Cowboy poet loose at the Capital! 

So as promised, I am writing you all to update you on the crazy, wonderful couple of days I had!!!

I started my trip out on Wednesday evening by driving over to Salem. This was my first trip west of the mountains in Oregon. There was a lot of pretty country but boy was I starting to get vertigo when that afternoon sun kept kaleidoscoping through the trees!

I started Thursday morning bright and early at the Capital. My first task of the days was to figure out the parking garage and the parking meters. I apparently failed at this because I later discovered that some parking meters could be used for 4 hours (the one I got) and others for 10 (closer to what I needed!).



After a short self tour (and stopping to get directions!) I found my way to Senator Ferrolli’s office and met Becky, his assistant! Becky helped me so much on this trip! She arranged for a private tour as well as meetings with a few people while I was there.

The tour was so amazing! I learned a lot about Oregon history, industry, and the architecture. For example, I knew there were wineries in the state, but didn’t realize they were as big of a contributor as they are. Oregon’s main industries use to be in agriculture but now they are in technology. I was also able to learn a lot about the voting process and how only the Senators/Representatives walk in “The T.”

I then got to meet with Senator Ferrolli for a few minutes and was invited to a meeting that the Republicans hold shortly before going on the floor. Basically they discussed what bills were coming up that day, rather testimony was needed, and any thoughts they had. I had to sneak out of there early to get set up to perform on the floor.
For opening ceremonies I did Listening for a Cinch Bell and it was so well received. It was just an honor to have the opportunity to be there, much less get such a positive reaction.

Senator Ted Ferrolli

I was invited to sit with Senator Ferrolli at his desk at the conclusion of the performance (this is where the rule about not walking in “The T” came into play!). It was amazing to watch our government in action. What I had expected were the rows of desks with people listening to a speaker. Instead, folks moved around the floor talking with one another and would vote with the British system of “ay” or “nay” from where ever they were standing. I was able to meet several senators from across the state during this time and with some, hear about their ties to agriculture!

I was also able to talk with Senator Ferrolli and a member of his staff, Jenny, regarding the pending “horse tripping” bill and what that would mean to those of us in SE Oregon. I have information about how YOU can get involved, and will put all that info together into another blog.

Other highlights of the day were meeting Representative Bentz, getting a jar of garlic dill pickles made by Becky (these things are to DIE for!!!), and checking out the Governor’s ceremonial office. This was definitely a trip to remember!!!

Myself and Representative Bentz



Have fun, take’r easy, and always ride hard!!!

Jess

2 Comments

  • Therese Staeger

    Therese Staeger

    So happy you had a great time and had the opportunity to learn some OR history.Meet some special people and received a great reception to your program. I just knew you would do very well in all departments. Come back to the West side again and to WA, a lot of people would love to get to know you. :)
    So happy you had a great time and had the opportunity to learn some OR history.Meet some special people and received a great reception to your program. I just knew you would do very well in all departments.

    Come back to the West side again and to WA, a lot of people would love to get to know you. smile
  • Jenn Eastman

    Jenn Eastman

    I have until recently, lived in Oregon most of my life as i grew up there. I have only been to Salem once on a school trip in middle school. I can only imagine the parking garage ordeal and the meaters thats why i dont go into downtown Reno very often! By the way, a good percent of Oregon is agriculture like you guys there in Eastern Oregon, plus over near Eugene and the Willamette Valley. Nursery plants also make up a good percentage!!
    I have until recently, lived in Oregon most of my life as i grew up there. I have only been to Salem once on a school trip in middle school. I can only imagine the parking garage ordeal and the meaters thats why i dont go into downtown Reno very often!

    By the way, a good percent of Oregon is agriculture like you guys there in Eastern Oregon, plus over near Eugene and the Willamette Valley. Nursery plants also make up a good percentage!!