February 23, 2012
A Change In The Weather...
by Chris Randall
After a 1400 mile drive in an un-heated RV, whereupon I was reminded that it is in fact February everywhere else in the country (you can discerne the ambient temperature from my AmEx bill, as I purchase things made out of wool that have sleeves and stuff) I arrived safe and sound in Hermiston, Oregon. At which point I immediately recalled why I left this town as soon as I was physically able. The amount of particulate matter in the air that came out of the south end of a northbound cow is somewhat higher than I'm prepared to accept in my advanced years.
That out of the way, I headed to Portland yesterday, and visited all (three of) my favorite businesses: Compound, Powell's Books, and Ground Kontrol. I fixed the high scores on Ground Kontrol's Tempest machine to the mid six figures, and gave Robotron a good thrashing. I need to find a Robotron machine. Also, at Powell's they have that book set pictured above. It is necessarily somewhat System 700 centric, but a very cool set. I'm tempted to buy it and scan it if it isn't already on line somewhere. It is kind of expensive, but something that needs to be in the Public Record, I think.
I'll be home tomorrow. This will be the first time I've flown since 1998. Is anything different? (Har har har.)