Get some coffee because this is a long post…

How are you?  I’ve been good, busy, tired, anxious, exhilirated, funny, bored, amazed, and just downright enjoying the crazy wonderful weather we have going on here in Oregon!  I thought it was quite funny when we visited Portland for the first time when everyone would not shut up about how great the weather was…they were just coming out of the rainy season…I have become one of those people.  Until you leave here and experience rain practically every day from November to April (that’s 6 frickin’ months people) then you will probably definitely get tired of me mentioning how great the weather is and the fact that I can see things (mainly mountains) that I didn’t know were there.  The other thing that I am enjoying is the fact that I can take a drive, get to a bit higher elevation, look out and see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, & Mt. Hood all at one time…this is a pretty cool site – it’s not like looking at a chain of mountains and going ‘oh how cool’.  It is just one major mountain all by it’s lonesome with valley’s in between it and the next major mountain.  And all of these mountains are actually either active or dormant volcanos…did not know this information prior to moving here…

Here are a couple of crappy pictures of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams you could see much better in person because my camera does not include a filter:

It has been a long time since I have posted anything about our goings on…I guess I have felt that we have been living a very boring life compared to Mr. H who was welcomed to the world almost a month ago that I couldn’t bring myself to post anything all that mundane…but move over Mr. H because it is going to be all about me and not about your cute little angelic face (see last post).

 So – what the hell have we been doing?  I have been swamped at work – which is such a bonus compared to where I was a couple of months ago.  At least now I am swamped and getting paid decently for it.  I have really been enjoying myself there.  We had about 30 consultants from Germany and Spain in for 3 weeks to do a ‘scope verification’ of our processes and that was a very cool experience.  I learned how to use a German and Spanish keyboard (they have a few extras and the y’s are in a different place). I learned that I have memorized Windows without even knowing it – everything is still in the same place and I could do anything I wanted without major language interpretation.  I learned how to count to 10 in German, say good morning (the normal way and not the fine and fancy way), I got to use scheisse (sorry – no German keyboard to put the ‘B’ instead of the double s’s) and have someone understand me.  I got to teach 30 German and Spanish colleagues the game of baseball.  Which was actually quite interesting because I really hate baseball and didn’t really realize how much I actually knew.  We had a team outting to the minor league baseball team here – The Portland Beavers – and it was a blast.  Their stadium is almost as big as Royals Stadium in Kansas City…and they are a minor team…go figure.  Plus it is right in downtown which was totally cool.  The other thing I learned how to do was to speak v e r y  s l o w l y.  Their English was quite good but if they didn’t understand something – they wouldn’t say so…which makes for a hard time on a project this size.  Plus – no phrases, acronyms, etc.  Doing this is hard – never realized it before.  So, if you ever call me and I am talking extremely slow and using simple words please don’t think that I have had a labotomy…

This is my view from our parking garage at work…You can see Mt. Hood peaking out of the clouds (it is the one that forms a difinitive peak).  You can also see the bottom half in line with the top of the buildings in the background. 

My office…

A better picture of Mt. Hood from the garage…still looks like clouds I know…but you can ski year ’round…so there…

Enough about work.  What else has been going on?  Well, Dodo and I drove to a ‘fly-in’ at Mr. FAA’s house a couple of weekends ago.  This was crazy and a trip.  We drove about 2 hours into Washington and ended up in the country right by Mt. Rainier.  When we find Mr. FAA’s house we go down a long hill and boom – right there in front of us is a line stretching down the grass runway that makes up his backyard, small cessna’s, experimental fixed wing’s as well as about 20 R-22 helicopters and THE AGUSTA helicopter that Maggie B made claim to…I don’t blame her either. 

Here is Dodo and The Agusta

Agusta Cockpit

Agusta Passenger Seating

Maggie B taking ownership…someone was getting a little too close on the other side…

The lineup of R-22’s mainly from Hillsboro Aviation along with some private as well as another school’s

The Agusta in full size…well almost…

The back end…bigger than an R-22…

This is a plane where if you had a million dollars and offered it to me if I would fly in one of these I would turn you down…

The doors are also available on most jeeps…

It is ‘experimental’ due to the fact that it is home built and to me a death trap…I don’t even trust the wooden tables that I’ve built…

It was really terribly cool to be there and I think the greatest was seeing the inside of the Augusta, seeing Maggie B laying claim to it, and then it taking off without us…Well, maybe that last part was the greatest. 

This particular helicopter is owned by the last guy that went up to space as a civilian passenger…one of his private pilots flew it in for the BBQ.  You should have seen all the pilots drooling over this thing as it took off – I thought they were going to rush it and just hold on for dear life.  Take me Take me…maybe someday!

 Oh – headed out to the beach several weekends ago and saw a whale and a seal which was pretty cool.  I thought the whale was going to come to far in and get beached but it was having fun playing by the rocks.  The seal was adorable – it was just coasting with the waves right near the beach.  Maggie B loved it as well.  It was her first outting to the beach since her surgery and sure enough she befriended another dog and they just chased each other into the ocean and ran along the beach at full spead – the entire time my heart was lurching of course.  But she did well.  She slept for a full 4 days before she felt herself again, though, which was pretty funny. 

One of the cool things that we got was a video camera…My daddio and I decided that we would go in together and get that for Dodo as a gift for passing his checkride.  The thing has been wonderful.  As you could already tell from the above video’s.

The 4th of July was pretty cool.  The day was hotter than it has been – over 90 – but we made it out for fireworks that evening.  We drove up into the West Hills to get a ‘birds-eye’ view of the city and we could see the outline of Mt. St. Helens and fireworks from there to clear east about 50 miles and clear south about 50 miles.  There were THOUSANDS of fireworks going off – I kid you not! It was an incredible site.  It is quite nice having mountains around you so you can go up high to see the valley fireworks. 

 Firework or Light?

The other cool activity we did lately was go to Fleet Week at the beginning of June in downtown Portland.  This is part of the Rose Festival that goes on for a week and is a VERY big deal.  Lots of people and lots of boats – well, ships actually but there were several boats.  Enjoy the pictures:

They even had Pirate Ships battling it out…

 This is one of the Pirate ships with one of the marinas off of the Willamette River…Yes – all of this is on a river…You Kansas Citians out there need to get the City Council to take a look and see what could actually happen on a river…

A Pirate Ship taking on the Yachts…

This is Mt. Hood on a clear evening during sunset…notice how many pictures of Mt. Hood is in this blog???  That’s because we will only get to see it for a few more months before it disappears behind rain clouds…

Well, I guess I have spent enough time on this blog and I am sure you either need to go to the bathroom or get something to eat after reading all of this…I promise to post more often because quite frankly – this has been  a chore writing and downloading all of this.  I will also promise to post some of the video we took at the Fly In. 

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One Comment on “Get some coffee because this is a long post…”

  1. sarah Says:

    Fleet Week looks awesome!!

    Too bad the germans and spaniards missed out on the irony of a chick from KC explaining baseball! Like we ever get a chance to see it actually played, like batting practice for the visiting team. 😉


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