Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Massive Collision In Wyoming

Source: www.oilcitywyo.com
In the last ten days there have been two horrific pile-ups on I-80 in Wyoming.

The first one happened on April 16th.  There were over 30 vehicles involved and 20 people were injured.  
The video below captures the vehicles as they crash into one another.  I have watched this video over and over.  It's not the best because it's narrow-screen cell phone video, but it captures each truck as they pass by and crash into the ones ahead of them. Watch with your volume turned up for full effect.

You can hear the whizzing of their tires as they fly by.  Some of them apply their brakes, you can hear the air escaping, but most of them are just driving WAY too fast for the conditions.

Among them - TransAm, AmeriFreight, CR England, Quest, Cowan, Action Cargo, Central Refrigerated Freight, an unknown car hauler (holy shit, he was flying), and of course, FedEx. And I say "of course, FedEx" because they are the number one offender in my book.  Doesn't matter where I am - middle of Arkansas, traffic in Chicago, construction zone anywhere, there is a FedEx truck driving insanely fast.  They always make me take notice.  And usually, they're pulling doubles.

In the video above, the FedEx truck just speeds by, pulling two trailers, driving like it's a dry, sunny, summer day.  What the fuck was he thinking??  Even the woman filming the video says (at 1:17), "Slow down. Slow down.  Geez."


I can't tell you what the road was like because I wasn't there - although I've driven this stretch in Wyoming and have driven in other states with these same weather conditions - and likely, the road is slick.  Maybe even icy.  Even if, by some stroke of luck it wasn't, it's still snowing.  And you can't see well.  So why on earth would you be going so fast??

A reader from Wyoming (Hi, Juli!) sent me an email - she's been reading my blog for more than five years now - asking me what I thought about the accident.  I know I probably shouldn't be judgmental (helloooo, do you read this blog?) because I'd hate if this kind of accident happened to us, causing my comments to bite me in the ass, but I really don't think it would.  Because we don't drive that fast under stellar road conditions.  


I just can't get past how fast those trucks were driving as they approached the accident. As Juli said, this area is known for having a treacherous stretch of highway.  And if you drive this route regularly - which most truckers do - you should know that in winter, in snowy conditions, in icy conditions, in fog, you need to slow the hell down.  I believe they wholly or in part contribute to their crashing into other trucks.  I mean, the crunching. Oh my God, it's horrible to even hear.  Imagine the impact?? 


This guy, a truck driver, got out and walked the wreckage to take a closer look at the crumpled trucks.  It's really a miracle there weren't any fatalities.
I've been watching these videos all week and every time I do, my eyes are glued to the screen.  I'm so glad everyone is equipped with cell phone cameras these days!

For more pictures of this accident, you can check here.  There are lots of pictures, including some good aerial shots.

In addition, four days later, there was another accident on the same exact highway.  This one caused a 60-car pileup, was fiery, and two people were killed.  You would think Wyoming, knowing this is an area that's seen over 400 crashes in the past 10 years, would just lower the speed limit to 45 mph for the ten miles where the most incidents happen.  If you have a problem driving 45 for 10 minutes, you probably shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

If you're a truck driver reading this, please slow down.  You know who you are.  I've seen you.  You've cut me off or caused my truck to sway as you speed by me.  You're the one who changes lanes without signaling, who speeds through construction zones, who tailgates other drivers - usually terrorizing passenger cars by riding their asses.  Just stop.

If you're a passenger vehicle driver, also drive slower.  And remember to stay far away from commercial vehicles of any kind.  Don't tailgate, don't ride next to a truck for a long period of time, don't cut in front of us, and not related to this particular accident, learn how to MERGE.



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2014: Even His Feet Are Handsome

2013: Not Evolved Enough To Clap Just Yet
2012: A Cat’s Life
2011: Not So Lucky
2010: A Capitol Idea
2009: Blooming Where The Sun Don’t Shine
2008: Eddie Wakes Up Smiling Friday
2007: Gnocchi From The Gods
2006: Blurry Super Hero
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, April 24, 2015

I Would Never Mute This Commerical



"That's my biggest nightmare - dying on an empty stomach."

I hate most commercials, and when watching TV I usually mute them.  There are only one or two that I can tolerate - Geico, Jake from State Farm - and although I haven't seen these Volkswagon commercials on TV, I've watched every one of them online.

