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April 2011 cover“BEEP, BEEP, BEEP” . . . a defective security device at the west entrance of NO. 10 6th St. played its insistent alarm. For several days before the fateful fire of December 16 on Astoria’s historic waterfront, the thing apparently needing a battery, annoyed the hell out of just about everyone. Now in retrospect it was as if the historic structure – once home to Bumble Bee executives and waterfront factory that boxed the cans of gold, oily tuna – was calling out a warning.

As building tenants got word and came to the scene to watch the flames engulf one of Astoria’s most famous 20th century restaurants, there was some relief and hope that the multiplex NO. 10 would escape destruction. As the night grew on, and the building exploded in flames, shock, heartbreak, and confusion resided.

The Astoria Fire Department had been called to a single dwelling fire – and by the time they arrived, the second fire was discovered. Astoria Fire Chief Leonard Hanson sent in his volunteer A-man, Kevin Miller. The west end of the ground floor was a blaze. Even for Miller, of whom Hanson describes as dangerously courageous, he knew that the fire had already breached security levels and resources to fight what would become that towering inferno on the Astoria Waterfront.


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FREE WORKSHOP DEMOS MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010. With the latest software release of Microsoft’s Office 2010, the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce is partner- ing with Clatsop Economic Development Resources and Microsoft to bring a free workshop to businesses and individuals interested in learning about the changes and new features before purchasing. Attendees will learn about the newest release and how it differs from 2007 and 2003 versions, how it may maximize production and whether it is a wise technology investment. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th, 8am to 10am at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria. Business owner Jane Francis of Personal Computer Training will facilitate the workshop. Microsoft has provided door prizes, and refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and reservations are required due to space limitations by calling Rose Alsbury at the Astoria Warrenton Chamber, 503.325.6311 or by email to rose@ oldoregon.

DOES FOOD RUN YOUR LIFE? Come to Overeaters Anonymous every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Seaside Public Library, Board Room B. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone welcome! (if you have questions call 503-505- 1721).

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES AT TILLAMOOK COUNTY LIBRARIES. Tillamook County Libraries will be offering free basic computer classes this fall. Sign up for a free one-on-one session where you can ask questions and learn at your own pace. Classes will be held on Saturdays at the Tillamook County Library September 11th, 18th and 25th and October 2nd and 9th. Additional sessions will be held at library branches in October and November. Registration is limited, so contact your local library soon and reserve your space.

PRACTICAL FRENCH. In this Practical French class you will learn key words and expressions and important phrases to get by using transportation, in markets, restaurants, at theaters and when attending other entertainment events. Gretchen Counsman, instructor, has designed the content of the course for various levels of French language learners. Four Tuesdays, September 7 through 28, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM at the Rockaway Community Center, Hwy 101 N. Rockaway. Class cost is $41. Those who are interested in taking this class should sign up as soon as possible by calling Tillamook Bay Community College at 503-842-8222, EXT 0; TOLL FREE 888-306-8222, EXT 0.

SPIRITUAL WRITING FOR MEN AND WOMEN. Instructor Gail Balden is a writer, educator and workshop presenter with over 30 years of teaching experience. Her work has been published in anthologies, literary journals and national magazines. She teaches one-day writing workshops and writes a monthly column on the joys of small town life for the North Coast Citizen. Visit her web site at LIFE DRAWING. Every Wednesday, 3-5pm, The Alabaster Jar, 1184 Commercial St, Astoria 503-325-8632

French Conversation Group Re-Start. The group is de- voted to speaking French only. It is NOT a class, so please do not show up expecting to learn French from scratch. Once you step through the door of the Riverbend Room, it is French only. It will be on Saturdays, from 1-3pm at NCRD in the Riverbend Room, starting Saturday, June 5. There is a nominal charge of $1/person/time. For more information email Jane or call her 503-368-3901 or, call Paul Miller at 503-368-5715.

