Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Things Are Changin

OK, I haven't been able to post as often as I had originally intended. I had orriganally intended this to be a small news site for conservatives to go to regularly and find out about all of the crazy things our state and local governments are up to, but that is a time consuming process. If you really need this kind of service, a good news reader and some RSS subscriptions should do the trick.

Since my first post, My wife and I had to move to Houston, Texas to care for her father. Now, a year and a half later, we are back. I didn't have an internet connection during alot of our stay there, and I couldn't really keep up on all of the goings on here. I did write a few things down that I found interesting, especially about the enormous differances between the average Texan's mentallity and the average Oregonian's.

I think that what will probably happen here is that I will slowly start posting more often, but the blog will become more of a journal of what it's like to be a conservative in the middle of one the most liberal communities in the entire nation.

I am changing the name to reflect all of this.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Home At Last

Two and a half days of driving, 2200 miles, approximately 230 gallons of gas and I couldn't tell you how many bathroom breaks (we have a 7 month old puppy) and WE ARE HOME !! Ironically, we had beautiful weather the whole way, right up until we hit the Oregon - Idaho border. It felt so nice to stop and feel the rain.

I hope to make the drive again sometime, when we have the time and money to stop and spend time in some of the places that thought looked interesting. I remember saying that on the way down there too.

Some of those places we saw on the way down to Texas that I would like to return to were:
  • Boise, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Ogden, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cedar City, UT (We broke down and spent 3 good days there, and we got to see Brice & Zion Canyons, but I would really like to go back.)
  • The Hoover Dam (we drove over it at night)
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • West Texas
Some of those places we saw on the way back from Texas that I would like to return to were:
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Denver, CO & surrounding area
  • Ogden, UT
I will have to write more extensively about this subject at a later date because I really think that a lot of people never really get out of their local area and sea how other people live, other than to pass through on their way to some vacation resort. If people would go to other locals and actually spend time with locals, they would have a much better understanding of why our country is the way it is. I'm thinking of liberals that spend their entire lives on the west cost, and actually believe that everyone thinks the way they do. On the other hand, my wife has family members who have never been more than a couple of hundred miles away from Houston. Thus they don't think Houston is a dirty polluted place.

By the way, what is up with the 55 & 65 mph speed limits in Oregon. We drove 75 mph the whole way here, through 6 other states, but you come across the bridge into Ontario, OR and bam, 55 mph. I know it's been this way since I first started driving, but isn't it time we caught up with the rest of the country? Sounds like another good topic to write about at a later date.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Oregon Or Bust

We are on the road tomarrow morning. Probably won't be posting much for a while since I don't know what my internet situation will be, since we will be staying with some friends for a while until my wife's surgery is complete and we both are gainfully employed again.

Friday, October 08, 2004

My Work Here is Done!

About an hour ago, I finished my last shift a UPS in Houston. Alice and I will be loading the U-Haul this weekend and most likely leaving on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

A Wrinkle In The Plan

My wife found out today that she is a perfect match for donating a kidney to her sister. It will not change our plans for moving, but it means that she will have to come back to Houston for the surgery sometime in the middle of November. It will also slow down the process of finding work and getting a new start in Oregon. All in all, it 's a good thing.