Monday, September 17, 2007

Erik 'n Sarah, Sittin' In A Tree, Now They Are Mar-ar-ar-reed.

This is my friend, Erik. Erik with a kay. And that is his friend, Sarah. Sarah with an ayche. Erik and Sarah have been friends for a long time. Maybe 30 or 40 years. I'm not sure. Okay, well maybe not that long. But they got married. To each other. Yeah. And then they made Quinn happen. (No more Eskimo jokes, please.)

Erik and I used to hunt wild bandtail pigeons together. I no long hunt them. I feed them. I go into serious debt on black oiled sunflower seed fot those critters. I figure I owe them. Erik and I also used to fish. Lots. But since the move to LaGrande, well....time and distance, I guess.

Anyway, Sarah is the controller of the keyboard when it comes to being kept in touch with these kids. They are moving from LaGrande, Oregon. LaGrande must have gotten its name from being the biggest town in them parts. The parts in which it is, that is. But like I said, they are quitting the big LG. I wonder where they're moving? Could it be to a town near me?

I have flown into the LaGrande airport. It was so that I could attend the reception of the newly wed couple. Pre-Quinn. I brought oysters to BBQ. Now look what happened. Took a couple years, but they worked.

Look at that happy mouth! Can't wait to really meet this kid. I did get a quick sighting when the happy trio was in town over a year ago. But, my how he's growing.

As you can see, there is not much to do in LaGrande except play a strange form of bowling. Due to the odd shape of the balls, a perfect score is 1.




They do not have automobiles in LaGrande. Those haven't been invented yet there. But there is still some great travel by rail to be had. The cold winters, however, make for some bundling up because they haven't invented walls to enclose the cars.




I couldn't resist.....
(the stills are cool in this video and there's an airplane in it!!!)



So, go check out Erik, Sarah and Quinn here. Say hello. Tell 'em Gawpo sent you.

50 Comments:

At Monday, September 17, 2007 at 3:10:00 PM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

I will check them out Sweetie...but had to tell you....many moons ago I use to live in LaGrande Oregon...that was where I tasted "ELK" for the very first time....went to Eastern Oregon State college for a few semesters....learned all about "Chief Joseph".......:-)
XXXXOOOOOOOOOOOO

 
At Monday, September 17, 2007 at 4:02:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Um, hello! You do know that I knew Erik first, right??? We went to school together for many moons and graduated together in 1983! So, he was MY friend first.

 
At Monday, September 17, 2007 at 6:17:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

VICCANCE: Wow. I think you did mention that. I forgot. Of course. When I type it, I have to struggle against spelling it LaGrange. In fact, I let one slip when I posted this and had to go back---before anyone saw---and change it. Ever been to LaGrange? I have a very interesting photo that I will blog about some day.

I love Elk. There is no wild taste to it. Awesome animal, too. I have had a visit or two from Servus canadensis (yes, Bleu---you guys get credit yet again!!!) in my yard. The Native name is Wapati and so there are many places with that name embedded.

E.O.S. is now E.O.U. now. Ew!

The wisdoms of Chief Joseph will live forever. Like this famous one: “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more.”

I also like this one: “If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”

But my favorite is this one: "You sonsabitches lied your asses off!"

CHEENDRUH!: Um, hell-OH. I called Erik to check and he said, "Cinda? Yeah I remember Cinda very well. One time we were..." "No, Erik. Not Cinda. Cin-DRUH." He said he had no idea who that was and then reaffirmed that he and I had been friends longer than anyone.

Nice try.

 
At Monday, September 17, 2007 at 9:04:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Gawpo, i know there is at least one car in Le Grande because mine died there in 1984 (froze to death) and I left it behind.

 
At Monday, September 17, 2007 at 9:38:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

You are such a liar. Or he is. He was best friends with Dowie and with him when he died and we all went to his funeral in 8th grade. It's okay if he doesn't remember me. A little scary though considering that we grew up together...and went to our 10 year reunion picnic and hung out on the same blanket with Kevin Collson...hmmmm...

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 1:41:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

babooshka-you are featured on my blog. had this tune SO BIG in my head. tried to call your tired head, but it was so tired. love you to the moon and back. g'night.

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 3:36:00 AM PDT , Blogger Nessa / Goldennib said...

The Mighty Quinn is adorable and you and C arguing is very entertaining.

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 5:18:00 AM PDT , Blogger bazza27 said...

Did as instructed.

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 6:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

well, since they don't have cars i won't need my parking validated, so that's good....on my way

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 8:41:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: I saw it. It is still there. They had to make some sense out of it by creating a story around how it must be linked to the crop circles in the area.

