Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More Aquarium Pictures

I told you yesterday that I went a little picture taking crazy at the Oregon Coast Aquarium - here are a few more . . . .

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oregon Coast Aquarium - Newport, Oregon

OK - so I went a little picture taking crazy today at The Oregon Coast Aquarium. We had a great time.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sand in the City

Yikes - meant to post these last weekend and then forgot.

Sand in the City is an annual sand sculpture event held in Portland's Pioneer Square. For once, I knew ahead of time and was able to take my camera with me so I could stop by after work and get some pictures of the sand sculptures in progress.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Do not miss this

Click on the picture to get to the website.

Available free online till midnight June 20th. Later will be on itunes and eventually a DVD.

So many quotable lines - just from Act 1:

"Dude, you're NOT my nemesis"

"Captain Hammer, CORPORATE TOOL!"

"It's curtains for you...lacy, gently wafting curtains."

"The world is a mess and I just... need to rule it."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Columbia Gorge

We were up in Trout Lake this past weekend and decided to play tourist on the way home and take a few pictures. This is Mt. Adams from the Trout Lake School - this is currently the staging area for the firefighters battling the Cold Springs fire - which you can see the early stages of here.

The White Salmon River - that's Husum Falls just under the bridge - lots of whitewater rafters out the day we were there.

Mt. Hood from the north side - it's not the view I'm used to from Portland, the mountain always looks not quite right to me when I'm not looking at the west side of it.

If you look close you can see the remains of a very old wooden log flume from back in the height of the logging days. It's hard to see because I had to have the camera on maximum zoom to get the picture.

Always stop at the historical markers (forever known as hysterical markers in my family). You can learn all kinds of interesting things.

For example - that sometimes it gets a bit windy in the Columbia River Gorge.

Just outside of Stevenson, We saw this bald eagle on it's nest. There must be babies or eggs in there because it didn't stay away from the nest for very long.

Beacon Rock. There's a trail to the top and the views of the gorge are amazing on a clear day. I haven't climbed it in years, but maybe this fall if we can get a clear day that's not too warm.

Just a pretty view of the Columbia River and the west end of the gorge.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Beer is good

We take our beer seriously here in Portland. July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, culminating with the Oregon Brewers Festival the last weekend of the month. It's easy to plan for future visits. It's always the last full weekend of July.

Turns out that even George Will is onto the importance of beer. His column earlier this week explains how beer is health food.

No beer, no civilization.

The development of civilization depended on urbanization, which depended on beer. To understand why, consult Steven Johnson's marvelous 2006 book, "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic -- and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World." It is a great scientific detective story about how a horrific cholera outbreak was traced to a particular neighborhood pump for drinking water. And Johnson begins a mind-opening excursion into a related topic this way:

"The search for unpolluted drinking water is as old as civilization itself. As soon as there were mass human settlements, waterborne diseases like dysentery became a crucial population bottleneck. For much of human history, the solution to this chronic public-health issue was not purifying the water supply. The solution was to drink alcohol."

Often the most pure fluid available was alcohol -- in beer and, later, wine -- which has antibacterial properties.

Read the whole column here - I'll see you at the Brewers Festival.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A life has been saved

Once again, earplugs have saved my husband's life.

I'm just sayin'

And yes, I put the earplug in my ear and controlled the urge to shove two of them firmly up his nose.

I deserve a medal.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Thoughts on camping - "not me, not on your life"

At least Anne Taintor and Celia Rivenbark understand . . .

For years my motto has been “If God had intended for me to camp, he would not have invented hotels”. Celia Rivenbark (whom I adore) has summed up my feelings just perfectly in her column this week. Read it here

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Play's the thing . . .

This is where we went this past weekend.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

We saw two plays this trip. One was great - the other not so much.

The Comedy of Errors was entertaining enough, but not nearly as good as the production they did a few years ago. This year’s version was heavily adapted. They changed a lot and turned it into a semi-musical. I’m not a big fan of adaptations like this. I love the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and it’s rare that I don’t enjoy a production, but I like my Shakespeare pretty true to the way it was written. I enjoy seeing the original dialogue but in interesting staging and settings. Julius Caesar with the cast in WWII era dress is powerful. The Winter’s Tale with Bohemia looking like something out of the 1960’s flower power era complete with daisy painted VW bug was fun. The Comedy of Errors turned into Annie Get Your Gun didn’t do it for me.

The next night however, made up for it. Othello was wonderful. Some of my favorite actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Acting Company gave great performances. It was well cast and well performed.
Dan Donohue’s Iago was fabulous to watch. His almost hypnotic manipulation of the other characters was an impressive performance.