These women are THE BEST.

And Mary, the woman in the back seat, just named all the food I grew up on.  Every single one.

I think she lived in my neighborhood in the Bronx.



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2014: State Line

2013: No Pity
2012: Stop Grackling!
2011: Chicks And Kids
2010: Ultima Lavada 9:00 PM
2009: Eddie Touches Up The Old Girl Friday
2008: The Morning Sun Greets Guadalupe
2007: Starting Soon. No, Really.
2006: This Mary Doesn’t Go To Pre-School
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A-MAZ-ING

Continental Divide Trading Post on I-10 in Separ, New Mexico, between Lordsburg and Deming.  The place looks like a dive - I haven't been inside - but I stopped here to do a load check just as the morning sun was coming up.

I liked how the colors looked against the morning sky and the 
tee-pee in the back lent a nice Southwestern touch.



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2014: Ghosts Of Retail

2013: Orange Is The Devil
2012: Sixteen Hundred Miles Makes All The Difference
2011: In Need Of Some Color
2010: 122 Years And Counting
2009: Sixteen Days Old
2008: Racism Comes With A Convenient Handle
2007: Evening Tide
2006: Glittering Pasties And Swinging Tassles
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Boldface

I saw this on Canva's Instagram feed and instantly fell in love.




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2014: Ciudad Ju├írez En La Noche
2013: Live It Up!
2012: The Last Supper
2011: New York Always Stands Out
2010: Visitor Number 933 To Room 525
2009: Makes A Nice Desktop
2008: Leaning Tower Of Texas
2007: It Should Be Called “Thimble Shot”
2006: Southern Hideaway
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, April 20, 2015

California Field

I call this one Field II.  I'd like $3 million dollars for it.  


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2014: Happy Easter!

2013: A Tree Grows In A Truck Stop
2012: The Herb Whisperer
2011: Turning Tables With Adele
2010: A Different Kind Of Dumster Diving
2009: Federal Glow
2008: My Mother Is An Oxymoron
2007: The Restroom Shell Game
2006: The Pressure
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Truck Yeah


I've come across articles on Jalopnik over the years and read them - mostly because I was directed there via online searching - but it wasn't until I came across this article by Doug Demuro that I started reading him, and the site, semi-regularly.  He's very funny.

Well, while knocking around Jalopnik I saw the video above and it was only then that I realized they also had a section called Truck Yeah that included information on semi-trucks.

I found that Learning to Drive a Semi-Truck is Harder Than You Think.  Whatever.

I learned why whales are nature's assholes.

And I've seen something online that I've never seen in person.  Ever.

If you want to see more, check out the entire Jalopnik Truck Yeah Big Rig category HERE.  



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2014: Break Time Selfie
2013: The Glories Of Our Journey
2012: The Herb Whisperer
2011: The Switch Between Morning Glory And Country Strong
2010: Name That Tree
2009: Getting Plowed
2008: Eddie Friday In Squares
2007: The Color Of Elizabeth’s Eyes
2006: The Result Of A Little Flax In Your Diet
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Do You Give Good Internet? I'll Be Right There.

Somewhere in the hell that is Nevada.
Internet is essential when one travels as much as we do.  Honestly, I don't know how truckers did this job before cell phones and Internet.  I will insist Ed drive miles out of our way to get a good signal, especially if I know we'll be in a particular place for a few days. Ed started driving pre-Internet and cell phones.  He has told me stories about how he used to have to pull over and find a pay phone to call his dispatcher.  Or anyone, for that matter.  What kind of hell is that?

Ed has been using computers since he was a kid.  He learned how to build them from scratch - you know, motherboards and all that mumbo-jumbo.  I first worked on a computer in the late 80s and was instantly amazed by it, but it would be years until I owned my own, and I'd never even seen a laptop in person.  In fact, Ed was the first person I knew with a laptop and I got my first laptop just 10 years ago.

And I loved it.  Loved the laptop.  Loved the portability of it. Loved the Internet  LOVED when I got my first iPhone.  Technology is truly amazing and I haven't even tapped into the tip of its pinky.

It has changed me.  I don't know if that's good or bad, but it is.  Here are ten things that have happened to me as a direct result of technology and the Internet.

