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The first five chapters of a new tale

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If you are a reader in the distant future, this message is for you. Terms which are common to my people of my time may have been lost in yours.

Terms you will encounter:

2020: This indicates a year within the Common Era. A reader of old documents like you must do the math all the time.

7616 BCE: “BCE” refers to the time before the Common Era. This tale spans the time period between 7142 BCE and 2020 which is 9,162 years. …

I have a hard time with time. Do you?

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Days of the Week

First of all, I hate our new day names. Sun has become Sunday. Saturn, Saturday. Moon has become Monday.

Friday should be Venus. Thursday, Jupiter. We have lost so much.

The order of the planets came from Hellenistic Astrology.

Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

Compare those to our current day names and consider what we have lost.

The real is being replaced by the unreal. The more vague, the better.


I don’t care about months. Carve up the year however you want.


I believe we should base time on the rotation of the earth. …

The greatest show you’ve never heard of.

This is Part 2. In Part 1, I was able to ask the show’s creator a few questions.

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Macaroni Salad

Welcome to the world of Tarantula.

Tarantula is ten animated tales, told from the perspective of Echo, our wise narrator and guide. He lives at the Tierra Chula Hotel along with other unique characters.

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Carson Mell

Before I begin talking about the creator of Tarantula, I must first talk about where he came from.

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“Canal of Life-Giving Water” from above

The Desert

In the middle of the Salt River Valley, you will find a city called Phoenix. The city’s water comes from a 336 mile long canal connected to a water source from what was once a fertile valley. This long ribbon of water is how people in central Arizona stay alive. …

After a lifetime of watching shows, I have finally figured out my favorite.

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The Theme Song

There is a good chance you haven’t seen my favorite show. Perhaps you have. Here is the theme song as a hint:

Amazing, isn’t it? I asked the creator of the show about the theme song.

How did the theme song come about?

“In a really strange way, actually. I was out on a jog when it popped into my head. I ran into my apartment to record it into my phone, and my roommate was on the phone with his Dad.

So I ran into his room, which was the furthest point from where he was talking, and set my phone on his bookcase and recorded it, still a bit out of breath from the jog. …

Choose your rules or they’ll choose you.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. — Squire Bill Widener


  • Ask for a lawyer.
  • If your family is good to you, be good to them.
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  • Don’t purposefully hurt others.
  • I someone is hurting you, ghost them when you can.
  • If people across the earth disagree on a topic, there is a good chance you won’t find a satisfying answer.
  • If you don’t know something for sure, your audience must know that as well.
  • If the note says “Take One”, don’t take the whole bowl. Be considerate of those who will come after you. …

The woman who wrote the book on Sir John.

Dorothy died March 21st, 2011. The text on this page is from her obituary and the author information found in her groundbreaking book, “Outpost: John McLoughlin and the Far Northwest

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Dorothy Nafus was born in Nashua, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in English and Music.

In 1947, she moved to Portland, Oregon with her husband Carl Morrison.


Dorothy published several young adult biographies about figures of the Pacific Northwest, including one about John McLoughlin. While in her eighties, she wrote her most distinguished work, Outpost.

Everyone at the house agrees, this is the best telling of the story of John McLoughlin. …

Today was the John McLoughlin party and it was lit.

First off, I got all my questions from yesterday answered. I also was lucky enough to meet him.

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He said, “I never smile in photos so I won’t start now.” I was so excited all I could say was, “You really are six foot five. That’s amazing.”

If I wasn’t so excited, I would have moved back a bit so you could see how tall he was. Again, I think that’s why he made the five month journey to England to secure his place during the Hudson Bay Company merger.

Richard (the resident expert) showed me a quote from a letter Sir John sent. I took a photo so I’d get it right. …

A letter to Oregon’s father

Dear Sir John McLoughlin,

First of all, thank you for saving us from a war with Great Britain. Second, I just visited your house.

They put it up on the bluff in the land you donated, using only the assistance of a single horse. I couldn’t imagine a single horse moving a house. To you, a horse moving a house is probably normal. To me it is a bewildering feat.

I made it there just in time for the last tour of the season. …

This document was found in John McLoughlin’s private papers after his death. It is believed to be one of the last things he wrote.

I added section titles and made minor formatting changes to the original transcription created by his daughter Eloise Harvey entitled “Copy of a Document.”

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In 1821, I came to this country to superintend the management of the Hudson Bay Company’s trade on the coast. We came to the determination to abandon Astoria and go to Fort Vancouver, as it was a place where we could cultivate the soil and raise our own provisions.

The Finest Portion

In March, 1825, we moved there and that spring planted potatoes and sowed two bushels of peas, the only grain we had — and all we had. …


David Mulhern

I work from home on the outskirts of town. Close enough to see a movie but far enough to see the stars —

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