Archive for September 8th, 2009

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They tend towards overripe, under ripe or already eaten by hikers.

They tend towards overripe, under ripe or already eaten by hikers.

XKCD is a great webcomic, I would say one of the best.

And this one in particular should be spread around as much as possible. Every parent, relative and computer user out there needs to see it.

Just so we can increase computer literacy.

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Seven Feather Casino and Resort

Run little salmon, run!

Run little salmon, run!

Driving up from California to Seattle presented an opportunity, the chance to keep driving until a decent or entertaining hotel is found. It was right around the River Rock Casino that my Mom and I had the great idea: if we were staying in a hotel we should make it an Indian Casino.

Our quest was born. In a Carl’s Jr. right near the Oregon border I picked up a guide to hotels, motels and resorts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Directly on our path with a coupon available was the Seven Feathers Casino and Resort. We had to stay there.

First we price checked other nearby hotels and found that the casino was actually a bit cheaper then the Travelodges and similar hotels. Finding it was dead easy, just right off of I-5.

The casino greeted us with a large eagle statue swooping down and grabbing an also large salmon statue. A good start to an evenings entertainment.

This was my first time in a Casino I was surprised in some ways and underwhelmed in others. Surprise came upon seeing the clientele, the patrons made me realize what sort of bubbles I have grown up in and that I had never really experienced a real cross section of Americans. The extra wide seats characterized the cross section.

The biggest disappointment of the entire escapade was the gambling itself. I looked forward to a popcorn cup full of nickels and some quality time with a slot machine lever arm. Alas the entire casino was electronic. Cash monies are put into the machines where they store the credit and cashing out just prints out a receipt with a bar code. There are not even lever arms it is all buttons and touch screens. I must say this was a big let down.

The hotel itself was wonderful. It was completed in June, the rooms still had that new room smell. Five dollars upgraded from a standard to deluxe room and they were nice. New soft towels, comfy beds with lots of pillows, large bathroom, flat panel TV, free wifi and windows that opened. If I have to drive that route again and need a hotel in southern Oregon I will probably turn to Seven Feathers.

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