In Oregon, It Never Stops Raining

Another dingy motel room tonight, after a few days of familiar surroundings at Benjamin’s apartment in Portland. I find myself drinking more often than usual on this tour, because there’s so many conceivable motivations for doing so: celebrating a successful book event, drowning out the memory of a poor one, just passing the time. Sampling local vintages.

I’m pleased to report we are now 19 events down out of 36, which puts us more than halfway through. There are still six weeks left to go, though, and I can’t quite believe there’s that much time left. I thought I would write something this evening, maybe wrap up the first draft of one of those sea stories, but it’s just not going to happen.  Retreating into someone else’s prefab world via a book seems easier.  We are due for a train ride of titanic proportions starting tomorrow afternoon, though, so maybe that will be a time for being trapped with my own characters and duking it out until one of us emerges bloody and victorious.

Two weeks until I see her.

Author: Jeff Deck

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  • I snapped a photo of a billboard in front of a school that read:

    ALANTON
    ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    WE’RE
    FULLY SOL
    ACCREDITATED

  • Sharon

    I saw your spot on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” today. I am a retired publicist. I have found another typo if you are interested. It is in Mission Viejo, California as you enter the parking lot for Casta del Sol, a retirement community. The sign indicates where cars and buses should park. Buses is incorrectly spelled. Yes, I have told the folks in the administration office, but they are sure they are right. How sad! Just imagine how this generation will spell. Texting will most certainly have an impact. LOL. Keep up the good work and good luck with your book.

  • Al G.

    To Mr. Deck and Mr. Herson,

    I just saw your segment on CBS Sunday Morning on 10/10/10 and commend you on the formation of TEAL and your efforts to improve the declining state of the “public space” written word in the United States.

    We think that the atrocious state of the spoken word in U.S. media could use a similar campaign. We have felt that we should form the SPA, the Society for Preservation of the Adverb. We are continually shocked at the number of “professional” communicators who habitually use adjectives in place of adverbs. It is now fairly rare to hear adverbs used correctly in spoken media (or should I say, “used correct”). We fear that the adverb will soon be extinct in spoken English in the United States.

    We are also shocked at how rapidly the phrase “graduate college” has become standard usage both in spoken and written English in our country. We try to point out that “college” can’t be the object unless the college itself has graduated from something. We would think that the simple phrase “graduate from college” would not be so hard to remember, unless the state of grammar knowledge in our country has fallen so far that most think “graduate college” is actually correct usage.

    Keep up the great work. We look forward to reading your book.

  • Jeff Deck

    Thanks, Al, Richard, and Sharon!