Saturday, August 29, 2009


Standard Deviation playing at Max Square in La Grande, 8/27/09. L to R: John Evans (me) - keyboards and vocals, Joel Goldstein - drums and backing vocals, Jon White - guitar, Mike Gregory - bass and backing vocals.

It was a pleasant evening in downtown La Grande. The temperature was in the 70s. About 100 people came to hear us play, which represents a good crowd for the summer weekly Thursday music in the Square. Some were dancing too, and people usually don't dance there, they just come to listen! Thanks to Sally Gregory for taking the pictures of us. They capture the moment nicely.

Jon White, our guitarist

Snave (aka John Evans) on keyboards. I think this was taken while we were doing our version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five".

Our drummer Joel Goldstein

John and Jon

Our bassist Mike Gregory, with Jon

Mr. Snave on the keyboards
A pleasant time was had by all!
If you are in La Grande on Saturday, September 26 and/or Saturday October 17, we will play at "tailgater" parties at Community Stadium prior to Eastern Oregon University football games on those dates.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Fall approaches! I know this because I am beginning to get excited about college football. My Oregon Ducks look to have a pretty good season.

The teams to beat in the Pacific-10 Conference this year look to be USC (as usual) and Cal-Berkeley, with Oregon and Oregon State not far behind. Arizona isn't bad, and Stanford brings back a lot of players from last year. UCLA and Arizona State look to be competitive as well. That kind of leaves the two Washington schools (UW and WSU) fighting to stay out of the cellar? Who knows! We'll just have to see what happens.

What I like about Oregon's Pac-10 schedule this year is that they get USC, Cal and Oregon State on their home field in Eugene (Autzen Stadium).

What I don't like about the schedule is that they have two extremely difficult non-conference opponents in Boise State and Utah... in fact, those might be two of the Ducks' toughest opponents all season!

But I like Oregon's chances for having a good conference season and for getting to a high-profile bowl game.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli got into a great groove last year and started gaining some national attention as a multi-faceted athlete who can run and throw with the best. Running back LaGarrette Blount is incredible; he simply mows people over, pushes them out of his way, or hurdles them. It will be fun to see what new coach Chip Kelly can do this year; he was the offensive coordinator last year before taking over as head coach when Mike Bellotti stepped down.

Oregon has enough defensive backs returning to make their pass defense pretty good, and they have added a transfer linebacker named Littlejohn who is supposed to be very good as well. Their question marks are on the offensive and defensive lines, but if either or both of those turn out to be any good at all.... the Ducks will fly in 2009!

Predictions? Blount will run for over a thousand yards, and he will have at least a dozen touchdowns. Masoli will end up getting Heisman Trophy consideration; he won't beat out the media darlings like Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow, but he will be noticed. Oregon will finish the season with a 7-2 record in their conference, and a 9-3 record overall. They will be third in the Pac-10, and they will go to a good bowl game.

And best of all, they will crush the OSU Beavers in Eugene! Heh!

First things first, though... they have to play Boise State on the hideous blue turf of Bronco Stadium. I don't think UO is going to get out of Boise with a win. But after wins at home against Purdue and a tough Utah team, they will be ready for Pac-10 play.

And right here in La Grande we have the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers, who play at the NAIA level in the Frontier Conference. EOU is the only non-Montana school in the league, so the road trips are long and brutal. I will be at the home opener September 5 against Rocky Mountain College of Billings, MT. And I believe J. Marquis will be there too! 8-)
Go Ducks! Go Mounties!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Ah, what fine saps we are!

We took Zeva in to the vet for her shots last Tuesday, and the assistants at the clinic convinced us to take a look at three kittens they had there. Despite already having three cats (Abby, Zeva and Phinney) we succumbed to the charms of the two little imps pictured above.
On the left is Neko, who seems to be something like Phinney's doppelganger appearance-wise. She has been a bit shy but is warming up to our cat community rather quickly. She is 10-12 weeks old. On the right is Ichiro, a purebred lilac point Siamese. He is absolutely fearless at age 8-9 weeks.
It didn't cost anything to adopt them, and the clinic was so grateful to us that for taking these little sweethearts that they gave us about fifty dollars worth of Science Diet kitten food!
So far Abby, who is 15 years old, doesn't seem to care that we brought a couple of young interlopers into our home. Zeva, two years old and playful, didn't take long to start hanging out with the newbies. It has been 6-month-old Phinney who has had the hardest time... but today there is a lot less growling and hissing, and he has actually been playing with both the kittens! Lots of mutual chasing, hiding and pawing around corners, etc.
Cat communities are lots of fun. We love watching the dynamics between the kitties.
And yes, I admit it, Mrs. Snave and I are serial cat owners... a.k.a. CRAZY CAT PEOPLE.

