Monday, September 24, 2007

happy autumn equinox!

Yesterday was the first day of Autumn, and I could feel the crisp cool undertones in the air as I rode my bike around town. I can see that the trees are in the early stage of transition, all of the flowers and produce growing are either dying or dead, waiting to be cleaned up for the season change.

We're back from our New England adventure, and after traveling across the United States and back, I have to surmise that there are two distinct classes of people: the people who have extra and everyone else. This was really evident during aircraft boarding procedures and observations of the actual level of customer service both on the plane and in the airport. Funny, the strange and unspoken relationships you develop with the people sitting near and around you.

My New England pictures can be viewed by clicking here.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

live free or die

I've been in New Hampshire since Saturday night, and I have to observe that it's absolutely beautiful here. The weather for the first part of our trip was cool and really rainy, but yesterday the sun came out and the blue skies opened up.

Buckets of rain when we first arrived!

cutthroat scrabble game (and I won both games!)

I really like visiting different towns and reigons of the country to observe the small differences--supermarket names, the way the streets are set up, common franchises, all the strange accents, and especially in New England there's a lot of a colonial element, towns founded in 1623 and 1637. Many old stone walls, some I'm sure are at least 300 years old. The houses and structures have a distinct look that I've not seen anywhere else.

I have hundreds of photos I'm going to post soon. I'm still behind from the pictures I took last weekend!

distant lighthouses hard at work today!

The first part of our trip we stayed with one of Ric's sisters who lives in a remote country area. It's still in town, but you can see every star at night and don't hear much besides the frogs chirping. There also wasn't a cell signal, but it shouldn't matter because I'm on vacation, right?

Lots of $6 lobster. I've had a great deal of delicious chowder and seafood since I've been here.

Portsmouth, NH and the Memorial Bridge.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

stuff, things, places and linoleum

This morning, approximately 5:2o AM Ric and I embarked upon a cross country adventure to New Hampshire. We are flying indirectly into Manchester, via Phoenix and Charlotte. Right now we're in Phoenix (PHX) awaiting our 9:05 AM boarding call to our Charlotte (CLT) connection.

To catch up again, I've been using a great deal of vacation time to enjoy the end of the summer. Last week my friend Tom from NYC visited, and Ric and I toured him through all the varied landscapes Oregon has to offer.

Stuff: I'll have pictures, or at the very least links to pictures coming soon.

Things: My friend Nisa has turned me on to taking photos of stencil graffiti throughout Portland. Many of those intersting finds also coming soon.

Places: While Tom was in town, we visited Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, eastern Oregon, the Oregon Coast and Ft. Stevens, and of course visited around town. Also, I'm sure I'll have a plethora ('scuse me senior, what ees a Plethora?) of New Hampshire (Noo Hampsha) coming soon. The coming soon part all depends on the reliability of my internet connection of course, but I'm sure there's at least a wifi coffee house where we're going.

Linoleum: I just like the word linoleum and thought I'd add it.

Even though my blog goes through stages of dormancy, I'm still constantly jotting down ideas, the wheels don't stop turning and I'm always distracted by the shiny glimmer of other unrelated thoughts.

Nisa is a great friend, she volunteered to drive us to the airport at 4 AM this morning. I had to wake up at 3:30 to shower and get ready, which was a real challenge. I caught about an hour of other level of consciousness while on the flight to Phoenix, but it wasn't sleep because I was still aware of what was going on around me. I was listening to pre-recorded radio programs in a relaxed and semi-comfortable state. On the ride to the airport Nisa shared airline horror stories with us, such as the amount of fecal matter that was detected on the tray tables (thanks Dateline). Another story she shared which really grossed out Ric was when she was flying and requested a blanket from the stewardess. She unfolded the blanket and it was covered in dried puke. I can't seem to get that story out of my head, and recalled the story as I watched the woman behind me snuggle up in her airline blanket.

Very fun! They're about to call us for boarding so more from Charlotte.