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25 songs on the song spot

I just updated the song spot on the right of my page. There are actually 25 songs there for your perusal. It’s simple really, just hit the fast forward button to move to the next song. You can listen to a song all the way through, or browse until you find one you like better. Check it out, and enjoy.

As for this kid… Karen is in making pad thai right now, and man, does it smell good. I think I’ll go in and find out what magic is happening in the kitchen. Yum.

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100 Favorite Places – Revisited

I decided, since returning from our recent trip, that I needed to update my favorite places list as I now have some new favorite places. I will say, once again, that these are listed in no particular order. I put the new locales in the same spot as the places they replaced. Whoa… places they replaced… deep. They are also in bold. Anyway… check out the new list.

100 Favorite Places – so far

from June 12, 2006

 

In no particular order….

01. Las Vegas – Nevada
02. Portland – Oregon
03. Bandon – Oregon
04. Polihale Beach – Kauai
05. Camp Sherman – Oregon
06. Key West – Florida
07. Munich – Germany
08. Grand Canyon – Arizona
09. Hana Highway – Maui
10. Antigua
11. Yellowstone Park – Wyoming
12. Bryce Canyon – Arizona
13. San Juan Islands – Washington
14. Missoula – Montana
15. Keystone – South Dakota
16. Salzburg – Austria
17. Cham – Germany
18. Ashland – Oregon
19. Eureka – California
20. Canyonlands – Utah
21. Boise – Idaho
22. Berchtesgaden – Germany
23. Seattle – Washington
24. Zion National Park – Utah
25. The Lakes District – England
26. Sisters- Oregon
27. Arches National Park – Utah
28. Leavenworth – Washington
29. Bellingham – Washington
30. Washinton D.C.
31. Helena – Montana
32. Cannon Beach – Oregon
33. Jacksonville – Oregon
34. Oklahoma City – Oklahoma
35. Mangum – Oklahoma
36. Mt. Rushmore – South Dakota
37. Des Moines – Iowa
38. St. Louis – Missouri
39. San Diego – California
40. Eureka – California
41. Redwood Forest – California
42. Lancaster – England
43. Monterey – California
44. Tampa Bay – Florida
45. Miami Beach – Florida
46. Sedona – Arizona
47. San Juan – Puerto Rico
48. Bend – Oregon
49. John Day Fossil Beds – Oregon
50. Anacortes – Washington
51. Mt. Vernon – Washington
52. Burlington – Washington
53. Vancouver – British Columbia
54. Lewistown – Montana
55. Lake Powell – Arizona
56. St. George – Utah
57. Carmel – California
58. Crater Lake – Oregon
59. Morecambe – England
60. Wasserspiel – Austria
61. Wurtzburg – Germany
62. Cologne – Germany
63. Reno – Nevada
64. Netherlands
65. Denver – Colorado
66. St. Paul – Minnesota
67. Madison – Wisconsin
68. The Dells – Wisconsin
69. Wall Drug – South Dakota
70. Marble Mount – Washington
71. Olympia – Washington
72. Devil’s Tower – Wyoming
73. Eugene – Oregon
74. Kirkby/Lonsdale – England
75. Yahats – Oregon
76. Magen’s Bay Beach – St. Thomas
77. Honolulu – Hawaii
78. Lahaina – Maui
79. Waikiki – Hawaii
80. Long Key – Florida
81. Orient Beach – St. Maarten
82. Hilo – Hawaii
83. Florence – Oregon
84. Coeur d’Alene Lake – Idaho
85. Corvallis – Oregon
86. Crater Lake – Oregon
87. North Shore – Oahu
88. Diamond Head – Oahu
89. Nassau – Bahamas
90. Gainesville – Florida
91. St. Petersburg – Florida
92. Barcelona – Spain
93. MacLeay – Oregon
94. Manchester – England
95. Newport – Oregon
96. Brookings – Oregon
97. Redmond – Oregon
98. Astoria – Oregon
99. Timberline Lodge – Oregon
100. La Conner – Washington

Photos

centennial golf course

centennial golf course

photo by Stacia

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

This last weekend, and Monday and Tuesday, I attended a conference in Southern Oregon. Medford, to be exact. The reason I went down on Saturday, instead of the usual Sunday evening President’s reception kick off bash, was because I golfed in the annual tournament. This picture was taken by my compadre, Stacia, while we were out on the course. Her phone takes great pictures. We did well, if you compare us to our last years and the year before’s scores. If you compare us to the rest of the teams, we came in… last. No worries though, we always do. I’m never upset about this. I mean really, I’m not even a real golfer. I probably golf two or three times a year, including this tournament. Stacia carried the team this year, and thank goodness for her. She amassed half of our needed drives. My best accomplishment? I out drove the guys, there were two, on our team. Yeah me.

As for the rest of the conference…. it was fine and dandy. It’s always nice to see people you haven’t seen for six months or a year. I’ve been in this line of work now for 18 years, not counting the two I took off to run around the country with a trucker, work in a coffee shop at the beach, and bum around the Oregon State campus for half a term (I was deciding whether to go back to school, I didn’t). 18 years is a long time to do anything. I know I still have things to learn, but the conference organizers are hard pressed to get people I haven’t already heard, or at least people who aren’t presenting information I haven’t heard. Once in awhile it happens, which is great, but not often.

I’m rambling…

I will go now. Time to take Weston out to enjoy the wet and rainy yard. It’s Friday night. The weekend is here. Tomorrow we’re going to see Mom (and Don if he’s back from helping to raise a house). We’re taking crumpets. Mom has the butter, jam, and the tea to go with. It should make for a nice visit.

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More Downtown Lancaster

More Downtown Lancaster

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Lancaster, U.K. – Downtown

Lancaster, U.K. – Downtown

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

One of the last photos I took in Lancaster when we went out to get pasty and chai.

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Pasty

Pasty

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Our Last Day In Lancaster was spent hanging out at Mary and Martin’s place, taking a jaunt to the Cornish Bakery for a couple of pasties and Cafe Nero for some chai, packing, grocery shopping with Mary, going to the University to pick up a couple of t-shirts, and going to dinner at The Meeting House to celebrate a great vacation and a wonderful visit with the kids.

We had a great time in England and Spain and are already thinking about where we want to venture to on our next trip over. Luckily we won’t have to wait too long to see the kids again as we’re going to meet them in New Orleans in January which we’ll follow with a week long visit here in Portland.

As for Lancaster and our trip. We loved Mary and Martin’s house and the town. It’s nice to feel good about where they are, having now had the chance to see it for ourselves. I know that Karen, especially, feels that. It’s good to know they’re OK. And in fact, they are better than OK, which is so very nice.

I guess, since I’m writing this two days after returning while sitting at my desk at work, I should say a big thanks to Darla and Kevin for house-sitting. Weston was in good hands and we very much appreciate your time and attention with the little man.

And now… well now it’s time to get my head back in the work game. It’s tough, always, when one comes back from vacation and is still not totally acclimated to the work environment. They key word here is… concentration. Yeah, that’s right… I must concentrate. Say it like a mantra… concentrate… concentrate…

Cheers…

The U.K. · Travel

Back In Lancaster

It’s Monday, September 17, and we are back in Lancaster. I’ve just done a massive update to my page here with pictures from our sojourn to Barcelona. I’ve not done a very good job in that they appear in reverse. If you want to view things in order, you have to scroll down to where they start and the scroll up.

Today we slept in, recovering from our nights out on the Spanish town, and have just sort of hung out here at Mary and Martin’s house. It’s been quiet and nice. A good way to spend one’s birthday.

Since I didn’t log onto this thing yesterday when we got back from Spain and it was Syd’s birthday, I’d like to say a very happy, though belated, birthday to you Syd. Hope you had a fantastic day! Much love to you.

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Port District

Port District

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The last picture taken in Barcelona was taken by Karen down in the port district.

We had an excellent time in Spain. Really excellent. Martin was a spectacular tour guide, so thanks Martin for showing us around, for knowing at least a few words in Spanish, for arranging our place to stay, and for teaching us how to say grathias (the catalonian way to say gracias… we could never quite get it, it always made us laugh). We packed so much into a short 4 day, three night stay. We were there only two full days and it feels like we got to see so much. From the old Roman downtown area, to the Gaudi buildings, the Picasso museum, the Miro museum, the port, the park, and some fine cafes. We loved attempting to interact with people in little shops, trying to order pastries, tapas, gelatta, and coffees. The people of Barcelona were warm, friendly, and incredibly patient with us. We learned to hang like the locals by having dinner at 10:00, sleeping in until noon, and enjoying breakfast at 1:00. Because, you see, the people of Barcelona are incredibly nocturnal. We marveled at the huge number of scooters who went streaking along at harrowing speeds zipping in and out of traffic and were amazed at how inexpensive the cab rides and subway fares seemed. Spain treated us well, and we will someday, I hope, be able to return to it to see more of it’s sights and practice more of our quickly learned Spanish. Grathias.

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Scooters And The Sea

Scooters And The Sea

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Promenade At The Port

Promenade At The Port

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The bronze sculpture in the distance is called Fish and was created by Frank Gehry.

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At Port Vell

At The Port

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The revitalised Port Vell.

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Barcelona Port Building

Barcelona Port Building

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Building

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

There are a lot of museums up in the Monjtuic area, including the Miro museum we went to. This is a garden up in that area.

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Olympic Cauldron, Barcelona

Olympic Cauldron, Barcelona

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Olympic Stadium from 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

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From The Hill In The Montjuic Area

From The Hill In The Monjuic Area

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

A terrific view from the grounds of the Palau Nacional.

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Palau Nacional (National Palace)

The Art Gallery

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

These are the fountains and the Palau Nacional (National Palace).

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The Roman Columns

The Roman Columns

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Saturday, Sept. 15, we headed down to the port, beach, the Olympic Stadium, and the Joan Miro museum. These roman columns mark the entry to a group of buildings that are now used for exhibitions, conferences, etc. At the other end of the plaza between the buildings is a major art gallery.

The weather on Saturday was hot. Very hot. It wasn’t so much the temperature outside, though it was up a lot from the day before, but it was humid, which to the bunch of us made it a water guzzling kind of day. Sweaty, but incredibly fun.

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Park Guell Sculpture

Park Guell Shot

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Photo by Karen.

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Old Hospital Grounds

Old Hospital Grounds

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Another Old Hospital Building

Another Old Hospital Building

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Hospital Building

Hospital Building

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Central Plaza Of The Old Hospital Complex

Central Plaza Of The Old Hospital Complex

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Ceiling Of Hospital Entry

Ceiling Of Hospital Entry

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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La Sagrada Familia From The Hospital Steps

La Sagrada Familia From The Hospital Steps

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

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Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

The Old Hospital

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is a series of buildings. It is still used, partially, as a hospital today, though it is no longer the primary hospital in the Barcelona.