Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Back to the building. The building in question housed Lush, a upper scale hipster restaurant/bar. Next door was Level, a DJ club that brought national and international DJs. This was a significant change for old town. Skid row was moving up in the world.
Now? Well, a few years later, Level is still running strong, around the corner is BackSpace and Fords. Lush? Well, beginning last month, WW and The Portland Mercury began running large ads advertising Lush as Portland's premier 2 level strip club. Yes, a strip club. I'm no prude and don't have an opinion on where strip clubs end up, but I think to myself- how would I feel if I dropped $150,000+ on a cool new condo in an up and coming neighborhood only to find out a couple years later that my downstairs neighbor has decided to become a stip club- albeit an upscale club - still a strip club. Then again, in stumptown, maybe that raises property values. You never know.
On a side note, I walked home a little bit today. The rain is really cramping my style with afternoon walking. My walk took me from work up to 10th via Pioneer Courthouse Sq. and then over to Burnside and up to Whole Foods for some shopping. After shopping, I cruised down Couch to the park blocks and discovered Lush/Level and thought I would photog it. By the time I reached 1st ave and MAX, it had begun raining a little harder, so I decided to hop the train for home.
11,900 steps so far.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Next up was Mississippi commons. What used to be a decrepit white cinder block eysore is now a group of business spaces open for new ideas. The first to open was PIN and then Belle Epoque. I was exited to see these two businesses. Today, my excitement peaked. As I walked past Belle Epocqu, I began to see that the other businesses had posted what they were and when they were opening. Here's the rundown:
Bridge City Comics - opening April 1 - obviously a comic store.
Memoir - Handmade Gift Boutique - handmade soaps, candles etc.
Salty's Dog Shop - Pet store
Blue Gardenia - Handcrafted Baking and Coffee Roasterie
G Nome - Men's and Women's clothes - retro, vintage, high fashion
Laughing Planet Cafe - if it's anything like the locale off SE. Belmont, I am excited. Burritos
And lastly, but the only open business.....
Lorenzo's - Italian restaurant and deli - we actually walked down there this evening with the pups and brought home wonderful Putanesca - booya to Lorenzo.
So, come to N. Mississippi and support some new small businesses. I'll be there. Find me and I'll buy you a beer @ Amnesia Brewing.
more on the Trader Joe's to be coming to Nopo in a few days.
13312 total steps today.
ps: don't forget grandpa's bar-b-que, mississippi pizza, pistals nursery, bold sky cafe, pasta bangs, the crow bar, gravy, cuckoo, equinox, fresh pot and the albina press......
Monday, March 28, 2005
Then, well, the Kills came on. VV and Hotel were fucking amazing. The waltzed on stage and rocked for 1 hr straight. they ripped through thier catalog and played some amazing tunes before taking a quick (2 minute) break. Thier encore began with my current fav - Rodeo Town. I have to say I had something to do with that song as I was chanting it when they walked out and was front and center when they began. The show was awesome. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. And, vv looked at me. ME! She was all over me like jeans on an 80's punk. And she is one smokin' girl. Hotel isn't too bad himself. Photos from our evening out.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Daniel Lownsdale came to the Oregon Territory in the 1840's and and established the first tannery in the far Northwest where PGE field (Civic Stadium) now sits. In the winter of 1845-46, Lovejoy sold his share of Portland (approx 300 acres of downtown) to Benjamin Star and in 1848, Pettygrove (the other founder) sold his interest to Daniel Lownsdale. The new proprietors added two new partners, Stephen Coffin and W.W. Chapman and formed the Townsite Promotion Company. An excerpt from a diary of that year says, "Portland now has two white houses and one brick and three wood-colored frame house and a few cabins."
Daneil Lownsdale eventually owned all of Portland and under his influence, Portland actively sought to attract businesses and customers to patronize them. As a large land owner, Mr. Lownsdale donated to the city of Portland what is now the Lownsdale square (4th and Salmon) and the South park blocks.
Thank you Mr. Lownsdale for helping Portland become what it is today. I know I am probably not doing you the justice you deserve with my quick history of you, but I think those in blogosphere will appreciate the story.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
happy aniversary Anna. i love you more than ever and look forward to the next 7 years. love you!
what's up with this? i'm tempted to contact the local attorney general, yet there is a business case here - they are two different stores. well legally that is true, ethically and morally, it smells like crap to me. i guess i need to start sourcing my items more online.
if Parr had better prices and more "hands on" selection, i would definately shop there more. luckily, we're getting a new lowes up at delta park. that will become my new favorite home improvement warehouse.
finished off the evening hooking up the cable in the master bdrm and building an eliptical machine.
today, sunday. what a day. sunday's are those types of days when i get the feeling like i didn't get my homework done. soooooo, by noon, i'm all stressed out about getting stuff done by 5pm so i can then do my homework. i'm old enough not to have homework, so you get my dilemna. today, we awoke without power. according to PGE, it was equipment failure. i blame it on the high winds and aliens that came to us in the night. my but hurts a little also, but i won't go there. after sleeping in, we did our coffee jaunt down to The Albina Press where we were delighted by Billy's prowess as a barista. actually, Billy from The Albina Press won 3rd place in the US Barista Championship in Seattle Wa, last weekend. and they are only 4 blocks away. go check them out, they have free wi-fi and aren't a bike nazi type of locale.
