Saturday, 4 March 2017
In the early afternoon, we crossed the Astoria Megler Bridge and joined a roomful of like minded folk for an Indivisible North Coast Oregon meeting.
Astoria was parked up because of a winter brewery festival. We walked two blocks in the rain, passing one of my favourite little gardens on the way to the Fort George Brewery meeting room.This ornately fenced garden is built by piling soil (now mulched with washed dairy manure) on top of pavement.
Some thoughts from the meeting:
Indivisible is opposed to the ABC of authoritarianism, bigotry, corruption.
A speaker advised that we send postcards to politicians…”even a picture postcard works because I think they stand out,” she said. This made me smile because of our recent art postcard parties.A woman from Germany spoke, saying “who would have thought a little painter from Austria could have killed millions” and she asked, “How could my people not see this coming, how could they look away?” She said “My life is a series of attempts to make up for the crimes of my ancestors”. When she goes to a protest, her thought when seeing a photographer is: Is he from the newspaper or from Homeland Security? She believes she sees the early signs of fascism. Right here is her recommended reading on the subject.
The following speaker quoted this: “What you would be doing in 1930s Germany is what you are doing now.”
Action item: A member of KMUN radio asks that we write to or call members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations asking that public radio continue to be funded. Small rural stations like Astoria’s KMUN depend on federal funding far more than city stations do.
Afterwards, we were encouraged to sign up if we had interest in particular topics (education, environment, immigration, health care, equal rights).).
Allan took the opportunity to buy a women’s march copy of the Daily Astorian.
Afterwards, we walked by the Fort George Brewery’s lower garden, also freshly mulched. The ornamental grasses have been cut back since last time we went to the Blue Scorcher Café next door.
We walked by the temptations of the Blue Scorcher because we wanted to try out a new restaurant in Seaside, Oregon.
In Seaside, it was too wet and miserably windy to walk around and look at Pam Fleming’s city gardens.
I had to try the cauliflower appetizer, hoping that it would be similar to the zahra from Seattle’s Mediterranean Kitchen…and it was.
The tasty baba ganoush had pickled on it; I just put them to one side because I’m not used to that. All food is made fresh so I bet I could ask for no pickles next time, and there will be a next time.
We shopped at Costco. Wouldn’t this elaborate plastic apple container make an interesting little seedling greenhouse?
According to the weather forecast, we are due for several days of bad weather, possibly even light snow. I will not mind reprising staycation.