Friday, December 12, 2008


"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter"

Christmas Lights

The Linn's on Deer the north end of the park have their lights synchronized to Christmas Music that is broadcast over your FM radio....

After dark and before 10:00pm drive over to their home and tune your FM car radio to 98.3... The lights dance to the music! Kewell...

The music is on a loop of about 7 songs and then it repeats.. Stay for the whole show.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


iGoogle: "Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.
- Dave Barry"

Odd Winter Weather Coming to Oregon Coast, Mountains and Portland

Odd Winter Weather Coming to Oregon Coast, Mountains and Portland: "Seaside may look like this over the weekend."

December 3, 2008--"Time traveling" astronomers have decoded echoes from a centuries-old supernova, allowing them to see light from the event as it appeared when the distant star first exploded.

In 1572 Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe mistook the supernova for a new star, and he studied it extensively until it disappeared from view. Modern telescopes allow us to see the remnant of the blast, which appears like a colorful piece of cosmic algae in the above composite image.

The new study, in last week's issue of the journal Nature, is the first confirmation that Brahe witnessed what's known as a normal Type Ia supernova—when a white dwarf star in a binary system gathers so much matter from its partner that it compresses until it explodes.

The Spell of the Yukon: Information from

The Spell of the Yukon: Information from "The Spell of the Yukon

I wanted the gold, and I sought it,
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy — I fought it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I wanted the gold, and I got it —
Came out with a fortune last fall, —
Yet somehow life's not what I thought it,
And somehow the gold isn't all.

No! There's the land. (Have you seen it?)
It's the cussedest land that I know,
From the big, dizzy mountains that screen it
To the deep, deathlike valleys below.
Some say God was tired when He made it;
Some say it's a fine land to shun;
Maybe; but there's some as would trade it
For no land on earth — and I'm one."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


iGoogle: "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
- Pablo Picasso"

Can't see the cell tower for the tree | | Statesman Journal

Can't see the cell tower for the tree | | Statesman Journal: "Crews installed a cell phone tower disguised as a tree on Liberty Road S in Salem on Tuesday"

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Black hole confirmed in Milky Way

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Black hole confirmed in Milky Way: "According to Dr Robert Massey, of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the results suggest that galaxies form around giant black holes in the way that a pearl forms around grit."

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


iGoogle: "Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
- George Bernard Shaw"

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanese finds 'heaviest' potato

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Lebanese finds 'heaviest' potato: "'This giant weighs 11.3 kilos (24.9 pounds),' Khalil Semhat told the AFP news agency at his farm near Tyre, 85 kilometres (50 miles) south of Beirut."

Economy | The Obama-Biden Transition Team

Economy | The Obama-Biden Transition Team: "n addition, because lower-income seniors may have no choice but to take withdrawals this year and in 2008, Obama and Biden will exempt any withdrawals made up to the required minimum amount from taxation. This will give seniors the flexibility they deserve -- to forgo withdrawals if they choose or to take those withdrawals tax free if they need those resources to pay their bills."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Information Statement

Information Statement: M 6.8 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION 0624Z DEC 9: Tsunami NOT expected along US west coast,BC,and AK


Statement as of 1:05 PM PST on December 08, 2008

... Turning extremely cold with very low snow levels this weekend
over southwest Washington and northwest Oregon...

The coldest air of the winter season will be settling in over
southwest Washington and northwest Oregon this weekend... bringing
very cold temperatures to the region and snow levels possibly near
the valley floor.

The initial surge of cold air will spread into southwest
Washington and northwest Oregon Friday night as a strong cold
front moves through. While air ahead of this front will be
relatively mild... very cold air behind this front has the
potential to drop snow levels quite low... not unlike a snow event
that occurred in mid November of 2003 which dropped several inches
of snow in the Portland Metro area. While this kind of detail is
not certain at this point... the snow level at the back edge of the
cold front Friday night could turn out to be quite low.

The cold air will continue to stream onshore during the day
Saturday and any showers will likely drop snow to the 500 or 1000
feet elevations. The onshore flow will likely limit the
possibility of the snow reaching the valley floor due to a
significant over water trajectory of the air... as the water
temperatures off the coast remain in the lower 50s.

It appears a reinforcing shot of Arctic air will then spread
through The Gorge and down through western Washington into
northwest Oregon Saturday night and Sunday... and bring the coldest
air to the region in quite some time. At that point... minimum
temperatures could fall into the teens with daytime temperatures
struggling to reach freezing. The possibility of any significant
snow once the main shot of Arctic reaches our area is uncertain at
this time as it is dependent on whether any organized systems will
spread over the area... but the possibility does exist.

Be sure to take precautions this week in advance of the arrival of
the very cold air... such as wrapping pipes... covering foundation
vents... draining outdoor water pipes... and protecting vulnerable
outdoor plants.

The News Letter, from Ron's soap box

Hello folks,

Let's talk about our monthly newsletter. The newsletter has run into some trouble that we feel you should know about.

Mr. Forsloff, a long time resident, has generously published the newsletter for the cost of ink and paper for a number of years. Sadly, that arrangement is coming to an end as he is retiring. We have been looking for other ways of keeping the newsletter alive and well.

Currently, we may be able to have a friend of Jim Rose's publish it for us. But, He lives in Portland. So that poses a logistics problem as you can see. Other options include having it printed locally. These options all will cost money which will be deducted from a rapidly depleting Social Club treasury.

We do have the ability to publish the entire newsletter on line for free. But that means people would have to view it on the computer.... Some folks don't have a computer. On the other hand we do have a computer lab at the clubhouse with high speed Internet for free.

This last newsletter will be the last until we have a solution to the problem...

To the, "Why don't you...... folks".... Hey, we need ideas but we need people and $$ willing to put forth a little effort. So, if the judgement of the community is to do nothing then it seems to me that the demise of the Newsletter is imminent.

Gotta idea? Leave a comment or call Charolette Paulson (Social Club President)

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