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.