The Verbal Commute I by Paul Andrew Doyle, Founder & Publisher

ts hard to fathom the amount of activities that

can surface in three weeks be- tween issues of this paper! But this has to be a record month of activities and happenings. From travel, fund-raisers, family, telephone companies, taxes, you name it, it happened. My fa- vorite t i m e c on - su m - i n g exp e - rience lasted nearly eig h t

hours with a local phone com- pany, AT & T. Tey did a great job figuring out how to fix and redirect my phone system & wifi, which I use a lot to put the paper together. When they were finally done, I have to admit I was a bit exhausted as they worked in my office.Tey- had to shut down the Internet, my phone, etc, and I realized at the time that I really needed it more than ever, being it was less than three days until I was to go to press for this March is- sue. But, I got a great laugh out of it when all was said & done. Te service technician and I had a conversation regarding the fact that there is no such thing as a land line really any- more. Its a motem now, he tells me. But he re- calls


ing a home s omet ime ago that had a land line. We’ll call my service tech- nician, BOB. Bob says, “I went to this house when land lines were more c om m on and in use to help an elderly lady fix her phone line, and had to disconnect it from the wall socket. While I’m working

with the wires I kept getting shocked and I couldn’t figure out why. Ten nothing, then shocked again. Although low voltage, it was still bothering me. Well, turns out that the elderly lady’s grand daugh- ter was trying to call her


home and was really worried that something had happened to her. She kept calling, like five times! It was only then the grandma came over to me with her cell phone and asked, “When will the phone be work- ing again be- cause my


phone rates are so high! My grand daughter wants to know” Anyway, I

thought that was funny, mainly because I did not know my home phone was so advanced. I keep a dial phone for emergencies. But if the electricity goes does the phone.

point in Feb- ruary I got

exp er ien ce weather

Te snow sure arrived,

Oregon. and


right on the beach!

doesn’t happen too oſten I have to admit. Te goal up there was to fish on

a chartered Boat at the worlds Smallest port, Depot Bay and to write a story. Te first day was too rough, the next day

At another to at

its best while doing a story up in Lincoln City,

there wasn’t enough people to go on the boat, and the weather was finally perfect! I went and bought a pound of rock fish at Barnacle Bill’s in-

helping their community. Great people and great time was had! Driving back to California

was fun (it’s a nine hour drive one way...) 8 of those hours there snow

was along

all the high- ways, all the way down to Cloverdale & Mt St. Hel- ena. We even bought chains just in case. I have to ad- mit, I’ve never seen

that much snow

so close to the ocean! I also had

the chance to go to an art gallery south of Newport, Oregon! Tey had


paintings, or- namental art, glass


ture and a whole lot of eclectic art! on the coast It

stead. Tey’re also famous for their smoked salmon. Which of course we had to buy some. I like to fish, and was kind of disappointed, but not really too bad...since I go with the flow. Te temperature was only 27 degrees in Depot bay but felt like 17 degrees, the weather report(APP) stated. So, in a way it was nice to sleep in on the second morn- ing. It gets mighty cold on the ocean, especially when there’s snow and the wind is blowing. We also attended the ‘Robert

Burns Night’ in North Bend, Oregon, a nice festival that celebrates Scottish traditions and raises money for a spe- cial music program in Coos County. Our good friends Cam & Kendra Parry make it one of their yearly fund-rais- ing contributions to attend and donate funds geared at

had been a while and I had a lot of fun...being an artist my- self. I am re-inspired to have ...continued on page 12


First Humor

A man working with an electric saw accidentally cuts off all of his fingers. At the emergency room, his doctor says, “Give me the fingers, and I’ll see what I can do.”

The injured man repies, “But I don’t have the fingers!”

“Why didn’t you bring them?” the doctor asks. The injured man responds, “Doc, I couldn’t pick them up.”

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,

and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo da Vinci 2 for 1 “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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