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Boring, Dull are now an official pair

A vote gave no doubt Boring wants a twin in Dull, Scotland
by:  THOMAS PRINGLE, This view of Dull's homes for its 84 residents is seen from the perspective of a nearby hill. In the distance is Road B846, with the other visible road a loop that travels through the center of Dull's off-the-beaten-path location.

A new link across The Pond was formed Tuesday night when more than 40 members of the Boring Community Planning Organization spoke loudly and voted unanimously with a resounding 'aye' to pair with a small community in central Scotland called Dull.

Members of the Boring CPO counterpart in Scotland had already voted in late April to 'twin' with Boring.

The twinning and the pairing are simply a way to poke a little fun at the words that form the communities' names. In Oregon it is Boring and Dull, while in Scotland it is Dull and Boring. It's all a matter of perspective, says Boring CPO Chairman Steve Bates.

At the beginning of Tuesday night's CPO meeting hats and shirts with the Boring and Dull logo were being sold.

Later in the meeting, three votes were taken: 1) that Boring pair with Dull; 2) that the Boring CPO ask the Clackamas County Commission to endorse the pairing; and 3) that the CPO spend $125 to purchase an engraved paver for the community circle at the Boring Station Trailhead Park. The engraved paver would state 'Boring, Oregon and Dull, Scotland, a pair for the ages, Boring CPO, 2012.'

After the unanimous vote to purchase a paver to record the pairing of communities, Bates showed his excitement in an unusual way when he misspoke, saying 'Bull and Doring ...'

Excitement was the watchword after the votes were taken. CPO members were understandably happy about the result - even though before the meeting there was no expectation of a negative vote.

The fact it was a communal choice that made all the difference.

Since the impetus came from and through the Dull Women's Book Club, an opinion would be expected from members of the Boring Women's Book Club.

Boring club member Sharon Marsh says her group had a meeting that same day (Tuesday) and everyone was excited about the prospects of the social interaction.

'We want to see what they are reading and tell them what we're reading,' she said. 'We want to know what their lives are like.'

If all goes as planned, there'll be a lot more levity, since Marjorie Keddie, a resident of Dull, said she expects travelers to stop for photographs of a sign near Dull that says Dull and Boring are twin communities.

'We're all enthusiastic about a connection between Dull and Boring,' Keddie said.

Apparently Dull historian Tommy Pringle also is interested in the social implications of such a connection. He is interested, he says, 'in getting closer together and finding out more about each other.'

Boring CPO member Dan Bosserman said the positive vote was 'fantastic.'

'I think this is such a neat story,' Bosserman said. 'We've been making jokes about living in Boring for the 37 years I've lived here. But I think the Dull and Boring thing is the greatest thing that's ever happened to Boring.'

Oddly, Dull resident Emma Burtles used words similar to Bosserman's when she expressed her excitement that the two communities would be 'married,' as it was stated by a BBC news reporter, broadcast around the world.

'I think (the twinning) is the best thing that has happened to our wee community for ages,' Burtles said, 'and everyone has a smile when we tell them the story.'

Come June 23, Dull residents (and probably also some who live in nearby communities) will enjoy a street party to celebrate the newfound friendship with their twin community in Oregon.

Boring will wait until Sept. 8 to roll out the red carpet and celebrate the fact it's a tight-knit community with a lot of friends across The Pond.

The Boring and Dull logo says it all when it describes the relationship in five words, 'A pair for the ages.'

For more information, visit the 'Dull and Boring' Facebook page.