Seth isn't here today – he's taking a long holiday to reunite with his parents in Yoncalla, Oregon. Yoncalla is not well known, but it is a little community in southern Oregon of about 1,000 souls. The men have a median income of $26,806, while the women toil for only $19,412 per year, and 18% of the population is below the poverty line. This town in Douglas County – named after the botanical explorer David Douglas – was a southern diversion off of the Oregon Trail, known as the Applegate Trail. The American Jesse Applegate (1811-1888) was a pioneer who led a large group into the area of Yoncalla, and that is where he died. Seth's middle name is Applegate – his parents chose it – but he doesn't seem to mind. Two other notable citizens of Yoncalla include Rex Applegate, a military officer and author, and Lily Carter, a porn actress.*
*Seth is famous too, at least among members of the horticultural community, and there is not a nurseryman alive who wouldn't want to employ him.
I don't apologize for this brief blogette, because the fact is that with no Seth, no mucho for the blog. Safe travel, Seth, and we'll see you on the flip side.
Happy Thanksgiving, don't gobble too much.