We spent five years living in Portland, OR while I attended graduate school. While I was there, I had some mixed feelings about it. Since I was in grad school (which means very, very poor) I associated it with a lot of stress and late nights and self-doubt. It’s a beautiful state, though, and it’s too bad I wasn’t able to enjoy it more while I lived there. Now that I’ve been gone for a while, I miss the outdoor spaces, weird art, and fresh air. When we visited in May, we had a great time re-exploring the city.
How is it that we have lived in both a house with a giant, stained glass face and a house across from a topiary bear with boobs? We just attract that sort of weird energy, I guess.
We had fun drinking in a former chapel.
The first rose garden in Portland is pretty.
A big, dopey-looking Paul Bunyan in north Portland.
Nut bra because, why not?
A combo arcade and bar is always a good idea.
Randy wanted to play Galaga for his birthday so that’s what we did.
He also got in some Terminator Pinball action.
China Town in Portland
I don’t think there’s any doubt that Portland will remain weird.
Voodoo Doughnuts has become a huge deal since we moved away. It has a new sign and storefront and everything.
They still have the same little sad voodoo men doughnuts, though.
If you’re going to live in Portland, you’d better get yourself a bike.
Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty had the best pizza ever! Delicious!
Who doesn’t need a door with 20 doorknobs? How else would you confuse home invaders?
There are so many pretty hikes near Portland.
I love all the mossiness. Is that not a word? Spell check says it’s not. Maybe it’s mossinosity? Mossinormity? Moss-moss-attack? I dunno.
This was my birthday hike. Happy old-years-old birthday to me!
There are dinosaur fish in the rivers.
What else are you supposed to do with worthless pennies except cover your motorcycle in them?
If you pedal this bike, it generates electricity for the bar. If you power the bar, you get a discount on your beer. That’s pretty classic for Portland: green energy, exercise, and beer.
Hopworks is a bike bar. I like this demonstration of how beers fit nicely into water bottle holders for your bike.
I like colorful graffiti.
Why not take a sanity test while you’re drinking? We found this old test in a bar. It was extensive (and very reliable, I’m sure).