Friday, August 14, 2009


First of all, we got ourselves into a bad position through spending beyond our means. That's the root of the problem I'll describe here, and I admit it. In the last two years, I have managed to chip off $4000 from a huge debt through some better financial management, but it's not making a large enough dent. So we decided to try to refinance our home.

Our intent in getting a refinance was not for getting some extra money for making home improvements. If only! As it is now, our house is not luxurious; it is functional and mostly comfortable, which is fine although some things could certainly stand to be updated. But our reason for refinancing is to get some extra money for paying off our credit debts.

Bank of America offered us a great-sounding deal back in January. It would allow us to pay off our credit debt, for which I have been paying out about $1400 a month, and only increase our mortgage payment by $400, putting about $1000 extra dollars in our pockets each month. It would also allow us to finish our house payments in 15 years instead of 17 years. We have plans of building up more emergency money in savings, of which we have very little. We also plan to help our kids with some of their college costs.

Even getting the process started was not easy. When I tried to get things going in December, there were problems. First, my late father and I have the same name. When he passed away, one of his gasoline cards didn't get paid off and it ended up on my credit reports. It took me about a month to get that problem fixed with Experian, TransUnion and whatever the third major credit report outfit is (I have forgotten the name). But by early February with due diligence (LOTS of e-mails and phone calls) I got the problem fixed. It was at that point when we were actually able to get the official refinance process going.

When you apply for a refinance, the bank will ask you for things such as proof of home insurance, a couple months worth of pay stubs and bank statements, and a current appraisal of your home's value. Once the bank gets these documents, they are good for three months. If the bank takes longer than three months to get your refinance done, they will ask you to resubmit these things.

We started out with an estimate on our home's value of $170,000 and based our projections on that, with a view toward getting about $35,000 in extra dollars with the new mortgage. That amount would cover our credit debts and give us some extra bucks for things like replacing some bad plumbing in one of our bathrooms. Four months into the refinance process, B of A finally hooked up with a local appraisal, which in my estimate lowballed us. Granted, our house is old, but the appraisal came in at $22,000 lower than we expected... cutting into the amount of extra money available in a very big way.

Now, six months after officially starting the refinance process, we are getting closer to having something to sign, but we still aren't there. They advertised the process as taking 90 days, and we're now on Day 180!

For final approval, once everything is in place the application is sent to an underwriter for approval. This should only have to happen once, but we are on the second time with the underwriter now. A few weeks ago we were told I had no FICA score on my credit report; how that is possible I have no idea. All the credit information problems were cleared up six months ago, or so I thought. Apparently they were able to work that out, but now it is back with the underwriter again because we have a small line of credit with B of A and the underwriter has to change things on the documents so that the line of credit is not listed first but rather second in priority on our list of accounts, or some such thing.

For a few months now I have been wondering if Bank of America is jerking us around. It's like Mrs. Snave and I have learned to expect snags and delays, and it is making us wonder what curveball B of A is going to throw us next. Our experience with them has not really been all that great.

I know a lot of other Americans are trying to refinance their homes. I do not know how many are, or to what degree they are finding success. If the banks are getting deluged with applications, I can see how it might take a little longer than the 90 days they say it should normally take.

Is this like the American health insurance industry, in which there is a virtual sub-industry based around denying people coverage? I like to believe not, and I certainly hope not. I know they are having to be careful they don't take on any more bad risks than they already have, but I had been given the impression that banks were being told they needed to make it easier for people to get loans and do refinances, and this has been anything but easy.

It is possible we might get about $16,000 in the refinance, if it actually happens. With a generous offer of some other money from a family member to help us out a little, we might be able to get the credit cards zeroed by Christmas. They are already in our safe deposit box, and have been there for some time now. With the better spending habits we have cultivated and some subsequent minor lifestyle changes, we should be fine financially... when (or maybe if) B of A comes through with some papers for us to sign. If they don't? Well, we will be deep in debt for years and it's our own damned fault.

