Archive for the ‘Portland’ Category

Taylor Street shaker

November 6, 2006

My housemates and I were jolted last night by a 2.6-magnitude earthquake.

Not a very big earthquake, true, but you can really feel it when the epicenter (18th and Taylor) is only a mile away.

Parties and libraries

October 30, 2006

There is a Multnomah County library levy on this year’s November ballot.

When a library levy was last on the ballot (November 2002), there was a decided split in who supported it. In the ten precincts that would be John Kerry’s best two years later, 73.93% of voters supported the levy. In the ten precincts that would be Bush’s best, 39.69% supported it.

Narrow the comparison to the best five precincts for each, and Kerry’s precincts gave 75.88% of their votes for the levy while Bush’s gave 36.20%.
(Kerry’s precincts, in order: 4027, 3151, 3274, 4106, 3097, 4022, 2099, 1025, 4041, 3004.)

(Bush’s precincts, in order: 5602, 0158, 5604, 5846, 0547, 5842, 5425, 5855, 5851, 5201.)

Here comes the rain again…

October 15, 2006

The rainy season in Portland began this morning, at the crack of mid-October. As a fair-skinned pedestrian, I don’t mind the gray skies, but the driving rain can impede me.


September 19, 2006

With Stephanie Potter at KBOO last night
(cameraphone photo by Marliese Franklin)

You can’t see it in the picture, but Stephanie is wearing an Austrian peaked cap. In honor of which we sang “The Lonely Goatherd” from the Sound of Music soundtrack. Which we recorded, because we were there to train on KBOO’s new flash recorders (Stephanie has the earphones on).

KBOO: Always a good time.

Hot town, summer in the city…

July 21, 2006

The mercury hit 104 this afternoon, which is a Portland record for July 21.

It was still 100 when I got off the 6 at Belmont. I picked up my mail at the post office, then thought: “What the hell…why not walk the rest of the way home?”

I made it three-quarters of a mile before hopping on the 14 for the rest of the trip.

My house does not have central air. Off to Cinemagic to see “A Prairie Home Companion”!

I wanna walk up the side of the mountain…

July 19, 2006

Spent the early afternoon today hiking in Forest Park. After a couple of days of grueling mental work, I needed something physical.

I started at the Thurman Street Bridge trailhead, and took the Lower Macleay Trail to the stone house. I picked up the Wildwood Trail there and took it to Pittock Mansion, which I toured for the first time. A handsome house with some of the best views in Portland — if you live here and haven’t visited, you’re missing out!

After the mansion tour, I continued on the Wildwood Trail to the Japanese Garden, and caught the 63 back to the city.

I need to get out there more often…

Young love

July 11, 2006

Seen today on Southeast 33rd Avenue: A teenage boy walking about half a block ahead of a teenage girl running.

And he’s smiling because she’s running after him.

And she’s smiling because she’s about to catch him.

Getting rid of everything…

July 10, 2006

Seen this evening at the corner of Southeast 33rd and Stark: A sign advertising a nearby garage sale, next to a kitchen sink with a price tag on it.

No “everything but” for these folks…

Nice night for a walk

July 6, 2006

It was a beautiful evening for a fair-skinned person in a long-sleeved shirt to be outside – overcast and in the 60s – so I walked home from work: MLK to Hancock to 33rd to Alder. About three-and-a-half miles. I had never walked through Irvington before. Pretty neighborhood.

Along the way, I dropped by Music Millennium for the first time. At first I thought I wouldn’t get anything, because the only album I could remember that I wanted was “Pink Flag” by Wire, and the store was out-of-stock. I was quickly able, though, to find a few things:

  • “69 Love Songs, Vol. 1” by The Magnetic Fields
  • “The Glasgow School” by Orange Juice
  • “Early” by Scritti Politti
  • “Dizrythmia” by Split Enz
  • An Ultravox 2-CD greatest hits compilation

If I hadn’t made a desperate break for the register while I was walking near it, I’d probably be bankrupt right now. I bought as many albums in that trip to the store as I had bought in the previous 12 months. It’s been a long fast.

Sunny skies in Portland

June 19, 2006

A beautiful day: Highs in the 70s, and sun, sun, sun.

I took a stroll in Laurelhurst Park this evening. When I walk down the asphalt path that parallels Oak Street, I like to look up through the tall trees and focus on the shifting patterns the green foliage makes against the blue sky.