Wordless Wednesday - 7-31-13

(Spending the week hosting a Lincoln Electric Welding Educator Workshop. That is Jason Scales teaching our Oregon folks.)


Rogue Hops Farm

The teachers visiting Oregon for the last two weeks have been spending their days like this....

So we took a Wednesday evening field trip to Rogue hops farm in Independence, OR.

I have posted about HOPS before. This time we got to tour through all the processing facilities... starting with the fields. They are just starting to set flowers. (Those are hops in the background growing up coconut fiber ropes suspended from cables and poles.)

Some of the equipment inside these buildings looks downright mid-evil.

We ended up having a taste and walking down to the Luckiamute River.

The tour was great but it will be even better when I go back in late August to watch the harvest in action. 

Until then, this video will suffice.


Touring the OSU Vet School

You can go ahead and count your blessings that this post comes withOUT pictures. We toured the OSU vet school yesterday with our group of visiting teachers. We saw some classrooms and labs, but also toured the diagnostic labs and hospitals.

And, we also had the chance to view the Necropsy lab in action. If you, like some of our teachers, are unaware of what the word necropsy means - it means we were watching animal autopsies. There was a cat that died from cancer and the tumorous obstruction caused a 2" x 7" hairball which made it impossible for the cat to eat. The owners had to put it down. There was also a horse who came in with chronic lameness but died of a ruptured stomach while at the hospital. You can now be grateful this post does not include smells either! Oh, the smell! They were in the process of dissecting the leg from the hoof up to determine the cause of the lameness.

Later, we were able to see a Labrador Retriever in physical therapy as he walked in a water tank to recover some strength after having a spinal tumor removed. That was less smelly and more entertaining. Most OSU students are oblivious to the fact that we have a working animal hospital on campus. It was a great tour.

A few facts about OSU vet school (as relayed by our tour guide):
  • It is a four year program where the first two years are mostly book work and the last two years are mostly labs, rotations, and clinical experiences. 
  • Last years entering class was made of 56 students - one of the smallest programs in the country.
  • Of these 56 students, 16 were from outside of Oregon. Only 6 were male.
  • We are one of the only vet schools that does not allow students to specialize in either small or large animal care. Most are choosing rural practices where you need to know both anyway.
  • Because our students study both large and small animal care, we had a 100% pass rate on the licensing (NAVLE) exam last year on the first attempt. 
  • The OSU vet school only takes cases by referral from another veterinary practice and usually because they are particularly complex or unique. 


Is Oregon Heaven?

If this video doesn't play in your reader, you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihV-ddTPvBQ

Oregon coast July 2013

Oregon State is hosting a two week workshop that is being attended by teachers from around the country. Most of them had not seen the Oregon Coast so Saturday was field trip day! We went both to Nye Beach and to the tide pool area at the base of the Yaquina Head lighthouse where the beach is made of volcanic cobbles.


(obligatory group photo)


Home time - June 2013

Home. There really is nothing like being around people who have known you your whole life. They don't allow you to be anything other than who you are. While sometimes they forget that you have grown up, they really are the ones who loved you first.

My sister came to pick me up in Virginia so I saw my sister and her kids for a few hours before they took off to spend the week at the beach. I saw my mom and dad the most, but was also able to see a few friends and my brother - a rare treat indeed. I got to eat Bojangles (twice) and Stag and Doe (their 57 pizza is the most amazing pizza I have ever eaten) and my momma's home cooking. 

And, of course, the nieces. If we are friends in real life or you have been following for a while, you know my brother has three daughters that came pretty close together. They are currently 5, 3 and 2. We popper poppers to celebrate the 4th (early). We tried to be quiet in church. We picnicked in front of the TV with Spongebob. We played in the water. We ate Popsicles. We sat under blankets because Pa-paw keeps the house COLD! 

We tried to paint., but we were used to painting with water and the whole idea of dipping the brush in water, then paint then to the book and then back to the water was pretty complicated.

I also had a chance to visit with friends as we celebrated their baby boy turning 1. He didn't want to smash his cake, but once we gave him a truck he could use to destroy it, the cake didn't stand a chance. Happy first birthday Jonas.


Virginia Tech for NACTA

I spent June 24-28 at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Conference. It was held at Virginia Tech. I traveled with Aaron and Tyson and we decided to give ourselves a tour. The first night we roamed into the athletics department. There were a few cool museums and we toured the stadiums.

We also roamed past the library.

We saw the war memorial. There is a chapel below and these pillars up top that are lit at night. It was beautiful. It is above a chapel and overlooks a grassy area of campus known as the drill field. Other than Aaron harassing a young couple on a date, we were hardly noticed. We played pool in the student union and won a free pizza at Tijuana Toss night at PK's

We toured ourselves around the first night and never came across the memorial for the VA Tech shooting victims. The next night we roamed to Norris Hall, site of the massacre of students in April of 2007 thinking that might be where the memorial was located. They have since turned the classroom into a Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. I don't know what I was expecting but the "normalness" of the building hit me hard. The stairwell looked like every stairwell I have taken to class as a student and teacher for nearly 30 years.

As we wandered our way back to our rooms for the night, we passed the memorial. There are Hokie Stones for all of the students and faculty lost during the massacre. There were flowers left for recent birthdays and letters to those lost. It really was touching. I stayed up part of the night reading about those who were lost. This site does a nice job of remembering those taken.

We took in the conference and shared posters and presentations but I didn't get pictures of any of that. Just trust me... we were working.