Our lessons, learned the hard way:
1. Watch your credit debt, and don't let it get to be more than you can pay off in any given month.
2. Check your credit scores from time to time and make sure they are good, that they do not contain erroneous information.
3. If you try for a refinance on your home, second mortgage, etc. don't expect the process to be easy because it won't be. Did we choose the wrong lender for our refinance? Possibly. But maybe they are all like this...

Do any of you have stories similar to this?

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Lester William Polfuss, more widely known as Les Paul, died today of complications from pneumonia at age 94.

Those of us who love electric guitars, rock and roll music and studio overdubbing may not think of Les Paul very often, but if it hadn't been for him... things may not have happened like they did in the world of music.

His Les Paul model guitars by Gibson have been the choices of artists such as Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Al DiMeola.

Paul put out quite a body of music of his own, most of it very good. Even at age 94, he still performed weekly. Many of his hits were with his wife, singer Mary Ford. Check out the discography at the Wikipedia entry:

And to find out more about the Gibson Les Paul guitar, this link is informative:

Goodbye to a true master!

Saturday, August 08, 2009


*** Before you take a look at this post, please remember there are some good photos of cat Phinney in the post that follows. Thanks! - Snave ***

(photo taken 11/04 by Mr. Bezoar)

I am obsessive-compulsive, and music plays a major role in my life and my outlook. Therefore it seems only natural I would become obsessed with other obsessive people playing and recording music. Over the past 14 years I have been this way when it comes to recording- and performing-artist Robert Pollard and his first major band, Guided By Voices.

The music of GBV and Robert Pollard is not for everybody. Sometimes one must listen a few times for it to sink in, but once it gets ingrained, once the hooks are in you, it's awfully hard to get away. And as a very good friend of mine (that's you, J.!) who has gradually gained an appreciation for the genius and music of Pollard agreed with me, one might think "this isn't really all that great", or "huh?" or "I don't care much for this" but then there comes a point where something rather sudden kicks in and you find yourself experiencing a moment of pop nirvana! Most Pollard songs have such a moment. As many of his songs are less than two minutes in length and appear more as snippets than songs, so are his glory moments inconsistent... but they are worth searching for and waiting for, because once you know Bob's music, there is one thing you can expect: these moments will happen, and when they do... you're "there"!

Pollard had already been around on the rock scene for a while when I first discovered his music in 1995. I bought the Guided By Voices' CD "Alien Lanes" that fall, on a whim, for a long drive home. I ended up listening to it five times in a row on the trip, and I replayed certain tracks more often than that. I found that the music contained some of the best use of melody I had ever heard, and while the quality of the recording was very "low-fi", painfully so at times, the music itself was a reflection of good times and spontaneous creative thought, thus raising the songs well above the lower production values. Much of the music was in fact recorded at Pollard's house (aka The Monument Club) on 4-track recording equipment. And much of it was recorded during times of partying and inebriation (the song "Ex-Supermodel" actually prominently featured the snoring of a passed-out friend!)

Pollard, or "Bob" as most of his fans refer to him, has been making music for years. Born on Halloween in 1957, Bob was an elementary school teacher but left that trade for a stab at becoming a rock legend. Guided By Voices started in Dayton, Ohio in 1983. In the beginning, they were a bar band which went toward home-recordings and self-produced albums in the late Eighties. These recordings achieved limited exposure. 1992's "Propeller" and it's follow-up "Vampire On Titus" (1993) helped start a following in the college/indie/alternative scene. Luckily, Bob didn't give up and become a schoolteacher forever after "Propeller" like he had supposedly considered doing; in 1994 the band's "Bee Thousand", now considered an all-time rock classic by some, was released to much acclaim. GBV had a distribution deal in place with the independent Matador Records label for that album, and by the time I caught up with what was going on, "Alien Lanes" was Guided By Voices' first official Matador release.

GBV played a large part in propelling Matador Records.