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS. For Senior Adults and Those Who Love Them. Necanicum Village Senior Living Com- munity in Seaside, Oregon, will be holding a six-week Cre- ative Writing class, beginning Wednesday, June 30, 2PM to 3:30 PM at 2500 S. Roosevelt Drive, Seaside. This class will be ongoing six-week sessions and will be comprised of residents of Assisted Living at Necanicum Village and citizens of the Seaside area communities who would like to participate. The instructor is Robin Adair, who has over 20 years experience teaching Creative Writing. The cost is $55 for each six-week session. Please contact Deborah, Community Sales Manager, at Necanicum Village, phone number 503-738-0900 by Monday, June 28, 2010, to register or for questions.

Library2Go Basics. Second Saturday of each month 9:00am-10:00am. Over 5000 audio books and videos can be downloaded to computers and digital devices through the Library2Go database accessible through the Astoria Public Library web site. All downloads are free to access with your library card. Learn the how to make the most of this extraordinary resource. Free, at the Astoria Public Library.

Computer Basics. Third Saturday of each month 9:00am- 10:00am. If you’re new to PC computers or just needing to update basic skills, this class is for you. Each class is tailored to meet the needs of participants. Free, at the Astoria Public Library.

The Lower Columbia Classics Car Club. Invitation to all who are interested in Collector Cars to attend one of our monthly meetings. The meetings are held at Steve Jordan’s Shop Building, located at 35232 Helligso Lane in rural Astoria – meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you are interested and need the directions to get there, you may call Steve Jordan at 503-325-1807

LA LECHE LEAGUE OF ASTORIA. Our Meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 am, in the Parenting Classroom # 205 at Gray School, 785 Alameda, Astoria April15, Weaning: Four Chambers of the Heart, May 20 Great Expectations: Breastfeeding Benefits Everyone; June 17 Realistic Expectations: A New Baby in Your Family; July15 What to Expect: The Normal Course of Breastfeeding; August 19 New Beginnings: Baby’sFirst Foods. Accredited La Leche League Leaders: Liz Pietila @ 861-2050 or Janet Weidman @ 325-1306

Library2Go. Classes will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, in the Flag Room of the Astoria Public Li- brary, 450 10th Street, Astoria. This class is free of charge and open to everyone. Please contact the library for details and registration at 503-325-7323 or comments@

Open Art Night. 5:30 to 7 PM –1st & 3rd Weds. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.

Life Drawing. 6 to 9 PM. Every 2nd & 4th Weds. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.

Toddler Arts Group. Every Monday, 10:30 to 11:30 –Get your toddler started in the arts! Activities are geared towards ages 1–3, but age birth–5 are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Bay City Arts Center, Bay City.

Clay Open-Studio. At the Hoffman Center Annex, 594 Laneda, Manzanita, Tuesdays 10-7pm for those 12 & over. Children’s clay open studio is on Thursdays from 3-5. Open to all clay artists, or those who wish to learn with a supportive group. Center equipment available includes a slab roller, two potter’s wheels, a variety of tools and kiln time. $2 p/hour or $10 p/day per person. FMI: contact Glenna Gray 368-3739 or

CELEBRATE RECOVERY • Nazarene Church, 2611 3rd St, Tillamook. Adult & teen 12 step program. Child care provided. Call 503-812-3522 for more information. Tuesdays, 7-9, Dinner at 6 by donation.

OPEN ART NIGHT WITH PHAEDRA. Bay City Arts Center, 5680 A St, 5-7pm on Wednesdays.


YOGA NAMASTE. The Fall 2010 Yoga schedule at Yoga Namasté starts October 4 and ends December 18, 2010. During the 11 week term you can enjoy GENTLE YOGA- LEVEL 1 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. LEVEL 1-2 (Beginner and Intermediate) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Level 2-3 (Intermediate and Advanced) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6:15 to 8:45 a.m. LEVEL 1-2 Yoga flow at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information: www. or call: 503 440 9761

YOGA RESTORATIVE. Private Individual Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga instruction with certified, Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher SarahFawn Wilson, MA, RYT-500. Private group classes also available. For more information and for public class schedule, please call 503-440-6738 or email

BELLYDANCE. Every Sunday 6pm at The Alabaster Jar, 1184 Commercial St, Astoria 503-325-8632.

