Thank you US Navy for not frivolously spending my tax dollars

I just heard on the local news that only one US Navy ship will be docking in Portland as part of Rose Festival Fleet Week. The decision was made that Seattle, Portland and San Francisco will each only have one ship arrive for their respective Fleet Weeks. This is to save money on the time needed to travel to each port. There will still be several US Coast Guard ships arriving in the next couple of days. But my guess is that they have far less travel time to get to Portland.

I posted earlier about how great it is that the Waterfront VIllage opened a week early and business was booming bringing much needed $s to Portland. But on a more global persepctive I am glad to see that the US Navy is cost conscience. What a huge change from pre 911 and even the last few years. A real sign the the weak economy is hitting all aspects of US lives.

The USS Charleston was the first ship to visit the Portland Rose Festival in 1907 and the navy’s annual Rose Festival Fleet Week visitation has been an annual tradition for nearly 80 years.

On a side note it is now almost two weeks now since Rose Festival began and there has only been a trace of rain last night or this morning depending on where in the area you were.

4 Responses

  1. It’s really hard to fathom that it’s Rose Festival with this weather. Not that I go to the Fun Center or anything. I just have to remind myself from time to time.

  2. What a great picture! I didn’t realize you had a fleet week during the Rose Festival. I am learning so much about Oregon. I am now on to other assignments and I miss my trips up your way. I have two more trips up there in late Summer. I can’t wait because Summer is the best time there in Oregon.

    • Just to set the record straight I did not take that photo. It is a great composition though.
      We just had a freak thunder and lightening storm roll through. Funnel clouds were spotted from Salem to Portland. Heavy winds knocked out power to about 35,000 homes.

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