Portland — We arrived in Portland just over a week ago, and I feel different. Happy. Restless. Confused. Excited. Apprehensive. That’s all part of the deal, of course. Moving countries is not for the faint of heart. I expected the jet lag and the lack of routine and the endless slog of getting a new life set up while trying to keep two small kids reasonably happy. But I didn’t expect how detached I would fee...
Portland — Road life shows me too many people like her, for me to ignore them. I try to tell myself that they wouldn’t want me to identify with them…I have a car, I have a job (at least most of the time), I’m ...
Portland — Will my new neighbors be cool? Hope so. These second floor apartments transmit noise like drums. My eyrie next to the institution, yes I’m next door mere yards from a mental institution slash rehab. T...
Portland — I have to say, Portland is really nice. There are so many things that are better thought of than in Boston. Take parking meters, for example. It’s gigantic pain in the butt to park in Boston because a...
We started the walk in bright sun and a light breeze. I convinced myself that the dark clouds in the distance were blowing away from us. I was wrong. Wet dog, wet human.
She's standing outside the New Seasons market on Alberta Street--penguin-shaped, tented in a polyurethane poncho, holding a cardboard sign that said "Hungry." Shit, I think. Shit shit shit.
They counsel, cajole and comfort you in the weeks before turning 30. They don't tell you about how it feels to spend a decade *in* your 30s, just turning older.
Enjoying the company of an old friend visiting Portland. It's bringing much needed joy into my life. Dinner at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant, where everything was perfect. Including the mojito.
I love immersing myself in a new town's coffee culture.
Animal Halo iteration ii
I've been sleeping so much lately.
Holding pattern. Waiting in the wings. Apartment 119 beckons.
What do you usually think about when you are in the city you haven't been to before? What are the first things you notice? What do you compare it to?
The night before a new adventure begins, filled with anticipation and excitement. Hopeful. Nervous. Ready.
January 2, 2014...Sunrise after snow. One of the most breathtaking sunrises I have seen in quite a while.