Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mount Tabor Hike

Maree and I are planning to summit Mount Tabor
at least a couple times a week as part of our new
health and wellness regimen. Here's Hawthorne Blvd
as seen from the top.

East Portland and Mt Hood

Verse two of Hall and Oates' "Maneater" sums
up Mt Hood quite well. In memory of all who
have perished on her slopes:

"I wouldnt if I were you
I know what she can do
She's deadly man, and she could really rip your world apart
Mind over matter
The beauty is there but a beast is in the heart"

Merry Christmas!

Me Pa and me Ma opening gifts from Maree and I.

My parent's got themselves new dining room
furniture for Christmas. Mom's got some Martha
in her, I'd say.

Michael tends to give big presents. He certainly
did not disappoint this year! He also got my folks
a Mac Mini to hook up to it. Hello 60-inch monitor!

Minha família

My cousin Erica, aunt Janice, cousin Kyle, and
my grandmother Lea.

My grandmother Lea, and I

My cousin Kyle, uncle Jeff, my bro Michael, and I

My Aunt Kathleen, Michael, and I

The Georgia Aquarium

The tunnel under the "Big Tank"

The "Big Tank" featured a 30 foot high by 80 foot wide
viewing window. It was amazing to say the least!

This is how thick the "glass" was. I forgot
what it was really made out of.

Starfish S.Macro

Maree in front of the African Cichlid tank.

Piranha Portal

Friday, December 29, 2006

Here we go!

Day one. Stylish, eh?
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Friday, December 15, 2006


We had a hellacious windstorm last night, with winds on the coast and Mt Hood rumored to be at 100mph. I was working, and was on the way back from Roseburg, Oregon on I-5 during the dicier bits of it. Luckily the winds were only 30-45mph gusting to 60 in the valley so the going wasn't too bad on the highway. Off in the distance though, I was seeing huge flashes of blue light, like lightning or strange explosions. I witnessed something I have never seen before and probably will not see again for a long time last night. It took me a while to figure out what was happening, but as the storm progressed, trees fell and took out power in many cities. What I saw over the skies of Lebanon, Albany, and Salem were exploding transformers! I saw at least twelve or thirteen flashes that lit up the sky like it was day, some coming in quick succession. It was an eerie and beautiful experience, but I have to feel for the people up the street from those mofos when they blew!

Random post

Tot and I are all cozy in the scarf Maree's
sister made.

On the eastside of the Cascades on US-97

We had a freak storm today. We got pelted with tiny snowballs.

Citroen 2CV6 spotted. Viva la France!

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Life on the road

I've been on the road for five days now. I'm currently in La Pine, Oregon, a truck stop town on a lonely stretch of US-97. This is my last route on my job, which I will be quitting this month. It's strange to think that I may never pass this way again, that I might not cruise through the blooming apple orchards in central Washington, or peer over precipitous cliffs on the southern Oregon and northen California coasts on 101, that I might not summit Wauconda, Siskiyou, Stevens, Alpowa, or Satus passes in the bitter cold and snow, or stare down on Lewiston, Idaho from 1000 feet above it in the hills, or take the Port Townsend ferry across the Puget sound with the moon peeking over the horizon. I have seen so much beauty! I've borne witness to the changing of the seasons all over the Pacific NW, breathtaking sunsets, chilling winter storms, torrential rain, mudslides, and so many rainbows. Sufficed to say, I will be glad to be finished with this work. It is exhausting, and with a sweet girl to miss while I'm gone, heartbreaking. I've spent 60 hours in my car this week, driven over 1600 miles, with a couple hundered more to go. Since I bought the CRX in Nov last year, I have put 51,000 miles on it. It's been fun.

So here is a nearly comprehensive list of the cities I've worked in, not to mention all the ones in between!

Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Redmond, Albany, Lebanon, Corvallis, Florence, Bookings, North Bend, Coos Bay, Cave Junction, Medford, Shady Cove, White City, Central Point, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Cottage Grove, Sutherlin, Woodburn, Sandy, Bend, Tillamook, Clatskanie, Astoria, Seaside, Newport, Newburg, McMinnville, Tigard, Troutdale, Gresham, Hillboro, Beaverton, Wilsonville, Keizer, Dallas, Monmouth, Hood River, The Dalles, Pendleton, La Grande, Hermiston, La Pine, Sunriver, Klamath Falls, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Aloha, Murphy, Silverton, Canby, Oregon City, Clackamas, Miluakie, Raleigh Hills, Springfield

Vancouver, Battle Ground, Longview, Kelso, Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, Kent, Redmond, Tukwila, Federal Way, Snohomish, Monroe, Mukilteo, Bellingham, Marysville, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Oak Harbor, Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Shelton, Centralia, Lacey, Tumwater, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Walla Walla, Goldendale, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Ellensburg, Yakima, Omak, Colville, Spokane, Prosser, Sunnsyide, Toppenish, Richland, Pasco, Kirkland, Cheney, Veradale, Liberty Lake, Port Orchard, SeaTac, Lakewood, Fife, Renton, Bellevue, Bothell, Lynnwood, Des Moines, Everett, Covington, Maple Valley, Edmonds, Kennewick, Camas, Orchards

Lewiston, Moscow, Sandpoint, Ponderay, Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum

Crescent City, Eureka, Fortuna, Ukiah, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Redding, Chico, Corning, Williams, Clearlake, Lakeport, St Helena, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Colfax, Auburn, North Highlands, Citrus Heights, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville, Granite Bay, Yuba City, Marysville, Colusa, Los Angeles, Compton, Lynnwood, Hawthore, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Pasadena, Hollywood, San Fernando, Burbank, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Pismo, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Oxnard, Simi Valley Moorpark, Nipomo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Sebastopol, Ojai, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Glendale, Torrance, El Segundo, Huntington Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Carson, Calabasas, Goleta, Buellton, Willits, Windsor, Cotati, Lincoln, Oroville, Weed, Yreka, Mt Shasta City, Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Santa Clarita, Lawndale, Gardena, San Pedro, Red Bluff, Anderson

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Some shots from the past week.

Tot's chillaxin.

My friend Jim and his baby boy Jasper.

16 slow-simmered hours later, a gallon of Turkey stock!

Homemade Turkey and Rice soup! Yummm... Reminded
me of my grandmother's Brazilian Canja.

A Portland fridge = Health food and a half rack of PBR.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of several tribal paintings at the hostel. Would make
a cool tattoo, eh?

The view from my room at the HI-Seattle hostel.

We've got snow at 4000'. On I-84 near La Grande, Ore

Castle Crags near Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta and Black Butte 11/06

US-101 north of Ventura, CA

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Things I've learned/borne witness to

Simply put, LA is a zoo. Since I've been here I've had many opportunities to appreciate the fact that I live in Portland. So far:

-I've been cursed out twice by angry motorists
-Seen some asian men get verbally abused by some hispanic men, for no reason
-Learned that if you drive 20mph over the speed limit, people will still
blow by you
-A turn signal means "Be prepared to be cut off."
-I've heard a horn honked at least a hundred times
-It's definitely all about the Benjamins here
-I haven't seen anyone in a cotton hoodie, wtf?!

On a lighter note
-Capitol records is heavily advertising the Decemberists. I saw a bus stop bench with an ad for them!
-Amoeba Records is totally awesome! I was in there for over and hour and a half. I bought Sufjan Stevens "Come on Feel the Illinoise," MF DOOM: Operation Doomsday (which I thought was impossible to find in stores), Cat Power "You are Free," and the Low+Dirty Three album.
-I've seen three Ferrari's, a Lamborghini Diablo VT, and a couple Bentleys.
-I saw a Mexican Elvis, Charlie Chaplin, Spiderman, Jason, Jimi Hendrix,
Michael Jackson, and lots of cool musicians performing on the street last night
-Gas is more reasonable than I thought 2.30-2.50 for reg.
-Malibu Canyon is very pretty
-The Power House Bar at Highland and Hollywood Blvd has Pabst and only Pabst on tap

Today is my last day in greater LA. Tomorrow and Tuesday I head up the coast on 101, so that should be more mellow and scenic. This town would surely eat me alive if I stayed here long enough. There seems to be a sincere lack of common decency in this town. Maybe that's what happens when there are 15,000,000 of you trying to get around. I really can't wait to be back in P-Town, where it's probably 45 degrees and raining, and somehow that sounds appealing to me. Yeah it's 75 degrees during the day, but the smog, the trash, and the people are a real put off. I hope I don't sound miserable, I'm not really letting any of the bad get to me, just being observant.

Concrete-a Jungle, Jungle!

Stay out of Malibu, deadbeat!

Thursday, November 2, 2006

NEAR the In-N-Out Burger

They call Los Angle-es the City of Angeles....

Well, I made it! The hostel is right in the middle of it all in Hollywood, right behind Man's Chinese Theatre. I got a chance to walk around a little bit last night and gawk at all the lights and flashy cars/people. Right now I'm sitting at an internet cafe at Hollywood and La Brea having some soymilk and enjoying the 70 degree weather, w00t! Sleeping was tough last night. The guy in the bunk below my has sleep apnea and kept me up for the better of an hour last night snoring like a giant and making all sorts of bizarre esophygeal noises. First thing this morning, I ran down to the drug store and got some ear plugs! That's about it for now, time to finish me brekky and get to work.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Blessed are the cheese makers.

Back into the lion's den

I got a call from work today, and they asked me if I would like to go to Los Angeles again. Hesitant though I was to agree, I figured the extra cash, and we are talking $$$$, and the upcoming holiday season nearing, were enough to convince me to give it a go. It should be a better, safer trip this time than last. I'll be using my mapping software to get me around more efficiently, and now that I have borne witness to the evil that lurks in LA, I'm going to be more cautious this go around. That, and I'll make sure to schedule the sketchier parts during the earlier part of the day and good ol' Compton, et al on Sunday. I'll be staying at the Orange Drive Manor hostel, a rustic mansion built in the 1920s that was a hotel for celebrities in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. With wi-fi and parking available, I should be set. My stay in LA will almost coincide with PJWA(S) tour stop there. It would have been awesome to see them, but they don't get there until two days after I leave. Shucks. Hopefully I'll have the time to do a couple posts while I'm down there and let everyone know how it is going. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006



Pineapple sage over lemongrass

Flamegrass, eucalyptus, sage, datura, rosemary.