The long list of other bands who have recorded on Matador include Yo La Tengo, Interpol, Liz Phair, Boards of Canada, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, Mission of Burma, Superchunk, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Belle and Sebastian, Matmos, Mogwai, Shearwater, Sonic Youth and Cat Power. GBV's last Matador CD in their first go-round with the label was "Mag Earwhig!" in 1997, after which they went to independent-label TVT Records.

The closest GBV ever came to entering rock and roll's mainstream was when Ric Ocasek (frontman for The Cars) produced GbV's "Do The Collapse" CD in 1999. This was followed by the equally-high-quality but slightly-less-engaging "Isolation Drills" in 2001. These TVT releases marked the full-on advent of high production values for the band, and this level of sound quality remained from then until their last album in 2004.

Some fans were alarmed by GBV's evolution from 4-track garage recordings to high-tech studios, but I think such a progression was natural and necessary. The band moved through various personnel changes and line-ups, but the one constant factor was always Bob. As his ideas matured and grew in scope, a much wider sonic pallette was required for his art. Firing and hiring the band members of GBV worked to create newer sounds and served to widen the musical vista at times, but ultimately it became apparent that without higher production values much of the musical intent was getting lost in fuzzy vocals, tape hiss, and unnecessary distortion. It was time for more clarity, for the dreams to morph into the "stuff of dreams".

Bob Pollard has never achieved a mainstream following but through the years has accrued a large number of fanatical devotees to his style of avant-garde faux-British glam rock and other stylistic sidetrips, all of which contain a plethora of lyrical references to drinking, islands, airplanes and women... all sprinkled with his trademark absurdist non sequitirs. But that's at first glance; a closer look will reveal that much of the lyrics equal good poetry. And the guy is a good artist too. He does a good deal of his own CD cover art, much of which is collage work of a decidedly odd but charming nature.

Was stardom ever really in Bob's stars? It's hard to say, but the mercurial Pollard seems to have proven too wildly creative and hyperactive to stick with the pursuit of stardom or to stay focused on such things. Instead, he has chosen to follow his muse, come what may. Having established a faithful fan base and a somewhat legendary status in the world of "alternative" and "indie" rock and roll, Bob has become a star in his own right and pretty much does as he pleases when he makes records. To his devoted fans he is an outright legend, even if not many people know who he is.

Bob is forever off to business doing what he has always done best: writing hundreds of songs and recording as many of them as he can. He has been listed by Paste magazine as the 78th greatest living songwriter, and he has over 1,000 songs registered to his name with BMI... so he is nothing if not prolific!

Since the release of his first solo CD "Not In My Airforce" on 9/10/96, Bob has released 34 more albums and four EPs. The obsession appeared to kick into full gear in January of 2006 with the release of his "double album"-length CD "From a Compound Eye". Since then, he has released 23 full-length albums and four EPs, under his own name and also as Circus Devils, Takeovers, Boston Spaceships, Psycho and the Birds, and Keene Brothers. That is a nearly-alarming rate of one release about every 48 days! I guess that's good, because if you are a fan, you never have to wait long for more new music from Bob.

Reports have it that the way Pollard writes songs is he thinks of the (often hilariously absurd) title first, then writes poetry/lyrics to go with that title before finishing it off with the addition of a melody. I suspect he dinks around on an acoustic guitar to find chords and melodic ideas. For better or worse, it seems that some of these moments end up getting recorded! Over the years I have come to enjoy Bob's style of acoustic guitar playing, though some may find it sonically painful at times due to its tendency toward a kind of clunky, clanky sound. But the thing about it is, for Bob's songs, there aren't many other players who can get it right, or whose styles fit the songs. Nowadays, Bob's solo CDs tend to feature Todd Tobias on all instrumentation with Bob doing the singing and songwriting (with an occasional burst of "Bob guitar").

And what of his voice? Bob has a wide range, going from a low baritone to a high tenor. His vocals exude confidence and skill. Sometimes he wobbles a bit, but nearly always hits the right notes for his songs.

Some of Pollard's best CDs are "side project" albums with multi-instrumentalists such as a string of recordings with his recent musical maven Todd Tobias, who plays all rock instruments extremely well and has a fantastic ear for overall sound and production. It seems Bob and Todd have been joined at the musical hip for the last four or five years, although Bob occasionally makes a sidetrip as he did with Tommy Keene for the Keene Brothers CD "Blues and Boogie Shoes", or with Portlander and ex-GBV bassist/guitarist Chris Slusarenko for two CDs by Takeovers, and then with Slusarenko and Decemberists drummer Jim Moen (also from Portland) for the Boston Spaceships CDs.

