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Live blogging SalmonAid Day 2

Posted by Sean Stevens at Jun 21, 2009 09:39 AM |

Ready to take up our spot in Jack London Square for Round 2.

Live blogging SalmonAid Day 2

I can't tell you what festival organizers call this guy. Hint: Austin Powers.

9:31 am

Going with some lighter clothes as we prepare for the day. Seems like sun will be shining just as strong as yesterday. Looking forward to more conversations with interested folks.

As things were winding down last night I had the chance to talk to an interested couple of folks who had just traveled through Oregon and wanted to know what the story was with all the clear cuts. Unfortunately, Oregon is not only known for good camping spots (which I have heard alot) but also for rampant scarred hillsides.

The clear-cuts did lead us to an interesting discussion about harnessing the power and interest of rural communities to get work done in the forest that would improve conditions and restore the forest. We were essentially talking about the Siuslaw model and these two Californians had stumbled across it just by thinking about it for a little while. No wonder we call it the Common Sense vision.

On our way to Jack London soon.


3:43 pm

So, the internet connection here in the square hasn't exactly been functioning...until just this second. So we'll commence with the updates hot and heavy.

Jack London BarWhen we arrived, the first thing I wanted to do was snap a photo of this great wooden shack of a bar that a colleague had told me to watch for near the square. I'm not sure of the place's history, but it sure looks like it has been there for a while. Definitely a watering hole to stop at when the festivities are over.

One of our first pair of visitors for the day was a couple who live in the Bay Area and stopped by our booth to gather some info for their impending move to Portland. They wanted to know the best neighborhood to live in if they had to work in Newberg but wanted easy access to Mount Hood skiing. Begrudgingly, I told them that my hometown of Beaverton wasn't a bad option. Never thought I would be recommending Beaverton as a place to move to.

Other interesting, Oregon-related encounters today. I talked with a guy who grew up playing in the forests and streams of southern Oregon. We had a brief chat about the 1964 floods in southern Oregon and how the Rogue River rose so high it took out a bridge in Agness. He described how he used to drop rocks from the bridge and not even be able to see them splash below it was so far down. I also learned that the Chetco swelled so much that it carried cars and whole houses out into the ocean! He was interested in finding out more about places to hike and fish in the Siskiyou area. I recommended one of Bill Sullivan's books.

Again, you can't come to a public square without encountering some off-kilter people. Today's prize goes to a woman carrying around her toy Tattoopoodle. She stopped in front of the booth, swayed back and forth, looked right at me as if to say "Don't you like my dancing," and then went about her merry way. Crazy.

Today, we decided to use the tattoos as our bait to get people to sign postcards and check out the booth. We have a chinook salmon on a temporary tattoo and both Ani and I have them on our hand/wrist. Of course, immediately we encountered guy who I offered a tattoo only to find that he has five (that's right five!) real salmon tattoos. Needless to say, I felt a little sheepish.

Lots of salmon masks colored and postcards signed in  the past few hours. Looks like we are getting the word to break down. Adios from SalmonAid!

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