I'm just curious. Why do so many movies, tv shows etc. still use Roman numerals to show their copyright date? How many people can still read Roman numerals? Actually, I can if I work at it. But, we all know I'm moderately weird.
And while we're on the subject of weirdness of a sort. Dear Mapquest. Do you just go by mileage when you recommend a route. 'Cause it's painfully obvious nobody had driven the route you recommended for our little jaunt this afternoon. Granted, where we were headed is about as nowhere as you can get and still be about thirty miles from Portland. We ended up on a narrow state road with no shoulders, more curves than a room full of belly dancers, hill on one side drop off on the other, and a half mile or so of 17% (yes, 17%, most highways try to keep the grade at 6% or so) grade at the end. Lots of fun with soaking wet brakes. I'd mention the rain but Mapquest wasn't responsible for that. Most of the roads date from the homesteading days, but I can't imagine taking anything but a saddle horse up or down that grade. Personally, I'd be leading the horse not trying to ride. Yep, I'm a chicken, hear me cluck.
One thing I've noticed about the little towns up the valley. They're about five to ten miles apart. About as far as you could ride or take a horse and wagon in about a half day trip to town or to church. Actually the mid point would be three or four miles each way. The whole area north of Salem and west of I5 is a network of small towns, state and county roads, farms, truck gardens and vinyards. Pretty country, very pretty country especially this time of year.