I'm actually having a hard time staying on top of all of this. It's not for the shortage of wifi, because it is pretty much everywhere in the pacific northwest. i mean everywhere*. it's not for lack of technology, but for time. it seems like we are constantly on the go go go - seeing things, going places, eating pizzas. i think this is possibly the busiest vacation i have ever had. everyone is restless and everyone has someplace to go. which is good i guess, but caused us to leave Portland pretty prematurely. Seattle is great and all, but i think i could have spent another day kickin' around PDX. i feel like there is so much i missed.
"When a person is very dangerous, they are known as Frank Scotto"
However, there are a few things i gathered in my brief time in Portland. For one, it's a pretty amazing place for finding things. Portland is an overall very clean city, most of the trash has been slept away leaving only little treasures and scraps of interest. it seemed like i was finding neat stuff all day everyday (and promptly losing them because i am very disorganized). My favorite so far was a tryyyyyyyped out love letter from di to jim that i found on N. Mississippi by the porn house. i lost the letter, but the best line is seared into my heart and mind:
if i had synesthesia your name would be lavender and you would taste of cashew butter.
That is some deeper next level hippie romance. i love particularly how unappealing either of those things are. lavender is nice, but cashew butter?
Portland is also a good place for zinesters, apparently. Peter picked up the Zinester's Guide to Portland at Powell's, and it was basically how he, Matt and I got around for the rest of our time in town. I also got a bunch a of zines. here is a brief list:
Dishwasher #16 (by Diswasher Pete!)
2 "you" letters"
Modern Cartoonist by Daniel Clowes
the Dvorak zine!! (i had long thought about making the switch, now i might)
Noise Art - (by this guy Dustin i knew in Michigan)
Peter and i split the cost on the new Yeti, it will be at NEST soon.
Portland is also a great place for brunch. and croissants in general. also zoobombers.
and t-shirts and software:
ohhh, i have to go again. i want to quick say thank you to everyone that was so nice to us in Portland: Mike, Josh, Willow, Jordan, Tony, Alysha, Julie, Johanna and Caleb. Portland was nice, but i think it would have truly sucked if these people wouldn't have been so great about opening their homes showing us around town. thank you so much!
also, gypsy jazz.
next: Camping in Tacoma, Seattle
* i am really inspired by the personal telco project