It didn't take long. Last week it was hot and sunny, and now we're getting rainstorm after rainstorm coming in from the Gulf of Alaska. Saturday night the basement was dry when I checked on my laundry. When I came back an hour later there was standing water. And a bigger storm is coming in tomorrow.
It's a little different than those years of drought down in California.
Joan and I and our friend Linda went to see the Hillsboro Hops Class A baseball team on Monday night. They were playing the Tacoma Indians. Hillsboro is just west of my former location of Beaverton, which is just to the west of my current location of Portland. It's a small stadium (heck, we're talking Class A) but brand new and very nice.
It was a fun game, with the Hops leading 3-1 until the seventh inning. At that point the Hops' starting pitcher started walking guys. Then they brought in a reliever who just kept walking people. He finally got a guy out and I turned to Joan and said, I hope now that he's gotten an out that he doesn't groove one across the plate. Moments later he grooved one across the plate and the batter launched a grand slam. 3-1 turned into 10-3.
Still, all was not lost. They've got a special beer that's only on tap there at the ballpark. And on the way out I got a picture with Barley, the Hops' mascot.
Grant Alan Acord was arrested Thursday night on two counts of possession of a destructive device and two counts of manufacture of a destructive device after police received a tip.
Officials suspect Acord had hoped to carry out a plan inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, according to Haroldson, who announced the charges at a Saturday press conference in front of the Benton County Courthouse.
Though Acord is a juvenile, The Oregonian is naming him due to the nature of the charges. Under Measure 11, juvenile defendants over 15 years old charged with attempted aggravated murder must stand trial in adult court.
Evidence suggests Acord had concocted a very deliberate plot that included a timeline and a checklist, according to Haroldson. Authorities had recovered at least six bombs they suspect Acord created, said Haroldson, including pipe bombs, a napalm bomb, Molotov cocktails and a bomb made with drain cleaner.
The bombs had been hidden in a secret compartment within the floorboards of his bedroom at his mother’s house, Haroldson said.
“This was a very methodical process,” he said. “He took time to even get to this point.”
The attempted aggravated murder charges stem from the evidence they gathered, Haroldson said, which help show “intent and plans to carry out a deadly assault on a target-rich environment.”
He did not suspect Acord had a clear-cut motive, such as targeting a specific person for revenge.
Haroldson expects Acord to be arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court. He will also face charges of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device, as well as unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to use against another person.
Acord was arrested on Thursday at his home on the 2400 block of N.W. Violet Street, according to Albany Police. Members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit recovered evidence the following day from his mother’s home on the 2600 block of N.W. Raymond Court.
Since the incident came to light, Albany Police completed two sweeps of West Albany High School and have determined the building is safe, according to Haroldson.
On the Oregon coast, near Florence, part of a Japanese shrine washed ashore.
A piece of a Japanese shrine entrance has been removed from the Oregon coast after washing ashore near Florence.
Someone spotted a 14-foot-long, red and black portion of a torii, a freestanding gate used to mark the entrance of a shrine or sacred area, Monday night at South Jetty Beach, said Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in a news release. Park staff removed the piece by Tuesday afternoon.
The piece is believed to be part of debris that drifted from Japan after a tsunami and magnitude-9 earthquake hit the country in 2011. Another piece of a Torii was found at Oceanside on March 22 and removed three days later, Havel said. Both pieces are being stored.
Japan's consulate office in Portland has been contacted about both pieces, Havel said.
A reader passes along the sad, instructive story of Genaro Hernandez Mendoza, an Oregon man who met his untimely end late last week. The 19-year-old Mendoza broke into a farmhouse in Independence, Ore., and came away with a pretty good haul, including a truck, a shotgun, and a rifle. Unfortunately, the house was located on a bumpy road, and as Mendoza drove away in the stolen truck, the rifle was jostled and went off. Even more unfortunately, the barrel was pointing straight at Mendoza. Police found his body hours later. The truck’s engine was still running.
Everyone loves a crime story with a Twilight Zone-style ironic twist ending. (“And the Cookie Factory Bandit eluded the police only to be defeated by a more powerful foe: indigestion.”) But Mendoza’s death is mostly just sad. People don’t generally turn to crime if they excel at a lot of other things. This man’s demise is a tale of desperation meeting incompetence, with a death that reads as a punchline.
As with anything else, there’s a learning curve for crime. Aspiring yeggs, take note: Crime is not as easy as it looks in the movies. Wear gloves. Plan an escape route. And don’t point a rifle at your head when you’re driving a getaway car on a bumpy road. The life you save may be your own.
Considering the final score of the Super Bowl I managed to overcome my grief quite well, thanks to Joanie's gentle ministrations. As I cheerily announced this morning, "This is the first day of the rest of my off-season."
There are things to consider about the Super Bowl halftime show, however. Glenn Beck's website suggests that perhaps Beyonce was flashing an Illuminati sign during her rigorous routine:
The founder of registered SuperPAC Elect A New Congress said he heard Beyonce's performance "was pretty non-controversial" although he stood by his resolve to boycott her Superbowl halftime show, which he called "anti-liberty" earlier this week.
William Fawell, who runs the SuperPAC, accused Beyoncé of representing the rise of the military state and new world order Illuminati, because she has in the past performed with dancers dressed like policemen.
"I didn't watch it. But I think the whole thing was pretty non-controversial," Fawell said. "I didn't hear anything about storm troopers."
Up here in Oregon we have our own Illuminati fans to worry about.