1.  In some ways, it's affected the way I socialize, like myriad articles say it's done to many people.  I'm not anti-social or anything like that - that'd be crazy, especially knowing how much I like to talk and interact with people - but in most cases, these days, I'd much rather email or text. I'm an obsessive email checker and I'm usually available when texts come in, even in the middle of the night.  I'll crack a tired eye just to make sure I don't miss anything.  


2.  I usually only talk on the phone or a long time if I'm driving, because that's the one time I have no distractions.  If I'm not driving, I'm surfing the Internet or checking email.

3.  I research everything.  Mid-sentence, mid book-reading, even mid phone call.  If I want to know something, I stop what I'm doing and Google it.  I love being able to do that.  And some of the extra knowledge that seeped into my noggin has often come in handy.   

4.  I don't watch the news on TV or listen to it on the radio, but with the Internet I can read about any story happening anywhere in the world.  I'd never been much of a news bug but I like that I can quickly skim a few sites and feel like I'm caught up.  In addition, I have friends who email me stories they know I'd be interested in, and there are always the people posting pertinent happenings on Facebook and Twitter.

5.  My hand actually gets fatigued when I use a pen and paper.  I can't write for an extended period of time without needing a nap.  Oddly, typing doesn't do the same thing.

6.  I swipe anything with a screen.  

7.  I'm annoyed by random comments online from friends or strangers.  Things I would have never heard prior to the Internet.  I would never be subjected to the pathetic postings of Someecards telling me how, if they're single, they should be loved more because they're a great catch, and if they're married and have kids, I have to read about how fantastic their husband is, or how amazing their kids are.  I can't click away from the screen quickly enough and because I've already seen it, and I still want to punch them right in the lip.

8.  I have wasted days planning vacations because I can't turn away from the Trip Advisor reviews.  I click and click and click.  Like a drug addict.  I read reviews about the same exact place that range from "worst vacation I've ever taken" to "I can't wait to go back, it was the trip of a lifetime".  It makes me so uneasy, I'm always one click from canceling my reservations.

9.  I've always been pretty smart - really, ask my mother - but as smart as I think I am, using the internet does make me feel as if I'm way way way smarter.  I mean, helloooo, the information is right there before my very eyes.  At the very tips of my fingers.  In my hands at all times.  It's wonderful and maddening at the same time.  


10.  I don't watch nearly as many videos as some people do - some people really have no lives - but I do waste plenty time looking at stuff like this and this and this (I can't even count how many times I've watched that one).

And even though most of these things have completely changed my life and caused me serious eyeball strain, I still love the Internet.

In fact, I just told Ed today - when we were in an area where we were having trouble getting the satellite TV to come in - that I could easily go without TV.  But the Internet?

No way.  Never.  I wouldn't survive.
  



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2014: Where Are We?

2013: Where You'd Go For Camel Repair
2012: The Color Of Happy
2011: Taking Possession Of The Sound
2010: The Bridge People
2009: Knocking Us Off One Candy Bar At A Time
2008: How To Entertain Yourself When Hanging Out With Sight Impaired Adults
2007: Is It REALLY Such A Mystery??
2006: Heading South And Going Country
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Eggplant Link Is The Tastiest

Photo Lighter Side of Real Estate
I am in love with eggplant and my favorite way to have it is parmigiana.  I've made it my way, my father's way, my grandmother's way and now I'm going to make it David Rocco's way.  I'm salivating as I type.

Sweet potato in place of bread?  Count me in.

I'm hungry.  Can you tell?  Because these zucchini chips look good too.

I've written about this building in the past and I'm still a little bummed to know that they're bent on getting rid of it.

She sheds?  Check out the photo above.  They're cute but don't we already have the entire house to ourselves?

I love this idea.  I bought a few of these in Port Townsend on one of my visits - one for my mother, another for a friend - but I really like the idea of making them into pendant lights.

I've heard a lot of people talk about traveling by rail.  It definitely looks like something I'd like.

This really narrows it down - just in case you were looking for fixer-upper properties around the country.

Annndddd.....a little bit of psychology.



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2014: Compliance By Guilt

2013: The Difference A Zero Makes
2012: Pre-Digital
2011: The Sun Sets On The Roughrider State
2010: Diamond Studded Proof
2009: How A Book Defies Its Cover
2008: How To Up Your Chances For A Sweet Monkey Lovin’ Romp
2007: Activities Director
2006: Ah, But It Is SO Worth It
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Union Wharf

The next couple of days will be photos - I'm driving and have no time to write.

