Quick note on this, as I had intended to write this up a while ago. We saw MacBeth in Lone Fir Cemetery last month with Cindy. Put on by the Portland Actors’ Guild, it was fantastic and perfectly suited for a pioneer cemetery. It was a rare break from the nasty hot weather Portland has had this summer, and practically a flawless summer evening. We packed some wine, cheese and sourdough, and were in heaven. Lying on the blanket, looking up at the night sky and listening to the leaves rustle as Lady MacBeth slowly unravels…..so great.
Brian and I went to TEDxPortland. Really enjoyed this – it was my first time at a TEDx. The talks were great and it was also cool to talk to people who went. We got to see the Von Trapps! They sang Edelweiss!! And some of their own stuff. We went home and bought their CD.
Speech from Arrested Development gave a great talk too, very moving. I had no idea he was from Milwaukee, or how much racism he was exposed to there, really heartbreaking.
We also saw Con Bro Chill, which I hadn’t heard of (the guy sitting next to us had gone to school with one of the band members). They were totally nuts and awesome. At one point, there were giant throbbing sparkle thongs on the big screen (matched what they were wearing). Kinda obsessed with seeing a full show. And scared. But mostly interested.
We went to the Space Room last night to celebrate Cindy’s birthday. I forget how much I like the Space Room and people watching there, and I hadn’t been there since it was sold recently. Exactly the same! Although the Ladies’ room was super clean, which was a great surprise over the last time I was there. The Space Room has been on Hawthorne since 1959.
It’s not as dark as Bryant’s in Milwaukee, Wisc but close. Man, I miss Bryant’s (since 1938! Brian and I had were there for the first time in college, and told his parents about it the next time we were at their house. Turns out that not only was that one of their hangouts, but we had had “their” waitress as well! Brilliant).
At the Space Room, you walk in certain you will walk into a table, and you can feel people’s eyes on you but not see them. Then, after your first beer, you can’t imagine that – why you can see everything! Until you go back outside and are blinded by how light it is at ten at night. Heh.
It’s a gorgeous day today – Brian and I walked up to Barista on Alberta this afternoon. It was warm enough I regret wearing my coat (which I know I’ll need on the way home). We are sitting outside in the shade on the patio working. Lovely – especially after reading in my journal from last year that there had been five days where I could not drive to Beaverton due to snow. Now my workday involves walking to a patio to get a change of scenery and focus.
Am enjoying the lack of commute a ton. I need to increase my work hours a bit but even so, this has been lovely. I love Portland in February, it can be just about any temperature, but when you get a glorious sunny day like today and can take advantage of it, everyone is in a great mood and you wonder how you could ever consider living anywhere else.
Places I’ve tried in the last week, and thoughts.
Kell’s Irish Pub: I liked it. Will be fun when I work downtown. Will bring Jess and Steve here next time they visit and want a Guinness.
Concordia Ale House: Nice to have in walking distance. Liked the idea of, and the practice of, the taster’s tray between Washington beers and Oregon beers. Will need to see who won, sometime this week.
Good Foot: Walked by it on SE Stark and didn’t notice it; I like it inside. Lots of good beers, pool tables looked nice. Good beer on tap. Comfortable.
I’ve mentioned to some of our most recent guests that while Oregon gets some fame for its wines, and the microbreweries here will make a beer-lover weep, there’s also a good number of local vodkas, gins, rums, you-name-it, that we’ve tried and really liked.
His last line summed it up nicely.
I <3 Portland. Nice article from the Seattle Times on why Portland is so nice.
I love you.
(It was super fun seeing my family and friends, but I love where I live and how people look and what everyone is doing and I can’t wait to get a house here and I seriously wake up every day happy that I am in Portland with a man I love)
I have a lot of ephemera that I inherited from my mom and dad from either their travels or from my ancestors. I also have a scanner, and I get moods where I love scanning things for preservation.
Recently, it’s been a matchbook collection from my dad. I had a lot of fun doing it, and researching the places from which the matchbooks came. Most of them are no longer around, but a good number of them closed in the last ten years.
It’s interesting to see who had matches back in the day. Most of them are from the 60s and 70s, and they are almost equally divided between New Orleans and Portland (Oregon, of course!).
I’m going to make it a project to go and see where the one from Portland are, and take pictures of what is in the place of the business my dad went to. One, on NE Broadway, appears to have gone from being a diner to being a Chinese restaurant called The Orient.
The other interesting thing about them are the slogans. The one pictures for this is my favorite – “Prepared by Competent Chefs.” Ha!