Some good earlier collaborations include two with late-period GBV guitarist Doug Gillard for "Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department" (1999) and 2003's "Mist King Urth" (as Lifeguards), with Superchunk's Mac McCaughan as Go Back Snowball ("Calling Zero", 2002), and with early GBV guitarist and stalwart Tobin Sprout for two CDs as Airport 5 ("Tower in the Fountain of Sparks" in 2001, followed by "Life Starts Here" in 2002).

Stylistically, a Robert Pollard solo CD tends toward straight-ahead rock and roll, but there are usually some moments of avante-garde, dadaist and non-radio-friendly sounds that push his material beyond the boundaries of the non-mainstream and into "cult favorite only" status. His side projects each have a character of their own, and some are more "accessible" than others.

As Circus Devils, Bob and Todd Tobias head further in that "avant" direction, creating works that sound as if Bob washed down a few tabs of acid with a bucket or two of beer before he wrote and sang the material; this is very druggy, psychedelic music, and when you first listen to a Circus Devils album you realize there is very little there with which you can sit down and get comfortable until you have heard it all a few times. It is what I call "unexpected" music. And once you learn to expect the unexpected and love it, Circus Devils are very good.

As Boston Spaceships, Pollard and cohorts play some good straight-up rock, smartly adding cello one track and infusing trumpets into another. As Psycho and the Birds, Bob records himself singing and playing on a boombox, and Todd fleshes out the recordings with drums, guitars and keyboards to create a sometimes frenetic "psycho" sound, almost like a street-crazy with a backing band. As Lifeguards, Bob and Doug Gillard play around with different rock sounds and include some great vocal melodies and guitar riffs. As Keene Brothers, Bob is a purveyor of some beautiful power pop. Airport 5's music has a bit more jangle to it, and sounds a bit folkier at times. But whichever incarnation Bob chooses, it's all good.

I haven't heard his "Suitcase" CD, and I guess it is getting hard to find. That one is a multi-disc set that includes something like over a hundred tracks, and for "Suitcase" and its successor "Suitcase 2" Bob takes on different persona, calling himself and/or his band names like Hazzard Hotrods, Homosexual Flypaper, 1st Joint, Bravery Umpire, and Too Proud to Practice!

For the uninitiated, I suggest listening to these Guided By Voices albums/CDs first: "Do The Collapse" is the place to start because it has some of the best production, some of the best melodies, and some of the best marriage of older and newer GBV sensibilities. It is probably one of their more accessible albums. Once there, try "Bee Thousand" for the "classic" GBV lineup including guitarist Tobin Sprout, who like The Beatles' George Harrison managed to get a song or two of his onto each GBV album (he has released a number of good solo CDs of his own, by the way). "Bee Thousand" is an all-time low-fi masterwork. From there, follow the band's maturation through "Alien Lanes" (1995) and "Under the Bushes Under the Stars" (1996).

Bob then basically hired the band Cobra Verde to back him on 1997's "Mag Earwhig", so that one has a different sound altogether; it was at this point where Bob began collaborating with guitarist Doug Gillard. Any of the three GBV albums from the modern era ("Universal Truths and Cycles", "Earthquake Glue" and "Half-Smiles of the Decomposed") are enjoyable albums. Once you have gotten through all those, go back in time to discover the band's origins in "Box", a collection of their first four CDs plus a bonus disc of non-album tracks, and then "Propeller" and "Vampire on Titus", the precursors to "Bee Thousand". And all their other stuff is good too!

I believe Pollard's best solo material is found on his two most recent releases, "Robert Pollard is Off to Business" (2008) and "The Crawling Distance (2009). I think these albums feature Todd Tobias' best playing and some of the best-sounding song arrangements. In fact, anything from 2004 onward is going to be fairly good and particularly lately, borders on ear candy. The first few in his catalog are rougher in quality but still retain a lot of charm. Of his earlier solo discs, I recommend his first one "Not In My Airforce" from 1996.

