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Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…

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Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm

Article: 12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A friend posted a link to this article, "12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For" (Full article here: http://www.newscastic.com/news/12-portland-hiking-trails-worth-getting-out-of-bed-for-2472641/ )

At dawn, the view from the top of Council Crest makes the whole city look like a bed of sparkling jewels nestled in the most verdant valley of an enchanted…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

Inspired by the movie Wild? Why not go on some hikes in 2015?

If you've been inspired  by the movie Wild, and would like to enjoy some Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge hikes, check out Friends of the Columbia Gorge: http://www.gorgefriends.org/section.php?id=6…

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Neighborhood near max rail for student

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

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Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 2 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

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Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

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Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

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Blazers Playoff Recap: Round 1, Game 3

NBA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND // GAME 2, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS @ MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Final Score: POR - 109, MEM - 115

I would not call the pre-game atmosphere juiced. This is a contest with dread, fear and loathing attached. The Blazers have been worked in both of their games, injuries stacked like crackers at The Dippery*, Lillard in the throes of a basketball crisis, cause unknown. The Grizzlies’ unceasing pressure defense is a perfect poison for the Blazers’s halfcourt flow attack. Rumors—from Woj, from the heavens, from whispers in the hallways—about LaMarcus Aldridge with a side eye towards Texas. 

I stand at the entrance on the court. I hear a small kid speak to Damian Lillard, taking an extraordinarily long time to make autographs: “YOU GUYS ARE GONNA WIN!” I admire his optimism, but I know in my heart he will be broken. If not today, tomorrow. If not tomorrow, someday, by sports or by life or by death, his own or that of his loved ones. An older man in the third row is hunched over his seat and extending his arm as far as it can possibly go. It is below adult dignity, but he feels it in his heart. Who am I to judge?

I talk to a fella in a Vancouver Grizzlies jersey. He is from Vancouver, B.C. He just kept with the team after they left, because he liked some of the players. This series was made for him. I was happy for him, the world’s last Vancouver Grizzlies fan. 

When Wes Matthews came out, wearing an Iron Man mask, the crowd was jolted to life. They did not have this energy at all for the rest of the game. It was moving. Later, when an old video of Wes made an announcement over the JumboTron, it was like a ghost was in the building.

Portland crowds are optimistic by nature. They cheer happy, cheer excited, like a fun dog who is happy to see the Blazers after they get back from a day at the beach. When it came time for the lights to go down and the intro video—all grey and red, vaguely Soviet in feeling, particularly when Joel Freeland jabbed the point end flag at the camera and stared as hard and deep as he possibly could—I was shocked at how angry they all seemed. The waves of cheery Blazer Optimism were replaced by what I can only describe as loud, aggressive communion. It was like I was at a New Jersey Devils game, some eastern seaboard sports team that uses sports to channel their anger at living in a permanent concrete blightscape. These waves of anger would recur throughout the game, targeted at refs. It was a stressed-out room, not suitable for people who are allowed to live among trees.  

The game was, for the most part, eerily similar to the last game, which was eerily similar to the game before that. Rotations remained pretty much the same. Meyers Leonard, who has flashed some floor-stretching utility in the previous games in the series, made a cameo in the first half and didn’t show up at all in the second. Freeland was benched altogether. Chris Kaman had two points. One might expect that, after they were dramatically victimized by the Grizzlies in the first two games, the Blazers might opt to use a different approach in this one, maybe even do something nutty. 

They did not. They did the same thing, playing slow and deliberate, walking the ball up, playing slow, going to Aldridge at power forward, not stretching the defense, not running, deliberately walking right into the Bear's mouth. They played  the same players the same minutes. This time they came slightly closer, because Memphis went into stall mode at the end of the game and gave up some Batum three pointers. It was like seeing a musical on PBS, then seeing the same production in person, but there’s an OK encore tacked on because these hayseed tour attendees will cheer for anything. If a BUH-ROD-WAY crowd were seeing this, they would demand something different and better and amble out of the theatre.

This is a doomed matchup.

Batum was very good. At the end of the game, he maybe wasn’t as good, but he was taking it on himself to create offense when other stuff hadn’t been optimal. Lillard was good. Aldridge was all right. He was not terribly efficient, but he didn’t succumb to Memphis’s aggressive turnover-seeking doubles this time. Some people threw down the MVP chant when he was taking foul shots. They are sucking up. He misses the foul shot. He was too polite to validate the crowd’s overstatement.

CJ McCollum has a very eventful night. He was good, first of all, and congratulations to him. But he got in a small war with Vince Carter, who both fouled him over the shoulders on the fast break (the crowd was livid that this was just a common foul; to them I say: You need to show a little more respect for Fat Vince Carter, you animals) and blocked him at the rim. A young man dominating an old man: Mayhaps death will not come for us after all. Also, CJ got absolutely ravaged by Kosta Koufos—blood in the streets, crying mothers, a dunk for the ages, sang of by the sirens forever.  

