Posts Tagged ‘Whackadoodle

14
Sep
11

Corvallis, Oregon Man Desperate to Start Fly Fishing?

A Corvallis, Oregon man was Hooked Up up after allegedly attempting to force entry into the Back Country Fly Shop (booted the door) and then moving from there he wandered nearby and tried to jack a delivery vehicle. He was eventually thwarted by several jolts of the Taser, courtesy CPD. Book ‘im Dano!

It is uncertain at press time whether the man intended to load up the vehicle with the fly shop loot or if he was angry with elitist fly fishers (shop owners very nice folks) and late night delivery truck drivers. No one hurt beyond the pendejo (pen-day-ho) and no loss of merchandise for the shop. Maybe Benton County Corrections has a beginner’s fly fishing program Dwayne can enroll in?  Dwayne A. Henderson

14
Feb
11

Eagles’ Legend Dead (What would you think?)

“Multnomah County Library offers free and legal music downloads; one of the country’s oldest eagles dies”


The Oregonian lead jumped out at me. Wow, who died? Was it Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy Schmit, Don Felder, Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon? I mean I was suddenly sitting in Todos Santos in the Hotel California on a bar stool listening to ‘….on a dark desert highway…”  Ok, I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

Nope, the odd headline was about a Bald Eagle (no a real Bald Eagle…a bird!). Damn, odd bit of reporting but I thought it was fitting for my 2,000 post here at SwittersB. Certainly, along the way, I have reported equally fitting minutiae. Happy Valentine’s Day too!

“Sad news out of Alaska this morning. The Anchorage Daily News reports on the death of a bald eagle considered one of Alaska’s oldest — indeed, one of the country’s oldest — eagles of its kind. The paper reports that the 25-year-old bird was killed last month when it was electrocuted.
“It would be, based on the bird-banding record that I’ve seen, one of the top 10 oldest birds ever recorded,” said Robin Corcoran, a wildlife biologist from the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge. The eagle’s death was first reported by the Kodiak Daily Mirror.   The death was of high interest to raptor biologists, who have no other way besides recovered bands to confirm the ages of mature wild eagles.” The Oregonian
12
Feb
11

Tonya Harding Pregnant & then ………………..

I awakened this morning to the dizzyingly, terrific news that the NW skating ‘legend’ Tonya Harding (Price) is pregnant. I was ecstatic over the trash gene pool being extended in the Pacific NW. Then again, maybe there is another triple axle gene in there. Then my day descended, as my week pretty much has, (did anyone notice some odd forces at play this week? Full moon stuff?) into a morass of regrets. Two days ago, my Blackberry completed its’ own triple axle into the toilet and despite all manner of efforts to dry it out, it is kaput. But, things were about to get worse.

Now, an immensely bigger fumble on my part: I transferred hundreds upon hundreds of family pics from my computer to an external hard drive to free up needed gigs. I have done this before. No probs. So, as I moved a folder over into the external gizmo (without verifying they actually loaded!…they always had before) I ERASED the folder from my computer. On and on I went freeing up 20 gigs of space…..that is  how many pics I had stashed on the hard drive.

Woe is me! They did not load for whatever reason. I cannot find them cued up and waiting. Gone. Some, many of these photo’s, were priceless treasures.Hundreds of pics of flies too.

So, verify the transfer, then and only then dump the duplicate folders. Ok, maybe I was too hard on Tonya Harding.

Update re my stupid move: Well, at least I did one thing correctly…I had previously subscribed to Carbonite. Well, despite the fact that I had indeed deleted the entire files, Carbonite had originally backed up those pics and based upon a tip from FB pal Mara, I found them. The restore mode will take awhile, but it will be worth the wait.


10
Feb
11

Life = Pilliing (Livin’ It?)

Life = “…pilling is the formation of small, fuzzy balls on the surface of a fabric. It detracts from the appearance of the fabric, making it look old and worn, and it is often difficult to restore a garment with fabric pilling to its original condition. Certain types of fibers and weaves are more prone to fabric pilling than others, but it is often a normal part of wear and tear.”

Pilling Along The Way (SwittersB)

Live your life. Pills are a normal part of life. If you haven’t got any, what the hell are you waiting for? If you do, embrace them your sorry son of a bitch!  Ok, I just watched “We Were Soldiers” A bit over inspired, perhaps.