Here's a picture of Union Wharf in Port Townsend, Washington to fill the space.

See you on the other side of the country!



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2014: Mysterious Exercise

2013: Doris Day Spends The Weekend In Texas
2012: Evening Ball
2011: Taxes And Ta-Tas
2010: Ah, The Subtle Contrasts Of New Jersey
2009: A Fishy Pishy Is Never Dishy
2008: Before The Luck Ran Out
2006: Five Guys I’m In Love With This Week
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

There's A Killer Whale On My Sightseeing List

Today is our last day on the Olympic Peninsula.  I'm afraid I don't have anything exciting to report.  We decided to make a trip into town, have lunch, stock up on groceries, and take a few more pictures before we departed.

There's really not much to do in this area but we do like to get out and explore a bit, even if it's just for a short drive. Yesterday while out a bright yellow bi-plane flew super-low, right over our truck, and landed at a small local airport. Oooooo, the thrill.

Our first stop was Boat Haven at the Port Townsend marina.  Ed wanted to check the moorage fees for his fantasy boat.  Turns out there's a four year waiting list for permanent moorage.  Whew!  Dodged that bullet.

We also visited the local paper mill on this visit - the one where Debra Winger and her friend worked in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman.  The stacks at the mill always emit a steady stream of thick white steam and sometimes the smell from the mill is overpowering depending on which way the wind is blowing.  It sucks when you wind up directly in its acrid path.

We've eaten at many of the restaurants in town, visited the shops each time we've been here, and checked out most of the local attractions.  We're not kayakers , hikers, or very outdoorsy people - well, more like I'm not - so that eliminates some of the things to do in this area.   

Today we took the Uptown route into town - the street sits on a high bluff overlooking Port Townsend Bay.  The weather cleared up a bit and the view, as always, did not disappoint. 
I gotta tell ya, the one thing we are kind of pissed at ourselves for, that we just realized today while reading one of the local tourist magazines at lunch, is that we could have taken a Whale Watching Tour while we were here! 
 
I don't know where our heads were since we had plenty of time to do it - we've been here nine days this visit - but for some reason we just never read about it or talked about it or looked into it.  I'm more annoyed at myself since I'm a consummate researcher when it comes to what we do in our down time.  I totally dropped the ball on this one.

We'll have to save it for next time.

We finished up in town and headed back to our parking spot.  I love the place we hang out while we're here, it's quiet and very relaxing.  We've got power and water hookup (so no noisy, smelly generator) and have a great water view.

The only activity in the area is the wildlife we see on our drive in.  There is no shortage of seagulls - we see those every visit - but the coyote was a new one for us.  We've been told there's a bear and a few raccoons, although we haven't seen either of those, and the only animal we always see are deer.

There were two tonight, having a leisurely evening meal of grass.

So, that's all the excitement we had this weekend.  Tomorrow we're back to work, heading clear across the country to the east coast, which I'm pretty happy about.

I have a few other things I want to see in the area, but the first thing on our list for next time will definitely be a whale watching trip!  




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2014: You Look Hungry, Take These For Later

2013: A Dumpster Diver's Dream
2012: Reigning Over Sitting 300 Days A Year
2011: Raining In Baltimore
2010: Back That Ass Up
2009: Shaved, Slivered, Sliced, Grated, Chunked, And Best Of All, In Meatballs
2008: Too Small For America?
2007: Waiting For A Beautiful Balsamic Splash
2006: Other Weird Things In Utah
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Visually Artistic Lighting

Every time we've been in Port Townsend, Washington, I've wanted to stop in and explore the Vintage Hardware & Lighting store.  The store, a large two-story building, sits in a prominent location on a traffic circle that we travel through to get to the main downtown area.  

The products displayed in the store windows kept calling my name, and although I don't need chandeliers for my truck - or antiques, for that matter - I still wanted to take a look. Their inventory is large but the most unique aspect of the store is located on the upper floor. They have an Art Deco Light Museum.

Several rows of display cases displayed lighting fixtures from the Great Depression years of 1928 to 1938.  Their promotional flyer for the museum states, "When fallen businessmen were selling apples on street corners for a penny, some of these fixtures sold for over $25."

