Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Search Engines...

It's amazing what "stat counter" will bring me re: search engines and this blog. Take a look at the most recent searches...

Num Perc. Search Term

4 11.11% hobo spider
3 8.33% doctor spider bite
2 5.56% spider, northwest us
2 5.56% google search hobo spiders
2 5.56% brown house spider pics
2 5.56% spiders of the pacific northwest
2 5.56% northwest spider
2 5.56% pics of hobo spider bites
2 5.56% northwest house spider pics
1 2.78% what's up with the weather
1 2.78% giant house spider
1 2.78% pics of arizona spider bites
1 2.78% vinegar and honey hot
1 2.78% vinegar and honey
1 2.78% experiments on smoking
1 2.78% northwest spider species
1 2.78% vinegar tea
1 2.78% 50,s lamp shades
1 2.78% hilarious email
1 2.78% vinegar and honey tea
1 2.78% vinegar honey tea
1 2.78% counrties flags
1 2.78% is elvis alive?
1 2.78% honey and vinegar health drink
36 100.00%

It looks like those darned Hobo Spiders got the edge re: searches. But then again, it's that time of the year for those hobo's to go on the prowl.

However, one of my favorites was the 50,s lamp shades which no doubt took the searcher to a piece I wrote months ago when I helped my daughter and son in law move into their brand spanking new home in Vancouver, WA. It was a fun move and certainly a memorable one.

By the way, I've been trying to find myself on this blog re: where to go, what to write about, etc. I think I'm going to go back to my original idea of a bit of stuff about those most newsworthy moments in our tiny world on a weekly basis. I'm thinking about posting once a week on a Saturday morning.

If anyone's out there and happens to read this let me know what you think about that idea.

I'm still a bit tweaked about the "Elvis" piece. Heaven forbid!

Alright, I'd better get off of here.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

From Aberdeen and Cosmopolis, WA...

Weyerhaeuser Cutbacks Hit Depressed Towns
By CURT WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer
Sat Oct 22, 3:33 AM ET

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Calvin O'Brien followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather when he took a job at the sawmill here, earning wages few other jobs could provide in this blue-collar town.

The tradition ended Friday when O'Brien, 28, learned that Weyerhaeuser planned to shutter the mill by year's end. The news came hard in an area that has survived difficult years of decline in the timber industry.

"We lived a good life," O'Brien said. "I was hoping to make a good life for my family, but there it is."

Weyerhaeuser announced it would close the 81-year-old sawmill and a 50-year-old pulp mill in neighboring Cosmopolis, eliminating 342 hourly and salaried positions.

The Federal Way-based company cited high operating costs and aging machinery among other problems as reasons for the closings and said they were part of broader plans to fine-tune its operations.

About 245 jobs — which have an average annual wage approaching $50,000 — would be lost in Cosmopolis, sapping about 40 percent of the tiny town's tax base, said mayor Vickie Raines. The remaining 97 jobs will be cut from the large-log sawmill here. A mill that processes smaller logs will remain open.

The large-log mill here is expected to close at the end of 2005. The Cosmopolis mill is expected to operate into the second half of 2006, he said.

Gov. Christine Gregoire said she would dispatch Department of Employment Security representatives to help identify training and benefits available to workers.

"I will do everything in my power to help the workers and their families," she said.

Rumors that Weyerhaeuser might close were nothing new to the area, but the announcement still came as a shock, said Aberdeen Mayor Dorothy Voege.

"When it comes, we go through disbelief and panic, which I think are logical responses," she said.

Some workers were angry that they learned of the job cuts from friends, acquaintances and news reports rather than from the company.

Lucas Bunch said he first heard the mill was closing when a nurse told his pregnant wife the news during a checkup.

"This paycheck was the best thing I had going for me," Bunch said. "I've missed first birthdays, I've missed funerals — I've missed everything for this place."

Weyerhaeuser spokesman Frank Mendizabal said federal securities requirements stipulate that the company file its closure plans early, before financial markets opened on the East Coast.

"Nobody likes it. I wish we didn't have to do it that way," he said.

The job cuts mark yet another hardship for Grays Harbor County, which has suffered since 1980 from timber industry woes, said regional economist Dick Conway.

Metropolitan areas elsewhere in the state have benefited from the growth in the technology industry and other changes, but rural, blue-collar Grays Harbor County is too far away from cities to share in those fortunes, Conway said.

The loss of 342 jobs is sizable in a county that, according to Conway's estimates, has just 24,900 jobs in all.

"For an economy like Grays Harbor it's a severe blow," he said. "That county probably more than any county in the state has suffered from the decline in the timber industry."

At the Maxi Mini Mart in Cosmopolis, owners Kirk and Mark Maynard sat with employee Cris Steuermann reading an early newspaper story about the closing and discussing the looming effect on the town's economy.

On a typical day at the store, Weyerhaeuser workers and others with jobs tied to the forest products company constantly stop in to fuel up, buy a snack and shoot the breeze, Steuermann said.

"It's not just people I see every day. It's people I know," she said. "Everybody around here is tied to that company in some way."

My comments:

The cutback in logging, the reduction in port traffic, the serious decline in commercial fishing have all taken their toll on Grays Harbor County's hard working, blue collar population. It's a sorry, sad end to a great tradition.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

al jazeera

Post deleted by me. There's no need to identify this site let alone provide a link to it.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

28 years ago...

Twenty eight years ago. 1977. October. J and I stood in front of a Justice of the Peace... a District Court Judge in a rather remote county in the State of Washington and vowed to live our lives as one... husband and wife. To love and raise our children. To love our grandchildren. We agreed. We vowed. We promised ourselves, individually that we were going to love and live our lives as one. As a team in life. Lovers, husband, wife, confidants. Best friends.

We're looking forward to the remaineder of our life together! If it's even a fraction of the life we've had together thus far!

I love you J. Happy anniversary.


Saturday, October 01, 2005

He's Alive!!!

Here's proof. Elvis is alive and well. He was in hiding evidently... a self exile where they served plenty of food.

The good thing is that his clothes still fit him as well as they did... and he still has them!

Nah, I'm sorry... this just ain't right... it just ain't right.

Looking at this hurts my eyes.

I found this picture of Elvis on another blog. I just had to share it with everyone.