26 December 2009

Cute Birds with Suggestive Names

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Tufted Titmouse

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

20 December 2009

Saab not quite dead yet.

GM hasn't quite ran the brand completely into the ground, there's still hope. A last ditch effort to save SAAB is coming from Spyker, a tiny manufacturer in the Netherlands. Perhaps we'll be seeing more interesting cars again and less generic creations like the Saabaru. As a fan of Fuji Heavy Industries & Saab, that unholy combination is definitely a low point.
This fun Saab ad from Finland makes everything better for now.

26 November 2009

Two random views of Mt Hood

Late morning on the Fremont Bridge, moving vehicle

Sunrise on NE Brodway, from the steps of Thai Basil

22 November 2009

DIY public art

Some new guerrilla art is popping up around the neighborhood lately. I'm almost always biking around in the dark these days, spotting these things but not being able to get a decent picture. I just happened to make it out in the daylight with the camera today between storms.

Tire Dragon at the east end of the Failing Pedestrian Bridge.

Little signs with what seem like excerpts of a bigger story have been popping up around the 'hood lately. In this vacant lot on Tillamook St, the signs are placed as if in the rooms of the former house that stood here. Very cool.

TV full of art for sale. Leave cash? N. Williams Ave.

Frogs! Lots of frogs in the Port City parking lot.

A sunny day in the neighborhood

Old school Dead End sign, Overlook neighborhood

Secret unofficial park on the bluff

The onion dome that becomes visible all over the neighborhood every winter

Its the law! Junked Tri-Met bus, off N. Williams Ave.

18 November 2009

Stuck in the couch

Olaf thought that corner of the couch right by the heater was great, until he melted down into the cushions and couldn't get out...

17 November 2009

Pictures of the cat

Olaf's favorite spot this winter is the corner of the couch, closest to the heater.

He only lays in this awkward position when the heat is running...

Tub Licker!

08 November 2009

Random stuff

Oregon State Capitol

You can never have too much Bovadine® brand Teat Dip.

Virginia Creeper fall color in the backyard.

This was the Virginia Creeper back in February.

Hurry up bus, the ocean's about to get you!

Pacific City, Oregon

Morning in Pacific City, before the Pelican and the public access area are crawling with people.

Bunnies everywhere!

The hotel sells little bags of bunny chow for 50¢.

Sunset behind Haystack Rock and the Pelican Pub.

21 August 2009

Howdy from Sellwood Street

Still here, just having a weird summer.

07 May 2009

Spray on tan legislation

Sigh. When any news story from Southern Indiana makes it to the west coast, its always for all the wrong reasons. Either a tornado wiped out a town, someone did something really stupid and got caught, or parents are freaking out about something vaguely sexual.
This story almost falls into two of those categories. Spray-on-Tan-Dude probably should've used better judgement and had a female staff member perform the spraying down of the naked teenage girl, but I like to give him the benefit of doubt, he was just doing his job, spraying fake tans on anyone who pays the money and assumes the position.
A side note for all you non-hoosiers, State Rep. Borders is an Elvis impersonator, and a pretty damn good one. When reading the article, his quotes are in an Elvis voice.

03 May 2009

Highway 22

I found this old sign in an unlikely place, on the wall by the bathrooms at McFadden's in Old town. Not a place I'd usually be, in fact on a Saturday night I'd probably stand in the rain to avoid going in.
After watching the Derby in the bar at Dan & Louie's, (one of my personal 'happy places') we got caught in a crazy thunderstorm, so like any normal Portlanders, we took shelter in the nearest open bar.
In the afternoon, McFadden's is a quiet pub with anything you want on the TV, $2 happy hour food from 4-6, and a decent beer selection. Sure, its a little sterile and unauthentic, but there's lots of worse places, and in a downpour it was a godsend, and I got to see this old-school Oregon route marker.

02 May 2009

26 April 2009

From the Portland Streets

A couple specimens of American cars from back when they were still desirable...

A 1967 Olds Delta 88. I didn't really recognize this as an Oldsmobile at first look, especially with that mean pointy grille.

Even from the back I immediately thought it was some sort of Chrysler or something.

An adorable whale of a Packard from the early'50's.

Not in pristine condition, but someone loves it. It looks like a daily driver.

23 April 2009

More old signage

Another great Portland sign, dug up from an old post from 2007.

22 April 2009

Speed 30 Miles

About a year ago, I posted about my love of Oregon's speed limit (speed suggestion) signs. I finally managed to get a picture of this old soldier that still stands guard just five blocks from la casa. Not sure why I never managed to take a picture until recently, I've admired it for years. I love how awkward the wording is, "Speed 30 Miles." I've seen these signs in old pictures, but this is the only specimen I've discovered in the wild.
Our current "Oregon Speed" sign is peculiar enough, but this early version is even weirder. I've noticed even more of the US standard "Speed Limit" signs appearing on the freeways around the city in the past year.
Sadly that old rotting wooden Broadway Bridge directional that used to hang at Vancouver & Williams was replaced last year, and now I can't find a picture of it anywhere. That reminds me, I need to get down to Swan Island and take some pics of all those old button reflector signs that still populate the area.