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Gosh, I've been living in this house for a long time. Twenty-one years. It's like George Washington's ax: I've replaced the handle and the blade, so is it the same ax?
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It's what painters used to do...love it!
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Been a while since I knitted anything much. I'm having fun with this top-down, one-piece, seamless hoodie. The yarn, a merino wool from Manos del Uruguay, is appropriately called Highlighter, and I expect it to provide warmth and visibility for those chilly bike rides...assuming chilly ever comes back again to the Pacific Northwest.
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It seems that after an inexplicable divorce of several years, music and I are getting back together. Which Decemberists album should I start with?
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Aww, that is most excellent and humbling. Very cool you got to see him live, and in such a neat context. I'll bet that was a great evening. (Needless to say, they're excellent live. They have a great audience connection and as you no doubt saw, he's very engaging onstage.)

On a slight tangent, look for their single "Valerie Plame" (yes, that Valerie Plame), which was an individual release thing they did so it's not on any regular albums, but you can find a video or live version of it on YouTube (and can get it iTunes or Google play). Anyway, that was what they premiered live at the Obama rally at Waterfront Park in 2008. It was amazing.

Wishing you happy travels on your renewed music journey. There is, as you said so much music omg. It is glorious. Let me know if you'd like other musical recs and what type of thing you'd like to explore.
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internet needs more cats
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+Alice Crawford Aww. I'm so sorry! Was Toby a long-haired smoke-gray Maine coon type too? Graydie adopted me after being abandoned by neighbors. She's still pretty wild.
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Note to self for next year: I really like these freely-strung white globe lights and snowflakes under the porch roof.
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+Brittney Hall And it's such a cool LEED certified house. 
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I pitched in a few bucks. One great way to promote and increase diversity in Portland is to support efforts of one of our most diverse neighborhoods to thrive!
 
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Took a little trip to IKEA today. This is a nicer section of the I-205 multi-use path, around 92nd and Sandy. Bike access to that shopping area involves riding through some really unpleasant high traffic zones, but most of the way is pretty nice on a gorgeous fall day.
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Well, rats. Back to Square Two. I got halfway down the shoulders before realizing that whoa, my increase calculations were just totally wrong. Frogged 200 grams/400 meters, and several days' work. Will be re-doing all the math this evening.
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Urgh. I don't even knit and I winced at this. Gonna look awesome when it's (re)done, though!
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Clearly the IKEA in Portland isn't a popular bike destination. Gotta hand it to them, though, for their extensive and undercover bike parking. I've never yet seen another bike parked there. 
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I...
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+Helen McConnell It just has a bad vibe, and as far as I know, it always has. The light is bad. It's muddy and dark. It needs feng shui.
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Cold and clear in Stumptown today. Happened to hit the top of the Eastbank at the magic moment.
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"I don't know where to land internet-socially anymore, so I've been landing nowhere."  Oh, you nailed it, +Anne-Elizabeth Hawley !
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Birthday
December 5
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Behold in me the character of a scribe.
Introduction
Fannish geek, writer, editor, knitter, bike rider. Retired, single, no kids and completely independent, knock on wood. I love technology and gadgets, languages, coffee, cooking, and the car-free life in Portland (my native city). Politically left-ish, Energy Profile/Dressing Your Truth Type 4.

Two novels in the works:

Restraint, a story about about art and society, about the nature of love and identity, and about sexuality in 19th century England, told through the changing fortunes of Tristan Hay, Viscount Penrith, and John Waterfield, a gentleman and painter, over a period of 40 years.

Novel B (untitled so far) The Arts and Crafts movement and 20th century mystical societies are the milieu for this story about a silversmith who makes ceremonial jewelry; her brother, the architect of a rich charlatan's secret temple; and the magic that may or may not really have taken place there.
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Retired from the life of crime known as public service. Car free. Four novels completed--and one of them is worth the massive effort of rewriting. Which I'm doing.
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  • The War of Art
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Shiny and new, with a happy friendly staff and well thought out bike parking. Much easier to get to by bike than their other new store on Fremont, accessible from the Irvington and Sabin areas on mostly quiet streets. I got a good feeling shopping here and will probably make it my regular New Seasons.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Wow! What a great experience! When I called for an estimate for shaping and maintaining two large trees (a walnut and a cherry), Mike came out the next day, exactly at the time he said. He was super friendly, and showed real respect for the beauty of the trees and the integrity of my little landscape, even though my job was going to be pretty small. He quoted a fair price and we set a date. The tree workers arrived right on time (actually a few minutes early), and were equally friendly and professional. Mike himself dropped by as they were getting set up, just to be sure everyone understood the job. They finished within an hour. Their equipment makes some noise, and this particular job required them to walk on my roof, but they were quick and efficient, and really minimized disruption to me and the neighborhood. The results are beautiful: lots more light without compromising desirable shade or the grace of the trees. Ane they even swept my entire driveway of the season's walnut debris while they were cleaning up. You just can't beat this level of service. I'm extremely pleased.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Attractive, clean shop with very friendly, fast service. I took a brand-new laptop in for a fix, hoping to avoid 6-week warranty service. It turned out to be a manufacturing defect they weren't able to correct (back to the vendor it goes), but they gave me a very fair deal on their time trying to fix it, and some credit that I'll use in furbishing up my old machine. The turnaround was less than 24 hours, with prompt and clear followup. But here's the thing: really nice, NON-CONDESCENDING service. As a woman over 50 who actually knows her way around computers, I wish I didn't have to be delighted to find respect in that world, but at least I DID find it at Happy Hamster. That is no small thing. It's great to have them available right here in NE Portland.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Just about the perfect beach breakfast. We were delighted to happen on Wanda's on a stormy December Thursday during a midweek coastal getaway. The decor is midcentury tongue-in-cheek (bright, perky vinyl dinette sets, travel souvenir plates and table cloths, old record album covers); the man who waited on us (son of the actual Wanda, I believe) was friendly and professional, and the food! Fresh delicious eggs, best bacon I've had in ages, great home-prepared red potatoes...really top of the line home cooking. What's more, they serve very good espresso drinks, they have gluten-free toast (yay!), and, for those so inclined, they serve cocktails. If you're anywhere along the north coast, Wanda's is worth a drive.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Lively neighborhood place, good food, nice drinks, friendly service. Lucca is a standby for my NE Portland circle of family and friends. Their wood-oven pizzas are tasty, I love the kale salad, the quality and freshness has never disappointed, and it's always fun to go get a bunch of appetizers and some drinks and watch the neighborhood go by.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
My go-to downtown lunch place. I'm pretty particular about what I eat. On the days when I just don't have time to bring my own home-cooked lunch, I go to Tom's. The food is freshly made from high-quality ingredients. I never need to worry about weird oils or MSG. The steamed veggies are never overdone. The grilled salmon (my constant choice) is delicious. Everyone's friendly and the service is fast, so even if the line's out the door (which it almost always is at noon), they'll be ringing you up and handing you your food in minutes. One caveat: in my experience, if you try for a late lunch, they do tend to run out of stuff after 1:30.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
As a cyclist, I've come to love this bridge--the views of it from both sides of the river, the view from it at all times of day, its unabashed industrial inelegance, its practicality. The bike/ped/rail span lifts at fairly predictable times (for fairly predictable river traffic) and if you're not in a huge rush, it's almost always fun to watch a barge go through while you wait.. I recommend the view from the top of the Rose Quarter-Eastbank access stairs north through the Steel's structural members to the Broadway and Fremont Bridges, especially if there's a ship tied up at the grain elevator. It's like the quintessence of commerce and transportation.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago