Friday, August 29, 2008


Kickoff for the 2008 season is tomorrow evening. This is the start of a new era for us as we will no longer be hosting a tailgate at Autzen. Dang, I don't have to spend 2-3 hours getting the equipment ready, shopping, and lining up hours before the game........Retirement is good.

Frankly I am going to miss it. We have enjoyed the friendships with all the fellow Duck fans that have developed since 1990. I haven't missed a game since the 1994 season. Our daughter was raised on Duck Football. We have had many notable moments and have witnessed the joy of winning most of the time and have endured the agony of defeat on occasion.Many thanks to all of those who have come, supplied food and drink, and helped in the past. I specifically want to thank John and Chris for their setup support, Jeannie for her outstanding work as the tailgate mom, Jim and Kelly, and Tom for their donation of parking pass. These folks truly made it happen. Lastly I want to thank, the wife, Daph for supporting my eccentric behavior.

My final salute goes to Heidi and Ryan as they take over the responsiblity of tailgating. I am looking forward to supporting them and participating in the new era of Duck football. See ya all there!!!!

GO DUCKS! BEAT THE dawgs (spit)!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tailgate Training Camp Success!


We had a very educational, successful, and well attended Tailgate Camp last weekend. The camp is located at the Ochoco Group Camp east of Prineville.

Attendees were Bill and Grayce, Jim and Kelly "Big Duck", John and Chris, Larry and Daphne, "newbies" Mike and Sally and Dave and Angela.

Bill, as usual, did a great job of organizing the event and everyone provided great food for our consumption.

This get together is an eight year tradition that is the start of our Oregon Tailgate football season.

Check out the photo's on the right side of this page, down in the slide shows section.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Musings

Dang, almost half way through August. It is getting busier as we prepare for the annual "Tailgate Training Camp" with good friends over in the Ochoco's and football season kicks off in just 19 days. Where does the time go?

For Camp I am smoking Texas Country Style Pork Ribs and preparing a dish of Texas Caviar. Daph is going to make potato salad, cole slaw, and some evil desert. We always eat well.

No action on the house. The street flyer's keep disappearing. We had one looker last week who still needed to list their house. They really liked the place but who knows? Though we would like to get on with our plans we don't have to sell. There are worse places to be "stuck".

I don't know what to make of this Retirement gig. I have no problem staying busy. I don't know how I had time to work. It seems that I am going 7 days a week and don't have a day off......LOL!

We will give an update on training camp next week.


Friday, August 8, 2008

California fires

The sky over the last few days has been filled with smoke, and we thought it was due to the typical field burning, but heard on the radio this morning that it's due to the California fires. The Siskiyou complex has been burning since the end of June, and is only one of many wildfires in the area. Oregon sent a number of firefighters to assist. A helicopter crash on 8/6 resulted in the deaths of eight firefighters from Southern Oregon. These wildfires take a terrible tole on the firefighting community. If you're interested in more information on fires anywhere in California here's a nice selection of maps at the CalFire website.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Blog World

Daph has opened the world of blogging to me. I enjoy keeping up with several area's of interest involving this venue but I never really thought I would participate. What I find interesting about this is the ability to consolidate one's interest an resources with others at a single location. I look at it as a quick way to keep others advised as to what is up, what has happened and to document shared experiences.

I don't expect to start pontificating about politics and other other subjects as my ego is such I don't think to many others care what I think.

I hope folks look at this as I do......... A way of sharing things we enjoy on electronic media, our interests and your input as to what we do.