No, I recently ran into an old acquaintance from another life of say 25 years ago. A life boxed and compartmentalized for  sanity’s sake. He remarked about some ol’ timers he had run into from the old, hard days and how those men all were stuck back in negativity and the past. We shook our heads knowing it was wasteful, but looking over our shoulder to be careful negativity was not looming. I raised my glass to that old friend and saluted where we had been, and more importantly, where we were now. In the present! To the past (if you can remember it) and to the present and future. Rough up that fabric. Oh, psycho babble aside, if the lid on the box is ajar; close it.

10
Feb
11

Wide Industrial Corridor (Bumps in the Windy Road)

Came upon the issue (via Terry Edelmann @ FB) of the rather sneaky (or we were asleep, or both) Tar Sands Development and the intrusive transportation corridor for materials for development for the extraction of the Tar Sands oil reserves in Northern Alberta, Canada. (Kearl Oil Sands Project)

The attached links will explain that the much of the materials come in via ship from South Korea and elsewhere to the port at Vancouver, Washington. From there the oversized components are barged up the Columbia River to Lewiston, Idaho and then these somewhat massive loads are trucked on precarious roadways up through Idaho and Montana and then into Northern Alberta where they will be assembled for the extraction process.

What is shocking is the little attention this has received until recently (or, I was not paying attention). I find some remarks about it back in 2009 and a lot of eco angst about the whole Tar Sands issue in Alberta. But, there was an almost off the radar coordination here regarding the inland transportation of extraction components. Public hearings were held by Imperial Oil (Exxon-Mobil). (oh, don’t forget Conoco-Phillips is involved here as well).


But, it is evident the buy offs had to have been raised some time back to get the green light to enter a US port, get approval to off load and then reload for a push up the Columbia River, move up through all those dams, utilize the Lewiston port and then most amazingly transport hundreds of over sized loads on roads that will require power line alterations, over pass alterations, turn out alterations, and most importantly to most reading here potentially deform watersheds, fisheries and the recreational industries of Idaho and Montana (Alberta too?).  No studies? No permitting process? Just a big ass green light to proceed.


I have attached several links. One in particular provides comments re the feasibility of much more commerce via this route into Canada and into the US mid west. So, this expanded wide industrial corridor via the mighty Columbia…up through the dams and then by roads, through a way of life we appreciate, idealize, worship, or lead is for many a big middle finger. This is a precursor to greater plans for these routes.

I have attached these links because they are somewhat thoughtful and at least written in a thoughtful tone as opposed to the ecobot’s the sky is falling.  Go to any posts re Tar Sands if you need your hysterical fix.

This is one instance where Washington, Idaho and Montana snuck one by the citizens in a big ass way. As this grotesque convoy scrapes, erodes, defiles its way East and then North some serious questions should be asked of representatives that shrugged, ignored, or accepted no significant impact reports. In this day in age, this is not like building the railroad or as one said honoring Lewis and Clark and Jefferson’s vision.

USA Today Tar Sands Invasion Advocates West

Transportation Report Montana Misssoula News

“…is one of approximately 250 currently proposed for a new permanent industrial corridor through the Northwest. Over the next three decades, existing contracts between oil corporations and Asian manufacturers could result in thousands of shipments traveling this corridor, clogging roads on most days of the year.”      All Against The Haul

Obama Administration comment?

23
Jan
11

Women Fly Fishers: Berdie Judd on the Move & Writing

Berdie Judd  has decided to move to just outside of  Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK and reside with  Charles Bradford, a well traveled researcher, who has spent much of his adult life categorizing insects and aquatic creatures in SE Europe.

Berdie recently appeared on a podcast to provide new details regarding her literary aspirations. She wants to write and publish a series of books about her travels and escapades. Judd believes that her life experiences offer up wisdom and solace for other women, who travel about in pursuit of fish, while in a predominantly male sport and business culture.

Judd was asked by the podcast moderator if her forays into nudity in France and the United States detracted from her stature as an advocate for women to enter into fly fishing competition and participate in  the marketing of the sport. Judd remarked that perhaps her critics sell women short. Judd believes women can sort out life’s ups and downs. Women understand the yearnings to experience life beyond the expected confines for most women.

Berdie Judd was asked if she had been fishing lately. She answered she had just recently fished near home on the rivers Avon and Nadder. She has slowly converted her partner, Bradford, over to fly fishing and enjoys his company exploring their new world around Salisbury in Wiltshire. Berdie and Charles are entertaining joining The Salisbury & District Angling Club. Berdie promises to keep a very low profile. We shall see……………..  Many thanks for the update Berdie.

16
Jan
11

Pong Mania Extraordinaire

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” E. Hemingway

PONG MANIA

PONG MANIA




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