Another long long day to a long long life
I've been meaning to send a big "Thank You" to the writers of The Best of Oregon City article published in July. I returned to my home state of Oregon after 11 years abroad (3 years in Cleveland and 8 in Brooklyn, NY – technically not abroad, but it sounds better than “out-of-state”). I was so excited to be back and even more thrilled to see Oregon City featured for the greatness that it is. I was so inspired by this article that I convinced four of my friends to take a Saturday out of Portland to come down the the OC and re-create the afternoon as depicted in the article. We began our trek waiting for the trolley by the Still House. The trolley never came (I guess Leo was off that day), so we began our adventure on foot. We walked along 99E toward the famous OC elevator, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the paper mill and oncoming traffic. It was thrilling. As we approached the pedestrian stairs, which take you over 99E and down to the aptly coined "rape tunnel" we were not disappointed. Although there was no raping going on, we did stumble across a man lying on the ground, just inside the tunnel as you enter. We thought he was a sleeping bum, or local drunk who had too many 4-dogs and decided to pass out for an early summer nap. Much to our surprise, we notice blood coming out of his ears and the back of his head. I was the last to walk by the unfortunate fellow, when I noticed one of his eyes rolled up into his head. He was shirtless and not wearing any shoes, although his socks seemed to be in place. As I exited the tunnel, we met as a group and came to the conclusion that he had expired. We called 911. The paramedics and police soon arrived and cordoned off the area, holding us behind for questioning. Indeed, the man was dead. We spent several hours being questioned by the OC police, recreating our steps and explaining what we were doing.
In short, we explained that we had recently been inspired by The Mercury’s recent article highlighting the fabulous nature of OC and its surrounding environs and were out recreating an adventure. Little did we know that we would come face to face with a human corpse.
Thank you Mercury. As I mentioned, I lived in NYC for 8 years and never saw anything like the spectacle of expired flesh I saw that day. Without you, we never would have been so traumatized and riveted by the true nature of our human existence.
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