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A Rest Stop on US 97

Redding, CA – We hopped in the car reluctantly leaving the Shilo Inn in Bend Oregon and headed back to California with 10 hours of interviews. God I hated leaving that place on the banks of the lazy Deschutes River. True they didn’t have MSNBC but did have Fox (like all the motels we stayed in…what’s up with that?) but it was a great comfortable place to stay. I recommend it and watch MSNBC on your laptop.

Except for a few stops to pee at gas stations and rest stops we blew through past Mount Shasta and Weed to Redding. The scrounge to find a motel was on full blast. From the comfortable 70′s up in the rarefied air of the high desert in Oregon we made it to the blast oven hot of Redding, California. But we lucked out finding this motel, but as in our former places of sleep including the magnificent Shilo Inn in Bend, no MSNBC. I need to write a letter. No wonder Fox has high ratings, it’s viewed by transients.

Just an addenda…The last time I stayed in Redding was to visit with my friend and Jesuit classmate, Art Encinas. At the time he was on the radio with an “oldies” show. He was great as a DJ and gained a rep for doing so. I’m not sure if he had to do the DJ things at dances. He and I entered the Jesuits back in 1963 he was 18 and I was 17. We bonded immediately and began a reign of terror. We started the campus radio station at Gonzaga University in Spokane, made films together while at Loyola U (Before it became Loyola Marymount). We even went to school together at the American Film Institute’s Film center in Beverly Hills. We had a great run. We had to separate after Gonzaga, he went to teach at St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco and I was sent to teach at Loyola High in Los Angeles. Except for a couple of weeks in the summer, we hardly saw each other. He went on to get ordained and I left the Order in the early 70′s. He left a few years after ordination. I lost track of him when I moved back to San Francisco and he had moved to Redding. He was the only person who made me laugh out loud at myself. He was great at that. He passed away last year from a heart attack while still living up here in Redding. I miss you Art. Now back to our regularly scheduled ending.

Tomorrow is Sean’s birthday, he’ll be 26. He is the second of our Irish Twins.

And so it goes…

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  • Joe Arbanas

    Art brought laughter and joy to all who came in contact with him. I am glad I was able to spend one year with him at the Mount in 1968-69. Great memories. I wonder if the radio station has some “tapes” of him doing is DJ thing?

  • Paul J Hanley

    Nah. I don’t need the propaganda as much as I need a hot tub.

  • Larry Tomassini

    I ask! (And you will from now on.) ;-)

  • Paul J Hanley

    World’s Deadlest catch and project runway out poll fox rating wise. Usually people don’t ask what stations (Unless it’s HBO or Showtime) a motel is carrying before checking in so the principle of attraction doesn’t quite work here. You cannot believe that people go to Shilo Inn or Quality Motels because they carry Fox?

  • Larry Tomassini

    Paul, I keep telling you to go back and study economics. Most motel owners are trying to make a living (dare I say profit?). They subscribe to FOX, not MSNBC, because they want customers. It’s a numbers thing–FOX viewers outnumber MSNBC by a ratio of 4 or 5 to 1. The motel owners probably are not making a political statement; they are just trying to attract customers.

  • Paul J Hanley

    Damn, I remember you told me that…and you turned out ok. cool.

  • Byron Philhour

    Familiar … grew up in Weaverville so Redding was the big city ;)

  • Paul J Hanley

    will do. he lives a couple blocks away

  • Joanne McGarry

    Ah, Pacifica. Say hi to my bro!

  • Paul J Hanley

    Perhaps on the next voyage up the coast. right now I am knackered and just long for the fog of Pacifica and Taco Bell on the beach in Linda Mar.

  • Joanne McGarry

    Head over 299 to Humboldt and check out my sister’s murals in Arcata.