The Visitor

Imagine that you decided to move way out into the country, and that your driveway is a long and winding gravel or dirt road to your home. You are so remote – you have no neighbors, and in fact, you are more or less hidden from the outside world.

Occasionally a wayward traveler makes a wrong turn and ends up driving toward your house. Or so it would seem.

Is this an accident – or intentional?

The Decemberists

One of my all time favorite rock bands is The Decemberists. I love their fun “old soul” approach to an imagined history in lyrics – one that is no doubt based on Colin Meloy reading history and literature. The band is simply fantastic – all musicians are superb.

They aren’t perfect – but they are always fun. They always seem to have one song on each album that pushes it one step over the line – and live – they do one thing that drives me nuts – they build a great head of steam, and just as you expect the show to get to the crescendo, they do this idiotic “sing along” for pure December-Nerds”. They need to do that crap maybe in the beginning or during an encore – but not right in the middle of the show – which is a buzz kill.

But I still love this band anyway. Great stuff from a great town – Portland, Oregon


2019: Year of “One Wheeled Pig Boy”

One Wheeled Pig Boy and his side kick Rudy

Its going to be a much more interesting year than I had expected. Certainly more interesting than last year – which was crazy, and upsetting, but where a big new blue blast of hope came in and history will write that our democracy was saved.

The upheaval we have – and are experiencing – will not last as long as some have expected, but “One Wheeled Pig Boy” is now cornered like the dirty rat bastard that he is , and I do expect this SOB will flee just like he did in his many bankruptcies or his bone spurred cowboy cowardice regarding dodging the Vietnam draft. He is the pussy he says he has been grabbing.

In the end – his preservation of what riches he has left will overpower his lust for power, and he will go out more with a whimper than a bang. It will be a huge surprise for most . . .

Driver 8 – Life Chugs Along . . .

Driver 8 – Assemblage – from my past

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – Driver 8 by REM – my favorite train song – and I pretty much like all train songs . .

Ella Mae Morse

I have this album cover in my shack – just because it is a cute album cover with Morse Code as the topic.

As it turns out – she was quite an interesting singer – who crossed several different genres – Jazz, Blues, Western and even a prelude to rock. She was actually quite hip and soulful – more so than some of the more popular singers of her time. Many of the most popular singers were more “sappy” or “schmaltzy”. She had a more direct and even punchy style.

She was pure fun – and I think a tad bit overlooked and under rated.

Now – hearing her or any period Jazz or Blues music on my SW-3 or 75A-4 is a joy. I can “get in the mood” and feel what it was like back in my parents day – before I was born.

Big fun in the little shack.

Next Stop? Oregon!

Crater Lake, Oregon

I am looking forward to my next chapter in life – and in Oregon. This won’t happen for at least 4 years, could even be 7 years, but we’ve been visiting Oregon for more than 10 years at least once a year.

While the Western half of Colorado is about as close as heaven as you can get, there is just that something about Oregon – that when we drive there and we cross the line from California to Oregon my soul just feels at home. I don’t know exactly why or care – I’m just glad I can feel this way about a place.

Smith Rock – near Redmond, Oregon

Multnomah Falls near the Columbia Gorge – not far from Portland

The Bridge near Astoria, Oregon

Mt. Thielsen, on the road from Crater Lake and the Rogue River to Bend, Oregon

Geiser Grande Hotel in Baker City, Oregon

House in Bend, Oregon

This house is the kind of house where I want my old tube gear blazing away – warming up the house in the back bedroom – turned into a ham shack. This is my dream for retirement – which will happen in about 6 years or so.

Don’t get me wrong – I have loved my stay here in California, and I have lived the last 2/3rds of my life here, and its been “berry berry good to me”.

But my soul wants to end up in Oregon. I have so many more photos I’d love to share – but this is good enough for now.

New News (my evil plan is working . . .)

My Evil Plan has just been rolled out on the world for 2019 . . .

People all across my inner landscape have been asking “What will Rich do next?”. This my friend, is no longer a secret.

My inner spirit has been unleashed on 2019, and I fully expect some new News. Not New Fake News, like this blog post – but some Real New New News. Seriously!