I’m Still Alive – I’m Just In Hood River Oregon

I saw today that I received numerous emails, and messages on the previous post asking what I was up to, and how I was doing.  I didn’t think anyone would care what I was up to if it was non gun related,  but now I see that some of you do. If I am ever not going to be blogging for days at a time i’ll post a short note just so you know I’m not dead.

Thanks a lot for your concern.  I had no idea anyone would even notice my absence.

I had to laugh at AntiBubba’s comment in the previous post:

To keep things legal, you should change this blog’s name to “Every Day, One Week Off”

Initially I planned to blog off of my netbook, but In a embarrassing rookie mistake I decided to torrent a TV show (which I don’t normally do outside of a virtual machine) and managed to get a virus. To make it even more embarrassing and textbook rookie, it was one of those fake windows update type ones.  Yea I clicked it LOL.  I keep telling myself that I might have already had the virus at that point, before I actually clicked “update”, and that the official look of it was just to fool n00bs.

As the title of the post says, I am currently in Hood River, Oregon. Let me tell you, google street view does NOT do this place (and many other places) justice.  Besides the fact that it is insanely beautiful, there are also basically no bugs, the weather is perfect (right now anyway) and I’ve been told that in winter, when it does snow it’s gone in an hour or two.  House and condo prices are surprisingly reasonable.  I am considering a move.  The gun laws here appear to be good too… Open and concealed carry are permitted (with some restrictions) and as far as I can tell there are no NFA items that are not allowed, so that is always nice.

For those that have never been to Hood River, you can see Mount Adams from pretty much everywhere.  Behind the town is Mount Hood (which is equally as impressive) and you can see it plain as day once you are higher up.  I am staying at my sister’s place, and I can see Mount Adams all the time from the front two levels, and the top of mount hood from the rear 2nd level.

This was my  view of Mount Adams yesterday morning:

Thanks again for the concern guys. I don’t know how long i’ll be here for yet, but i’ll be back to blogging full force when I do return home.  I haven’t even looked at one gun related thing since I got here, so I’ll have tons of catching up to do.  I might even knock off a post or two here once I get my own netbook back in working order. I’m just about to head out to Multnomah falls for a hike.  I’ll reply to your emails and commments soon.

Take care,




Dcanoe August 12, 2010 at 01:44 pm

Did you get that AV security suite virus too? Good to hear from you again btw.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:35 pm

Yea that Antimalware Doctor one. What a pain in the ass!


ballzack August 12, 2010 at 03:10 pm

We miss you bro!!! Your website is the first site I visit in the morning….!! I was getting worried!! Hope this finds you well…!!


Bill August 13, 2010 at 08:03 am

I check everyday your site. Glad to hear that you’re taking a break.


Jake Dorsey August 13, 2010 at 01:38 pm

Ditto on reading the site every day and that you’re taking a break. Soak up that Pacific Northwest!


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:41 pm

Thanks Jake. I really don’t want to leave this place!


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:39 pm

Thanks Bill I appriciate it.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:36 pm

Thanks a lot! I’m having a great time here, I’ll be back at the bloggin soon enough.


Jared August 12, 2010 at 03:35 pm

If you are still in Hood River you should check out the Full Sail brewery. They have free tours daily and a pretty good lunch menu.


ballzack August 13, 2010 at 01:51 pm

i second that!!


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:38 pm

Awesome, I’ll definitely check it out. I actually bought some of their LTD beer at Safeway the other day, and it’s amazing.

We went to some little Thai joint just out of Hood River today for lunch called “Lampoei’s Thai Kitchen” … it was pretty awesome. The internet reviews were not lying.


Dave August 12, 2010 at 04:25 pm

Lots of great agriculture out by Hood River – we drive out from the Portland area every Autumn to stock up on apples and pears. I hear the fishing is also really good, according to my Father-In-Law who plans to retire in Hood Driver someday.

It’s far enough away from Portland to avoid most of the anti-gun sentiment that’s so prevalent in the Portland Metro area.

Funny quirk about Oregon gun laws in regards to Open Carry – there is a law that allows a county or a city to ban open carry within their domain, but then provides exemptions to Police (obvious), Military (reasonable), and… Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders (yay!). So… with a *concealed* handgun license you are legally allowed to *open* carry a handgun.

But yes, Class 3 items are fairly straightforward to obtain here, and there are a few suppressor shops in the area.

It’s easier to just stay in the country, though, and out of the city. You might get hit by a cyclist.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:54 pm

Yea this place is amazing. I’ve seen lots of orchards and wineries out here. I think you’re right about the fishing, seems like a lot of people are into that.

We went across to WA yesterday and hiked to the top of Sleeping Beauty mountain. On the way back took a wrong turn and came across a nice range someone had set up in the forest. Good to see that people pick up their garbage here too, it looked really clean.


Paladin August 12, 2010 at 04:47 pm


Hmmmm… I wonder what the Animal Control job market is like up there ? :)


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 07:55 pm

Seems like everyone has a dog here! I don’t know how much work you would have though with the control aspect though, they all seem incredibly well behaved.


fifty August 12, 2010 at 05:45 pm

glad to hear you’re not dead or in jail. I am just going to sit here and be insanely jealous of that scenery and weather because it is HOT here in Phoenix. Have a good trip, looking forward to some more posts.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:03 pm

Thanks a lot fifty, i’ll be back posting within a few weeks.

It’s 100 degrees here now!

Holy.. I just googled Phoenix weather, and I see you guys are at 110 degrees today, that is nuts!


Moi August 12, 2010 at 05:52 pm

Welcome to Orygon. Spend to much time in Hood River and you will have to take up kite boarding or wind surfing.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:04 pm

Yea it seems like everyone is into that here, even the girls (which is refreshing to see).


CinSC August 12, 2010 at 07:55 pm

I was a little worried too, (I tend to assume the worst) I thought “maybe his Glock blew up and he can’t type.”

Glad to hear you’re OK!


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:06 pm

hahahaha yea not the victim of a KaBOOM thankfully. Thanks for the concern CinSC, i’ll be back to regular blogging within a few weeks.


Jon V. August 13, 2010 at 03:23 am

Not gonna lie, Oregon is purdy.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:07 pm

No kidding! I had no idea it was so awesome here, I don’t wanna leave.


Robert August 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

Okay, Gulliver, good travelogue — but to more serious matters…

Have you found a decent saloon for unwinding & whatnot?


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:08 pm

Kind of skipping around and trying out different places so far. I’d go back to most of them again though that’s forsure!


Indiana August 13, 2010 at 08:06 pm

Glad to hear you’re still alive and kicking. I’ve been enjoying your blog and was surprised to see you gone for so long.

Please stay safe in your travels.


Admin (Mike) August 15, 2010 at 08:09 pm

Thanks for the concern Indiana. I’ll be back blogging within a few weeks!


John August 16, 2010 at 02:28 pm

Glad to hear from you! Thanks for the update.


Admin (Mike) August 23, 2010 at 02:36 pm

Thanks John.


Egon August 17, 2010 at 07:59 pm

Enjoy your time off. I’m looking forward to your return!


Admin (Mike) August 23, 2010 at 02:37 pm

Thanks Egon.


cmblake6 August 19, 2010 at 06:17 am

Looks awesome! Enjoy!


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Admin (Mike) August 23, 2010 at 02:41 pm

haha yea that would definitely ruin this fun trip.


Will August 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Any update on when we can get our daily dose of ENDO posts again?


Admin (Mike) August 23, 2010 at 02:43 pm

Hey Will! At the start of September for sure, possibly even a few days sooner.


Will August 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Good to hear! As selfish as I want to be and have you back pumping out posts, everyone deserves a vacation. Enjoy you trip!


mdog August 29, 2010 at 12:25 am

hope you made it home safe!


Admin (Mike) August 29, 2010 at 04:34 pm

I did! It was nice talking to you on the plane.

I checked out your blog, pretty funny stuff! Nice clean look to it also.


mdog August 29, 2010 at 06:39 pm

the feeling is mutual!

never thought i’d be amused by a gun blog, but i’m enjoying the writing. :)



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