LEGISLATIVE sessions can be dull and boring, but Oregon legislators moved on Wednesday to commemorate the humdrum – even if no one is quite sure how.
Based on their drab names, the communities of Dull in Scotland and Boring in Oregon formed a transnational partnership last year to build cultural and commercial connections. Legislators in Oregon’s House of Representatives took that a step further with a vote to make August 9 Boring and Dull Day in the US state.
The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is intended to boost tourism, and the date marks the day the towns were officially dubbed a “pair for the ages”.
Republican representative Bill Kennener, the proposal’s sponsor, announced the measure with a tongue-in-cheek 10-minute speech, which never got around to saying what Oregon residents might do in observance.
“While some might be inclined to call this frivolous, the reality is that this attention is attracting tourism and commerce to this Boring section of Oregon,” he said.
Stephen Bates, the unofficial mayor of Boring, said the idea to pair the communities came from a Scottish biker who had the rather interesting idea while cycling through the sleepy Oregon town of about 8 000 people last year. Excited by her Boring discovery, she brought news of the town’s existence across the pond to Dull, which has 84 residents, prompting talks between the two lazily named towns. – Sapa-AP