Dull man renews Boring friendships

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Steve Bates, left, president of the Boring Community Planning Organization, shares a laugh with Jamie Pringle of Dull, Scotland at a reception last week.When Jamie Pringle of Dull, Scotland, met a group of people visiting his hometown from Boring last year, he knew he wanted to return the visit to his new friends.

Pringle did just that on June 9 when he came to America to visit a friend in Seattle and made the trip to Boring to renew friendships at a celebration at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall.

He also brought a traditional shallow, two-handled silver Scottish drinking cup, called a quaich (pronounced quake), engraved with the names of both towns, including the symbol of a newly-formed Dull-Boring Clan and the phrase “A Pair for the Ages.”

The “pairing” of Dull and Boring has brought both communities international press attention because of the fun play on names, but it also increased interest in both communities. Last year a group of Boring residents visited Dull, and a film crew from BBC Scotland recently visited Boring because of the Dull connection.

Bland Shire in Australia also teamed up with Boring earlier this year when the Bland Shire Council voted to pair with Dull and Boring in a “comedic and fun” partnership, said Neil Pokoney, mayor of Bland Shire Council.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BERNADETTE HATHAWAY - Bernadette Hathaway of Boring points to a sign outside of Dull, Scotland, during a visit last October.At the welcoming ceremony, Pringle, attired in a traditional kilt, said he thinks the popularity of these places with mundane names is needed comic relief from events such as the recent economic downturns.

“There's so much bad stuff, and it is something people can laugh at,” he said.

Pringle said kilts are worn for formal occasions in Scotland, but he likes them because “they're so comfortable.”

Steve Bates, president of the Boring Community Planning Organization, which hosted Pringle's reception, said he might think about wearing a kilt someday.

“We only have a clan emblem, but we don't have a clan tartan yet,” he said. “When we get a clan tartan, then I will get a kilt.”

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BERNADETTE HATHAWAY - Boring residents who visited Dull, Scotland in October 2013 were, from left, Stephenie Bates Gross, Nathan Gross, Betty Bates, Steve Bates, Stewart Hathaway, Bea Minnear, Bernadette Hathaway, Gayle Roth Cutaia and Shirley Roth.Pringle first visited the Northwest about four years ago and met Matthew Walker of Seattle at a music concert, and the two became friends. After spending a few days in Washington state and the visit to Dull, they plan to head to San Francisco for a few days before Pringle heads back home.

Several dignitaries came to the reception, including Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow, who couldn't resist an extended yawn when he took the podium to welcome Pringle.

In his welcoming remarks, Bates talked about visiting Dull last year and taking tours of a distillery in the area, so Bates gave Pringle two bottles of Boring Beer, Boring postcards and T-shirts with Boring-Dull on the front.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Steve Bates, president of the Boring Community Planning Organization, holds a traditional Scottish drinking cup presented by Jamie Pringle of Dull, Scotland.No drinking is allowed in the Grange Hall, but as the reception wound down, one guest said he was pretty sure the group was headed over to the Not So Boring Bar and Grill.

Although he came primarily to visit his Seattle friend, Pringle said a visit to Boring also was on his agenda. As he sat at a table talking with locals Bernadette and Stewart Hathaway, whom he met in Dull last year, Pringle explained that Dull is a small agricultural village that produces broccoli, lettuce, hay, silage, barley, wheat and potatoes.

As he chatted, Barb Ledberry of Damascus showed Pringle a list of her relatives from Scotland to see if he might know of them. Instead, he gave her his father's email address.

“My dad is not a genealogist, he works on the oil rigs, but he is very knowledgeable of what clans are where and how they ended up in certain areas,” he said.

Pringle, who turned 25 on June 12, works as an underfloor heating specialist for a major European company, and said he is delighted he could make the trip to the United States.

“About nine (Boring) people came last year and we took them to a distillery and Loch Ness, and I met a lot of them last year,” Pringle said. “I travel a lot when I can, and I thought to strive especially to come here.”

Contract Publishing

Go to top
Template by JoomlaShine