CHEENDRUH!: I am a liar.

On the same blanket with the Mayor's brother? Cool. (Or was Mark Kevin's father? I don't remember that. Either.)

CHEENDRUH!: I am so excited. Me go there and check it out. I hit the pillow at 8:30 and had to watch the last hour of "Siesta" with Ellen Barkin, Jody Foster, Gabriel Byrne and Julian Sands. I love this film to a brutally murdered death. It is awesome. Saw it when it came out in '87 and I even have it. But could I turn it off IFC? Nooooo. I was asleep 6.987 seconds after the credits. Got nine hours of sleep and was still wrenched out of a very deep sleep by the alarm. I coulda got ten. Boy I needed that. Working all the O.T. is sleep-depriving and now I am caught up and ready for the second half of the month. Turning off the phone ringers is warranted at times.

NESSA/GOLDENNIBBY-WIBBY: Ha! We have out Lucy/Desi moments. Glad you're enjoying the show.

BAZZA: Good to see you are a good sport. They will love your page.

LIMERS: Yes. And that is a fantastic boon, what with all the high parking prices in cities that do have cars.

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Jackie said...

Greetings, Gawpo. Hope all is well in your world. Nice post - nice of you to introduce your friend. Or Cindra's friend. BTW, you and she need to behave.

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 6:30:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Oh, Gawpo! You stinky poop. Kevin is the son of the original Mark and the brother of the next Mark. And the former mayor's son and the current mayor's brother is not that wonderful a human in MHO, so it ain't that big a thrill.

I think that you should learn "transistor radio" by cloud cult next. Wouldn't that be fun???

TO MOM: g'yaw...whatev!

 
At Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 7:17:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

JACKIE: And so nice of you to drop in, Mz. Jackie and her Garden! Yes, we are quite the brother and sister act.

Say, that reminds me. You're her mother, so I'm tellin': She called me a bad name!

CHEENDRUH!: And a stinky poop I shall be. Peyton Place is fun to figure out. So, Kevin is the son of the original Mark, as in Mark's Market Basket that turned into the Circle K down on the bayfront and the brother of the next Mark who was the mayor's son and the current mayor's brother and stuff? Ok. Thank. I get it now.

Don't you mean I should learn a song by Clod Cult (see last post prior to this)?

Ok. I will check it out. I love transistor radios, you know.

And I told on you to mom just now. So there.

 
At Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 8:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Gawpo
Be nice to Cindra.
xo
Blue

 
At Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 9:09:00 PM PDT , Blogger Grundir the Implacable said...

Those are some oddly shaped balls you have.

 
At Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 9:52:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE: Yes, Dear.

(heh heh heheheheh heheh heh....)

GRUNDIR IL IMPLACABILOSO: Yeah, I know. I have to order specially formed underwear for those babies.

 
At Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 10:19:00 PM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

:) very Lucy y Ricardo ....Thought I'd pop in and say hello ! :) Bit too tired for anything else.

cheers, Katie

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 5:00:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

Is that a black pumpkin that cute little boy is holding? I've never seen a black pumpkin...

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 12:25:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Yer just a big tattle tale. And a liar liar pants on fire. You probably still pee the bed.

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 5:34:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KATIE: "You got some 'splainin' to dooooooo!"

KAT: Yes, I think it is. The Moors were in LaGrande some decades ago.

CHEENDRUH!: Same to you, but more of it!

I know you are, but what am I?

Don't call ME your family names!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to get the bed linens out of the drier.

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 5:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Mar-ar-ar-reed!

Ha! That has a ring to it.

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 5:48:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE: Or...."Would you like to solve the puzzle?" "No, Pat. We'd like to buy a VOW-el."

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:28:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Oh. My. God. I cannot believe all this chatter!! In just a couple of days, and I am beyond behind!

My little Quinn is famous, especially for his acorn squash in these parts (being La Grande, the Center of the Universe). He is also quite renowned for his high-pitched, ear-piercing screeching. Something to experience, I tell ya.

La Grande, where do I start?? In the middle of nowhere, situated between two mountain passes. Pretty enough, as long as you can deal with WalMart being as good as it gets. Moved here in 1997 thinking we'd be here for a couple of years. Almost 11 later, and here we simmer; like quicksand, it is.

Erick got offered a job in Clackamas last month on a Monday. On Friday he gets a call saying that, whoops!, the job is still his but they aren't sure about their federal funding. Perhaps Erick should hold off moving his family until they are sure what's happening. Like going 100 mph into a brick wall; one minute you're trying to figure out how you're going to move everything, find a house in Portland, etc. etc., and then, nothing.