A little girl had a sign that said “Skin the Grizzlies.” As a lover of animals, and a staunch anti-fur advocate, I was disgusted. In the third, the camera fixed on two young women with a sign in the seat in front of them. They didn’t notice, until they did, then they gave a “nah, I am not picking up this sign” look to the camera. The crowd was also deeply disenchanted with the T-shirt cannon. It was a restless night.

Beno “The Demon” Udrih was out. In his place, Nick Calathes, who had no turnovers and drilled the open shots the Blazers were giving him. He basically reproduced Beno’s production. Marc Gasol was terrific—25 points, fouls drawn left and right, assists, blocks, stepbacks, the full Gasol on display, the lightest murderous touch you've seen in your whole life, the bruiser and the floating leaf all in one, Memphis and Spain, the sun and the moon. I wept. Z-Bo was also good. In the third, he leaned into Aldridge on a post-up and briefly resembled a misshapen “T.” I am not sure how this was supposed to create advantage in the post.

In the game’s last reasonably leveraged play, Grizzlies switched Tony Allen onto Lillard. They did this because Tony is awesome, and everyone kind of knows where the ball is going to go at this point. When Lillard came off the screen, not only did Randolph sag off and cover him, but Allen turned the screen into pixie dust and managed to get a hand up along with the switch. Lillard faded deep, the shot was off, it landed in Lee’s hands, he outletted to Allen, who got out and immediately caught the ball, and dunked it, and the game was functionally over. 

It went on for a while, because the Blazers went into a foul game really early. I hated this, for the most part. But there was one moment that was amazing: During these garbage shots, Tony Allen got called for a foul. He was absolutely livid, and spent time before the second shot wandering around the left side of the court and flailing his arms around. I also think maybe he didn’t get out in transition at one point so he could make sure to get daps.

Game 4 is next. There will be a team that comes back from a 3-0 deficit, someday, but it certainly will not be these Portland Trail Blazers, who have been worked up and down the court for the whole series. Conley might be out with a head injury. If this game somehow turned after Conley went out with a concussion, would you have really been happy about that? If yes, I understand, but you unnerve me.

* My restaurant that exclusively sells dips. Hummus, Spinach Artichoke, Cheese: if you can stick one type of food in it and that food will be covered with different food, we make it and serve it at THE DIPPERY.


Corbin Smith is a contributor to the Blazers blog Portland Roundball Society. Follow his coverage of Portland's playoff run at wweek.com—however long it lasts. 

Two Portland Architects Built a Gorgeous and Sustainable Modern Home for just $110 per Square

Do not attempt to navigate yourself to “Ideahouse.” Your GPS will misguide you to a location a mile away. You might not understand the part where you must drive into oncoming traffic, just for a second, to turn onto Breyman Avenue, the densely wooded dirt road on which architect David Horning and designer Holly Freres completed their dream house in 2014.

The good news is that you will not have to navigate yourself to Ideahouse. A shuttle service is arranged for the Portland Modern Home Tour on Saturday (tickets here). This year marks the fourth annual tour of cutting-edge home design, and includes the Holtz “floating home” on the Willamette in Sellwood and the urban 26 Burnside apartments.

Most of the tour is self-guided: just you, your car, a map and a GPS.

 

Until you get to Ideahouse—it’s too hard to find by GPS and the road leading to the lot near Tryon Creek park in unincorporated Multnomah County, just south of the city. To get there, you will get on a shuttle at Riverdale Grade School. As modern architecture goes, Ideahouse manages to engage the savvy and the newbie alike. Those who are familiar with the practices and principles will key in on the the hydronic radiant floors and the brass work in the kitchen. Those who enjoy gazing dumbly at pretty shapes will have plenty to look at, too.

“We knew we wanted spectacular views and large expanses of glass” to “capture certain vignettes,” while blocking less pleasing scenes, David Horning said.

The “idea” behind Ideahouse is to create a modern, artful space that’s also sustainable and financially accessible. Horning claimed his guiding question was, "Can we do good design without throwing a bunch of money at it?” Though some of the savings was made possible by Freres and Horning working as their own general contractors, they also worked to create a mix of “high, low” materials.

For example, in the kitchen they have Ikea cabinets. (See more photos here.)

“We like their modern design, but were also able to save 60% of the costs.”

The cabinets are covered in custom marble countertop, resulting in a seamless transition from luxury to sensibility, a tactic that Freres said she and Horning honed while working together when the recession hit in 2008.

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More clients “wanted to walk on the conservative side of finances," said Freres. "I say that in a welcoming way," she added, explaining that the shift to budget-sensitive design, "resulted in a whole new set of challenges...but was also fun to do."

They followed that plan on their own house.

“We thought over every single move we made—about what the cost and the benefit would be," both to the environment and to their family.

The innovative use of plywood as cladding for the walls and staircase looks beautiful and, as Horning put it, "can also take a beating," a mandatory quality for a family with two dogs, two kids, and one more child on the way.

It’s also an homage: the plywood came from Freres Lumber, which Holly’s family has been running for generations.

 

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