ECSTATIC DANCE. Ecstatic, trance, yogic, spirit filled), playful, improvisational, freestyle – We’re Dancing! Wed. at 6:30 at Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. No experience necessary. You are welcome to bring Instruments of any sort to play along with what we’ve got going. Cost is a sliding scale from $5 – $7, or free if you really need to just be there.

Tsunami Dance. SUNDAY SANCTUARY – A class to celebrate and explore body, mind, and spirit within our dance, 6 to 8 pm. Free-form dance. Arrive at 6pm for a half hour of meditation before moving into an hour of dance. Drop-in as you wish at $12 per class. FMI: contact: Lisa (, 503-860-7711). At Lotus Yoga Studio, 1230 Marine Dr. in Astoria. Begins August 15.

LOTUS YOGA – NEW LOCATION. 1230 Marine Drive, Downtown Astoria. Specializing in ongoing Evening classes as well as a few new daytime classes starting in November and continuing on a month to month basis. Level 2 FLOW/STRENGTHENING Monday/Wednesday 6:00- 7:15PM. Level 1 BASICS/FOUNDATIONS Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-7:15 PM. All Level OPEN PRACTICE Friday 6:00-7:30 PM. All Level THERAPEUTIC Friday 9:00-10:00AM. All Level LUNCHTIME CLASS Tuesday 12:20-12:40. All Level GENTLE YIN 1st Wednesday of each month 7:30-8:30PM. Call (503)298-3874, Email, website for more information.

YOGA NAMASTÉ.The Fall 2010 Yoga schedule at Yoga Namasté starts October 4 and ends December 18, 2010. During the 11 week term you can enjoy GENTLE YOGA- LEVEL 1 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. LEVEL 1-2 (Beginner and Intermediate) Mon- days, Wednesdays, Fridays at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Level 2-3 (Intermediate and Advanced) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6:15 to 8:45 a.m. LEVEL 1-2 Yoga flow at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information: www. or call: 503 440 9761

YOGA SMA EXPLORATION. Yoga instructor Linda Sanderlin LMT, introduces SMA yoga, a practice evolved from Feldenkrais and Alexander technique, found to be very effective for people with a limited range of motion. Tues and Sat. classes at Parinamah in Manzanita. $5 p/class. FMI: Call Linda (503)867-3943; or via e-mail:

YOGA NCRD. Monday, Yoga Of The Heart, 8:15 am – 9:45 am Instructor: Lorraine Ortiz (no drop ins). Monday, Level II, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm Instructor: Nicole Hamic Wednesday, Yoga Stretch, 8:15 am – 9:45 am Instructor: Lucy Brook Thursday, Level I, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm Instruc- tor: Charlene Gernert Friday, Very Gentle Yoga, 8:15 am – 9:45 am Instructor: Lucy Brook Saturday, Mixed Levels, 8:00 am – 9:30 am Instructor: Lorraine Ortiz

YOGA • Manzanita. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Tuesday evenings 5 – 5:45pm. $35 for 5 classes. Call 368-6227 for more info.

YOGA IN GEARHART. Gearhart Workout. For more information log on to 3470 Hwy. 101 N. Suite 104 in Gearhart

YOGA • Nehalem. Ongoing yoga classes at NCRD are as follows: Monday, Level II, 5:15-6:45 pm, Nicole Hamic; Wednesday, Morning Yoga Stretch, 8-9:30 am, Lucy Brook; Thursday, Yoga for Parents & Kids, 3:45-4:45 pm, Charlene Gernert; Thursday, Level I, 5:45 – 7:15 pm, Charlene Gernet; Friday, Very Gentle Yoga, 8-9:30 am, Lucy Brook.