Now, when we moved here we only needed a UHaul, and not their biggest one. Not going to be that way this time. Man. Kids come with a lot of stuff.

It's okay. I get to use him as an excuse now.

Anyway, La Grande is what it is. Some good things, lots of not so wonderful things. Kind of a schizophrenic town, not sure what it is, college town or mecca for hunters and ranchers. I might miss some things, like a traffic jam being four people at the stop sign at the same time; you should see the looks of horror...

Anyway, thanks Gawpo for spreading the word about our fabulous lives. It's about time the world took notice!

And, Cindra, Erick DOES know and remember you. Very clearly and he says "Damn fine woman. Yep. Damn fine woman."

So there you have it.

Sarah

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Oh! And, Monsieur Gawpo, since you're name keeps coming up in my discussions with friends, they inevitably say "Oh! You mean that cool guy at your reception that brough all the oysters??".

Yeah. Without fail.

Sarah

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:40:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Oh! And, Bwana Gawpo, that airport in our hamlet that you flew into? It's still there. As far as I know. Yep. Right there, in the middle of the valley. Where just anyone could just pop in and out in their plane. Yep. So I here.

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:41:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

And I apologize in advance for the heavily child-centered content of our blog - kinda happens when you're a stay-at-home-madre for two years.

But, he is awful cute to look at.

Sarah

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:44:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

...and one more thing!

That nastiness on my lip isn't usually there. Really.

I'd blame it on my kid. If I could.

S

 
At Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 8:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SARAH: Wow. That was long.

SARAH: Funny you should address me in Francois (Frank Coys, as they say here), because Monseur Somewhere Joe has often referred to me as Gawpeaux. And I love when he does. When he gets a bit pressed for time, though, it goes to simply Po. Works for me.

SARAH: Wow. People still remember me from the wedding perception?

SARAH: And thank you so much for catching me up on what's going on with the job, the possible move, etc. Crap. When I was there, there was enough stuff for the largest U-Haul. You're in trouble, Missy.

SARAH: And if I could shake loose, yours in Gawpo truliness would occasion the LaGrande airport yet again. Boy have I got a story for yo: I'M WORKING MY BUTT OFF WITH OVERTIME TO PAY FOR THE UPCOMING JAUNT TO ROME AND SICILY. There. I said it. I got it out. Good that Erick remembers Cindra and does not make her out to be the fool I so foolishly tried to reveal. Didn't work. Damned memories! Foiled again. And guess which Brett V. Kenney I just got off the phone with. Yeah. He said he had lost you guys. I found you for him and have sent him to the Gawpo Gateway.

Also, I missed the nastiness on your lip entirely. And I am not going to notice it even now.

And another thing, if you apologize one more time for being kid-centered in content, I certainly WILL fly over there and kick yer ass. There. I said that, too. Got it out. Feels great.

Love,
G

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 10:36:00 AM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Bwana G:

I have been roundly chastised and will mend my ways...

Glad to have found Brett again - my E is such a poor keep-in-toucher even with my gently but persistent encouragement. Otherwise known as nagging. Yep, even I indulge occasionally.

E will be applying for a job in Newport here any minute - just in case Clackamas doesn't happen. Either way, it will be out of here.

Yikes! A trip to Italy??!!?? I will refrain from being totally jealous and only be a tiny bit envious. Looking forward to the blogs after your trip! Man. The food. The wine. Alright. Can't do it. I am jealous.

:)

More later, Bwana.

S

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 10:37:00 AM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Bwana G:

I have been roundly chastised and will mend my ways...

Glad to have found Brett again - my E is such a poor keep-in-toucher even with my gently but persistent encouragement. Otherwise known as nagging. Yep, even I indulge occasionally.

E will be applying for a job in Newport here any minute - just in case Clackamas doesn't happen. Either way, it will be out of here.

Yikes! A trip to Italy??!!?? I will refrain from being totally jealous and only be a tiny bit envious. Looking forward to the blogs after your trip! Man. The food. The wine. Alright. Can't do it. I am jealous.

:)

More later, Bwana.

S

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 11:06:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Blogger hates me.

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 11:08:00 AM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Oh. Now it doesn't. I've been trying to post like forever and blogger wouldn't let me.

SARAH-THANKS FOR THE VINDICATION!
Your family is lovely and you write well and we enjoy your blog, so stop apologizing already! Funny how small this world is, huh?

Hi to E and Q and hugs to all, and best of luck with the job situation...

And haven't you and E been together for quite awhile? I think I have a picture of you two...

Gawpo, be nice or I will hide your howdy doody doll again and you'll cry like the baby that you are.

