Sunday, September 10, 2017

Otterly adorable

Hello Blog Pals,
Drunk Fox at the helm of the blog today.

The doorbell rang today.  Apparently answering the door is another job Little Fox does (only he know how he reaches the door) that has now been delegated to me.
How does Little Fox reach up here? 
There was a huge box addressed to me, Drunk Fox.  This is weird. I usually don't get any mail (I try to live off the grid).
I examined the label in further detail.  Yep, that's Little Fox's handwriting.  No return address (I guess he is still "finding himself".
Looks like Stuffie Shipping Service is a division of UPS.  Go figure. 

I better open this box.  Perhaps it's fresh peanut butter.

I looked in and saw a small little otter.  I carefully pulled him out and quickly got him some water (to drink, not to swim in).

Otter and I got to chatting and I learned that he met Little Fox on an adventure and Otter wanted to stay with us.  I asked him his name and he said he didn't have one.

Now.....naming animals is not my humans strong suit.  For example, I am Drunk Fox.
We also have Big Bear.
Who can forget Little Bear.
Looks like Otter made it into this picture. 
Don't forget Reindeer.  I started calling him Otter and he got very upset saying "I want a name".
Now, I just finished a bag of JoJo's for lunch so I suggested JoJo.  He looked at me like I was CRAZY for suggesting JoJo (by the way I understand that not all of the country calls them JoJo's....strange huh).

So we need a name:  Here are my choices that Otter could live with but I could use some help from the stuffy community.  Do any of my stuffy friends have suggestions?  Here is what we have come up with but we're open to suggestions.

1) Wicket the Otter
2) Biscuit the Otter
3) Shelly the Otter
4) Chowder the Otter
5) Olive the Otter

Now, I am going figure out how to get rid of this big box.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Unofficial capitals of the world.

Hej kompisar.
Drunk Fox here.  Today, I went on an exploration of Albany, Oregon.  The first stop (after lunch) on all of my adventures is the local museum to get an overview of the area.  Couple things I learned at the museum.
1) Albany, Oregon was named after Albany, New York (huh, I would have thought it was the other way around).
2) Albany is the county seat of Linn County and more importantly "the unofficial grass seed capital of the world".
3) Albany is the self proclaimed "rare earth metals of the world" capital.  Albany produces zirconium, hafnium, and titanium.

Let's travel back to 1845.   Mr. Abner Hackleman was the first European settler in Albany.  He was a farmer from Iowa who came out to get a land claim and brought his friend Hiriam Snead to get another claim for his son.  The next year he goes back to Iowa to get the family and dies on passage.  Fast forward to 1847 and the Monteith Brothers from Albany, New York take Oregon Trail to Oregon. They buy the land claims from Snead for $400 and a horse and platted 60 acres for the town site.  The rest is history.

Here I am in front of the Monteith's house in downtown Albany.  The house is the most authentically restored pioneer home in Oregon (circa 1849).  It has stood the test of time. 
Speaking of the Monteith family.  Here I am enjoying this nice bench at Monteith park.  The Willamette river is behind me and that bridge is for highway 20.  Highway 20 travels from Oregon to Boston. 
Lots of old buildings in downtown. The building on the right used to be a boarding house on the top floor and a grocer on the bottom.  The remodeled the boarding house part to one large apartment. 
In San Francisco there is a nice hotel (or so I hear) called the St. Francis.  Here I am posing in front of the St. Francis in Albany. 
This looks like the kind of alley Sandy's gramma would go for a back alley deal.  I wonder if I can find some cheap chicken to bring home to the gang?
Popular places to visit in Albany? Ok, here is Drunk Fox's spot #1.  Burger Queen, not to be confused with a similar sounding burger restaurant. 
The original breakfast (now serving lunch).  According to the sign it's better than grandma's. We'll see about that.  
My favorite place.  It's a little seedy and sketchy but that's how I roll. Do you see it?  Fox Den.  Fox Fun. 
So now that you are all excited to see Albany you are probably asking yourself, "how do I get there?"  Good question.  Albany has the oldest operating airport west of the Mississippi (another story for another day).  No commercial service though.

 Amtrak serves Albany.  Don't fall asleep on the train, you might miss the stop.
 If you are more adventurous you can ride the rails and take a freight train to Albany.  Looks like Union Pacific serves Albany.   Jerry and Ben, this might be your preferred mode of transportation since you two love trains.
 One last think about Albany is they have a convenience store called Dari Mart that sells farm fresh ice cream in their stores from local farms.  What a way to end the day.
Extreme closeup, Eh?

Monday, August 28, 2017

List of chores

Before Little Fox went out to "find himself" he left me a list of things to do.
1) Update the blog weekly
2) Make coffee for the humans daily
3)Water the garden
4) Collect the mail 
This seems like a lot of work, am I up for it? 
Job 1: Updating the blog.  So far so good, my posts have been happening on a somewhat regular basis.  Little Fox will be happy.
I wish I learned to how to touch type back in high school.

Job 2: Making coffee.  I can't believe that LF does this daily for the humans.  I did this one day and told the humans that this is THEIR responsibility until LF gets back.  
Should this coffee be hot?

Job 3: Water the garden.  This is a tough one for stuffies as our fur doesn't do well when wet.  First stop is the tomatoes.  They had a tough start this year but they are making progress.  This looks like the setting of an archaeological site for a certain little fox I know.
This year we found a little volunteer tomato.  It has some flowers but no fruit yet. 
Go little guy go. 

