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Jul 7, 2020 - NE Emerson House Basement for rent

Newly rebuilt basement with separate entrance, appliances including washer and dryer full kitchen etc. Aug 1st move in date. Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $950 month, $1100 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $400 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play structure. •...

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Jul 7, 2020 - NE Loft for rent, 235 NE Emerson St.

Newly rebuilt loft with separate entrance, kitchenette, with access to washer/dryer Nov 1st move in date/flexible Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $1000 month, $1100 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $500 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play structure. • Easy walk...

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Mar 23, 2020 - Week-5

Well, it’s Monday March 23 and I’ve ended week-5 in Tucson, AZ; despite all the pandemic concerns around the world, I’m settling down in relative isolation in my RV. I’ve thought several times about driving home, but the thought of nearly 4,000km through locked-down California, pandemic hit Washington State and back to hard-hit BC just seems silly when I’m already practicing social and physical distancing and am self-contained for a month even if I can’t get to a store. The only concern is if/how much health insurance coverage I might still...

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Retircation

Mar 16, 2020 - Week-4

Tuesday was WET...rainy and cool. I pretty much stuck around the RV and took advantage of the time to do a big part of my, Kris’, mom’s and my brother Rick’s taxes. I even baked a muffin-loaf (muffin mix baked in a loaf pan) in my RV oven...turned out great! Wed was only a little better, although I managed to get in a few thousand steps, nothing like the days before. Good opportunity to take a couple days off the booze and cigar wagon...lol...especially knowing Dan was coming down on Thursday - the break did me good! I also had a change to...

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Mar 11, 2020 - Week-3

I arrived in Palm Springs on Monday, March 2. At first I wondered what RV sardine can I had driven into; but after a couple days and checking out other sites, this one has a degree of privacy that makes up for the lack of open space...and it’s close to downtown (I can even walk to my favourite cigar place in 15 mins - Fame Cigar and Wine)...and smoke my stick and drink a beer right on the sidewalk patio...how civilized. I learned from my only previous trip to PS to get my outdoor activities done in the morning - so Wednesday morning I hiked...

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Mar 3, 2020 - Week-2

I can happily say I’m about 80% sorted in the RV. Everything has to have it’s spot - and stay put while jostling around the roads. I also had a lot of “gadgets” to figure out: like the difference between on-board water and “city” water...and yes, I still needed the heater and furnace! Exploring Merced, I discovered olives, almonds, pistachios, peaches, and of course the stereotypical California citrus’s: oranges and lemons. Although there were oranges and lemons on the trees, I had to identify the other trees by their bark, leaves, buds and...

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Feb 24, 2020 - Week-1

My first week of “retirement” was so busy and was no “vacation”: finalizing the deal and paperwork on the RV; sorting what I could (or rather what I overestimated I could) fit into the RV; packing the rest to go to Peachland and store in my Mom’s garage until I could purge it his summer; and finally packing up the RV - which was rather more like stuffing everything in to be sorted along the road. Kristine (my daughter and youngest of 3) was a big help and she came with me to Grandma’s - and we went skiing at our home mountain Big White -...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Portland - Day 2

Today was a day of exploration. We divided, but did not conquer Portland. Sandy and her friends took a "Hop-on and Hop-off" bus tour. I did a small "walkabout." As one might expect, it is not too likely to be able to see all that a city can offer. Sandy's tour included a Japanese Garden, hilltop homes overlooking the city, etc. I walked to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, which is definitely worth seeing. Attached are several pictures of the Garden, which I found a very peaceful setting. As I walked through parts of the city, I spied some unusual...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Portland - Day 1

Although this update is entitled "Portland - Day 1," we really only arrived in the city just a little while ago. Our exploration of Portland will await until tomorrow. In the meantime, we hit two places on the way to Portland. The first was the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center, near The Dalles, OR. This is an extremely well done museum, and I recommend it for your consideration. It depicts the Columbia River area beginning in the Ice Age and proceeding through more modern times. There is a good description of the first dam built on the...

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Jun 30, 2019 - Portland Oregon

The next morning we used Uber to get to the Airport. Before leaving the motel I checked the departure time to verify that there hadn’t been any changes, left the motel at 0615 and arrived at the airport at 0630 --- only to find out that the flight had been delayed almost two hours and a message and email had been sent to me at 0624. Oh well, at least they tried to contact me this time.

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Jun 12, 2019 - Portland Oregon

O.K. -- before I get into the Portland, Oregon trip and the questions start, let me ‘splain again. The gold robes are the “uniform” of the 801 Breakfast Club. Our little group was stationed together at Kunsan Air Base in Korea from 1987 to 1988, one of the longest years I’ll never forget. We worked together, ate together, played together, slept together (same or close buildings, not same rooms people!) and most importantly, we supported each other, both professionally and personally. I think I was the first of the group to arrive at Kunsan...

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Jun 5, 2019 - Portland

A nice kick back day had breakfast with my niece then spent the day do some catch up stuff on the computer. Out for a walk round the area a stop for dinner at the Prime Rib and Chocolate restaurant a nice slice of prime rib and a local beer, could not do the chocolate cake LOL

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