Horseshoes in the park with some punks and some Rainiers on the holiday. Awesome. Happy 4th of July all!
We took the train back to Seattle last weekend as Tim had got tickets to Sleater-Kinney for all of us! Really fantastic, and the part of Ballard he lives in has soo much to do (regretfully didn’t take enough pictures this trip).
Knitting; watching horseshoes; listening to the guy playing Ozzy Osbourne on the accordian. Happy.
Did I tell you we took the train to Seattle to see Stevie Wonder in early December? It was a really fun trip. Brian used Fetch to buy the show tickets, the train tickets and to reserve the room at
I wish I could remember where we got dinner – nice pizza, nice guys there, and we had a Missouri beer we liked (it surprised us, but not our waiter who was from there). Ah wait, I found it – I use yelp like some people use bookmarks. We walked from the Ace to Rocco’s for dinner and then walked to Key Arena to see Stevie Wonder. Not very many good pictures from the show, but holy cow – he played for four hours.
We walked back to the hotel around 1? And sat at the bar for a drink before bed, but managed to get up to meet Tim for breakfast at a little bakery nearby which he liked (it was pretty good! I was super tired!). He headed off for work, and we wandered around. We considered getting more piroshkies at Piroshky Bakery which is where we ate lunch the day before (have you eaten here? If you are in Seattle often and don’t, what’s wrong with you? Do it. So nice to grab some and walk through the city) but twice in two days felt excessive. It was a nice rainy day so we mostly just wandered until our train ride home.
JD McPherson at Doug Fir with Brian and Tim
Let’s see, what have I been doing? Laying low mostly, I guess.
Tim came for a short visit – he flew on on Wednesday and flew out on Saturday. It was for an interview, which they rescheduled to a date after that once he was already here. He had a different one though, so maybe that’ll pan out. We took the bus over to Ground Kontrol the first night he was here. One of Brian’s friends was DJing and it was free play night (yay!) so I got to play any game that struck my fancy. It was a great night to be downtown, and we stayed pretty late and had to take a cab home.
Friday night, Brian, Tim and I headed out because I won tickets to Mississippi Studios to see Jonah, Caught in Motion and Tango Alpha Tango. I was stoked because I’ve really wanted to see Tango Alpha Tango, and also wanted to see Mississippi Studios (I had hoped to go the night Thao played there, but we were were too tired from driving back from San Francisco and had to pass).
Started the night at Por Que No for dinner and moved onto Amnesia for a beer or two before the show. Brian’s beer allergy is somewhat back and they don’t have liquor at Amnesia so we moved to Crow Bar. Hadn’t been there yet, and I have to say I really liked it. Brian and I will head back sometime soon.
Mississippi Studios is a great place to see music. It’s recently been renovated, and the lower area is for standing, and there’s an upstairs area that has theater seating and a row of chairs. Kinda reminded me of a more intimate High Noon Saloon. We were there early enough to get the first row upstairs so we sat there. In listening to myspace before the show, I really had though we were going to like Jonah best, but we all really loved Tango Alpha Tango. Brian shushed me at one point because I was talking more than he’d like – he wanted to listen to them. Neat. They are playing at the end of the month and I think I’m going to try to go to it.
Oh! And! I got to try the Grill Cheese bus. On the way home we swung by it and split a grilled cheese. Yum! They were closing for the night and it was only 12:30 so I hope they are doing better than that implies. I still want to go on a night where I am there just for them (but oh, the Bye and Bye’s siren call is hard for me to resist). Still, eating grilled cheese at a picnic table at night rocks, and if it’s raining, they have a bus you can sit in to eat your grilled cheese. Mmmm.
This week I’m doing a bunch of freelance, which I am going to try to get wrapped up before Dean and Michele get here on Friday night. All sorts of things to do then – the coast, and a hike or two, and just loving Portland.
Too tired to write right now – just dropped Tim off at the airport. We got up early and went to Fuller’s downtown for a classic breakfast. It was lovely. And then we took a long walk around downtown, drove him to the airport and here we are.
We went to bed pretty late after seeing Jason Webley at the Edgefield. Really, really recommend him – he’s going to be in Madison in March or April, would be definitely worth going to see. I’ll try to write more about that later too.
While Tim was here, we made sushi, tempura shrimp and veggies, and crab rangoon wontons. Oh! And they made huckleberry pancakes on the grill. Between that and eating out A LOT, I am going to only eat salads for the next week while hiking several hours per day.
Jon had a great observation when we were out and about in Portland. He said that one thing he really notices here is that people are comfortable with who they are. I think I remember thinking about that a bit when we first moved here, but now I kinda take it for granted. I am glad he came for a visit – Jon is one of those people you can always depend on for really nicely said, well thought-out observations.
What we did this weekend.
Tim came out for a visit because we decided we didn’t want to fight the crowds in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. It was rainy on Saturday so we decided to go to Brass Ring to play some shuffleboard.
After that, we went to Dream Lanes and bowled three games. Brian has decided he’s going to get a bowling ball with a skull in it, but I’m not so sure he’ll end up actually doing it.
For dinner, we went downtown to Wasabi for sushi – Wasabi does a roll called Magic Crunch that makes all of us very happy. Squash, aspargus, salmon, scallop, eel and other sushi was very yummy. Came home and played video games.
Yesterday, we decided that we should continue the games theme and declared it a day of sticks.
We went to the driving range to hit some golf balls. Tim’s done that before, but Brian and I hadn’t. I didn’t think I’d like it, but was surprised that I did. I’d like to try some more, I could see getting into walking around for a while, smacking things. I’d have to go on a slow day though because it would take me forever to get even halfway through a game. I’m pretty bad at it, I think even worse than at minigolf, heh.
We were going to go to the batting cages after that, but there were so many little kids in line for it, we’d’ve felt guilty so we moved onto tennis.
Tennis rocked – we’d switch spots ever so often. None of the three of us can play well enough to do a game, so it was mostly just seeing how long you could keep the ball going back and forth. Really fun.
Also for a while, the van parked right next to the courts serenaded us loudly in Spanish – they could really harmonize, and it was fun to play tennis to that. As we were leaving they were dancing between the two vans. Tim’s theory was that they were laughing at us as we played, but I’m fine with that (and they probably were, I heard them say something was muy terrible and laugh) – I am not too concerned about how I look playing tennis, and they were laughing good-naturedly if anything.
When we got home, we started the grill, and had shrimp, beer can chicken, and tons of vegetables. I had some Prairie Fume, and Brian and Tim drank Pabst.
Today, Tim was going to get up and go back to Milwaukee, but I really felt like a good hike, so we looked around and ended up heading to Natural Bridge Park. The bridge is pretty close to the
parking lot, just a short hike, but we ended up taking the full route, which is close to four miles and has a fairly strenuous uphill bit that reminded me that I’m really out of shape (working on it). Great walk, very beautiful. The park is where archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of people in the Midwest – from 8000 to 12,000 years ago. Some of the hike detailed the plants that both the Native Americans and the settlers used for medicine, which was neat to see.
I really love weekend or days where we wander and do things that strike our interest. I’ve never been someone who likes to have lots of advance time to plan it, I want to decide I am going to do it, and then do it.
Now, taking a break, think we are going to have a low-key dinner followed by Pan’s Labyrinth after that.