Sunday, August 06, 2006

Spanning the State--school supply shopping edition!

If you're on the prowl for some smoking deals on Crayola and Elmer's products in an effort to get a jump on the school supply shopping madness, this week's Sunday Oregonian has a bumper crop of fliers. This morning I was out with my peeps, fliers in tow, playing hunter/gatherer mom trying to find the best price on glue sticks and Dixon Ticonderogas.

Home at last.

So without further adieu, let's Span the State!


Each Sunday I go out of my way to announce the latest recall stupidity from one metropolis or another. This week's unlucky burg is Medford, where another idiotic group of citizens is abusing the recall process. If you don't like the way your elected leaders decide an issue, vote them out. The recall process is for elected officials who've committed crimes or abused their position. People who file recall petitions inappropriately like this should themselves be charged with a crime--for wasting taxpayer time and money with their frivilous crap.

More recall abuse in Lakeside, in Coos County.

Some jerk in Wisconsin won my Powerball Jackpot. Dammit.

Swim at your own risk on the Deschutes River in Bend. The city says they won't be held accountable. But I have a feeling that might not hold up in court.

This weekend was the 80th Anniversary event for Buster Keaton Days in Cottage Grove. Activities included a film festival with Keaton's film "The General", which was shot in Cottage Grove.

If you've ever wanted to see an 8 foot tall filbert, head to Springfield.

If you're like me, when you go to the store to pick out a watermelon you have no idea what to look for. Fret no longer! The expert watermelon wisdom in Hermiston has the answer! There are also tips on how to choose a good cantaloupe. No need to thank me. This is a full service blog.

OSU baseball is losing one of its World Series champ players. Cory Ellis watched most of the Series from the bench. The former Glencoe High School (Hillsboro) standout is headed to Linfield in McMinnville, where he's expected to play both football and baseball. Given that Linfield eats most all other football team's lunches without breaking a sweat--chances are Ellis will get a few more championship rings before his college career ends.

For those curmudgeonly souls who think Portland is a city to be maligned and cursed--here's another chink for your armor. It seems Portlanders are ready and willing to jump in to help their fellow man when he's in trouble. Even if it means putting themselves in harm's way. Why? At least in part due to good funding of schools, parks and other city infrastructure, Portlanders feel connected to one another. Chalk one up for the City that Works (for now).