Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Where Did Everybody Go?

Let me tell ya something.
I have been on vacation.
We spent two days at a very famous multimillion dollar casino on the coast of Oregon in a freaking suite with a fireplace, it's own deck with a view of two gorgeous sunsets in a row and ZERO FUCKING INTERNET ACCESS!

The first thing they said when I asked if they had WIFI was yes but......


Yes but fucking no is what they should have said, instead they told me that the service had been "spotty".

Spotty means you might actually have some chance, not a good chance, but a chance.

After 24 hours, I will admit I did finally get connected to the internet.

It was SO SLOW, that I literally fell asleep with my laptop open on my lap while I was waiting for my fucking Emails to load.

I kid you not.

This is exactly what that internet service was like compared to what I have right now, from the same fucking provider, sixty miles up the road.



We have been doing the tourist thing in a big way but it was really weird being a tourist in a town I used to live in.

You see, I grew up on the Southern coast of Oregon and we landed smack dab in a town on the Central Coast that I lived and worked in for a while right out of high school.

As a matter of fact, there is a little town six miles inland from there where I went to first grade.

My wife had been to Newport before but her kid hadn't so we had to go do the entire tourist routine, me seeing stuff I lived around every day and tourist traps I have been visiting for 50 years now.

it's all good, we stopped at an air museum and a maritime museum farther up the coast today, both were freaking cooler than hell.
We also got an extremely rare treat on the way up here.

We were tooling through this Podunk little nothing town and looked over to see a really small steam locomotive going down the tracks the other way.

I whipped a yooee right on the main drag and followed it back to the train station where we got pictures of it and I got to stand right next to it while it had a full head of steam and lay a serious eyeball on it from a mechanics viewpoint.

That thing was way cool!
There were also two other and bigger steam locomotives right there and all three were in running condition.

The air museum was something else. Some way cool old planes and helicopters in there.

I have to get a phone with a camera on it, I swear.

It is actually one of only 7 blimp hangars left in the country and this one dates way back. Moffett Field just South of San Francisco has one and I have seen it too.

It is quite literally the biggest free standing wood structure in the entire world.
It's been certified by the Guiness Book of World Records.




It is one of two that used to be there but the other one burned to the ground in one hour back in '92.


That must have been one hot fire man, there was 300 tons of hay bales in it when it went up.

Imagine a wooden hangar that is so massive that it covers SEVEN ACRES!


So anyways, we have more touristy stuff to do tomorrow and I am beat.
Thanks for stopping by.

2 comments:

  1. Have fun everybody deserves some fun

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  2. I haven't been to Tillamook in several years, good to know the hangar is still there. Have a relaxing week.

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