Trish and Harold's Weblog

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Fun Time

Hey gang

I should write about the campaign event I went to this evening for Rob Brading, featuring Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga of the Daily Kos and Jerome Armstrong from It was a powerful event, a lot of people showed up... Markos and Jerome are very nice fellas and I really want to read their book Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People Powered Politics.

I also really want to tell you how important it is to remove Karen Minnis from the Oregon State House (as Mr. Moulitsas Zuniga said this evening, "Her name appears to be spelled wrong." You don't get that joke unless you say her name out loud).

But I don't seem to be able to put things together too clearly tonight. I'm in one of those "zen" moods where all I want to do is float around not thinking too hard about things. So... I won't.

Just to save this post from being completely pointless, however, note that I stuck links to some of my favorite web comics on the right-hand-side of the page (you'll have to scroll down a little way). Check 'em out. They're nifty.

And, to keep your morning from being too boring, try this cool internet tennis game that my lovely sister-in-law Mary Lou forwarded to me: Gowaaaan... click the tennis ball. Try it... you'll like it!

One more: How many of THESE do you Northwesterners identify with?

You know you are from the Pacific Northwest if:

1. You know the state flower (Mildew)
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, its not a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.
10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.
12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation
18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.
26. You measure distance in hours.
27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).
30. You actually understood these jokes and will probably forward (or post) them

Ah, it's a Northwest thing... you folks out East probably don't get it. :)

I'm off to bed. Hope you're all doing well...