Good 41º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday we topped at 90º!!
Picture of the Day .... LOL
Interesting how the capital of Oregon got it's name...
Salem // is the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The river forms the boundary between Marion and Polk counties, and the city neighborhood of West Salem is in Polk County. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in 1857.
Salem had a population of 173,442 in 2018, making it the second-largest city in the state after Portland. Salem is a little under an hour's driving distance away from Portland. Salem is the principal city of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that covers Marion and Polk counties and had a combined population of 390,738 at the 2010 census. A 2013 estimate placed the metropolitan population at 400,408, the state's second largest. This area is, in turn, part of the Portland-Vancouver-Salem Combined Statistical Area.
The city is home to Willamette University, Corban University, and Chemeketa Community College. The State of Oregon is the largest public employer in the city, and Salem Health is the largest private employer. Transportation includes public transit from Cherriots (legally known as Salem Area Mass Transit District), Amtrak service, and non-commercial air travel at McNary Field. Major roads include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99E, and Oregon Route 22, which connects West Salem across the Willamette River via the Marion Street and Center Street bridges.
The Native Americans who inhabited the central Willamette Valley at first European contact, the Kalapuya, called the area Chim-i-ki-ti, which means "meeting or resting place" in the Central Kalapuya language (Santiam). When the Methodist Mission moved to the area, they called the new establishment Chemeketa; although it was more widely known as the Mill, because of its situation on Mill Creek. When the Oregon Institute was established, the community became known as the Institute.
When the Institute was dissolved, the trustees decided to lay out a town site on the Institute lands. Some possible sources for the name "Salem" include William H. Willson, who in 1850 and 1851 filed the plans for the main part of the city, and suggested adopting an Anglicized version of the Biblical word "Shalom", meaning "peace" (as well as "hello" and "goodbye"). The Reverend David Leslie, President of the town's Trustees, also wanted a Biblical name, and suggested using the last five letters of "Jerusalem". Or, the town may be named after Salem, Massachusetts, where Leslie was educated. There were many names suggested, and even after the change to Salem, some people, such as Asahel Bush (editor of the Oregon Statesman), believed the name should be changed back to Chemeketa. The Vern Miller Civic Center, which houses the city offices and library, has a public space dedicated as the Peace Plaza in recognition of the names by which the city has been known.
From Mr. Food...
Add a kick to delicious chocolate cake by making our recipe for Mexican Chocolate Cake. Start with a boxed cake mix and add cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a perfectly sweet and spiced chocolate cake. This may very well become one of your new favorites.
- 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package chocolate cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 cup water
****Think it's strange to add balsamic vinegar to a delicious cake recipe? Don't worry, you won't taste it in the finished product and your Mexican Chocolate Cake will be nice and fluffy!
Historically this date.......
1886 – Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.
1976 – The roller coaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
1984 – Corporal Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing three and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
....................if you can believe this: "Lortie was paroled in December 1995. He now lives in Quebec and works in construction." Canadians are just as stupid as Americans when it comes to letting the bad guys go!
And births this date include...
1926 – Don Rickles, American comedian (d.2017)
1940 – Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (d. 1985)
When working for UPS I delivered a package to his Mulholland Drive home. He drove out just as I arrived and waved to me. This was about 1980. His butler and one of his twin sons, Gunnar or Matthew (about 13 at the time)
answered the door. He also had about 15 dogs in his yard, all different, all friendly!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo