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Come to My Book Signing, Saturday, April 2 at the Oaks Mall

Selling my book at the Medford Sportsmen's Show in February

Selling my book at the Medford Sportsmen’s Show in February 

I would be so pleased to have Conejo Post readers come by my book signing at The Open Book in the Oaks Mall on Saturday, April 2, from 2:00 to 4:00!  I will be signing Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” which tells the story of my growing up in rural Portland, Oregon, by the Columbia River while my dad was building a retail business named G.I. Joe’s.  If you grew up in the 1940s through the 1960s, I’ll bet my childhood was a lot like yours, and my story would bring back memories of your own growing up.  Plus, the book tells the rags-to-riches story of my dad building his business from a war surplus store in a tent to a multi-million dollar chain of general retail stores that focused on outdoor gear, sporting goods and automotive merchandise.

For more about the book, you can search it on Amazon, probably most easily using my name (Janna Orkney).

You can also visit the website, www.GrowingUpWithGIJoes, or my Facebook page:  Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s (and please like it!)

Please note:  The “comment” function of the blog is not working, and your comments will not be posted till it is repaired next week.  You can still comment, and I will read it, but not be able to post it.

March 26th, 2016 · Arts, Books, Thousand Oaks

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My new book, “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” is a Great Gift Idea for the Holidays!

My new book is available in time for easy holiday gift shopping.   Just go to and order signed copies of Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s for friends and family.  Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail, arriving in 2 or 3 days, and the discounted shipping and handling cost is only $3 on no matter how many books you order (up to a quantity of 10.)

Growing Up… appeals to readers of many types of books, including business history and business practice books, Northwest history, nostalgic coming-of-age stories, and those focusing on the Greatest Generation.  Plus, I did new research in writing the book and discovered the role that war surplus stores played in the development of outdoor and sporting goods merchandise and general retail stores after World War II.  

The book is 231 pages with over 80 photos and sells for $14.95.  Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s is also available on Amazon, including as a Kindle e-book. And, if you want to read a bit of the book before buying, go to the Kindle e-book page at Amazon and read the first few chapters for free.

Happy Holidays!

Janna Orkney

December 10th, 2015 · Books

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NO book Signing of “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” on Sunday, November 22 at the Oaks Mall

I am rescheduling my book signing event at the Open Book at the Oaks Mall.

Hope you can come at the new time!  You can order a book on

Janna Orkney


November 21st, 2015 · Uncategorized

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Come To My Book Signing in The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks On Sunday Afternoon, Nov. 22

The Open Book store in the Oaks Mall is putting on a book signing for me and my brand new book, Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s.  The event is on Sunday afternoon, November 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The store is located on the second level of the Oaks Mall at the west end.

In the book I tell the story of how my Dad started a small war surplus store in a tent in Portland in 1952 and how his vision and hard work built that one store into a large retail chain in the Pacific Northwest.  For more on the book, go to or the Facebook page, Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s.

Hope to see you at The Open Book on Sunday!

Janna Orkney


November 18th, 2015 · Books

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Earthquake Early Sunday Morning In Santa Monica Mountains

      Mary Wiesbrock of Agoura Hills shared about the Sunday quake:
     “Here is the latest from Cal Tech on our earthquake:
‘A minor earthquake occurred at 4:05:01 AM (PDT) on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
The magnitude 3.4 event occurred 8 km (5 miles) NE (35 degrees) of Malibu, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).’
     This trembler was almost the same distance from Malibu as Agoura Hills, located somewhere in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  Was it in the Malibu Fault Zone and/or Agoura’s own Liberty Canyon Fault?
     I happened to be up then, and I found it odd  that I heard a loud bang with no shaking.  I thought something exploded somewhere.   Also, a neighbor in Fountainwood shared that she though something had exploded in the garage.  We both live in one-story houses.”

October 26th, 2015 · Agoura Hills, Malibu

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Triunfo/LVMWD Recycled Water Filling Station Opened Saturday, 8-22

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station

If you live in the Triunfo Sanitation District or Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, it is now free and easy to fill up containers with recycled water on Saturdays (until 1:00)!  That is what I found out yesterday when I took the required health class at Las Virgenes on how to handle the tertiary-treated water.  Then I received my purple card and RW stickers to put on sealed containers to use for filling up.

While filling up is easy, it may still be a challenge to get the water to your garden, since water is so heavy to carry.  I hadn’t figured out that part yet, so did not bring containers to try a trial recycled water run.  I was thinking of bringing water jugs, but you must be able to seal the containers, and once used, the 1 gallon jugs don’t seal…so glad I didn’t do that.

Above is a photo of fellow classmate in the LV health class, Beth Miller, who became the second resident to use the fill station.  She is putting the water in a 100 gallon container, and the capacity limit for containers to fill free is 300 gallons.

As I said in the class as a board member of both Triunfo and the partnership board of Triunfo and LV, we are committed to helping residents get through the severe drought as much as possible.  For more info on required RW class, go to:

Janna Orkney

August 23rd, 2015 · Calabasas, Conejo Valley, Las Virgenes, Triuinfo Sanitation District, Water Issues

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Back in Fashion Again!


What a surprise for me to see record turntables for sale at Marshall’s this last weekend!  I thought that old record players had bit the dust permanently, but guess not.

I do remember how I loved vinyl records before music went digital.  I loved both the big LPs (long playing) and the small 45 (45 revolutions per minute) records that were so popular when I was in elementary school.  You could say that playing a 45 with one song on each side, is like playing to an itune on your smart phone.  The exception to this is that playing 45s back in the day often involved hanging out with friends and dancing!

August 18th, 2015 · Arts

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By Train, Tug, Kite and Paddle on the Columbia


The Columbia River and Columbia Gorge were mighty busy as viewed from the Hood River, Oregon, water park two weeks ago.

I was watching the kite boarders dart over the waves with my son, Sam and there was plenty of action to keep me busy taking photos.  Then I happened to notice a Shaver Tugboat heading west on the river as a long train on the Washington state side of the Gorge headed east.

August 16th, 2015 · Uncategorized

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