Everything’s been cray-cray lately so my peeps and I thought we’d up the anxiety and fly from Minnesota to Oregon to invade – I mean VISIT – Lori L. Lake for a week. (Don’t worry, we wore masks on the plane and social distanced and Lori sent us beekeeper suits, so we seem to be fine. We’ll see if SHE ever recovers . . . bwahahahahaha.) We were forced to wear matching shirts with anti-Covid hexing qualities . . . but mostly so people would remember who this cool six-pack was when they file the police report.
We climbed mountains – Mt Hood, St Helens, and Rainier – saw the daytime protesters and fantastic downtown Portland art, ate at a LOT of food carts, and bought books at the Powell’s in Beaverton the very day it reopened from the lockdown. We saw a bunch of local sites including the Witch’s Castle (research for my next Shay O’Hanlon book, Shanghai Murder, which is set in PDX), and toured the Pittock Mansion, built in 1915 by a rich newspaper dude, up in the SW hills above Portland.
I was totally jazzed by the mansion, but Lori and I were most captivated by the zillions of flowers on the grounds! Except for the rose, we don’t know what the hell any of them are called, but they sure are purty! We scampered all over the paths, doing our best to avoid the pesky molehills popping up here and there, and we shot pictures of over two dozen flowers! Now that we’re surely halfway to master gardener photo status, we’re thinking we should write a gardening book!
Speaking of Lori . . . the real reason I went out to visit was to force – I mean, convince! – her to take over the 2nd Monday blog here at W&W since I’m buried under an avalanche of obligations. Bye-bye from me, and next month say Hello to Lori who is the one who got me into this crazy writing thing. Yes, you can blame her! (She’s used to it.) Lori has been publishing lesbian novels for about 50 years, so I’m looking forward to finding out what she plans to write about here. For all of your sakes, I hope she manages to be at least somewhat entertaining, not all serious and English Teachery.
In honor of Lori’s hostile takeover — whoops! I mean gracious acceptance of the grave responsibility of writing posts here — she’s giving away a free ebook of the GUN SHY 20th Anniversary edition to the funniest comments people post below that wish me goodbye. Be sincere. Be kind. Be complimentary while also hilarious. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to comment before this post sizzles away like in Mission Impossible. BTW, I’m sneaking this in toward the end of the post just to see if anyone actually reads all the way through! Don’t fail me now!
It’s been a pleasure goofing around here for all these years, what is it–maybe 15? 20?, and thanks to Jove and Andi and all the fine women who got this insane cuckoo bus rolling on the dirt road. They seriously rock!
Thanks also for the kind comments and messages from all you who read this blog. You are the ones who make it all worthwhile.
Hasta Lasagna! Don’t get it on ya!
Have some big fun!
Jessie, who now needs to fly back to Oregon, further research, you know? Heh heh…