To do list

by Jon Sullivan - 2022-09-08 - Status

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I'm in "hurry up and wait" mode with the OR move. Perfect time for a useless click-baity list.

1) More cooking and recipes. For those of you who haven't found the recipe section above, there is a recipe section. I need to build that out a lot. Would be nice to have all the favorites there. Fish pie. A full pizza recipe. That chutney recipe. The clam dip. My cioppino. Maybe some new stuff? Crab and wild mushroom chowder? Salmon and watermelon ceviche? Wild blackberry and yogurt panna cotta?

2) Spend too much too soon on fishing gear I won't need until the winter is over next year. If I was to pick one moment when I finally pulled the trigger on the move, it would be when I found Oregon fishing videos on YouTube. The main reasons I'm moving are photography mostly, but a close second is fishing. I haven't fished in decades, no idea if I'll even still like it. But it would be crazy not to fish in Oregon even if I end up hating it. Fresh fuckin trout, crab, clams, salmon, and who knows what. Many aquatic creatures will be hunted, killed and consumed in endless culinary preparations.

3) Canada. Just in general. The Calgary trip made me seriously think emigrating there might be the best choice I could make. The contrast between Canada's social democracy and America's laissez faire capitalism is massive. I keep meaning to do a longer post about this, but I assert that Canada is a happy place, and America is an angry place, largely due to the economic models. I need to explore Canada more. Does the US really suck compared to Canada? It sure seems like it. That's worth looking into. Maybe I'll move there.

4) Lose weight. I know how to do it. The hobbit hole makes it easy to slack on the process though. Oregon is going to make it non-optional. There will be hikes in the mountains. Hikes to fishing and photo spots. I can go for 3 mile walkies just fine right now. But any hills just kill me. So drop the weight and do the stuff.

5) New car. The Mazda is an awesome and practical San Diego car. Oregon will require something a bit more versatile and adventurous. I may buy a small boat? Hauling a trailer would expand options. Something I could car-camp in? Right now the sweet spot looks like a Honda Passport. A car dealership and the DMV will be two of my first stops after getting to Eugene. 16 years on the Mazda. Will be nice to have something designed with modern tech.

6) Find a local. Where I'll be in Eugene (west side towards the airport) isn't walkable at all. I'm really going to miss North Park. But irregardless, I need to find some local place with a great burger that has wonderful craft beer. I don't really drink these days, but I still love craft beer. And even if I leave North Park, I'm not going to give up on the North Park vibe. I need to know I have a solid option for a perfect burger and a pint. Or at least Eugene's version of that.

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