Mile.. well I guess -18?

So I made it to the outskirts of Portland. Right now I’m at the rest stop outside Wilsonville, there’s an accident on I-5 just north of here so I’m stopping to rest.

Still not feeling 100%, and I ran into a little.. mechanical problem that hastened my arrival here. I need to stop by a VW shop tomorrow and see what they can help me with. At minimum I’ll need that accelerator part replaced. Should be easy, nothing I haven’t fixed before.

So if I can get parts tomorrow I roll to Kings Valley and on to Bend. For purposes of this trip I’m considering Portland Mile 0, even if I’m doubling back a bit.


Wow, really?

So, I have no idea if this is a legitimate E-mail or not.   Please let this actually be scammy, because if this person’s English skills really are this poor, I weep for our Republic.  I honestly don’t know where to begin.  (OK, I do know where to begin: you’re doing “church missionary work” and you are willing to defraud public assistance programs?  Even my religious ethics say that’s wrong.)


I receive your mail indicating your interest in my home for rent and i hope you are serious about this. Please let me know when you are ready to move in and also indicate if you can take good care of my home cos i made up my mind to sell the house until my lovely wife advised that we keep it for future purpose. right now we are renting and not selling but we would like to leave it into a good hand. I want my property to be well taken good care of, and there are some rules and regulation in which I do give out to tenant who are willing to rent my house so please don’t disrespect my order but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way, You must keep my house clean including the surrounding, you must know the way in which you use the stove so as to avoid fire outbreak, you must not disturb the neighbor. I decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (Los Angele’s, CA) on a Missionary Work by my church here, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on our absent. Don’t be surprise if you find the home with another site and deference price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out and they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair. Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that I’m nevertheless I am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and
my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in Los Angele’s, CA… So I will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house But you can drive by the house anytime to take a look at the area and surrounding, You can also peek through the windows if you don’t mind. For now we are looking for 4 or 5 years lease or rather lets us know how long you wish to stay.
Attn : The rent are including the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent,as i am in a governmental programmer that sponsors my utilities on monthly basis etc.
Please note that, we are a kind and honest family,that spent a lot on property that is available for rent, so in one accord,we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own. We want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we shall be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.

The reason for the Season

Thirty years ago, Christmas 1982, I got a Commodore 64 for Christmas.

It wasn’t the first computer I owned (and in fact, it was the third!). It was clunky. I didn’t get a disk drive with it, which left me using the crappy cassette recorder that I had with the VIC-20.

But it, along with the (later acquired) Atari 800XL and 1030 modem, pretty much cemented my lifelong obsession with cheap bitty-box computers..


For those who haven’t heard, I recently moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. I’m about 30 miles outside of downtown Bend, at the end of a dirt road.. surrounded on all sides by BLM land (and on one side, by the Oregon Badlands Wilderness). It’s a quite beautiful place, and I’m feeling a certain amount of peace living somewhere so remote and quiet.

I’ll probably post some pictures later, as I can. At the moment, the Internet connectivity is still a bit weird (I have wireless service from my employer), but that should be fixed soon.

All my power is generated by solar and wind. My water comes from a local well. I have a composting toilet, a greywater storage tank, and a collection of propane tanks. In an emergency, I have a 3500 watt Honda generator.

So far, I’m loving it. We’ll see how I feel in the winter when the weather gets crappy..


So.. purchased a used Makerbot Cupcake off my good friend BrianEnigma. Well, not so much a complete Makerbot, as a “big box of parts that’s kind-of in the shape of a Makerbot.” It’s got a few issues, but so far it doesn’t look like anything I can’t troubleshoot. But we’ll see..