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