This pepper could use some help. 

The little sunflower type of plant is doing well.  I wonder what this plant is called?
Job 4: The mail.  So far I have paid bills.  I know how Uncle Tibbs must feel when the letter carrier shows up and delivers the mail.  Bills, advertisements, and other junk.
Oh, what is this?  A post card.....from someone in Vancouver, BC.  I bet you it's from Sandy!!!!!!  Looks like he is enjoying his time on holiday in Vancouver.  Lot's of iced hot chocolate (isn't that just chocolate milk?) and probably some time hanging out with Otto.
 Ooh, another card from Badlands National Park.  Ok, this receiving mail thing is kind of cool.
The best part of having chores is finishing them. It's time to break open the iced tea and relax on a comfy piece of furniture. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Exploring the 1950s.

Last week as I was exploring around the park I found some cool things.  I learned there were pioneer barbers and I also learned about some of the statuary from the 1950s.  I decided to take a walk and try to find some more 40s, 50, and 60s artwork.

Historian's would say this little motel is a "mid century jewell" while I look at it and say "Yup from the 50s".
Of course in the 50s they didn't have a light rail track in the middle of the street as we do now.
Nice day, eh?
Up next on my 1950s tour is the Palms, no not the fancy place in Vegas.  I will say they have a cool sign.
I wasn't there at night but I did find a picture of it lit up.  Pretty cool. 
According to a blog I read about it the owner is really nice and is thinking of adding more neon monkeys to the sign.  That's my kind of motel owner.  Perhaps a neon fox would add a touch of class to the sign?

I found also found this sign today on my excursions. Looks like it's from the same era.
All this running around has made me hungry.  I didn't bring any Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches so I should probably go out and eat.  Ah, this place looks perfect!
I wonder if they have chicken?

Monday, August 14, 2017

An exploration in the park.

Ahh, Summertime......nice weather, lots of BBQs and concerts in the park. I am just relaxing and waiting for the band to start up. Tonight's schedule is a Tom Petty Tribute Band called Petty Fever.
Oooh, the show is starting.  I need to get a better view. 
Even though that was a good view it would not be sustainable for the entire concert.  I had to move my chair to get a clearer view of the stage.  Do you see the lead singer on the stage in red?
During intermission I decided to explore the park.  Oh, what do we have here? Looks like and A & W Burger Family.  Yes, that's Mama Burger, Papa Burger, Teen Burger (he's the one with the T on his shirt) and Baby Burger.  Each one is holding a frosty glass of A & W Root Beer.  
This burger family was housed at the A & W Burger stand in town.  When the stand closed and turned into a Papa Murphy's take and bake pizza franchise the family starting holding pizzas instead of burgers.  
In the 1970s the teen disappeared and the current teen burger is a replacement.  Rumor has it that the original teen was stolen and dropped in a local lake (which is also the cities water supply, go figure).
This art installation has inspired me to explore some other mid-century modern (i.e. 40s, 50s, and 60s) art around town.

I digress.  As I was walking around the park I found an old bell from Uncle George?  Who is Uncle George you ask?  Well, he was a pioneer barber (who knew) and he raised money to buy this bell to alert volunteer firefighters in the 1900s.  
On the bell it says it was forged in Hillsboro O.  One would assume at first glance that it was referring to Hillsboro, Oregon, but in fact it was referring to Hillsboro, Ohio. 
What a great way to spend intermission.  Back to Petty Fever to enjoy the rest of the concert.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Urban Exploration with Drunk Fox.

Hej kompisar,

I woke up today and the first two words to come out of my mouth were urban utforska or urban exploring for my non-Swedish speaking friends.

I don’t live in Portland but I live close to it. Portland is known for many things but one of them is a dedicated bike culture.  There are bike routes everywhere.  In 2012 the office of transportation decided to spice up the bike lanes by painting flags of the City of Portland on certain routes.
Do you see the flag?
As mentioned, the flags were painted on in 2012 and it’s now 2017 so the flags are fading.  I found a couple around town.

This bike lane flag could use a "touch up" paint job. 
I got braver when I was looking for the second flag.  That’s me sitting in a bike lane in NE Portland.  I hope no bikes zoom by (or cars for that matter).
The neighborhood where these flags were painted is called Lloyd District.  In the 1950s a developer started buying all the houses in this neighborhood.  Then the developer let them fall into disrepair.  When the other residents of the neighborhood wanted to move and there was only one person interested in buying….that’s right the developer.  Eventually, the developer owned all the houses, tore them down and built the largest mall in the world (at the time, 1960) and it was dedicated by Vice President Richard Nixon. 
I know they do it but why would you build an open air mall in Portland Oregon? 
The mall has a great parking structure and I am hoping to get some photos on top of the parking structure.  I bet there are some good views if I can climb to the top of this structure. 
Made it to the top but not the view I was hoping for.  Let's see if I can find a better location. 

Oooh, a better location. If you look closely you might be able to see the tower of the Oregon Convention Center in the background.

All this exploring has made me hungry.  I can’t find a place that will make a good PB & J sandwich but I did find a food cart that looks beary interesting.  They sell Doner Kebabs and I am up for anything.
Now that I am getting the hang of this "blogging" thing what will I do next?