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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


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

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).