Where in the World is C. Patrick?

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted much here lately. That’s because I recently made a pretty big change in my life: I moved to the Pacific Northwest. Hood River, to be exact, about an hour east of Portland and situated in the stunningly pretty Columbia River Gorge. Here’s a pic:

Mt Adams Vista

Like I was saying, stunningly pretty.

“Why the Pacific Northwest?” you ask. Well, I direct your attention back to the picture above. “But isn’t it really cold and don’t they have a lot of rain?” you ask. Well, I direct your attention back to the picture above. But, actually, the answer is, “No.” At least, not so far this year. While the rest of the country is getting trounced in the world’s largest snowball fight (warning: slideshow), it’s been relatively dry and unseasonably warm in the PNW.

Hood River Temperature

This was from back when in October, but still. October in the Pacific Northwest!

When I first got here, back in October, there were a bunch of days in the 60s (see the pic). Right now, as I write this at the end of January, it’s 40 degrees outside–52 if you head over to Portland.

Even if this is an aberration rather than the norm (and I’ve been told by locals that it is), it’s okay. I like the rain. When it’s raining out, it’s easy to stay inside and write. And that finally brings us back around to why I haven’t been writing much here. Did you see those views? Did you see those temperatures? I’ve been out hiking as much as I possibly could. This area has more waterfalls than you can shake a beaver (or a logger) at.

Falls Creek Falls, on the Washington side.

Here’s one.

It’s still very nice out and there’s plenty of hiking still to do, but I’ve missed hanging out here on this blog, too, so expect to see more of me in the upcoming weeks both here and over at my review blog on Gawker. Until then, enjoy your snowball fight!

 

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Check Out My All-Reviews Blog

I just started a review blog for movies, tv shows, games, and other fun stuff (but mostly movies and tv shows). You’ll still get some of that over here, but probably not as much as in the past. So go check out my first review: “John Lennon — Love is All You Need”. http://saintsomebody.kinja.com/movie-review-john-lennon-love-is-all-you-need-1467038321

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The Weeping of Fire Hydrants

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ weekly challenge to flash ficiton writers. The idea: in 100-words, tell a story inspired by the picture.

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The Weeping of Fire Hydrants (100 words)

Like the boy — awed, awkward, immobilized by the unexpectedness of sudden beauty — the fire hydrant watched the girl. The WALK sign was lit, but the boy made no move. Neither did the fire hydrant, but for different reasons.

The girl’s short skirt — her cheerleader skirt, prom skirt, Ice Capades skirt, Nutcracker skirt — flared about her bare thighs as she leaped from the curb. The boy watched, his mouth agape, his arms slack at his side.

The girl spun in the sunlight like a dewdrop sparking upon a web.

The fire hydrant wanted to dance. But, at best, it could only weep.

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