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Artifacts: License Plate Wall in Pe ELL, WA (partial view)

Artifact: License Plates Wall in Pe ELL, WA (partial view)

Anecdotally I’ve heard that technically you can’t publish/post/publicize photos of license plates (number plates in some areas)  however i’ll assume this edict (if it exists at all) does not apply when a license plate is decommissioned and as such, simply becomes a decorative artifact, in this case attached to a shed in a small hamlet in Washington State.

You’ll notice Guam, Utah, Washington State, Alaska, Oregon,  Hawaii, Colorado and antlers represented. Also a shovel (rusty).

Note: High-speed Rail from Vancouver > Seattle > Portland & oatmeal

Snoqualmie Oatmeal onboard Amtrak en route to Pe ELL (Centralia, WA) Dec. 29, 2013

There is much discussion about high speed rail between Vancouver and Portland… This conversation isn’t new, been going on for years and years and there’s always more pushback, grumbling about costs and right of way, another expensive study and blah blah blah… In my mind, the existing service *could* be great if they had priority right of way on the tracks, without hindrance of landslides which are prone to some areas, and better connections from the often remote/poorly located stations to the related urban centers (looking at you Olympia).

I mean, the trains themselves are great, the route is lovely, and importantly there is Snoqualmie Falls oatmeal served in the morning, or Ivar’s clam chowder and Black Butte Porter in the afternoon… Last time I rode anyway.

By the way, it’s no longer my challenge, request, cause or whatever as I live in Japan where train lines are abundant with all manner of service from super fast to slow locals as well as scenic treasures on olden stock.

However, I have yet to find a train in Japan which serves oatmeal so I have to get by a delicious Ekiben.

Mom: 3 Years Gone – “Tour de Ashes”

Hi Mom,

Well today is 3 years gone and wow, so much has happened since the worst phone call ever in Auroville.

I won’t get into all the details but do want to catch you up on all the geo-locations (and other memorials) your ashes are distributed… for the time being at least.

Overall, you’ll be happy to know we’ve added a few more stamps to your figurative passport and there are many places scattered around the world where you are especially remembered. 

We’ll start the world tour with the most obvious and familiar locations in Utah: 

First, the Celebration of Life Monument in SLC right by the (fabulous) library. This wall took some doing to make it all happen but worth the work and looks great.      

Your entire full name with all the middle names is engraved on the wall and allll spelled perfectly! 

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Rock n Roll Heroes – The Numbskulz – Choogle On! #87

Rock n Roll Heroes – The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87
Episode art photo by Uncle Weed, arted up by Bread the Producer

On a visit to the hamlet of Pe Ell, Uncle Weed checks in on the emerging super powers of The Numbskulz [MySpace] – Nolan, Seth and Graham. The 3 young rock and roll brothers recently recorded tracks at a studio and are seeking to load up their camouflage RV for a NorthWest summer tour.

They discuss the songwriting process, the power of music to inspire others, playing covers vs. originals, promotion tactics for bands, and the importance of demanding knowledge at school. 

Prepare to rock with Rock n Roll Heroes ~ The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87 (.mp3, 32:19, 29MB)

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My pal Hemp Ed writes to Rep. Baird about unneeded COP grants for tiny Pe Ell

My pal Hemp Ed writes to Rep. Baird about unneeded COP grants for tiny Pe Ell, Washington

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Letter to US Congressman Brian Baird from Ed in Pe Ell

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The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle On! #55

The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55
The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55

In the third conversation with teenage rock savants from Pe Ell Washington, Uncle Weed catches up with brothers Nolan (vocals, bass), Seth (guitars, vocals), Graham (drums) and talk about recent gigs featuring vomiting drummers, hot days at flea markets, styling out on NYE, plus songwriting tactics, recording plans, staying dumb, police hassles and small town life. 

Rock along with The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55 (.mp3, 22:45, 18MB)

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Aerogrammes to Utah, St. Louis and the Gulf Coast – Postcard #9

Dave O reads a Utah writer variety pack from Pe Ell, Washington featuring Françios Camoin, Levi Peterson, and Ed Abbey (more Ed – interview and article in Canyon Country Zephyr) plus an original essay about Glen Canyon Dam.

Then, Lewis and Clark check in from their homestretch after scoring some whiskey, and Dave enlists the Jerry Garcia Band‘s help to send evocative empathy to the post-Katrina, Gulf Coast.

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Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8

In Volume 8, while in Pe Ell, WA, DaveO reads from Lewis and Clarks’ journals as they lose horses on Sept. 3rd, then Ed Abbey foretells the future in his modern classic, “Desert Solitaire”, then the Uncle Weed story continues with jovial demonstrations of eco-sabotage and desert enjoyment while camping with kids .

Saddle up for: Lewis and Clark move west, Ed Abbey’s wisdom and Uncle Weed’s story – Postcard #8 (14:57, .mp3)

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