Cap'n Parrotdead

Cap'n Parrotdead
QuiXlandia, Washington, Milky Way, Universe
April 02
Major Mojo
Pastafarian Navy
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FEBRUARY 7, 2014 4:57PM

The American Used-to-haves

My wife read me this Huffingtion Post piece on my lunch break today.  It said something that's been on my mind for a while.

This was my story and may yet be again. I was unemployable but with the help of some friends and the right situation, I made my own job.Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2013 2:38PM

Today's Sermon: Mondo Sahara

mondo saharaToday's Sunday Sermon comes from my lame attempt to paraphrase some thoughts that Austin Vince expressed before the screening of Mondo Sahara last week. The movie is a documentary about a motorcycle expedition to and through Mauritania on the edge of the Sahara. Mauritania is one o/… Read full post »

 A couple of weeks ago I got a notice from Meetup about a new riding group in PDX called Twisted Bikers. I’m always open to new riding possibilities so I joined up and accepted an invitation for a lunch ride this past weekend. No agenda was set and I… Read full post »
JULY 25, 2013 6:36PM

Kicking the Reaper’s Ass

I wish death was a person, or even just that hooded robe-wearing figure of legend.  If he were a person or somehow otherwise a tangible, physical presence, I’d hunt his sorry ass down and beat him to a bloody pulp until he cried for a 2nd Amendment solution that would never/… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 6:49PM

That Ain’t the Blue Angels

Photo Credit Seattle PI

  When I lived in Seattle years ago, the Blue Angels came to do a demonstration for Seafair.  They blew, or rather flew, into town a few days early and practiced over the city for the big event.   I remember walking home from work one afternoon/… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2013 7:10PM

Ten Years After

ten years after

It is ten years after our debacle in Iraq began and I'm sitting here with the lyrics from a song by Ten Years After bouncing around in my head:

"I'd love to change the world

but I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you."
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AUGUST 27, 2012 3:24PM

This Weekend's Casualty List

This is a ride report I did for my Sport Touring group.  They like this kind of stuff...  May not be for everyone but given the rather extraordinary events, I thought I'd post it here. 

919 at 40K 

Please wish the ol' 919 a Happy Birthday.  She turned 40K this weekend.Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2012 1:36PM

Fair Warning!

Hello OS Peeps,

You may have noticed that Cap'n Parrotdead is back.  I tried to be Major Mojo for a while but I've come to realize that the rank of major gets me into my own personal level of incompetence.  I was born to be Cap'n PD.  That's all there is to… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2012 1:53PM

A Handsome Stranger


  It was that old Catch-22.  He knew it was unwise to leave the Interstate on a blistering 110 degree day like this especially with the cord showing through on the back tire of the smoke-trailing motorcycle.  On the other hand, he was feeling the first effects ofRead full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2011 11:48PM

Fresh out of Mikes

On Tuesday I lost my BFF, suddenly and unexpectedly.  When I wrote my last post here, Requiem for a Friend, I never guessed that I'd be doing this again six weeks later.  My two best friends are both named Mike and they both left this world in the space of 45… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2011 2:08PM

Oh Silly Me – Requiem for a Friend

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~ Edward Abbey

mike bugden

Where do I begin to tell you about a lifetime of memories with my friend, who left us too soon? Some of/…

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OCTOBER 4, 2011 2:38PM

The Five Dollar Redemption

 Her name was Rhonda and she was a cute little redhead, my classmate in the 7th grade, in the ultimate BFE, Tonopah, NV. She liked to sit in the row next to me and tease me, constantly asking if I wanted to see a beaver. Of course I said/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 11:15AM

Those Exquisite Dandelion Blues

  meadowWhen I left the ranch this Labor Day for a leisurely little lunch ride, the front pastures were dotted with bright yellow dandelions.  They looked as if Van Gogh had dipped his expressionist brush in pigment of his own making and flung it across the verdant fields. As dry… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2011 10:42PM

I went looking for adventure (and brother did I find it)

* This actually started life as an email to a friend and then I decide it would make an interesting post. 

  old columbia highway

My weekend ride turned out to be quite an adventure.  We had a great ride down to The Dalles, OR.  The highlights for me were Lyle Canyon/… Read full post »

  for sale

As many of you know, our OS stalwart Triggerdude is feeling a little down these days. Unlike yours truly, he is a bit of a novice at the whole broken-heart thing so I thought I'd help him out by compiling a list of the best songs to nurse one/…

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JULY 30, 2011 6:28PM

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

 I'm a well known sap. Let's just get that out of the way from the start. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and my musical taste leaned toward 'soft rock'. The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, The Hollies, Tony Orlando, The Eagles and of course, those quintessential soft-rockers,… Read full post »

open letter 






Dear Employer,

Like many Americans, I am feeling the pinch of our poor economy.  Gas prices have gone up tremendously and grocery prices are through the roof, while my income has, well, let's say stagnated.  Without getting

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JULY 23, 2011 2:27PM

Lessons from Norway: It's Fundamentalism, Not Islam

amoral religious scumbag In the moments after the news of the latest terror incident broke, this one in Norway, there was an immediate assumption that Muslims were behind the violence. Within minutes, one Facebook friend posted a link that said that a rise in rape in Norway corresponded to a rise… Read full post »


We do those other modes too. 

It's been a little over two years since the GWB economy bit me and mine HARD right on the ass.  That's two years that I hope never to repeat. 

I've considered a lot of options to find my way out… Read full post »

In my family we have this tradition where the grownups all go out to dinner to celebrate my mother's birthday.  It's one of my favorite traditions because it's one of those rare occasions when we can get away from all the kids that go along with… Read full post »
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JUNE 20, 2011 8:16PM

Diary of a Middle Aged Man in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canal

Last fall I had the good fortune to spend a week in Amsterdam.  I fell in love with that beautiful and amazing city. 

On the morning after my arrival, I was up very early due to my body adjusting to the time difference. … Read full post »

mom and dad

Mom and Dad - Molokai, HI 1965

*This is a repost from Father's Day last year. I couldn't think of a damned original thing to say this year. Maybe you missed it last time.*

I guess my indifference at lunch that day was just… Read full post »


When I was very young, my best friend, Kirk Spencer, lived two doors down from us on Utah Ave.  Even at that young age, preschool and Kindergarten, I managed to envy Kirk.   It seemed like he had it all.  His dad was a dentist and even though/… Read full post »

  g and d

Like a lot of you, I have many fond memories of the halcyon days of my childhood, when the world was still innocent and unblemished. Tink's post on the age of innocence got me thinking about all of this. Seriously, my youth really was resplendent with innocence and/…

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MAY 4, 2011 11:10AM

All They Want to Do is Dance

  Party Time


A lot of folks were out partying and carrying on the other night when the news of Bin Laden's death was received. Personally, I will not miss him one iota, but a few of us managed to keep our emotions in check enough to actually think a bit.… Read full post »