If you don't know anything about Portland, you know that it rains. And with the rains moss grows in places where it doesn't grow in California. And green algae too. Our back deck was covered with this green stuff. It accumulates over the winter. So yesterday was the day. I guess I had said something to Joan which I considered a promise to do it, so I got on my shorts and a t-shirt and my doing crap shoes and went out there.
It's really a simple process. You spray on this bleach-like material, scrub the wood, and then rinse. You get smelly hands and my black t-shirt has spots now, but the deck looks (relatively) great.
So I have a little pride. I won't let it go to my head.
Well, we did a lot of not so much yesterday. Went down to Milwaukie to look at rugs. Joan wanted to look at rugs. Then we went across town to New Seasons to get some milk from Jersey cows. I'll explain some other time.
While we were there Joan got something healthy from their deli and I got some ribs across the parking lot at Cannon's Rib Express. It's the only place I've located in Portland so far that has beef ribs. They apply lots of sauce on their ribs there and my beard was infiltrated by gobs of sauce.
Then off to the B of A to pay off the credit card (the new sofa was on the bill). Then way out into the numbers (the avenues) to get the tank filled up at Costco. Joan's on call for a baby any day, so she wants to be prepared for that call at 3 a.m.
Then a stop at Safeway to buy a Powerball lotto ticket. The big prize is over two hundred million.
Joan and I took the nice sunny day of Friday and drove south to Mount Angel, a small German settlement here in Oregon. They have an Oktoberfest in October and this time of year they have a wurstfest. We figured it would be less crowded while folks were in work, and it was. We were among the youngest people there. Lots of buses brought folks from retirement homes to the fest. There was a polka band and beer and sausages.
Piranhas on a Christmas Day feeding frenzy injured some 60 people in the Argentine city of Rosario, officials said Thursday.
Those injured in the attack Wednesday by the ferocious fish included a girl who lost part of a finger, Health Undersecretary Gabriela Quintanilla told reporters.
Quintanilla said the attack occurred Wednesday off the coast of Rosario, some 310 kilometers (200 miles) north of Buenos Aires.
A medical official, Gustavo Centurion, said the attack which began at mid-morning on Christmas Day was "very aggressive."
"There were some people that the fish literally had torn bits of flesh from," he said.
The region has been hit by a heat wave with temperatures soaring to some 38 degrees Celsius (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) prompting thousands to seek relief in the waters of the Parana River, which is packed with carnivorous fish.
Officials said the unusually warm weather also was apparently responsible for the fish congregating on the river's surface before the attack.