PORTLAND, OREGON: JANUARY 1, 2010
It's the first day of a new decade and I'm looking out at a sunny
day here in Portland. A bit windy, a bit chilly, definitely
damp, but a heck of a lot better than this time a year ago as
illustrated by the pic on the left taken then. The one on right I
just took a few minutes ago. I mean, I like snow, but enough already.
last year saw me continuing with my substitute teaching job. I still
enjoy the classroom, but don't miss the homework of a full-time English
teacher. But, because there's so many more people signing up to sub,
I've had to branch out into working at elementary and middle schools as
well as high school. Working with the little guys at the elementary
level is fun. but the middle schoolers....yikes. Well, it's all a day's
still pursuing my passion for fly fishing. In July, my long
time friend, Steve Cooper, and I fished the Owyhoo River in
the hospitality of my good bud, Ted Macklin, at his place in
Hailey, Idaho, Steve and I fished with ace local fly
fisherman, Mike Tischner...
also did a couple of radio interviews this last year, chatting
about my cowboy music. If you're interested, there's a link to listen
to them on the home page of this site. One of the interviews was on
"Calling All Cowboys," a western music radio show ramrodded by
Chuckaroo the Buckaroo (!), aka Charley Engel. Charley then kindly
invited me to go riding with him and his wife, Dana. We headed out to
the Ochoco Mountiains east of Bend. It was a beautiful day and great
course, music continues to occupy the better part of my time. The Cafe
Cowboys duo is still going strong. We played at something like fifteen
farmers' market this last year and have great fun doing it.
is halfway throught her last year at Sloan School of Business at MIT.
As I write this, she's flying from South America -- where she was
backpacking in Patagonia, to South Africa -- where she and a team of MIT
classmates (she's second from left) will be work on a project at Warmbaths Hospital in Bela Bela.
Later this spring, she's to India for yet another school project.
In addition to all this, she manages to find time to sing in a rock
band. The grass definitely does not grow under Kelsey's feet!
got herself a puppy this fall. Stanley is a bichon frise and just
a groovy little guy. He's about four months old as I write this and
full of playful energy. This picture was taken the day Karen brought him home -- he was eight weeks old.
Well, this covers some of what's been happening this last year. I hope everyone has a great 2010. Stay in touch.
Adios fer now,
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