Fun on a string… Pelicans in flight Firelight… We just got back from spending several very nice days with Karen’s family. They all traveled in from California and Florida and we went, en mass, to stay in Long Beach, Washington. The place… Blackwood Cottages. We recommend them highly. What a great spot. Thanks Carolyn forContinue reading “Fires on the Beach, Pelicans, and Kites… Oh My!”
…as Karen likes to call him, has struck again. He comes in, at different times of the day and night, stealing from us. He loves roses, lupines, rhododendron, ground cover, maple tree leaves, flowering cherry leaves, the grass behind our house, azaleas, and any new growth… on almost any plant. He is at once totallyContinue reading “"Snake in the Grass"”
The Crowd Taken from the car window at 75 miles an hour on the way home Dust. Hippies. Overwhelming smell of pot. Naked painted breasts. Long lines for food. Good barbeque chicken. Long shuttle bus ride. Overwhelming smell of pot. Ice cream spoon and plastic ice cream container dress. Sweetjuice. Tarzan in the trees. PaintedContinue reading “Oregon Country Fair”
Saturday, June 24, 8:00 PM… Exceptional. Melissa knows how to groove, and she knows how to respect and treat an audience. She started the show on time and played her ass off for three hours. There was no opening act. It was amazing. I kept thinking to myself, wow… how can she maintain that intensity,Continue reading “Melissa Etheridge”
Read “Running With Scissors” or “Dry” or maybe “Magical Thinking”? No? Well, if you haven’t… you should give one a go. My personal favorite is “Dry”. It’s a book of essays that highlight different points in the author’s life while he was trying to get sober. His writing is first rate and he handles hardContinue reading “Augusten Burroughs”
The view of “Big Pink” while waiting in line to get into the Roseland. We, with our incredibly busy schedule, went to see KT Tunstall last night at the Roseland. I love seeing shows there. It’s a fairly small venue so the sound is good and there isn’t, almost, a bad seat in the house.Continue reading “KT Tunstall”
Last night we went with some friends to see Pink Martini play at the Columbia Theater in Longview, Washington. First… the Columbia Theater. Very cool. It was saved from being demolished in 1980 thanks to a little event called the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The equipment was there and ready to go, poised toContinue reading “Pink Martini and the Columbia Theater”
It’s Sunday night and I am completely sore. We worked, and worked and worked some more. Yards of dirt shoveled, 800 pounds of Montana Rainbow rock hauled and placed, getting stain on the deck, planting a few things, and taking little or no time to just hang and relax. And yet, I am satisfied, Completely.Continue reading “The Thrill of Victory”
A lilly given to us by the girls for Easter… Lovely…. This Easter was EGGspecially special… yes, I’m corny to the core… It’s been a great Easter weekend. First… time with friends coloring easter eggs, hanging out, being silly, being ourselves, watching movies, and enjoying some good ol’ fashioned relaxation. Then today we spent timeContinue reading “Hippity Hoppity”
April 9. Happy Anniversary to us. I’ve had three sweet, spectacular years with my girl so far. It’s a lovely thing, moving down the road of life with “the one”. I am completely satisfied, content, and so excited about all the adventure ahead of us.
We went into the big tent to see the Cirque du Soleil production of Varekai today. I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque show, ever since, nearly 20 years ago, I saw their original show on HBO. Not disappointed, it was everything I thought it would be. Amazing color, specatular acrobats, flying cast members, andContinue reading “Varekai”
It’s 10:59 AM… we just got up after sleeping 12 hours. I think we were exhausted. Now, here I sit… the house quiet, the coffee just brewed, Karen and I each checking our respective emails on our respective laptops. There isn’t anyone else here. Seems strange after the fun, busy week we just had. ItContinue reading “Seattle, the Bagdad, and Drag Queens… Oh My!”
Isn’t it great showing a city you like very much to someone who’s never been there. It let’s you discover the place all over again, through someone else’s eyes. We stayed at the Hotel Max (and would recommend it highly) downtown and walked all over the city. Spent time at Pike’s Market, the waterfront, whichContinue reading “Seattle… Revisited”
For some reason, that song keeps playing in my head when I think about flying home on Friday. The morning started off ok. Get up, have coffee, take a shower, pack for the trip home, check out, drive to the beach for one last look at the gulf coast, and start the drive to theContinue reading “Stormy Weather”
I wrote the following last Thursday… Yesterday I came out of hiding and entered the world of the living. We checked out of the Hyatt, where I had been sort of sequestered away, and moved to the Holiday Inn at St. Pete’s Beach. This hotel is great. It’s not nearly as fancy as the Hyatt,Continue reading “Shell Shock”
Marlin Perkins would be proud. I know, I know… some of you, mostly the younger set, are sitting there thinking to yourselves… who the hell is Marlin Perkins? I’ll just say this… he was the famous animal guy of my generation. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom… with Marlin Perkins. He went all over the worldContinue reading “Wild Kingdom”
Greetings from Gainesville. This is our third day in the land of sun and relaxation. We spent yesterday getting up late, to us it was early (we were still on Oregon time), and then rushing, not too badly, to get out of our room before the hotel Nazis drove us out. We stayed at theContinue reading “Perkins, The Retreat, and Butterflies”
I took this picture thinking, how funny… truck with hair. Just another case of a person anthropomorphizing an object. But, what can I say… it was sort of funny to me. Plus, it looked cool, what with the sun setting behind it and all.
Rain, rain, go away. At least, that’s what most people here in the Northwest are saying right now. And… I get that. It’s been raining a lot lately. In the last month, we’ve had a veritable deluge. The rivers are all rising and the hillsides are all sliding down to meet them. We’re soggy, andContinue reading “Bring On The Rain”
It’s November, and it was beautiful today. Amazing how it’s still possible to see flowers as gorgeous as this. I love Oregon in the fall.
Sunset on the Columbia