If you get a chance to see Pollard do a show, be prepared for bacchanalia. He drinks beers on stage throughout the show, occasionally taking a slug from a bottle of liquor if it is offered. This doesn't seem to affect his singing very much until late in the show, and then he perseveres to the end regardless of his condition. Bob has all the moves. He was an athlete in college, and the story has it that he threw a no-hitter for Wright State. The athleticism shows through in leaping, high leg kicks, microphone cord spins and mic tosses. Here are some pictures from a show I saw in November of 2004: Scroll down a bit to the 11/17/04 blog entry.

(photo by Mr. Bezoar, Berbati's Pan, Portland, Oregon 11/04)

Get a place up front near the stage if you can! And don't feel bad if everyone else in the room knows all the words to the songs and you don't... you still have plenty of time to go home after the show and start learning!

Happy listening, and I hope if you do give this guy's music a try, you'll find those moments of pop nirvana here and there! If you allow them to happen, they will happen.


We adopted Phin (aka "Phinney") home from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington animal shelter in Vancouver, WA on April 25. The following picture was taken April 26 upon his arrival at our home. He was ten weeks old at the time, so we figure his birthday is Valentine's Day.
This was on 5/14/09, at age three months:

In the next two photos, taken by my daughter, Phinney was 4 1/2 to 5 months:

And these last two were taken on 7/29/09, when he was 5 1/2 months old:

Now Phinney is about a week away from six months old. He looks about three-quarters grown and weighs around seven pounds. He has lost any of the "kitten look" he once had, but still has ALL of the kitten personality. I almost pity his older "sister" Zeva, who is now about two years old... Phinney's urge to play is relentless! He is now able to bowl her over at times, and it is great to watch them wrestle. He doesn't have the upper paw on her yet, but just give him another 2-3 months!

Talk about personality! We love to spoil him. He is a cuddler and has adopted an honored spot on our bed that was formerly occupied by Baby Mackie, who had to be put down July 1 at age 14 years due to old age and thyroid problems. That was a very sad time, but Phinney's presence has helped ease Mackie's passing.

One of the main reasons we adopted Phinney was because our 2-year-old cat Zeva's companion Zeke had to be put down at age 18 months due to a urinary blockage. They were best buddies, and she was missing Zeke badly. It took Zeva about a week or ten days to warm up to Phinney, and we had a lot of hissing, anger and general territorialism. Now they wrestle, play, and chase each other all over the house! Zeva knows how to fetch, and loves that game... Phinney hasn't figured it out yet but loves to interfere when she tries to return her little balls and pom-poms. Our third cat Abby, now age 15, puts up with both their antics and give out a warning hiss from time to time, but she doesn't mind them too much.

Phinney has been a great addition to our home in all ways. He will keep his claws, he will always be an indoor cat, and he will be the king of our house and probably our hearts for a number of years!

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is a very nice facility. If you live in the Portland-Vancouver area, it is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a pet.

The Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland is also quite nice, a modern state-of-the art facility.

In fact, there are many local Humane Societies which can always use your help whether it is in donations of time or money, or in the adoption of one of their pets. And there are plenty of animals out there who can always use a good home. my mom adopted her very large and loveable orange tabby cat Tom from the humane society here in town.

Here are some links to good places:

VANCOUVER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington

PORTLAND: Oregon Humane Society:

LA GRANDE, OREGON: Blue Mountain Humane Society (my mom adopted her very large and loveable orange tabby Tom from our local shelter):

PENDLETON, OREGON: Cat Companions (this is a very special place with lots and lots of kitties who could use good homes):

And finally, PETFINDER is always useful if you don't know where to look in your area:
Remember, it doesn't matter if you adopt an animal from a shelter, select one from a breeder, or take one from the box of kittens or puppies the kids have to give away at the local supermarket (my mom got her young tortoise-shell Jesse this way!)... animals can truly enrich our lives!
Have a happy pet search!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


I'm off again for a couple more days to the other end of the state to help my kids with some moving. At least the weather forecast calls for less heat over the next couple of days.

Of course on the way there tomorrow I will be doing another trip log and photo series for my other blog. I'm starting to have more fun with that blog than I am with this one.

But I will be back here by Saturday to post something, which will no doubt be of dubious worth.

Have a good next two days!

Sunday, August 02, 2009


I have a new post up at my Eastern Oregon Roadtrips weblog. You can check it out here if you are so inclined: