Mary, Martin, and I had a bit of fun while we were wandering around outside near the Glessner House taking photos after the wedding as evidenced by the photo here. We had a little laugh about this and of course had to take a picture. I love hanging out with these two. One of the amazing things about marrying someone is joining another family. If you’re lucky you end up loving the family you join, and they end up loving you. I’m lucky.
The second to last shot I took in Chicago. The only thing connected with Chicago to blog after this is… the wedding. Yes folks, there’s a whole lot more coming. Hope you enjoy looking/reading as much as I’m going to enjoy blogging about it. LOVED the whole experience of it.
We had to wander into this place to check it out. Once we did… it was on! Ms. Pacman and Galaga. I won one, Sandy the other. Close, both games. There were some pretty cool things in this building. Free to get in and totally worth it. They have restored many old and original coin operated games, etc. You can get a glimpse of a coin operated peep show (totally G rated) and gawk at the enormous laughing Sal. It’s worth a look and few cents…
One of the reasons we went to San Francisco, and what really started our trip planning process in the first place, was that one of our friends had been picked, by lottery, to walk in the Nike Women’s Marathon. 13 miles… impressive. We went to Union Square with her so she could pick up her race stuff. What a crazy scene that was. Tons of people wandering around, in lines, getting free samples of chocolate and some strangely cardboard like cereal. Quite the zoo-ish atmosphere.
After the whole Sundays Parkways event the three of us decided we needed a beverage to cool off. We once again jumped on our bikes and road down to Crush. I snapped this as we were sitting outside enjoying a cold one. Mine… Bottingtons. Karen’s… water. Maggie’s… uh, she never said… shhhhh…. secret.
We went for a walk this morning, with the pups, along the Springwater Trail. It was a might chilly, what with the wind and all, but it was beautiful and on the way back to the car it warmed up enough that the little girl wasn’t shivering too bad.
The Springwater Trail is a system of trails, basically connected all together to cover a 40 mile loop, for walking, biking, etc. Click HERE for more info.
After our walk we ventured over to the Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl to meet friends for some nosh and a beverage. It was a very good time. The pups didn’t mind waiting in the car too badly. After all, they had each other, and a big blanket in the back seat. Following dinner we moseyed over to Maggie’s place to help her hang some art and move some furniture. It was well worth it as her place is really just getting more and more homey all the time. We all, including the pups, feel so comfortable over there.
We ended our day out by driving home. It snowed this morning and as all of you who know where we live know, we’re in the hills. Yes, we still have snow at the house from earlier today. We also slid around on the road a little driving up here as there’s still a bit of snow on parts of the road. Ah… the joys of country living. Worth it much of the time. And the rest of the time… it’s an adventure.
Now… we’re gearing up to start the work week tomorrow. This is a sad week coming up as Karen has to fly down to California on business, Riley gets spayed, and… well… that’s it for the sadness.
Today was a good day…
Tuesday afternoon we headed to what is probably considered to be one of the main attractions near Victoria, Butchart Gardens. Only Karen had been there before, and she’d not seen it in bloom, so it was sort of a new experience for all of us.
Tuesday morning, June 24, Karen and I took Weston for a little walk around downtown Victoria and ended up finding Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest commercial street in North America. It’s in the Chinatown area and as we walked down we met one of the shop owners out in the alley who told us that when he’s working he feels like he’s not even in the city, like he’s almost in another world. It was very quiet in there. It reminded us of some of the narrow streets in Barcelona without the laundry hanging up over our heads out of the apartments above.
This sign is affixed to the building on N. Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Oregon, that houses Fresh Pot, the coffee shop featured in the Morgan Freeman/Greg Kinnear movie, Feast of Love. We rented it recently because, you know, we’d walked by during filming, which was some time ago, and then forgotten all about it, until recently. We didn’t see either Morgan Freeman or Greg Kinnear on that long ago walk and in fact didn’t know either one of them were in the movie until we stopped and asked the night security guard, who was out protecting the film “stuff”, what the film was called and who was starring in it. I guess we’re not as hip as we might lead ourselves to believe. Ok, confession time… we don’t think we’re hip at all actually. It’s a myth. Misnomer. Complete fable. No hipness here folks… please step back. Seriously though… if you want a good cup o’ joe in a cool non-chain type of joint, Fresh Cup is for you.
This week’s theme for the photo hunt is signs. I actually had several contenders for the week, but settled on this one. I was staying in Lincoln City, Oregon for the weekend and nearby the hotel was a path down to the beach. This sign, and several like it, were painted on this path. I was glad to know my hotel was up, the way of the arrow, in the “safety” zone.
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I’m posting a tad early for the photo hunt. The theme for the week… important. I looked through the ol’ archives and came up with this one I took February 2007 on a cruise ship. Nothing seems more important when you’re on a big big boat than knowing where the life rafts and the life vests can be found. Luckily we didn’t have to use them, but it was important to me to know where they were!
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