Alsoknownas's Blog (163)

Hell In A Hurry

Maybe you've thought it couldn't get worse.

The globe seems to be teetering on a rickety stand, waiting for the next kid to spin it as hard as possible until it falls off the library desk.

International "leaders"…


Added by alsoknownas on November 8, 2017 at 7:00am — 31 Comments

Dark Clouds

From a cliff top, Sunday afternoon, dark clouds across the shimmering sea.

Added by alsoknownas on November 7, 2017 at 11:56am — 14 Comments


 Not really.



I'll check here in the morning.

Added by alsoknownas on October 28, 2017 at 3:08pm — 20 Comments

Ain't That A Shame

Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. has moved on to provide the heavens with a stroll and shuffle beat.

Known as Fats Domino, his sound out of New Orleans was the inspiration to far too many musicians to name. I remember being about 6 years old, spinning my brother's 45's and knowing this was so different as to defy description.

Always a charmer and a pleasant man, he was feared to have died in Katrina. He lived through it and the devastation to the 9th Ward, but his…


Added by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Not Blood and Soil

Like many who might read this, I have had bouts of complete disdain for Senator John McCain. It's hard to forgive him the VP choice he made when running for the highest office in the nation.

But my current take on him, this man who knows he is fading into the history books, is that he still has something to teach us about patriotism.

The critique of his past as a captured warrior not being satisfactory to the Commander-In-Chief has ratcheted up again.

Today he is…


Added by alsoknownas on October 17, 2017 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

Pompeii Redux

The Columbia River Gorge is so beautiful that sometimes I've wondered if it isn't heaven.

I read a story about the Bridge of the Gods last evening. It is said to have spanned the Columbia River way back before it was named such and provided a trade route for native tribes living on either side.

Some long disputed cataclysmic event maybe as big as gods hurling boulders at each other made it collapse. That is, if it were ever there in the first place. Not everyone…


Added by alsoknownas on September 5, 2017 at 11:00am — 40 Comments

Gone Fission

10 days disconnected.

Whaddya think I meant?

Added by alsoknownas on August 11, 2017 at 11:01am — 9 Comments

Hiding In Plain Sight


Added by alsoknownas on August 1, 2017 at 8:19am — 22 Comments

Meddling Seems So Harsh

Let's face it.

We're roughing up each other too much these days. Every event is parsed and repeated until it loses meaning. It's either that or it's given too much credence and coverage and we end up acting like it's some sort of important issue.

It could go either way.

My current pet peeve is that by the simple act of goofing around on the computer an entire system is seen as corrupt, while the leaders of nations get portrayed as nincompoops driven only by their own…


Added by alsoknownas on July 9, 2017 at 7:45am — 14 Comments


I don't know about you, but after this many decades spinning around the sun on an orbit I don't control, I'm ready to admit I just don't get it all.

In the last 8 or 9 months I feel like I've had more people than ever talk to me as if I need to decide if I'm going to have the tapioca or the peach cobbler for dessert, that I need to decide right now and then wipe the drool off my chin.


Politics is a confusing world to be in.…


Added by alsoknownas on July 5, 2017 at 1:00pm — 42 Comments

In The Midst Of Rancor

For most this day has become nostalgic. We look back and remember the picnics. We head off to the park or a neighbor's place down the street, or to our favorite Uncle's backyard to re-create those times.

For many, a good job is done at building new memories.

I think it's all right and good for that to happen.…


Added by alsoknownas on July 4, 2017 at 7:25am — 17 Comments

Well, of course not...

Stunned and repulsed.

Each day.

"I just don't want a poor person."


Added by alsoknownas on June 22, 2017 at 8:13am — 17 Comments

We Laughed All The Way Home

    Sept. 1952  




Added by alsoknownas on June 16, 2017 at 9:00am — 34 Comments

Not Too Old To Dream

None of us are too old to dream.

I dream about taking off without a map.

My cat dreams about being out on her own some day too.

We connect in that regard despite the reality that it may not happen soon.

It's just a dream.


I was headed back from the veterinarian's this a.m with my Bengal and had the community college jazz station on. Nat King Cole was singing an old classic with violinist Stuff Smith accompanying.



Added by alsoknownas on May 25, 2017 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

I Love Bearded Iris



Added by alsoknownas on May 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

A Guy Walks In


A guy walks in to the grocery store carrying a head.

Stop me if you've heard this one.


I'm not kidding. A little before 6 a.m. my laptop was warmed up, the coffee was hot and the cat had been fed. Let's see if the world is still spinning, I thought while waiting for the the local cyber rag to come up with the headlines...

...then it popped up. In a rural setting, about 20 miles up the Clackamas River which feeds into…


Added by alsoknownas on May 15, 2017 at 8:09am — 26 Comments

The Push To Limit Public Access

A small, whole grain mini-biscuit, a chunk of Teriyaki Chinook Salmon, a half glass of high pulp orange juice and dark black coffee.

I needed to start this day off with something I can relate to because it's just not happening when I search for "news".

Books on my side table are being ignored. Mark Twain, Sherman Alexie short stories, Raymond Carver's poetry, Charles Bukowski's "On Writing", all well thumbed and half read don't get finished.

The urge to see what…


Added by alsoknownas on May 11, 2017 at 10:00am — 28 Comments

Dirt Nap

This morning at 5:30 a.m. I noticed a shape, surrounded by sacks of garbage and covered in two broken pieces of plywood laying partially on the curb and partially in the street. A blanket was blowing around back and forth across the road.

When I called 911 to say a human being was partially in the road and might be hit by a car I was told it was not an emergency and I was hung up on by the operator.


I called non-emergency and was asked to…


Added by alsoknownas on May 5, 2017 at 8:09am — 3 Comments

Whoda Thunk?

It's the new meme.

Have you noticed it in your own home town?

"News" gets presented as a startling chain of events nobody could have predicted. The talking bobble heads go back and forth about how some entirely predictable event wasn't foreseen. There it was, upon the hapless victims in a split second. How could anyone have known?

Details after the commercial break. Your news team will be there for you.



Added by alsoknownas on May 2, 2017 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

The Cold Hard Facts of Opioids

In my youth, gone for over four decades, the opportunity to destroy my life forever and end up lost to the world presented itself repeatedly, cloaked in the hip buzz of the excitement of being a professional musician.

I had the chops then to be presented with a couple invitations that could have led to fame and fortune, but there was an undercurrent of darkness that terrified me. I've been around the use of opioids and have seen persons I knew and liked lose themselves. I saw…


Added by alsoknownas on April 27, 2017 at 8:30am — 36 Comments



Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on November 18, 2017 at 8:20am 43 Comments

Killing the Party and the Mascot Too

Posted by Ron Powell on November 17, 2017 at 6:30pm 14 Comments

Sex Sells But Follow The Money

Posted by Ron Powell on November 17, 2017 at 11:30am 5 Comments

Vanity of youManity

Posted by moki ikom on November 17, 2017 at 10:00am 3 Comments

What would YOU ask Roy??

Posted by cheshyre on November 16, 2017 at 9:03pm 12 Comments

Weird Al

Posted by Robert Young on November 16, 2017 at 8:30pm 44 Comments

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