T’AI CHI. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manza- nita: Wednesday Mornings 10-11:30. $30/month. Call 368-6227 for more info.

TAEKWON-DO. Confidence, discipline, self-esteem and respect are only a few of the traits you will develop in this class while improving overall fitness. Ages: 8 -Adult fami- lies welcome! Mondays / Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm, through June 17th. Session Fee: $24 Resident’s Card / $36 Non-resident. Location: Bob Chisholm Community Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside For Registration call the POOl: 503:738-3311 Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside For Registration call the POOl: 503:738-3311 POOl: 503:738-3311 Center – 1225 Ave. A, Seaside For Registration call the POOl: 503:738-3311

Haystack Lectures

First Thursdays of each month in the Cannon Beach Li- brary, 131 N. Hem- lock St., Cannon Beach. 7-8:30pm

• Jan. 6: Katie Voelke, executive director, North Coast Land Conservancy: “The Landscape of the Whale, a Plan for the Greater Ecola Natural Area”

• Feb. 3: Shawn Ste- phensen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Wildlife Biologist: “Tufted Puffin Monitoring at Haystack Rock”

• March 3: Brandy Bierly Hussa, edu- cator and freelance writer: “Building the Next Generation: Sharing Nature With Young Children”

• April 7: Ramona Radonich, inter- pretive ranger, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: “Survivor: Tidepools”


LEARN SELF DEFENSE IN ILWACO. Kenpo Karate for Adults. River City School, 127 SE Lake St, Tuesdays @7:00pm – 8:45pm, $45/mo Inquire /sign up: phone: 360-665-0860. 7:00pm – 8:45pm,

KENPOKarate for Kids –River City School, 127 Lake Street SE, Ilwaco, Every Thursday @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm, $45/mo.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST DHARMA GROUP. Dharma River, meets Mondays 7:30 – 9 pm, 1230 Marine Dr., Suite 304 in Lotus Yoga’s studio. Meditation, sadhana practice, teachings & discussion. Dharma River is a satellite of the Portland Sakya Center. Contact Dharma teacher, Rosetta Hurley, 338-9704 for more info.

Center For Spiritual Living of the North Coast. CSLNC is for those who want to grow spiritually, all faiths and paths welcome. Sunday Celebration and Children’s Church 10:30 a.m, 66 4th St., Warrenton. and 503-791-2192.

A SILENT MEDITATION • with Lola Sacks. St. Catherine’s Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Monday Nights 5 – 5:45 Call 368-6227 for more info.

LECTIO DIVINA • Meditation with Holy Scripture. The Center for the Contemplative Arts, Manzanita: Tuesday Mornings 10-11:30. Call 368-6227 for more info.

LABYRINTH WALK • Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin St, Astoria, 3-6. Every 1st Sunday.


Weekly Alder Creek Farm Community Garden. Work Parties – Tuesdays, 10 am – Noon. Help out the Coastal Food Ecology Center, community garden, permaculture garden and harvesting for the Wheeler Food Bank. Tasks may include: greenhouse and garden weeding, planting, and watering.

FOOD ROOTS AND THE TILLAMOOK FARMERS’. Market seek youth and adults who can work 2 or 3 Saturdays be- tween June 20th and September 25th at the Community Table of the Tillamook Farmers’ Market. Youth between the ages of 10-18 are needed to work from 8:00-2:30 while adult shifts are broken into 8:00am-11:00am and 11:30am-2:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Food Roots at (503) 842-3154, extension 2, or e-mail Food Roots at for an application.


ENCORE Retirement Learning Community. Is an as- sociation of retirement-age people who share a love of learning. Established in 2001 by a Steering Committee of retired adults, ENCORE is sponsored by Clatsop Com- munity College. We meet for lunch the first Tuesday of every month. We try to alternate between North and South County, so look for these Community Notes in your local Newspaper to see the place of choice. Our Lunch Bunch get-togethers are a wonderful venue for meeting classmates over lunch, as well as new friends. Remember all guests that might be interested in ENCORE, or just want to know what we’re all about, are welcome. Please call Madeline Gobel, 503 325-3330.

BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION & SUPPORT. La Leche League’s monthly support group meetings provide an opportunity for both new and experienced mothers to share their questions or concerns, and to talk with each other about the special joys and challenges of parenting. We especially encourage expectant and new mothers to join us. Healthy babies and toddlers are always welcome at La Leche League meetings. We look forward to seeing you soon. Second Monday of the month at 10am- Astoria.



Spartina, the killer weed, slays Moby Dick?

Spartina alternaflora-After fighting the local weed board, the state department of agriculture, and even the Nature Conservancy for almost 20 years, Nahcotta hotel owner Fritzi Cohen has signaled that she may be ready to sell the historic Moby Dick Hotel, site of some of the last remaining spartina grass on Willapa Bay. While who may buy the property, should she sell, is the big news and speculation in the area, the story of spartina and Willapa Bay is the one that will be told on these pages over the next months, as an occasional series. It’s a story of intrigue, pitting neighbor against neighbor, species against species, and chemical against plant. The winners and losers are still to be determined, but this story is part of a larger story of the war on invasive species that’s being waged in Washington and Oregon, as well as around the world. A war that, like most, may not be winnable, or even necessary.

Moby DickWashington State has a long history of laws and regulations governing noxious weeds (defined as “a plant that when established is highly destructive, competitive, or difficult to control by cultural or chemical practices”), dating back to 1881, prior to statehood. The original legislation made it the duty of the landowner and the district supervisor of roads to control certain weeds on property they owned or managed. In 1907 the legislature expanded the law by requiring road district supervisors to inspect for weeds and enforce the statute on private lands, as well as along roadsides. The statute also included the authority to enter lands and cut down weeds if the owner didn’t take action.

In 1921, there was legislation that allowed landowners to petition to the Board of County Commissioners to create Weed Districts. This effort was enhanced in 1929, to provide for the election of three-member boards of directors who had the authority to administer the weed control statutes.

In 1969, RCW 17.10 – Noxious Weeds – Control Boards, was originally enacted. The law provides for the formation of county noxious weed control boards, and a state weed board, which puts together a state weed list. Like so many other laws with lists, it’s all about the list. We’ll take a closer look at the Washington State noxious weed list later in this column, and in future columns. For now, take note that spartina is on the list, and has recently been upgraded to “A” status, which targets it for “eradication”, or extinction, in Washington. In 1987, RCW 17.10 was revised and broadened, with an expanded focus to encompass threats to all natural resources (not only farmland).

The Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board (weed board) was formed in 1972. It consists of five members, appointed by the Board of Pacific County Commissioners. Tim Crose is the coordinator for the Pacific County weed board. His job is to carry out the weed laws by surveying the county for listed weeds and helping landowners to manage those weeds as prescribed in the laws (in other words, get rid of them). In his 6 years in the coordinator position, Crose has dealt with 12 infractions of the law. He can write tickets for up to $2500, but hasn’t had much use for that. He says that he first tries to work with the landowners, and usually gets cooperation.

Another part of Crose’s job is to help the weed board, which consists of landowners in the 5 districts in the county, to identify weeds of concern, and recommend changes to the state weed list. Though private landowners can also directly petition the state to include new weeds on their list, it is often the county weed boards that do the official petitioning, Crose told me. So, every year in March, there’s a public meeting where the “B” weeds are adopted for control (i.e. prevention of spread, but not eradication), and then by April 30 (just past for 2010), the state needs the requests for inclusion onto their list by the counties. (For 2010, Pacific County is requesting Japanese eelgrass for inclusion on the state list. It’s another Willapa Bay “invader” that has been targeted by local aquaculture groups.)

