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Beverly Cleary, 1916 - 2021.

Beverly Cleary - born in McMinville in 1916 - has left us.
(HT: ONTD https://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/120392439.html)

OPB: 'Beloved author and Oregon native Beverly Cleary has died. She was 104.

Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph the Mouse are among some of her best-known characters. More than half a century after her first book was published, sales are still strong, with more than 91 million books sold and counting. ...'

2021-02-17 Wednesday night

It was only this afternoon that I learned, via Instapundit, that large parts of the Portland area have been experiencing a prolonged power outage.



I'm fortunate that my area in Hillsboro seems to have been entirely spared.

The new job is going well, one month on. More money and less stress than my last gig, I could get used to this.

I've been carless for the last two years or so now, but that might change in the near future. I'm filling out financing applications and making appointments for test drives.

In the news, Rush Limbaugh has left us. Tammy Bruce's tribute is here:


Ratched, and other discoveries.

So it seems there's going to be series dedicated to Nurse Ratched of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" fame (or infamy). I only learned that just now.

I also hadn't known that "Cuckoo's Nest" is set in Salem, Oregon, although I have to say I think that's the perfect place for it. (We even have our very own Nurse Ratched.)

I learned all this courtesy of Andrew Ducker ... who, as it turns out, has at some point banned me! So that's another thing I've just discovered.

Life is so interesting!

Wednesday afternoon.

Oregon hasn't been hit as hard by the coronavirus as our neighbors to the north and south, but within Oregon, Washington County - where I live - has the highest number of cases. I don't worry too much about getting the illness personally; I don't like crowds and generally avoid them, plus I'm fortunate to have a fairly robust constitution. Typically if I get sick at all it'll last for about 24 hours and then I'm done. But I do want to be mindful of not being party to transmitting the illness to an elderly or infirm person.

Anyway, my second full day of work-at-home went pretty smoothly. I am getting used to the routine and I suspect I'll come to like it. My job (IT support) is one of those best suited for remote work, and it's likely that the COVID-19 thing will have the effect of accelerating a trend that's already well underway. So from a professional standpoint, the chance to get accustomed to the practical realities of working from home - and supporting others who do - can only help me in the future.

Last time I went shopping, I stocked up on shef-stable food. Grocery Outlet had two flavors of Tasty Bite for 99c a package. One of these - the vindaloo - I hadn't tried before. I had previously only heard of vindaloo in the context of "pork vindaloo" which the vegetarian and kosher-certified TB product obviously is not. So I gave it a try. Most of the TB flavors, even those marked "spicy", are fairly tame. Not this stuff! As it happens I'd been hankering for some hot Indian food, and (short of a trip to one of the nearby Indian restaurants) this filled the bill pretty well.

Down from the hills.

Plan for today: pop in at Chabad for morning services, then on to Beaverton to look at some room shares. My time at The Undisclosed Location is at last coming to an end, and I will be packing my things and saying goodbye to The Man In The High Castle within the month. Looking forward to being back in town, and having a shorter commute to work.

Big world.

When I picked up my mail at my mailbox in Scappoose, those salsa bowls weren't the only treat. I also got my DVD of Season 1 of 'Little People, Big World'.

My main interest in the show is that it's set locally - the Roloff farm is in Helvetia, just a few miles from where I live, and I often drive past it on my way into town. But I'm also quickly getting caught up in the human story of Matt and Amy and their kids. It's the story of a family straddling two worlds - the world of 'little people' (such as Matt and Amy and Zach, who are born with dwarfism) and 'average size people' (Molly, Jacob, and Zach's twin brother Jeremy).

So I'm looking forward to following the story of the Roloffs, just a few miles south of where I live.