Category Archives: Portland

summer

It was 100F degrees (36.6C) yesterday and as I am very prone to heat exhaustion, by the end of the day I was shorting out a little. It was 80F in our downstairs (no central air) when we went to bed.

Today is only supposed to be 95F, but the smoke from the wildfires near Shasta has rolled in, making for an eerie light but also making it harder to breathe. Not as bad as when the Gorge was burning last year, but between the heat and the smoke, I’m ready for things to change!

Random Portland things

A random tree on my morning walk in my neighborhood. Its width is easily three of me.

This is my 801st post!

Loud ‘n’ Lit riders

Laurie, Cindy, Brian, and I were having a cook-out followed by a late night firepit in the backyard when we heard both hooting and hollerin’. It seemed to go on for quite a while, so Cindy went out front to check it out, then grabbed us. The Loud ‘n’ Lit bike ride was going past our house at around midnight, having started at Ecliptic Brewing on Mississippi. We watched them go by for at least fifteen minutes, very cool. Tons of good music – Prince, Madonna, Metallica, it had to be a great bike ride.

Finally –

Restroom at Box Social

Laika exhibit at PAM

We loved the Laika Studios exhibit at Portland Art Museum. It was probably the best animation exhibit I’ve seen. So we went back on its last weekend.

This guy was around 20 feet tall, check out the people coming out of the exhibit next to him:

The amount of control the animators have is impressive, look at all these parts for a character in ParaNorman:

Faces for the Other Mother in Coraline:

Front:

Back:

Unexpected James Brown

This week spring came for real, it has been in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We wandered to Old Gold in North Portland for dinner and scored a corner patio seat, a rare commodity on a warm day and a Friday night. The building across the street is unusual to begin with, odd lighting and shape, satellite in the front, etc. No idea what the building is used for, but today for some reason, the door was briefly open.

…unexpected James Brown.

Then Ministry

The next show we went to last week was Ministry. I have seen them a few times (actually, they may be the band I have seen the most times) but Brian hadn’t yet so we got tickets. And I hadn’t seen them since the 90’s. I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous about this show – would they phone it in? Given where we are right now, would there be complete loonies there?

It was probably my favorite Ministry show. They were amazing. The lead singer from Fear Factory did a few songs with them too. They surprised me by singing a current song that choked me up. I very nearly went to see them two nights later in Vancouver BC, I liked the show that much. I am super happy I went, and came away thinking I was a smart kid to like them in the 80’s. Whew.

Unfortunately, not very many photos, and few of them clear. I was too into it and dancing. And for some reason, there were more tall men at this show than any other show I remember (over 6’4″, a ton of ’em), usually just in front of me.

Oh, and I baked bread that morning: