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Oceanside, Oregon – through the tunnel

March 16, 2008 Leave a comment

Walking on the beach in Oceanside yesterday, we noticed that something looked different at the north end of the beach. There was a tunnel! Since it was low tide, we were able to walk over to and through this 30 yard long tunnel to another beach! Pretty darn cool. Here’s the beach that’s on the other side of the tunnel.

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Categories: beach, fun, vacation

Oceanside, Oregon

March 15, 2008 Leave a comment

The beach has always been special to us. I asked Lillian to marry me in Manzanita, and now we’re spending a long overdue weekend in Oceanside. It’s even starting to get somewhat sunny. Here’s the view from our hillside cabin/cottage.

Categories: beach, vacation

Fuel efficiency and City of Portland trucks

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Let me start off by saying that I really appreciate what all of the folks over at the City of Portland do to keep our city streets in good repair, and our parks beautiful. They’ve been working hard to update the park by my house, and I just know that it’ll be gorgeous when it’s all done.

That being said, there are areas where the city could improve. Mostly it’s in the area of efficiency. With all of the talks about how the city and state are strapped when it comes to diesel fuel costs, you’d think that the city would take a proactive approach to utilize the assets that they do have as well as possible.

Today when out on a short walk to get some lunch I spotted three trucks parked on the side of the road with their engines running. There wasn’t a city employee in sight. No one in the trucks, and no one using the bucket on the crane. The flashing lights were going round and round, which seemed unnecessary since the workers had also put out orange cones to warn passing traffic. Why waste diesel fuel that now costs over $3.50 a gallon. And heck, couldn’t those lights run off of a battery? Sheesh.

Check these three trucks out:

And, a half an hour later two of the trucks were still there. No workers in sight. Still idling. Wasteful.