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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

Yesterday I discovered the tale of a marvelous 69-year-old guy who traded his medical career as a neurologist to become a nearly full-time inline skater on the San Diego oceanside boardwalk- I wrote about him on my other blog in...

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Though I enjoy starting blog post titles with Dude, where's (see here), I'm bothered by the subject matter of this one. Because the City of Salem has disappeared a five-year project aimed at making seismic upgrades and other renovations to...

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My wife, Laurel, is a big animal lover. Well, she loves small animals too. All kinds, really. She has worked hard to put on a free showing of "Wild Things" next Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm, at the Loucks Auditorium...

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Reading today's Salem Breakfast on Bikes post about the sculpture garden at the downtown Conference Center made me wonder if the author had tuned in to my wife's brain. This is almost exactly what Laurel has said several times, albeit...

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This is Day 1 of the Mayor Anna Peterson apology/retraction watch. No response yet to the email I sent her, with a cc to the Salem City Council. I said what I did after listening to Peterson make a preachy,...

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I don't like the term "bucket list." The idea of scratching items off a list of stuff I want to do before I die seems too organized and Protestant-ethic'ish. Why not just do what you want to do, when you...

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I love to quote myself. Especially when I'm talking about saving lives and $40 million for Salem, Oregon taxpayers. Here's part of what I said in a recent Strange Up Salem column, "Save lives. Wear a purple sticker." Give me...

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My wife and I have been happy Toyota Highlander Hybrid owners since we bought one in 2006. We got the base version, rather than the Limited, figuring that we already were spending extra on the hybrid technology. This year we...

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Yesterday Michael Davis (executive editor of the Statesman Journal) called for Salemians to support his Big Idea: making Salem, Oregon a mecca for scholastic music. Download Lets make Salem a music mecca I readily admit to being underwhelmed. Not because...

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Today I got around to pimping my ride. Longboard ride, that is. I was a Kickstarter backer for the way-cool Shark Wheel -- looks square but rolls round. Got my green wheels a few weeks ago. Haven't been too motivated...

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After Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, while Oregon's ballot initiative failed after a horribly mismanaged campaign by Paul Stanford and the other Oregon Cannabis Tax Act folks, I figured that this state's marijuana legalization leaders...

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Here's another example, among many, of how elected and appointed City of Salem officials give citizen involvement the finger, to put it bluntly. Previously I've blogged about how the City of Salem planned a new poiice facility in (1) a...

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President Obama sure held his own, comedy-wise, with Zack Galifianakis in this new Funny or Die video: "Between Two Ferns." Great delivery, sense of timing, ironic expressiveness. Have a look. It's got a pitch for young people to sign up...

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Kudos to Statesman Journal editorial page editor Dick Hughes for telling it like it is in "Why Salem projects often fail." Download Why Salem projects often fail (PDF file to read if SJ story is archived) A common thread runs...

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My wife and I live in western Oregon, earthquake country. The "Big One" is due. Maybe overdue. But even a smaller earthquake can do a lot of damage. Seven years ago we had our house retrofitted to make it better...

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Read all about it! How the City of Salem wants taxpayers to pay $128 million for a project that should cost only $64 million. Sound familiar? It should. Salem public officials are notoriously poor at using common sense when it...

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I just spent 28 minutes watching Scott Bassett, a candidate for Salem's City Council in Ward 4, discuss the Salem River Crossing project way more intelligently than any current public official has. Have a look. Especially if you live in...

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Yesterday I went to my first-ever house party for someone running for the Salem (Oregon) City Council. Tom Andersen is a Ward 2 candidate (see here and here). I don't live in the Salem city limits, though my wife and...

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Colonoscopies aren't fun. But they're really important to have, because colon cancer is a lot less fun. Yesterday I had my third colonoscopy. It was the most pleasant of all. I'll explain why below. First, though, I'm pleased to retract...

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A week ago noted urban designer Gil Penalosa gave a talk at a Willamette University law school lecture hall that should have gotten a lot more attention than it did. I sat through Penalosa's two-hour presentation thinking, "Everybody in Salem...

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In this year's abbreviated legislative session the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing when it stripped out a provision that would have allowed cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries altogether. (The 2013 Legislature authorized dispensaries, which...

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"Science isn't political." I applauded inwardly when I heard Jane Lubchenco utter those words yesterday at a Salem City Club meeting. She mostly talked about her experience as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA). Lubchenco was appointed...

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Yesterday Salem's Mayor, Anna Peterson, gave a State of the City address. I didn't go. I purposely planned my StreetStrider (outdoor elliptical bike) ride at Riverfront and Wallace Marine parks to coincide with Peterson's talk, figuring that it would be...

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Happens to me all the time: I say something to a group of people that makes so much sense and is so eloquent, when I stop talking I expect a standing ovation. (Guess I don't have a self-esteem problem.) Last...

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My wife and I just got back from Science Night at south Salem's Gilgamesh brewpub. Highly enjoyable. We learned a lot about microorganisms from Willamette University biology professor Melissa Marks. Almost makes me want to go back to college, listening...

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The rumors of Obamacare's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Every month the news gets better. And we've just started the 2014 open enrollment period, which runs until March 31. Ezra Klein has a good factual overview of what is going...

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This is pathetic. Salem apparently is so inconsequential in the eye of an Oregon-hype-deflater, this town didn't even merit a mention in her Daily Beast piece, "Hold Up Hipsters: Stop Obsessing Over Oregon." Now, I didn't find Nina Strochlic's observations...

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I can't believe it took me so long to visit the Salem Summit Company outdoor store here in Salem, Oregon. It's been open for, what, a year and a half? Whenever I thought about stopping by, I was on my...

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Like most long-time residents of the Salem, Oregon area, I've got a love-hate relationship going with my town. I can't leave her. I adore her many wonderful qualities. But man, sometimes she drives me freaking crazy. When she's annoying, she...

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The more I learn about how the Mayor, City Manager, and other public officials went about planning a new Police Facility for Salem, Oregon, the screwier that process looks. In fact, it was backwards -- based on how the International...

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