging onto a small child and nearby was a woman also being carried down river. Elder immediately loaded and positioned a cast to the woman. She grabbed the line and Elder slowly worked her via careful retrieves toward shore. Bystanders helped remove the woman from the river. 

The man and child were further down river now, so Elder hustled down river to intercept the man and child. He again successfully placed a cast, this time to the man holding the small child. Elder  pulled the man and child in far enough that they were brought to safety. Ironically, some (there is always one) witness thought poorly of Elder. Why would he continue to fish while people were drowning?

Now Elder was not done. In full fly fishing regalia, Elder ran to his car and hopped in alarming his wife  (standard repository of fly fisherman’s wife, usually reading or snoozing). He quickly drove to the park headquarters to request assistance for the people pulled or retrieved, so to speak, from the river. 

High water/runoff dangers abound for rafters, boaters and waders. Don Elder is a hero to those three folks, the bystanders and now to us.     

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