Flotsom and Jetsons from the daily litter fence …

25 Jun

So I see a reporter callout for info from women winemakers two days ago, and today, I learn of a post-n-rant by a woman winemaker, in which she says that if she had it to do over again, she would put her winery in Cowlitz or HOOD RIVER county. She extolls the idea of the Fruit Loop, although she misfires in noting that it’s a government-supported enterprise. Propped, yes, with occasional support from the Visitor Council, which uses tax money generated off hotel beds, but not a government effort …

Did you know that Keenwire is looking for an RF engineer? Did you know that Keenwire was … what the heck is Keenwire? Well, it’s in Hood River, and deals with broadband issues, and … stay tuned. I want to know as bad as you do …

“Hood River, the city, is like a cross between Hawaii, with its blue water and steep green cliffs, and British Columbia, with its piney woods and snow-capped …” So begins a blog post on Notes from the Road, in which travel writer and photographer Erik Gauger raves about our fair city, but dings one of our favorite neighbors for plastic potted plants at its gateway. Oops. …

Waterfront dining in Hood River? Why has it taken me so long to discover the Sandbar Cafe? Guess I was always in too much of a rush to rig and rock. Well, today the missus and her Buzzboy did burgers and an unwrapped grilled chicken wrap (she’s avoiding gluten). Under the umbrella. On the deck, Overlooking the sunken kite spit and the SUP’ers cruising by in the Nichols Boat Basin. When the sandbar blocked access to the dock by the sternwheeler in 2006, it left a dock perfectly suited for sunshine munchin’. Comfy lounge chairs, too. And canned beer, too! …

The Waucoma Club is up and running at 207 Cascade Ave. One disgruntled (no doubt) former habitue of the former occupant, the River City Saloon, flamed off some gripes to the Buzz (not permitted past the gate). Hey, if you want to get hammered, or ticked-off because the bartenders actually do their jobs and cut you off when you go VIP, I say more power to the new crew. Someone else wondered why they hadn’t put seats by the windows. ‘Scuse me? You want a view of Mall 202? Place looks nice inside. Several screens to monitor sports action. Someone was kicking a ball aimlessly around a big green field when I dropped by. Wonder what THAT was about? …

New store going in at the Hood River Square. One called Yummy. In between Pizzicato and Quizno’s. Hmm. Wonder if it has anything to do with food? Awaiting a callback, for details …

Love that monster sculpture outside Columbia Arts, but the thing is a bit of a traffic hazard. Seriously, it hangs into the street, and the delivery trucks were halfway into traffic the other day because they couldn’t get past the sculpture into the loading zone. Where’s Dave when we need him? …

Kudos to the Port of Hood River. Its new Halyard Building on Portway is a beauty, and we love the cistern at the west end. Capture water in the wet, dribble it out in the dry. And did you notice the lack of sewer odor downwind of the grinder? The new lagoon cap is doing a fine job of reducing atmospheric taint. …

Hey, what do you think about City Manager Bob Francis’ idea of including a home-brewing contest at this year’s Hops Fest? Ladies and gentlemen, start your carboys …

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One Response to “Flotsom and Jetsons from the daily litter fence …”

  1. Jo June 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Keenwire?? Yeah what is that? I looked at their website and looked at the address and then drove by…I couldn’t find it according to the address…hhmmmmm…maybe I just need to look closer…

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