Heeey! It’s been a while. Apparently some people are complaining that I haven’t posted in a while. I was surprised to discover that the holidays are still busy even when you don’t have a job! Still haven’t heard from that job I interviewed at before the holidays. I’m hoping it’s just state government and post-holiday lag. Until then, still on the job hunt around here.

For my 42nd birthday we went to the coast of Oregon where a rare parliament of snowy owls had gathered for the winter. Snowy owls prefer open space and were very easy to spot and photograph:
Snowy Owl at Astoria, Oregon
Apparently it was a good (i.e. warm) year up in the tundras of Canada and life was good for the snowy owls, so more owls mean more space for winter competition, driving more owls further south.

Later that week we went to see two contestants from the upcoming Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race perform at a local club:

Jinkx Monsoon (right) sings her own songs – lip synching queens beware! Alaska Thunderfukk (left) was good too, and I love her name.

I went to Seattle to celebrate the New Year. I caught up with a number of friends, many of whom had also just moved to the Pacific Northwest. They’ve had better luck with jobs, but then again Seattle is a bigger city with more opportunity. Anyway, the weather was clear and I even got a tan (on my face). Here’s a lovely picture of the Seattle skyline. I think that’s Mt. Rainer?
Seattle cityscape
We watched the fireworks go off from the Space Needle, which was cool. It’s too bad they can’t as easily shoot fireworks off the Washington Monument, as more people could see the fireworks from afar.

I also found the place where BrettCajun gets his hair done:
Bigfoot Car Wash
In other Northwest news, someone is changing Portland stop signs to “Poop.” I swear it isn’t me!


  1. Paul says:

    Great picture of the snowy owl. I’m so jealous. I’ve been getting into bird watching and photographing lately. I love seeing new birds I haven’t seen before.

  2. brettcajun says:

    LOL. I am getting a haircut tomorrow. It’s long overdue!

  3. HSimpson says:

    Yep, that’s Rainier.
    The mountain, not the prince.

  4. cb says:

    When they start saying “Poop… Hammertime” it’s time to move.

  5. first mom says:

    Raptor Resources (the Decorah eagles group) reported on SOARraptors, an Iowa rehab group concerning snowy owls that met with mishaps of one kind or another in the area. Even with rescue there was a big problem getting them to gain weight, expecially if they lose a lot of weight. One that did make it was released in the north after being f fitted with a transmitter and did not survive for long. There’s a lot people don’t know about their life needs.