The District #4 weed board member is Bob Rose, a beef cattle rancher in Bay Center. He owns and operates Rose Ranch, on Highway 101, and has been on the weed board from the beginning. He told me that the original impetus for forming the board was tansy ragwort, a plant that is toxic to cattle and horses. “It spreads bad, animals carry it, cars carry it, and it’s spread all the way up the Willapa Valley,” he said. Gorse, a close relative to Scotch broom, was also a problem plant at that time, according to Rose.

In the first few years, Rose told me, the weed board members were elected by local landowners. There haven’t been many volunteers for the job, but Rose says that it’s been relatively “low key” for him as a board member all these years (until the recent ruckus with the Moby Dick). Timber companies have been cooperative, as has the Bonneville Power Administration, according to Rose. He said he only remembers one person being fined, with the minimum fine ($350).

Spraying with herbicides is most effective, according to Rose, but the listed weeds can be controlled by mowing or pulling. Rose uses Garlon 3a (active ingredient is trichlopyr) and Crossbow (Garlon 3a + 2,4-D, a component of Agent Orange) to rid his property and adjacent roadsides (over 1500 acres) of weeds.

To find out more about noxious weeds in Pacific County, contact Crose at (360) 875-9425, or by e-mail. For more information about noxious weeds in Washington State, contact Alison Halpern, Executive Secretary, WA State Noxious Weed Control Board, at (360) 902-2053. We’ll be looking at the workings of these boards and the weed list in more detail in future Weed Wars columns.

In Oregon, there is also a state noxious weed board, and local weed boards in some counties, which have regulatory powers. The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture, Plant Division, is where the noxious weed program resides in Oregon. They have a better definition for noxious weeds, which are plant species that: “cause severe production losses or increased control costs to the agricultural or horticultural industries of Oregon; endanger native flora and fauna by their encroachment into forest, range, and conservation areas; hamper the full utilization and enjoyment of recreational areas; or are poisonous, injurious, or otherwise harmful to humans and animals.”

Japanese knotweedThe noxious weed program in Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia counties is administered by the North Coast Weed Management Area Committee (NCWMAC). They meet every two months, and the meetings are well attended by county roads, forestry, and parks staff, and timber company representatives, according to Dave Ambrose, one of the coordinators of the group. The weeds the NCWMAC is working to control are knotweed (Japanese, Himalayan and giant) mostly in river systems, purple loosestrife along Youngs Bay, common reed in Fort Stevens State Park, spurge laurel at Sunset Beach, garlic mustard in Columbia County, and even spartina, which showed up 2 years ago at the mouth of the Skipanon River. NCWMAC gives EDRR (early detection, rapid response) workshops to train citizens in recognizing weeds of concern. The next workshop is June 19, all day, at Fort Clatsop. For more information, give Ambrose, of the Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District, a call at 503-325-4571.

And yes, there is a Federal Noxious Weed Act — Public Law 93-629, enacted in 1975. This law is currently part of the Farm Bill, and yes, there is a federal noxious weed list.

In the UK, The Weeds Act of 1959 lists noxious weeds whose spread must be controlled, including common ragwort, broadleaved and curled leaved dock, and spear and creeping thistle. They are all native species but were deemed problematic in the post-war drive for agricultural efficiency and self-sufficiency in food. The Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981 lists Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed, and makes it an offense to plant or to cause either species to spread in the wild.

Similarly, there are noxious weed laws across the country and the world. The war is global, and the enemy, the rules, and the progress, are tenuous.

Stay tuned for Episode 2 of Weed Wars, The Attack of the Grasses, where we’ll start to tell the story of spartina in Willapa Bay – how it got there, when we noticed it, how we’re fighting it, and what the likely future consequences of the battle will be. We’ll highlight the players in this battle, and see how it fits in with the overall war.

In the meantime, remember, if you have any listed noxious weeds on your property (like English ivy, Scotch broom, or hundreds more), you better get rid of them before the weed board hears about it…

Next month, back to Warrenton, where we’ll focus on a new wetland mitigation deal between the Palmbergs, the City of Astoria, and the North Coast Land Conservancy.

Stay dry, and stay active.