Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Tillamook is a very odd town. It is Seaside without the glitter. I stay out of Tillamook because I understand that if they don’t like you down there they stuff you with cheese and roll you in cow shit. Just kidding, really, I just like to say that. To me being stuffed with cheese and being rolled in cow shit is just a funny image that my brain conjures up from time to time. I guess it all stems from the first things that confront you as you enter town from the North. First you see the Tillamook Cheese Factory and a little further down the road you start smelling the cow shit. Locals, am I right or not?

After that introduction you continue through down town and shortly then after you are on your way out. The final thing you notice upon your exit is the one remaining enormous blimp hanger which is now a museum that houses aircrafts.

OK this is going to sound reminiscent of a Mom Blog, but one time we were driving down the coast, and my wife’s youngest son, who was 7 years old at the time, sees the giant building ahead and asks, “Why do they have a museum for air?”


Blogger Syd said...

I'd like to think that my warped brain would have come to the same conclusion about the cheese and cow shit. (because it's damn funny)

Museum for air... LOL.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Ringo said...

my daughter was about the same age..when she came home and said that she didn't understand why everyone likes bugs so much....

when asked what she meant, she said....everyone was crying because a bug died today... a beatle.... Imagine that....

11:15 AM  
Blogger Boo7 said...

roflmao....when I read your post something about the name Tillamook really caught me (sometimes I AM a word nerd) so I googled it and came up with this...........

Definition of: Tillamook
(from PCMagazine)

The code name for a Pentium MMX CPU from Intel designed for notebooks. It was the first Intel chip to use .25 micron technology (down from .35). It requires only 1.8 volts rather than the 2.45 volts needed in Intel's previous Pentium chips designed for portable use. Introduced in late 1997, the first Tillamook models ran at 200 and 233MHz.

How bizarre eh?? Actually I kept looking and found dozens of other similar definitions......thinks that make you go hhmmmmmmmmm!!!

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Syd, now you have a theme for your next wine and cheese party.

Ringo, Art Linkletter made a career from the words of children. The tradition continues without him. As long as there are kids and chimpanzees there will always be comedy.

Barb, Tillamook is a local Oregon costal tribe. I don't know if there are any surviving members, but they were here long before the cow shit and cheese. Intel is an Oregon company which is about 100 miles East from Tillamook, and they do what they can to promote Oregon, even if it means naming a product for a town that is known for cheese, cow shit and museums dedicated to air.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Boo7 said... see I did not know that Intel is an Oregon company!! Thanks for the explanation Guy.......:)

2:15 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

So is Nike, though their workforce consists mostly of children working in sweat-shops in Asia. Just makes you want to run when they pay Tiger Woods millions every year, and the people doing the work are getting a dollar a day.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Love, Anon said...

I agree that Tillamook is odd. Its all about cows, cheese, and in the winter, flooding. For the majority of the winter Highway 101 is underwater. I don't get it. These people continue to live there even though it floods their homes several times each winter. And it smells like cow shit.


PS - and why in the hell is the Spruce Goose at the air museum in Tillamook ??? Somebody make the connection for me please.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous portosan said...

I am noticing a theme on this blog. The Guy seems to refer to, well, poo in Oregon Rust periodicly. Why not re-name the blog Oregon Poo? Or is that the whole point and I am only getting it now.

Love anon, The spruce goose is located in McMinnville at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. I have not been there but I went to the website and included info I copied from the site

After the flight, Hughes placed the Flying Boat in its custom built hangar and ordered her maintained in flight-ready condition. She remained in “hibernation” for 33 years at a cost of approximately one million dollars per year. In 1976, after Hughes' death, his holding company - Summa Corporation - made plans to disassemble the historic seaplane into nine pieces for various museums unless a non-profit organization stepped forward to adopt her.

At the last minute Summa made arrangements to donate the aircraft to the non-profit Aero Club of Southern California, which then leased it to the Wrather Corporation, headed by entrepreneur Jack Wrather and his wife, Bonita Granville Wrather. Wrather Corporation moved the Flying Boat to a temporary location while they built a custom dome to place her on exhibit. On October 29, 1980, the Flying Boat emerged from seclusion and into the world’s spotlight. The world's largest floating crane, Herman the German, lifted her onto the dock of the temporary storage area. After sixteen months, the new dome was ready. Floating by barge the Flying Boat moved across Long Beach Harbor then gently eased into her new home, adjacent to the RMS Queen Mary. The Flying Boat exhibit opened to the public in 1983. In the late 1980s, after the deaths of Jack and Bonita Wrather, the Disney Corporation purchased the former holdings of the Wrather Corporation. In March 1990, Disney informed the Aero Club of Southern California of its intention to discontinue the dome exhibit, leaving the Flying Boat looking for yet another home.

The Aero Club requested proposals for custody and preservation of the aircraft based on two specific criteria. The winning organization would have access to land on which to house the Flying Boat and the funding necessary to move and care for her.

Evergreen International Aviation’s plan, as envisioned by Captain Michael King Smith, proposed to not only preserve and protect her, but also to display her as the central exhibit in a living museum. On July 9, 1990, the Aero Club voted unanimously to award custody of the Hughes Flying Boat to Evergreen Aviation, located in McMinnville, Oregon.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous portosan said...

I would be more interested in seeing the "custom dome"

geez, i need a hobby

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. A museum for air.

Do you know, I've lived in Oregon for most of my life, and I think I've never been to Tillamook?
So what you're saying is, I didn't miss anything?

9:39 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Yep Love Anon, it's in McMinnville, somewhere close to where all the garbage from Dried Salmon County ends up.

Portosan? A shit comment coming from someone named Portosan? I admit that I sometimes regress back to being 12 years old with scatalogical humor, and to some the word Shit defines this blog. Light a match before you read...

Mel, yep Tillamook is pretty well covered in this article. I can't think of any other reason to go or not go there.

5:45 AM  

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