(Oops - posted this on the old blog. The new one is here.)I'm retiring my previous blog, "Jack and Mrs Elliott Move to Bend" because I started it in 2008 as we were planning our move here, but we've been here for five y
Jack and Mrs Elliott Move to Bend
After a brief flirtation with Facebook, I'm going to do more posting on this blog. FB is for folks with short attention spans and a willingness to put up with a lot of online noise and chatter.
It's nice to be home. Mrs Elliott and I just returned from a 12-nig
I turned 63 yesterday! Jeepers!Mrs Elliott took me out for dinner last night. She asked me where I wanted to go, and I picked Bōken, downtown. The food there is wonderful: densely-flavored and rewarding. If you are a fan of mild, "safe" foods,
I was working on Part 2 of my multi-part story about my research into the old rail spur beside Wall Street Storage when I got sidetracked (heh) by some computer issues in Mrs Elliott's company.It started with the hard drive on Mrs Elliott's computer -- the computer she uses and which also serves the compa
Jack went to see Method Man at the Domino Room last night. Jack is an older white gentleman and the crowd last night was pretty much all 2-1/2 to 3 times younger than him. Jack was at a disadvantage, music-wise, but not necessarily due to his whiteness or age, but for another reason.Let me explain.
Mrs Elliott has two ladyfriends visiting from the Southland. Betty and Veronica -- not real names, a blonde and a brunette, both smart and beautiful -- are house guests this weekend. They are presently out shopping and I am preparing tonight's dinner: Filipino Chicken Adobo, Garlic Cauliflower "
(If you receive this post via email, you may wish to view it directly by opening the link. There are plenty of photos and maps.)Part 1 Wall Street Storage Building holds Key to Old Rail SpurWall Street Storage sits cl
Like many here in Bend, Jack was somewhat perplexed to read in last week's The Source Weekly --"The Love Issue" -- that former mayor Bob Woodward had won in the category of "Hottest Over 50."Over 70, maybe, but over 50? I can think of several men I know who deserve the award more than Woody. Hell, even H.
Diogenes the Cynic (412 BCE - 323 BCE) was a Greek philosopher of the Ancient Greek school of Greek philosophers. I am sure there have been many Greek philosophers since then, but he was one of the old guys. Anyway, the man was an irrepressible scamp, full of high jinks. He thought he was pretty funny.For
Mrs Elliott's out of town for a couple days.I'm glad it won't be for longer than that because I am managing to injure myself daily.First, I was knocking about the kitchen yesterday evening and managed to slice the index finger on my left hand nearly to the bone
. . . has gotten used to me when she comes across me searing a piece of meat in the kitchen with a propane torch and doesn't even find it surprising enough to comment on.Not me:
Jack was out at the Summit Saloon last night, watching Alabama crush Notre Dame like rampaging water buffaloes mowing through a crowd of underfed Punjabs.At halftime I hailed a cab for a lift home and left my van overnight.Mrs Elliott kindly dropped me off downtown to fetch it this morning.&nb
Back in September of 2008, a month after we
I'm sure that law-abiding and not insane Americans owning assault-type weapons would not be a threat to our society or our children.(Though it's not clear to me why a non-insane person would feel the need to stockpile such weaponry. You don't need it for hunting. And no one needs a 30-round clip to protec
Sidelines is my favorite sport
As we approach the new year, the Webbernets seem to fill with "looking back at the year that was" articles. Such things are boring, Jack feels. Jack already lived through all of 2012 and doesn't need a recap of the year any more than he needs a summary of a film at the end of the film.But what I would enj
Mrs Elliott's business is essentially that of a call center. Calls from across the country come to her office, and she represents dozens and dozens of 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizations. Her phone needs are fairly complex, and if she misses a call from a donor, the charity will know about it and, even more
Mrs Elliott and I just re-financed our house. We got a new loan at 3.125%, which is pretty darn good. We signed the documents this afternoon. I can't count how many times I've found myself in a title company office, signing my name over and over. It's a tedious an
So Mrs Elliott is out and about Bend, doing all her last-minute shopping. I'm home, discussing how we're going to rewire the new office space downstairs with Joe Hawkins, the electrician, and Justin of BendTel, the office's phone service provider. I get a call from Mrs Elliott--she wants me to take a look at an oil p
A friend sends me this link from the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch.com, showing Bend in the #4 position of Ten U.S. Cities Where Crime is Soaring. They write, "Based on data from the FBI’s Uniform
Over on the corner of NW Portland Ave and NW 4th Street, quite close to the house of Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Bob Woodward, is a small concrete obelisk, resembling nothing quite so much as a miniature Cleopatra's Needle.Here's one of the three so-called Cleopatra's Needle, this one in London:
Geek Stuff: Because I let things go too long without attending to them, I had to back up everything on my hard drive to an external drive, and replace the operating system on my computer from Ubuntu Linux 10.10 with Lubuntu Linux 12.04. Getting all my files and setting restored has take a couple days now, but everyth
I've had to shut off anonymous comments on this blog. I've recently been getting about three spammy comments a day that I have to moderate (mark as spam) and it's become annoying. Here's an example:Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Yeah, I'm a Simpleton":
It was exactly one year ago that Jack decided to compare two versions of Beef Bourguignon. I took it upon my self to cook both recipes. It was a cage fight: Tony Bourdain v. Julia Child. No one said it would be easy, but I didn't cry, and for someone who likes like cook, it was fun.The resu
After getting together at Sidelines sports bar yesterday in downtown Bend
Frankenstorm Sandy is making life tough for many on the east coast as I write this.I stumbled across this
Mrs Elliott and I do a lot of "dry" camping, that is, we camp for days at a time in remote locations far from electricity, water, and people. Along rivers and lakes, atop a butte, or out in the desert. To provide power for the VW Vanagon camper van's refrigerator and LED lighting the van used to have a large 130 amp-
Couple-a months ago, Mrs Elliott and I cut the cord on our cable TV, discontinuing all TV service and exchanging the buggy* Alpha cable box for one of Bend Broadband's simple cable modems. Our technical problems went away, and our cable bill went down faster than a six-pack of Mirror Pond.Through our Roku