"Portland’s Annual Festival of the Book"My friend Pam just told me about this interesting-looking event: Over 250 authors reading over two days at Oregon Convention Center on 11 stages for only $3.00 each day. Over 100 publishers, booksellers and writing organizations featured at the Oregon Convention Center. Link: Wordstockfestival.com :: Home Page. Hmmm… perhaps another … Read more
Let’s take a wee breather from all the 30 gazillion posts about houses and homebuying, shall we? At least, it’d be nice so I can clear out some of backlog in my drafts folder…
No matter how neat it may have seemed at one point, wallpaper sucks. It’s ugly. It’s a pain to hang, and a bigger pain to remove. We’ve seen some pretty ugly wallpaper in our searching so-far. And it’s all been hideous. Please, don’t hang wallpaper.
Jodie and I both have long held an interest in kayaking. We’ve each done a little, but would like to get into it more. Some whitewater, and I’m mainly interested in flatwater and sea kayaking. Who of my Eight Readers has some experience? Pointers?
One of the oh-so-joys of the homebuying process? I’ve had more mood swings than I did when I was a teenager. One moment… We’re going to buy a house! Woo-hoo! This is so friggin cool! Two seconds later… We’re… what? No, that’s nuts, this is stupid I’m stupid this is a money pit it’s going … Read more
With Jodie on break and us in need of a wee respite from househunting, we took off Saturday morning and spent the weekend in Portland. We Hotwired a $50 room at the Red Lion near the Portland Convention Center, right on a Max line and MLK, so easy access to anywhere in town. Here are … Read more
I’ve gone back and forth over the years about Eugene. Should I move somewhere else? Seattle? Thailand? Am I working where I want to be working, living where I want to be living? I am. A lot of my life, I spent trying to figure out where I wanted to be, where I wanted to … Read more
A Work In Progress: Everything You Thought You Knew About Grilling Is Wrong Via How to cook on a grill : Lifehacker.
My dad has owned a few houses over the years, both his own and ones he maintains as investment/rental properties. He has been the best consultant during all this, supportive and patient and willing to listen and to impart his own experience. Some of the best advice he’s given me: "No matter how much you … Read more
Like many in the Northwest, Jodie and I are Pink Martini fans. Well, not just the Northwest. Pink Martini is reknown abroad too, especially in Europe — though I’ve even heard their CD playing as far away as a wee cafe in southest Thailand! This amazing band is coming to Eugene May 6 & 7, … Read more