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Your Last Breath

You never know. These people are just like us, renting a vacation house up the road a village or two, right on the ocean. And while they are sleeping, a plane crashes into their vacation house. You never know when you might be taking your last breath.

4 Die After Plane Crashes Into Home

GEARHART, Ore. (Aug. 4) – A small plane crashed into a seaside house in heavy fog early Monday, killing two people aboard and two children in the vacation home it struck, authorities said.

A small plane flying through heavy fog clipped a tree and then slammed into a house in Gearhart, Ore., Monday. Authorities said two people aboard the plane and two children in the seaside vacation home were killed. Here, a deputy fire marshal stands outside what is left of the home.

A third child was unaccounted for after the crash, which apparently occurred soon after the plane took off from nearby Seaside in northwest Oregon.

The single-engine plane clipped a tree and then plowed into the house, followed by explosions. A second, vacant home nearby was heavily damaged.

The pilot and his only passenger were also killed. Their identities were not immediately released.
The four-seat Cessna was owned by Aviation Aventures in Seaside. The company had rented it to the pilot, city officials said.

The impact shook homes a half-mile away in this resort town.

You can read the entire article on AOL News.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, News, Social Issues, Spiritual, Travel | , | 4 Comments

Roadside Cherries

Fresh Oregon Cherries:

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Living Conditions, Shopping | | 8 Comments

Rolling Thunder

Astoria, Oregon is a city on the border between Oregon and Washington, and one of the oldest explored areas on the West Coast. They have their own trolley line for tourists, to take them to various sights:

They also have a BBQ place called Rolling Thunder. Rolling Thunder, my brother-in-law Mariner Man says is an event in Washington DC where all the war veterans get on their motorcycles and tour all the Washington monuments. I didn’t know that. Adventure Man said that Rolling Thunder is also one of the code names for the US attacks on D-Day in WWII. I didn’t know that either.

I do know I love barbecue!

I guess I must have been really hungry. . . I didn’t get any pictures of the FOOD! Mom had the pulled pork sandwiches, and I had the smoked chicken. Yummmmm.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Eating Out, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions | , | 2 Comments

Teriyaki Flank Steak

I keep meaning to post some food photos for Puratory but the problem is we get everything on the table and we start eating. Mariner Man has been the best at documenting our meals; I only think to take a photo too late, and the camera is far away.

Finally, I remembered, just in time for Teriyaki Flank Steak, my Mother’s speciality that everyone loves. She bought three huge flank steaks, put them into plastic bags with the marinade and froze them. They thawed as we drove to the beach, and were ready for the grill when we got there:

Here is my Mother’s marinade recipe for Flank Steak:

Teriyaki Flank Steak Marinade

Most recipes will tell you to marinate a flank steak for an hour – we thing overnight is even better. Sometimes two or three nights, or marinate it in a plastic bag and freeze until needed:

(per 1 – 2 lbs flank steak)

1 cup soy sauce
1 cup sake or sherry (optional)
1 cup pineapple juice (use two if you don’t use wine or sake)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbs sugar
1 large chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 t. shredded fresh ginger

Grill flank steak until there is no red in the middle; some people like no pink in the middle. Slice thinly against the grain and serve.

Here is a platter of the finished flank steak:

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Cooking, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Food, Living Conditions, Recipes, Uncategorized | 6 Comments