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The Love Song

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Grants Pass patriot sunset

#redneck @marilynmanson @mmfa

Only rarely do I get involved with politics on the internet, but here goes.

A few months back I was heading to a show at the Rogue Theatre, and there was an amazing sunset happening. As I was about to take a photo of it, I saw this yahoo come out of a liquor store and jump in his bright yellow truck. With country music blaring and an engine putting out far more noise than was necessary he crossed the street and into my shot above. Immediately, his tires screeched to a halt, and he turned his truck in my direction.

He pulled up to me with one hand on his steering wheel and the other on, I can only guess, a gun in his lap. He yells at me, “What are you taking a photo of?!?!” To which I pointed at the sky and respond, “have you not noticed the sunset tonight?” He cussed and drove off, probably to his trailer park to consume his new purchase from the liquor store.

Once upon a time, I’m ashamed to admit, I was fairly right wing in my thinking. I was a proud patriot like this guy (well, maybe not that bad). Then, something happened. I lived in and traveled to many other countries. I found out that America wasn’t nearly as “special” as my upbringing led me to believe. People in other countries were nice, had different ways of thinking, and (gasp) actually had ways of doing things that were better than those in the USA.

“‘Do you love your guns?’
Yeah
‘God?’
Yeah
‘The government?’
Fuck yeah!”
— Marilyn Manson

Controlled burn

Ashland, Oregon controlled burn beyond Exit 14

Last week’s controlled burn in the Ashland watershed was more aggressive than normal. Maybe the winds weren’t anticipated or they are running out of time before the real fire season begins.

Pigs on the Wing @ Rogue Theatre

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Pigs on the Wing (Pink Floyd tribute band) @ Rogue Theatre on May 18, 2018

@pigwingtribute

2018 NAIA Softball World Series bracket

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Avery Morehead-Hutsell

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball

One week from today begins the 2018 NAIA Softball World Series. The Raiders will meet archnemesis Marian in the first game. (SOU beat Marian for the National Championship in football in 2014. Since then Southern Oregon is 0-3 with a football loss in 2015, a women’s basketball loss in 2016, and a softball loss in 2016.) It’s payback time!

I’m guessing the Raiders will be the only team there with at least four freshmen in their starting lineup. Those four freshmen have played amazing defense and hit a combined .351 this year.

2018 naia Softball  florida world series Bracket

Pigs on the Wing this Friday in Grants Pass

Pigs On The Wing Wow Hall Eugene Jason Baker

Pigs On The Wing @ Eugene’s WOW Hall in 2015

@pigwingtribute

Pigs on the Wing (Pink Floyd tribute band)

On to Florida

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Allie Hancock gave up just one run in the first four innings to earn the W.

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @alliehancock__

The Raiders have clinched a spot in the NAIA Softball World Series for the second year in a row. Box score here.

One win away from the World Series

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Harlee Donovan applies the tag for the second out in a row at home plate, helping to preserve an SOU victory on Tuesday.

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @Foofers13 #NAIASBWorldSeries #PlayNAIA #CollegeSoftball

Details here.

P.S. Happy birthday, Harlee!

Happy birthday, Majerle Reeves!

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Majerle Reeves

@SOURaiders @souwbb

Softball schedule

@SOURaiders @Kelsee_R @SOU_Softball

Beginning today in Medford…

Babe Ruth called his shot. Kelsey appears to be picking St. Francis over Northwestern. Will she be correct?

Note that Tuesday’s games have been moved up. SOU will play at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

View from Willow Wind

Ashland, Oregon

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