Monday, October 27, 2014

Voting in Oregon

There are two interesting issues in the upcoming elections in Oregon.  Marijuana is on the Ballot.
Right now marijuana is about as common as litter on the streets, just absolutely everywhere. I think it may no longer be a crime to have a little of this weed; it is certainly not enforced anyway.  The ballot issue is to make it even More legal, possession and growing it.  As a certified expert on growing tomatoes I might even try a plant or two!  What is the Big Deal of making it legal?  TAXES.  I guess our politicians have learned from Colorado and Washington and want to get in on the action!  The downside of this is that marijuana is everywhere!  Yes, if the measure passes you will be able to find a shop, a large variety and even candy laced marijuana, but it will all be taxed.  On the way to the shop you are likely to pass six or more opportunities to purchase marijuana without the tax.  It is just way too easy to grow.  I am sure these tax issues will work themselves out, especially the government hates competition!
The other issue is GMO's, the gene altered food we eat.  Nothing so radical as to make it illegal as in much of Europe, the ballot only says they have to be labelled.  We want to know what we are eating.
You ARE what you eat!   It is weird that they (Monsato) have developed corn, soybeans and rice that are impervious to herbicides.  They can drench them in Roundup and kill the weeds but not the plant.
Gee, I wonder if we are ingesting any of these poisons?  Oh, no, corporate American wouldn't do that to us, would they?
Oh, we have the other issues, the Democrats and Republicans trying to know each other out, lie it will make a difference.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Last Supper!

Today is Thursday and just last Sunday it was 80 degrees in Eugene, Oregon!  This is way unusual and beginning the Monday after it was 80 degrees, it has been raining every sense.  More like "normal".  The good news is that I found hidden deep in foliage, a nice big pink tomato!  From saved and sent seeds from Germany! Thank you, Christine!  So, off I dash to the store and get some great bacon and made my "Last"  BLT of the season!  Unlike the first BLT, where I know there will be many more, this last one is eaten with a bit of sadness, knowing there won't be more for a whole other Season!  But, man I am telling you, it was good!
 this is all I do when saving seeds, nothing complicated.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stone Posts in Corvallis!

I was born in Eugene, Oregon but raised in Corvallis, a nearby city about 50 miles North.  There are hundreds of my Stone Posts in the Eugene area and some scattered about in Washington, California and Nevada.  I have made these for over 20 years but never got one in Corvallis until now.  I have other work there, lots of metal, railings and trellises but I am happy to get one of my "signature pieces" permanently installed.  It is like "Kilroy Was Here", yes, my Post, Jerry Carlin was here!