And they are beautiful.  Each showcase had chandeliers and coordinating sconces accompanied by a display card detailing the manufacturer (if known), the year of manufacture, the materials used, the design names, etc.  It was quite an education.

It is the world's only American Art Deco Light Museum.  Chosen from over 2,000 fixtures, a unique group has been selected for display in the museum.  The museum website says, "It's estimated that you could visit 100 antique shops before finding one of these fine lights.  Some rare "slip shade" lights could not be found even if you visited 10,000 antique shops."
It was quite a treat.  I loved seeing these fixtures, knowing that they were very likely the same as the ones used in the home of this historic town.



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2014: I Lost Sleep Looking At All These Links

2013: Five Facets Of Comfort
2012: The Daily Rant Brings You The Daily Commute
2011: Not For The Shy
2010: A Barge And A Lady
2009: Easter Preparation Takes Its Toll
2008: Eddie In The Blue Friday
2007: The Man Filter
2006: There Is Still A Chance
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vintage Heaven

Yesterday on our walk we discovered the most fantastic place - Bergstrom's Antique & Classic Autos located on Washington Street in Port Townsend, Washington.  It's housed in an original 1917 auto garage.
It was the most fantastic collection of automobile memorabilia I've ever seen.  They had license plates, hubcaps, tail lights, side view mirrors, speedometers...
Magazines, Chilton manuals, advertising, books, and tons of other written material for cars dating back decades.
Tune-up charts from as early as 1941...

There were cars for sale, metal advertising signs, old car parts... 
 Toys, key chains, hood ornaments.
Metal and plastic emblems and badges with make and model names.  These are awesome.  I want one but couldn't decide which, so I'll probably be going back to the store after I've made my decision.
An original Texaco sign, made of metal, with two original Texaco stars.  An original Hupmobile sign hanging in the background, a motorcycle in the foreground.
There were old tools of all kinds - wrenches, an oil can, and in the upper left of this photo, a hand-powered grinder.  
 This 1953 Mercury was for sale for $19,900.  I love the mint green color.
And this restored 1956 Texaco Sky Chief Tokheim gas pump priced at $3,500.
If you have a love for anything to do with cars, this is the place you need to visit.  It's a man's paradise and the perfect place to find a gift for the vintage car aficionado in your life.

This place ranks at the top of the list of my favorite shops in Port Townsend.  What great surprises we've found in this little town!


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2014: No Wonder China Is The Exporting Superpower
2013: 109 Miles Of White Knuckle Passengering 
2012: Strong
2011: The Man Unmasked
2010: Fingers Crossed For All Things Motorized!
2009: Eddie Forces A Smile Friday
2008: A, B, C, D, DD: No Matter What The Letter, The Trauma Is The Same
2007: How To Watch American Idol The Right Way
2006: Dings And Hos
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Perky For Spring

After we had lunch at Tin Brick Pizzeria (which I didn't like) in Port Townsend, we went for a short walk and found ourselves at the Haller Fountain.  It's nothing spectacular, just a fountain, but it sits at the intersection of Washington and Taylor.
Port Townsend has a Downtown (located along Water Street) and an Uptown (located along.  The stairs at the Haller Fountain is just one way of the ways to get to the Uptown area.  
We didn't do much except wander, so there's nothing really significant to write about but the weather is still gorgeous - a real surprise in this part of the country - and we're just trying to take advantage of it by getting out.  
It seems nothing says beautiful spring weather more than nipples on a bronze statue.  



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2014:  Spring In Wyoming

2013: Texas For Immigration
2012: Mys-Understanding
2011: Zumba In My Dreams
2010: Eddie Peep Show Friday
2009: Some Like It Hot
2008: The Desert Blooms With Irritants
2007: Squeeze Me?
2006: Relationship Deal Breakers
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Staying Entertained During The Load Hunt

Even the seagulls are basking in the beautiful weather of the Olympic Peninsula.

We're still here, waiting on a load.  I don't mind as I'm the gorgeous weather during the day and have been able to catch up on a bunch of Redbox movies at night.

