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PDX Remember-When: Life Before the Eastbank Esplanade

May 12, 2008 | 1 comment { PDX }

It’s a vague memory. Picking through underbrush and worrying myself over broken bottles and heaps of concrete at night, in my late-teen early-photography-phase quests to get night shots of the skyline. The east side of the Willamette River before the Eastbank Esplanade. A messy and nearly-inaccessible river bank full of tangled, malevolent vines and homeless [...]

PDX: 94.7 and their "25 Years" of Alternative Music

May 9, 2008 | 7 comments { Music, PDX }

94.7 KNRK has a little bit they play sometimes about how they’ve been around for over 25 years. 25 years of alternative music. Except that’s not…possible, unless I have a really messed up recollection of things. As I remember it, we had 970 AM The Beat until the early- or mid-90′s. This is how I [...]

PDX Test: Lovejoy Fountain

May 2, 2008 | 4 comments { PDX }

Quick quiz: How many of you know where Lovejoy Fountain is? To Google is to cheat.

PDX: Schnitzer Steel Busy Destroying $100 Million of new Mazdas

April 30, 2008 | 1 comment { PDX }

Interesting Wall Street Journal report on the destruction of many, many Mazdas. Here in town. My favorite part is the airbag deployment!

PDX: My Ongoing Obsession with the Fremont Bridge

April 28, 2008 | 4 comments { Life, PDX }

If I could draw or paint or “do art” in some fashion it would probably mostly consist of a weird and concerning homage shrine to Portland’s Fremont Bridge, which, for some reason, I find to be pretty much the best thing I’ve ever seen. The obsession started sometime in my late teens. The college years, [...]

PDX Remember-When Quiz: The Answers

April 24, 2008 { PDX }

Here are what I believe to be the answers to my rather popular post reminiscing about Portland of years past. Keep in mind that these are what I believe to be correct answers, but I could be inaccurate. Which of the places listed below are currently still in their original location as of, oh, the [...]

The PDX Remember-When Game!

April 17, 2008 | 30 comments { PDX }

Everyone gets to participate! The older the memory, the more cred you get for being Portland-indigenous. Remember when Lloyd Center was open to the sky? It got rainy in there. I have a photo of me with the Easter Bunny there when I was about three or four. Remember when they imploded that building downtown [...]

This is Why We Live in Portland, Kids

April 12, 2008 { Life, PDX }

70 degrees this morning and suddenly last night the first time since last fall the air has gone soft and you can smell things, sometimes things you don’t want to smell, but we take the bad with the good because this city’s winter climate is the cross we bear until it unfurls into something so [...]


March 21, 2008 | 2 comments { Life, PDX }

Living in Oregon means being strung along by the weather in great swaths of wet-laden weeks at this time of the year. But at least things still bloom. A few weeks ago was high daphne season–it smells so strong and sweet it’s like it’s synthetic–and the daffodils are just eclipsing. Which means it’s (deciduous) magnolia [...]

Vintage Footage of Portland Traffic

March 17, 2008 | 3 comments { PDX }

I’ve seen bazillions of old photos of Portland, especially on my photo trips to the Oregon Historical Society’s research library. What I haven’t seen before is footage like this, traffic surveys from 1939 that show familiar intersections with vintage cars ‘n folks. I find it fascinating, even though nothing happens. Via Cafe Unknown. 6th & [...]

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