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 11:24:00 AM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

Cindra:

See? I knew it - Gawpo is a softy.

Yep, E and I have been together since late 1990, but lived together since 1991, right after Peace Corps. Makes me feel mighty, mighty old. He puts up with me and I tell him how cute his butt is as often as possible. It seems to work for us.

It is pretty interesting how a couple of years of mothering can leave you feeling just a tad less sophisticated than usual. But, there are trade-offs. I can calm a tantrum with the best of 'em; perhaps that skill will come in handy back in the work world. :)

Do you have a blog? Tried to respond to you directly, but nothing happened.

Off to prepare a lunch only an-almost 3 year old could love.

Sarah

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 12:52:00 PM PDT , Anonymous cindra said...

Sarah-well, then WE shared a blanket at the ten year reunion. I knew that was you, or thought I did, cos I do have a picture of you and as cute as your husband's butt may be, what are the chances that he would hook up with TWO hotties like you in one lifetime? I'll try to find the pic of you guys...my now 15 year old was not even two and she shared the blanket with us too...and Kevin was a daddy and he was quite cute as a new father...

I never did feel sophisticated having come from the Oregon Coast, so I don't think motherhood made me feel less so...but I do know what you are saying! It is humbling and glorious all at once.

If you move coastal we'll have to get our lil' ones togehter. Well, and ourselves, of course.

Okay, yes I do have a blog and you can access it right over there ----------->
on Gawpo's blogroll
OR you can click on my name on this comment. Your blog has it set so only blogger/google peeps can comment. I'm not one of them, so it doesn't link to my blog.

Glad to be in contact...and see your family unfold...quite sweet! I'm really happy for the three of you...and so glad that you and E complement each other so well. That's a lucky little Q!

Talk soon!

Oh, and HI Gawpo! Thanks for facilitating this exchange. Hope you are having a good day, lil' lovable brat!

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 3:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

HEY!!!

YOU TWO HAVE BEEN HAVING YOUR WAY WITH ME ALL THE WHILE I HAD BEEN SLEEPING FOR MY NEXT ARDUOUS DAY OF OVERTIME!!!!!!!

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!

I FEEL (more than adequately) VIOLATED!!!!!

NOW, GOOD DAY, MADAMES!!!!!

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 3:45:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SARAH AND CHEENDRUH!: All is forgiven. All is well. All is delightful when you two frolic herein.

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 4:25:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SARAH AND CHEENDRUH!: Ooooops. Looks like you two did this during the day.

heh heh.

 
At Friday, September 21, 2007 at 5:20:00 PM PDT , Blogger vandyketimes said...

...you just never know what could be happenin' while you are catching a couple of z's.

Gotta keep you on your toes..

Sarah

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 5:54:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SARAH: New post in the works. Stand by.....

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 6:33:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Brooke said...

Ok, wait a minute... Cindra Jo and Gawpo, get to your own rooms right now and stop the fighting! And Sarah, Cindra "a damn fine woman"? My sister? Surely you must be thinking of someone else. (I love you, sis.)

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 10:00:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BWOOKIE: Dang. Curses. Foiled again. But don't worry, Brooke, cuz Mom already scolded us and sent us to our rooms (see above). And speaking of the damn fines, Erick is a damn fine man married to Sarah, a damn fine woman in her own right. And I think you are damn fine, too Brookie. SO YOU'D BETTER GET YOUR BUTT BACK OVER HERE TO WHERE YOU REALLY NEED TO LIVE---CLOSE TO US DAMN FINE FOLKS!!!

XO,
G

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:29:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

How can i refuse you?!! I did and said hello too.(obedient me)
Thats a beautiful baby--and that a great friendship.
I like the fact that you now feed pigeons instead of hunt them! :-)
Going on a vacation to UK. Getting back on 3rd October.Will talk to you when I get back.

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 3:57:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Hey G,
I did a meme I want you to do. I tagged no one, because people are tag-phobic these days. However, I know you'll enjoy this one.
I am curious, to see your answers.
Your blog-fodder-provider,
Blue
xo

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 4:21:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ps: Hope you got my IM that I left you when I got home and found yours. I want to hear all about the trip when you return. Feeding pigeons is much more rewarding. MUCH. C.U. on your return! xo, G

GAIB: A meme? Gulp......

I will take a look at it. Thank you for thinking of me for that.

You are a wonderful BFP, Blue.

Sigh.....

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 6:18:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

You can do it. I know you can. It isn't a dumb meme. If it were palindromic in nature, they would have named it a memem.
xo
Blue! TSG 4eva!

 
At Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 6:32:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: HA!!!! Very good. I shall dew eeeeet!

 
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