We've seen The Imitation Game (great), Birdman (absolutely horrible - I can't even believe it won the Oscar for Best Picture, among others), Beyond the Lights (cheesy, but with a good soundtrack), Kill the Messenger (great), Foxcatcher (didn't love it but Steve Carrell was fantastic albeit creepy and absolutely unrecognizable in his role), The Best of Me (typical Nicholas Sparks), and Hector and the Search for Happiness (so charming, I loved it!).

We also had dinner last night at a local Mexican restaurant with another one of the teams who are here also waiting on a load.  The food was great but the company was even better.  We had SO many laughs!.  They had some really fantastic stories about their time with one particular carrier and I was dying over some of the stuff they told us.  We stayed almost until closing time at the restaurant.  

Today we'll go into town to drop off our movies, maybe have lunch out, grab a few more groceries and continue to look for loads.

Keep your fingers crossed!




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2014: Olive You

2013: Digging Through The Memory Bank
2012: Hoochie Easter
2011: Make It Yourself Or Just Stay Home
2010: If It Walks Like A Duck…
2009: Pink In Tacoma
2008: Not The Kind Of Flower You Pick
2007: Exclusive Holiday Visitation
2006: Basket Of Knowledge
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tugging At Human Heartstrings


I noticed from some of my posts that we were here in Washington state at the exact same time last year.  In fact, one year ago yesterday, I wrote a post about the boat in the picture above.  Yesterday, I found out a little more about it while browsing a website for one of the local marinas.

Apparently the boat, The Western Flyer, is where John Steinbeck did the research for his 1951 book "The Log of the Sea of Cortez".  He spent six weeks in 1940 covering 6,000 miles in an expedition of the Sea of Cortez, collecting marine specimens with his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts.  According to Wikipedia, it is "regarded as one of Steinbeck's most important works of non-fiction chiefly because of the involvement of Ricketts, who shaped Steinbeck's thinking and provided the prototype for many of the pivotal characters in his fiction, and the insights it gives into the philosophies of the two men."

The boat was built in 1937 in Tacoma, Washington, by Western Boat Building Company and is now at the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven for a 2 year, $2 million restoration.  Regarding the decision to have the boat restored in this Pacific Northwest town known for its history of wooden boat building, current owner John Gregg, 54, of Moss Landing, California said,
“I saw people with chisels and hand tools and loads of knowledge, and it was clear to me that Port Townsend was the right place to do this."


When Ed and I drove around the marina looking at the boats in dry dock, we had no idea the history this one held.  The turquoise strip of color above the little round portholes is what originally caught my eye, prompting me to want to take a picture of it.  When we got closer I saw that it was in dire need of help.  It was filthy, covered in mud, and I couldn't imagine someone wanting to take on the task of cleaning it up.  That it could possibly be a worthy project.  Then again, I'm just not that into boats or working that hard.  Perhaps if I had a million dollars like the owner, making it possible to hire someone else do the work, I might consider it.

This is the most informative article regarding the boat that I've found so far - A New Life for the Boat Immortalized by John Steinbeck


If you're interested in a few others, you can check these out:

Famed literary boat getting $2M makeover in Port Townsend


Shipwright takes on Western Flyer restoration

Western Flyer Renovation Underway

Work begins again on Western Flyer; boat once used by author John Steinbeck eyed for education




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2014: Don't Be Crabby Because It's Monday

2013: If You See One Of These, Please Follow Instructions
2012: Not A Deterrent
2011: Wooden You Love Some New Toys?
2010: In Truck Portrait
2009: Unwatchable
2008: Nesting
2007: The Quickest Way To Get Ready For A Nap
2006: One Stop Shopping
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Guac, Not Eggs

We spent Easter Sunday in Port Townsend, Washington.  Had lunch, went grocery shopping (and picked up some avocados to make fresh guacamole, which I've been craving), drove around town a little bit, took pictures, enjoyed the absolutely beautiful weather, and then settled in with a few Redbox movies for the night.

No dyed eggs were harmed during our Easter celebration.


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2014: Beyond Restoration?

2013: Don't Let The Pretty Label Fool You
2012: True Trucker Confession
2011: Spring Buds And An M3
2010: International Relations
2009: Waiting For The Storm IN Ohio
2008: Sprawl
2007: Moonlighting
2006: Spring Breath Escapes Through Two Lips
2005: Sorry, no post on this day. The blog didn’t start until May 2005!