Sweet Portland

| I have to thank <a href="http://stealthislibrary.com/">Caleb</a> and <a href="http://www.carolinecummins.com/">Caroline</a> for showing around town, and offer my apologies to <a href="http://quiddle.blogspot.com/">Heidi</a> and Alice, who had offered me tips and suggestions that I (again) didn't have time to follow up on. Someday I'll enjoy a <a href="http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=21958955">Stanich burger</a>; someday I'll find <a href="http://www.43places.com/places/view/310884">Rimsky-Korsakoffee</a>; heck, someday I'll even get to <a href="http://www.powells.com/">Powells</a>. » about 200 words

The Oregon Attractions I Didn’t See

I’ve been back from Oregon for about a week and a day now, and it’s really time to clear out my files. So here now are the attractions I had put on the list, but never got to see. I’m not complaining, afterall, I did get to see sprayfoam art, the US’s only municipal elevator, […] » about 600 words

Evergreen Aviation Museum

Howard Hughes‘ Spruce Goose now rests in McMinnville, at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The Goose is as long as a 747 with a wingspan a third again as broad, and for a short few seconds in 1947, it flew. The docent was incredibly pleased to tell us that the tail almost broke off during those […] » about 200 words


I wasn’t just surprised to find a gallery of velvet paintings, I was further surprised to learn they were hosting a show of Valentines velvet works by local artist Juanita and had cards advertising a show of LA artist Arnold Pander’s oil on velvet works at the local Vault Martini Lounge. But the fact is, […] » about 600 words

World’s Tallest Barber Pole

Forest Grove, Oregon claims to have the world’s tallest barber pole, apparently presented by the Portland Area Barbershoppers in recognition “Ballad Town USA’s” role in promoting and encouraging barbershop quartet singing. It stands in Lincoln Park (visible from sat photos!) just north of Pacific University. Barbershop poles and quartets they may have, but the barber […] » about 100 words

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Oregon City apparently boasts one of only four municipal elevators worldwide. One hundred thirty feet tall, with an observation deck at the top, it seemed to be worth stopping for. Jason wrote in to Roadside America explaining: It began as a water-powered elevator in 1915, but was upgraded to an electric-powered elevator in 1954. It […] » about 200 words

PDX’s Free WiFi Rocks

Here’s a lesson the rest of the world’s airports could take from PDX: free WiFi.

Most other aiports charge dearly for WiFi, but PDX offers it free. Knowing this, I arrived at the airport a couple hours early and got my dinner and caught up on my email here instead of elsewhere. The Port of Portland didn’t get my $7.95 an hour, but they did get an extra customer in their restaurants and shops.

And now that my flight is delayed (because the incoming flight had to land in Denver to top off its fuel tanks!), the WiFi is giving me something to do besides complain (I’m saving my book for on the plane).

Sprayfoam Art In Millersburg

What you can’t tell about the photo above is that the eagle is huge, and made of spray foam. It stands at Sprayfoam Inc., just off the I5 at Millersburg. Don’t miss the cornucopia-like sign, or the completely enfoamed Sprayfoam-mobile. art, foam, sprayfoam, sprayfoam inc., spray foam, millersburg, oregon, millersburg or, sculpture, eagle » about 100 words

Pig-n-Ford Races!?!

So here I am looking up things to do in Oregon and I come across the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce‘s guide to local attractions and its note about the Pig-n-Ford races: Vintage vehicles, daring drivers and squealing porkers. Mixed together, the outcome can only be described as frenzied farm-style fun. Most people would agree that […] » about 200 words