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5 Housing Markets That Have Further to Fall – Yahoo! Real Estate

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portlandiaI don’t agree with an article regarding the Portland housing market.  It suggested that Portland housing markets are less viable than others. It is published here.

My reasons  why:

Portland is retaining it’s value is because it is a city that is on the cutting edge of being a green city, heavy investment in public transportation and really does have more water friendly weather than Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix or Detroit.  Portland has less pollution, less overbuilding, and increased demand from people moving north from California.


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July 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm

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Funniest Comedy Sketch for All time.

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I can’t help but laught at this every time.  Tim Conway keeps such a straight face, and Harvey Korman can’t keep from laughing during this Carol Burnett Show ad lib;

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July 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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Got Sleep Apnea? Anxiety? Play your Digeridoo, Blue

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A recent study shows that playing he Digeridoo helps those with sleep apnea. See article

In 2008 a couple of Brazilian college students made a study about “The use of Didgeridoo for  people with anxiety”. They study stated that the instrument (didgeridoo) can lower a person´s anxiety by practicing it 20 minutes a day. For 7 weeks the average rate was 10% (ten percent) at anxiety decreasing. [This information from Wiki.]

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April 27, 2009 at 5:09 am

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Softer prices in Silverton during Hard times.

Don Sellway  has been a barber for forty years.  For 16 of them he’s had a barber shop in the rural community of Silverton, Oregon at 201 Oak Street.
cheapbarber“If I believe the customer is on rough times,”said Sellway, “on fixed income or out of work, the price is 7 dollars. It’s as simple as that. That’s not true for everybody, you gotta remember the average home in Silverton goes for $400,000, so if you pull up in a fancy car our standard rate applies.”

Street parking in Silverton is still also a terrific value. One penny still gives you twelve minutes in a downtown Silverton parking meter.silvertonparkingmeter

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April 23, 2009 at 3:26 am

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The Fickle Finger of Pharmacy

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It’s not often that I feel passionate enough about a business so much that I will specify one to avoid.  But I can no longer keep quiet about this one.  People need to be forewarned.

The award this year’s Fickle Finger of Pharmacy goes to Express Scripts for generally bad service, poor delivery and  communications with physicians offices.  The who point of course is to eliminate getting the prescription to the patient. This also goes for Cura Scripts which was purchased by Express Scripts. I can’t tell you how many times my doctor has rolled his eyes about these people.

Today’s excuse for not delivering my prescription, “your doctor sent the prescription, and but not the strength, so we faxed them, faxed them and faxed them with no response.” Truth is, they don’t and won’t use a telephone. Why?  Because they don’t have to hire people to answer them. It sure would be nice if they had let me know here was a problem!

Last month the excuse was, “we need to reverify your insurance” which hasn’t changed in years. My last delivery was at least 4 weeks late, with the wrong quantities.

Its not that they don’t only NOT deliver on time, but they put up so many road blocks, (gee willickers…and the online forms you have to fill out?)  Now, its not only that skimmed (sent) me a lesser quantity serveral times than what the order required. But they actually asked I go to a local Rite Aid pharmacist to verify the quantities were wrong.

Used and favored heavily by Insurance companies, the theory is they save the customer money by providing a 90 day supply for the price of a copay.  The problem is they don’t deliver. Motive? Well, let me ask you this:  If a insurance adjuster where the one to actually repair your car collision, would it ever get done?

Document, document document with these people! Keep dates and times. Businesses like these won’t be around very long. Why? Two words.

Attorney General.  And don’t think for a second they haven’t been in trouble before!

Related: Safer Health Care

Fish oil pills don’t boost benefit of heart drugs – Yahoo! News

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Fish oil pills don’t boost benefit of heart drugs – Yahoo! News.’

The German study shows that “we need to be a little more cautious about the prediction of individual benefit of any nutritional supplements,” said Lichtenstein, who had no role in the research.

“We see this pattern — people are so willing to embrace the simple answer,” as if it’s possible “to crack a capsule over a hot fudge sundae” and undo the harm of harmful diets and lack of exercise, she said.

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March 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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Salem, Oregon’s most Famous Person: Silverton & Lancaster

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Rock'in Out at Lancaster & Silverton Road is Tommylyn Waller. Tommylyn is one of Salem's most recognizable faces.

Rockin' 0ut at Lancaster & Silverton Road is Tommylyn Waller. Tommylyn is one of Salem's most recognizable faces.

In Salem, Oregon you may not know the Governor, the mayor, or your local school principle. But chances are good you recognize Tommylyn Waller.

Tommylyn is paid to dance and rock out on the corner of Lancaster and Silverton Road four days a week, “rain or snow, sleet or shine.”  The sign she sways back and forth is to promote the store, “SHOES RIGHT HERE,”  a local self service shoe discounter.

Tommylyn says “some people call me the Dancing Lady, the Shoe Lady or the Singing Lady. I just love my job. Often they drivers express concern that I may be cold, but I assure them that I”m fine.”

Tommylyn, at 56 says “I’m feel so blessed at my age that I have the health to do my job.”

tommylyn3Last week Tommylyn lost her only source of transportation, a bicycle, to a traffic accident. She was immediately recognized by the staff at Salem Hospital. “I’m can’t afford to buy a bike yet, so I”m saving for one. I am just so happy to listen to Christian music all day long and praise god for it.”

She shared with me she really likes her employer, and that everybody does. S he also mentioned she gets better value for her employer than any static billboard.


Tommylyn is a long time resident of Salem, Oregon since the age of nine. She has a son, 36 and a daughter in Texas age 37.

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March 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm