A Break in the Action

Some of you may be wondering if I fell off a cliff.

I’ve been consistently posting once a week for the last year or so, but here it is, three weeks since my last post.  What gives?

“I know, I know”, reply our fair readers, “you’ve been traveling again!”

Well, yes, there have been excursions, but not for all that time.

But it was just yesterday that, as I sat comfortably on a couch, I heard one couple behind me chatting away in Tagalog, whilst a pair of kids in front of me chatted away in a language I believe to be Finnish.  I don’t speak either language, I couldn’t swear to the dialects. In what strange place in the world would I overhear Filipinos in one ear and Finns in the other?

What made this international conference even more surreal was the fact the couch I sat upon was my own, the position in it well dented from all the time I’ve spent ensconced there over the years.  The view of the children playing in front of me was backed by our living room window shades, the same view I’ve looked upon for inspiration while writing the 160 plus posts that have preceded this one.

There’s an old adage, “when it rains it pours.”  This has been the theme lately for family social gatherings.  While we often go years between house guests or weddings, both have been on the calendar this month.

No, we didn’t host the wedding. The bride is my sister-in-law’s granddaughter, we were just minor players that know the happy couple.  The wedding was a destination affair, a five-hour drive to a town called Bellingham, Washington, near the Canadian border.  As it was a travel wedding for everyone, we all stayed for a few days for the festivities, to chat with family we hadn’t seen for years, to meet folks from the groom’s side, to check out the waterfalls.

That was the warm-up act.

Whatcom Falls, Bellingham, WA
Whatcom Falls
Upper Whatcom Falls

Coming home, there was a three-day break before phase two.  As phase two meant hosting a family of four, that was about enough time for house and yard prep.  No rest for the wicked.

No rest for the family of four, either.  They’re from Finland, so they’ve come a long way, and this is a second stop after a week in San Francisco.  We took them to the Oregon Coast, and after a couple days sent them north to visit cousins in Seattle.  They’ll be back, we’ll host them a few more days. But for now, a break in the action.

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Ok, they’re not strictly from Finland.  The Finland connection is via a niece on my wife’s side – she moved there and married a local.  My wife and her niece were born and raised in the Philippines.  Ergo, the international lingua baffling my ears as I sat in wonder on the couch. 

Meanwhile, the kids, aged six and eight, are tri-lingual: English, Finnish, and a little Tagalog.  Makes me feel a little inept.

But wait! There’s more.  The day before the Finnapino family flies out, my in-laws from Michigan fly in.  That sister-in-law and her hubby also grew up in the Philippines, so only Tagalog to puzzle over this time.  They’ll mostly be staying with the local sister-in-law so the hosting will not be quite as hands on, but I’m sure there will be plenty of visiting and excursions.

So if I’ve been a tad quiet as of late, and miss another week or two, you’ll know why.

40 thoughts on “A Break in the Action

  1. Super pictures, Dave, and sounds like a busy old time. But we all fall off a blogging cliff occasionally – I seem to spend more time lying at the foot of it at the moment – and that’s fine. We need breaks.

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  2. J.D. Riso

    As a matter of fact, Just yesterday I wondered where you wandered off to. But summer is always good for blog breaks. Those waterfall photos are sublime.

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    1. I’ll probably wander in a bit more frequently, the family gatherings are slowing down. But I am thinking of doing a series of semi-wordless posts, my collection of macro level flower pictures has been growing…


  3. A wonderful part of the country and great captures! You know … I think it’s OK to take a break. I have never put a schedule on how often I post. I don’t want it to ever feel like an obligation. And I don’t think people really care if they haven’t seen a post from me in awhile either … there’s so much content out there!

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    1. I think regular followers will stick with you during fallow periods or when you’re too busy to blog, but I still like to avoid “out of sight, out of mind”. If I have a schedule, it’s probably driven more by potential content in the queue – I had quite a lot of that for a while.

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  4. I think you have a perfectly legitimate excuse to take a break from blogging! Enjoy your family fun, and thanks for sharing those photos. I have a friend who lives in Bellingham, and it is beautiful!

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  5. We often say we would rather have lived in this period than any other time in history. There are many reasons, but one certainly is the ability to live in an international society.
    It is always nice to see you raise your head above what one blogger calls “the parapet of obscurity.” Welcome back.

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  6. Noel Copiaco

    Ahh, but you failed to mention that your in-laws from Michigan spent 50 years of their lives as Americans and only 20 as Filipinos. So, we’re basically hardy old Michiganders. 😉
    We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and the Oregon crew. Thanks for the pints of your wonderful brew. Any beer I drink from now on would be at best anti-climactic.

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    1. Michiganders that still speak Tagalog, when among family. 😉
      We were happy to see you folks again. Sorry to raise the bar so much on your beer expectations – guess you’ll need to hunt down some new sources.


  7. I know how you feel. I’ve lost count of the languages I hear around me. Ever since we started learning Korean, I’ve started mixing every language that I know or ever tried to learn. 🙂 Hope you had a good break from blogging. The waterfall pictures look gorgeous!

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    1. I used to know lots of languages – computer languages. I don’t seem to have a gift for learning the human variety, my memory doesn’t seem to work that way. I’d make a lousy actor, memorizing lines would defeat me – and that’s in a language I know!

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  8. These days Bellingham seems to be the top contender where everyone in Seattle says they’re going to move to because the Emerald City is getting just too darn dirty, big and lost paradise for its britches. Was the wedding up at Semiahmoo, perchance? The resort has always been quite a favorite place for weddings and this reader has been to one there, at least. Whatcom Falls looks like it was running nicely for you, that park is a real treat. What a wonderful, busy time you’ve been having, Dave.

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    1. The wedding was at a place called Lairmont Manor in Bellingham proper. We stayed on the lake, sharing a house with some relatives. Driving around does give the impression that a lot of folks have moved up there already. It was busy, it was crazy, it was fun, but I’m glad to have things back to normal again.


  9. Hey, Dave, welcome back. That’s pretty cool to be surrounded by all those languages in your own home. That was also a nice shot of Whatcom Falls. I live five minutes from there and have yet to capture a satisfying image. Keep up the good work. Tom

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    1. I think I used a one second exposure (with a tripod of course) on Whatcom, that’s kinda my default for waterfalls. You live in a beautiful part of the country, I bet you never get tired of it.

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    1. I’d actually worked for a month or so in a branch office in Bellingham back in the early 80s, but this was my first trip back since. I didn’t remember any of it, except I think it was much smaller back then. It seems like a town with potential.

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