Thursday, May 28, 2020

Friend's Well-organized Workshop Is Impressive

When I saw my friend's woodworking tools I realized he had a side to his personality I had not anticipated.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Latest Op-ed

In July the Israeli Knesset will debate annexation of parts of the West Bank. This bodes ill for Palestinians and those who are hoping Israel’s settlements and occupation won’t be legitimized. 

To read my latest op-ed about the tragedy of US Jews being linked to an Israel that hopes to continue occupation for generations to come, click this link

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Social Distance On Snow

I remember hearing about restrictions on gatherings the first week in March. The next day I went skiing mid-week with a buddy. There were probably several thousand people on the mountain that day – not particularly crowded, but not to the standard of social distancing. I ate lunch well within six feet of others and rode a chair or two with strangers without face coverings.

A week later the ski resort closed and the reality of quarantine sank in.

The above is a parking permit for winter recreation. On Mt. Hood the ski resorts are built on Forrest Service land requiring the above permit.

I realized today that the permit in the car window was becoming a reminder of all the fun I missed as March is the peak of the season, so I took it down.

I’ve heard that a few western resorts opened for the last weekends in May – Mt. Hood Meadows not being one of them.

I put my skis away in April and dream of next year.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tough Realities of Quarantine

Sold out of the kid's favorite yerba mate.

Oregon Strategy for Coronavirus

I saw this graphic today in Willamette Week. I am thankful for a clear explanation of what is being done here.

I understand that widespread testing will not happen. Ever.

Today there are 163 people in Oregon hospitalized for COVID, the lowest number since March, I think. The outer counties are opening up today, while the populous ones have a few more weeks to go.

Let's hope all goes smoothly and there is no recurrence.