If you're traveling to Portland Oregon, either to visit or in preparation for moving there, you need to have a place to stay. Many people stay out at the Portland Airport, making a common mistake in thinking that it is "centrally located to everything."
No... not even close. It can easily take 45-60 minutes in normal traffic to drive the few miles from the airport to downtown. Longer if it is rush…Continue
Added by Rick Hamell on July 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments
What is that echoing cacophony I perceive across the landscape? That exultant ululation that fair speaks of expectations nearing realization, of anticipation no longer banked behind intervening walls of wretched patience? What is it in the air that seems to guide unsteady hands, struggling to maintain some modicum of control for the sake of appearances, to the corners of wall calendars, there to tremble as the urge to grasp and tear is barely throttled?
And accompanying those…Continue
So I got an email this week letting me know about this event at the Hollywood Theatre.
I am so going to this. It's a no-lose, win-win kinda thing. As in I get to go to the Hollywood Theatre, which by itself is a treat. For one thing, I haven't been inside this grand old place in…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 15, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments
You have guests coming into town soon. They have an agenda.
“Please”, they fairly scream down the phone, “before we leave Arreegawn to come back home, please take us to eat at some of those wonderful food carts you have! We hear so much about those! Unless it's raining, we don't like to be wet when we're eating, except if maybe you have some umbrellas?”
You explain patiently that shipping umbrellas into Oregon is prohibitively expensive and that most…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
So this happens a lot: our young charge Bella is expecting friends to visit so they can all hang out and play together, perhaps even have a sleepover. She's excited about it because she loves her friends, and she's excited at the prospect of finally not having to sit in mute horror of having a conversation with we grownups, because our conversations tend to be full of “lessons” and telling her things “for her own good”, and “Please bathe!” and “Please stop bathing, you've been in there for…Continue
As posted on the Nature of Portland blog:
I love the sound of crickets in the evening. They always remind me of summers where I grew up in North Carolina. It seems like we had more crickets there, and where my grandparents lived in the mid-west, than we do here in western Oregon (or should I say HEAR in western Oregon?). I don't know if that's true, but it…Continue
I've come bearing a warning: beware boxes!
Boxes, my friends, are treacherous. Who can really trust them? I know I don't. Sometimes decorum demands that I succumb to ritual and therefore must gently, trepidaciously unseal a festively-colored, bow-festooned carton to behold dubious wonders, the expectation of which shines forth from the wide smile of the gift-giver because he or she is the one having the most fun in the room.
That's right, gifts are for the…Continue
More often than not I'm listening to music while sitting here at home in my office poking the pixelbeast, and much of the time it's via my favorite radio station's website KINK.fm. This afternoon, however, I thought I'd browse a few other Portland-centric radio stations, mostly because, except for…Continue
You're not hot, are you?
Lemme tell you something, one summer when I lived in West Texas, I actually put the egg-fried-on-the-sidewalk hypothesis to the test. Worked a treat. Worked the next aftenoon, too. Week after that, same. Year after that, ditto. The point here is that it's hot all summer, BIG heat, every summer in Texas. Portland doesn't compare. Some places in the state of Oregon get a bit warm, sure. Burns, maybe. Baker City, okay. But Portland stumbles into a hot day like a…Continue
Our next-door neighbor Judy owns a dachshund named Munchkin. Munchkin is a dear soul who loves nothing better than to run around in the yard and play fetch with her orange tennis ball and her mom-human, and every once in awhile dare to stand nose-to-nose with one or another of our feline brutes (from the safety of the other side of a screen door). She's white around the muzzle and a bit girthsome, but she's always ready for her ball, the mere mention of which sends her ears up…Continue
I've been working a temporary manufacturing gig in Clackamas the past couple of weeks. It's one of those jobs where you have to wear a lab coat or a Tyvec suit, and a hair net (and, in my case, a beard net; all of the bearded employees and contracted laborers are generally identified by height and gait and general amiability.
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Wikipedia was born in Portland, Oregon. It's true! I read it on Wikipedia! Of course I cross-checked other sources as well, but it appears to be legit.
That's only one thing I didn't know. Once I read the above fact, I had to find if I could dig up some more little-known facts. Turns out we aren't the city with the most superheroes (that would probably be New York City, because you know, New…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on June 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
See that? That's my attempt to photograph something truly marvelous while out with my camera in the Belmont area this last weekend. As you can see, I failed mercilessly. Remember last week when I complained that the rain (or, rather, my inability to plan and adapt to conditions) messed up my…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
You know how a writer's chief complaint is usually blank-page syndrome and the struggle to drum up something to write about?
Well, today's entry is pretty easy and photo-intensive, because I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday gathering local color and some snaps of Southeast Belmont Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in preparation for updating PortlandNeighborhood.Com's neighborhood pages.…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 23, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments
I used to go to the movie theater every week when I was a kid, sometimes twice a week if I (meaning my parents) could afford it. If it had spaceships and monsters or ghosts or aliens in it, I wanted to see it. I even managed, at the age of 14, to get into an R-rated horror film called Wicked, Wicked (and I did myself no favors, because it was a terrible movie that no quantity of bare breasts could improve, but nevertheless haunted me for weeks afterward).…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I've lately been suffering from a combination of schedule-fu and malaise, and perhaps just a touch of early spring laziness. For sure my energy has been oscillating like mad, accompanied by a very slight scratchiness in the throat and a head that feels loosely weighted by unsecured ballast. I can only assume, being exposed to school-age kids often these days, that I have run afoul of some invisible wiggly menace.
Because of this off-kilterness I've been less active, and naturally this…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 9, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments
The first tour we took of Portland after having moved here from the Dallas area, I found myself blinking and squinting more than usual.
I don't suffer allergies, but I thought the sudden eye sensitivity might have to do with some airborn microfuzzy to which my system was unfamiliar. I knew that a lot of people had problems with pollen and wondered if I had finally been introduced to a variety that found Garrison membranes irresistable. My father was susceptible to…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 2, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments
My living room was knee-deep in tweens this morning.
School is out for the rest of the week, so we're a flop for kids whose parents know a good thing when they don't hear it shrieking in their ears. There are blankets and pillows and a blow-up mattress and various plushy animals and…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 25, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments
Usually I'd be extoling the virtues of our fair and fairly odd city here, cracking wise and trying to impart my own perspective of what it's like to live here. This week, though, my mind is elsewhere.
It's in Boston, a city that's been wounded in a viciously cruel way by two young men who decided that some ideology, or some perceived slight, had to be illustrated with the spattered blood and shattered limbs of fellow human beings. This is what I'd like to say to…Continue
I was listening to this song ("Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White) again yesterday. You may remember me mentioning it before if you came anywhere near my Twitter feed or my Facebook profile or, well, here on PortlandNeighborhood. It's trés cool to hear your own town mentioned in a…Continue
Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 10, 2013 at 4:57pm — No Comments