Portland Trailblazers Game
I was checking in at my hostel when I saw a copy of the Blazer's schedule. It turned out that they have a game the following day. I asked for directions to the Rose Garden. As soon as I could, I went there and bought a ticket--the cheapest that they have. I am a Lakers fan after all.
On game time, I became a supporter of the Blazers. Their opponent was the Indiana Pacers. It was a tough game. Although I was in the "nose bleed" section, I had a great time. I knew those binoculars would come in handy some day. The Blazers won in overtime. After the game, I was back to being a Lakers fan again.
Update: February 2008
Tail Wags Dog! Film at 11!
Beaverton is the Capitol of Oregon. Some sticklers for accuracy will claim the Cap is Salem; more astute students will claim the capital is in Portland. The simple truth of the matter is that both political & financial power has shifted over the last quarter of a century or more to big city burbs all across the country.
The latest rumor, the one I'm about to start, is that the annual Portland Rose Festival, parade & all, will soon shift to Beaverton, or at least be rotated through there annually, to Tigard, Gresham, even Vancouver, etc. Portland high school students, little more then token participants already, in favor of plasticland foreign born students, will eventually be excluded entirely.
There is some gentrification to be sure, a return to core values, but an entire generation has grown up in the suburbs with total, unremitting contempt for those of us who prefer city life. It is irksome to say the least, to hear our spoiled plasticland spawn preach to each other with bated breath, as though they really knew what they were talking about, about the horrors of city life, that the city is a dangerous place to be, etc. How would they know, how could they possibly know, other then from the shallow caricatures of real human beings being portrayed in the movies or on TV?
HRUMPH! Crime & corruption follow the money. Plasticland is where the money is.
Any true Portlander has learned that umbrellas are pointless. because of the winds the rain comes in sideways and breaks them.
other local customs are going out to have a beer, coffee (anytime of day) or to breakfast .
We have many great places to do any of these.
also last thing I have to say is we all do not wear flannel and it is not that common anymore to see this. it is not that plaid of a city. Although if you go to the nature around Portland you will see much more plaid.
lots of walking and photo taking
A good pair of walking shoes will come in handy in this city voted in the top ten walking cities in the United States. Portland is noted for getting its fair share of sprinkles. It may not rain hard but it rains often so an umbrella is a good thing to carry. We were lucky to have nothing but sun during our three days! A wide angle is a great piece of equipment for taking photos of buildings and their interiors. An external flash will give you much better results when taking photos of people indoors as well shots of food. D was one very understanding wife as we made our way around the Portland brewpubs. At least she didn't get stuck driving aside from the first day.
Titlewave Used Bookstore
Update: May 2007
This is a must-see must-do for any bookaholic to carry away books, mags, videos, etc being phased out by Multnomah County Library. Operated entirely by bookaholic volunteers for bookaholic browsers in the old Irvington branch library where I got my first library card - or was it my second? No matter. Coffee, clean rest rooms, a quiet restful bookaholic paradise. Live link below has a live link for local area map.
On street parking in a quiet neighborhood. No meters.
Board Blue (Gresham) or Red (Airport) MAX train on south side of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Exit @ Rose Quarter TC (Transit Center). Board northbound #4 Fessenden or #44 Mocks Crest bus. Exit @ NE Williams & Graham, about a quarter of a mile. Walk back one block to NE Knott, then left on Knott to the bookstore. Bookstore is on NE Knott between Williams Avenue & Martin Luther King Boulevard.
216 N.E. Knott, Portland, OR 97212
Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Interesting older residential neighborhood for a walkabout, weather permitting, showing a lot of TLC.
Return via #4 or #44 Trimet buses on Vancouver Avenue, a block west of Williams Avenue, or #6 M.L. King Trimet bus on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Across the street from the #6 M.L. King Trimet bus stop is a Nike factory outlet store (seconds).