since i'm telling you everything, after coffee, i chilled for awhile watching the history channell. i guess i never knew the japanese occupied a couple of alutian islands during wwII. now i know about that horrible battle. after lolly gagging around for a few hours, i decided to hook up the second dish connection in the house. wow, there's a lot to be done to support tv in this house. after a few hrs and a trip to home depot, i have the coax cable run from the dish to the master bdrm to support sattelite up there. weeeeee. sunday evening came and we watched deadwood - I LOVE DEADWOOD!.
tomorrow, i will begin walking again around portland - thus - walkingportland. check back for more stumptown fun.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Friday, March 18, 2005
Our second big walk took us up the road to Tillamook head where there were some amazing properties and then back into town to blog and get some lunch. As we were nearing the coffeehouse, we came upon Artful Expressions, an art gallery on Broadway st. I was taken in by an amazing painting that ended up out of our budget, but whilst in the store, we did find another artist we fell in love with. Juli Adams does some crazy stuff and we ended up picking up a few of her prints. We got this one and this one and this one.
Our visit here has been a blast. We are staying at a friends house that is not the typical beach house. No seagull art and kitch anywhere. We did a major walk down the beach and through town. I've always had memorys of Seaside being a bit white trashy, but it's gone upscale. Broadway (where there were riots not 5 years ago during spring break) is still the kitch ridden cesspool I expected with the souvenir shops and bumper cars and arcades, but the rest of Seaside has taken on a new look. There is some serious money coming to the Oregon coast.
Seaside along with almost everything in Oregon is part of the whole Lewis and Clark legacy. Monuments to thier camps, thier discoveries, their outhouses, their bordellos.... I digress. Here in Seaside, we came upon a salt mine they built back in the 1800s.
The remainder of the day took us up to Astoria. We were in a mood for some fresh crab. Strange, we drove along hwy 101 for about 30-45 minutes and didn't find anyone selling fresh crab. We did find some in Astoria, my favorite coastal town. AND - the opening weekend for The Ring 2 - filmed there. Astoria is a perfect place for a creepy movie. In our attempts to find the old Finnish Bathhouse, we did come accross some fresh crab. I also saw this old house - Ahhhhhh.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Originally uploaded by j.a.e.k..
Currently, whilst I blog, Phoebe is nestled against my elbow, sitting on the arm of the lazyboy. Frodo is over on the couch staring at me and Franka (our troubled one) is chillin' on my lap snuggled up against the vent of the laptop.
Noho's - amazing. I have been a fan of Noho's lunch cart since 1995 when my buddy Brendon and I became regulars. They offer a different flavor on the whole bento thing. They have Phil's special, Korean and Teryaki. On the day I visited, it was about 70 degrees - yep, 70 degrees on March 2. I chose to order the Korean - a mix of garlic and sesame marinade on the grilled chicken. Amazing! My only complaint and this may be because I'm becoming a codger or something - they have a whole clique going on and I feel they're all laughing at me and my "old man" clothes. Oh well, I just choose to tip less.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
so, last weekend, i got rid of some items on craigslist. you know what it is, so I won't go any further in that area. well, now i'm thinking of liquidating even more crap on both craigslist and ebay. you can't imagine what 2 people can accumulate over time.
well, gotta go. gotta get some ice. more later.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
while watching my favorite show - Deadwood - we were shaken by a large explosion. When we ventured outside to investigate, there was nothing. Then not 30 seconds later, I spy a popo cruising slowly through the intersection down the steet. Well, they swung around and stopped by a parked car over by the Overlook restaurant. Long story short- 4 cop cars later and some involvement with the crappass apartments across the street, the popo arrested the man in the car. So, did the loud noise have anything to do with what eventually happened? don't know.
sent from my phone
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Our walk today was grand. My morning began with some gardening, some general cleanup and scheming about what's next for our garden and backyard. I'm thinking koi pond, pergola, a small petting zoo, hazelnut orchard, secret tunnels, and a small potting shed. When my love asked if I wanted to go grab some lunch, I was all over that like stink on cheeze. We decided to walk on this beautiful March summer day. Yep, 68 deg in March and sunny. We ventured over into w. Overlook and walked over the Going st. pedestrian overpass. w. Overlook is west of Instastate blvd. In reality, it's all overlook, but we live on the "other side of the tracks." Before crossing the pedestrian bridge, we came upon the most amazing park - The Simon Stanich park. Anyone?
Located at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge, this park is commemorates a Portland legend.
Simon Stanich, locally known as Si, was a longtime resident of puddletown - 1920-1996. According to internment.net, he was a PFC in the US Army - possibly in WWII (he would have been 21 when Pearl Harbor occurred.) So, got to ask the question - did Si have any influence on the famous Stanich burger? If you don't know Stanich's, it's a famous (at least to me) Portland eatery that sells a large gutbomb of a burger. I can see it now -
As previously stated, our walk took us accross the pedestrian bridge over going street. This is one of those bridges that is covered completely with chain link fence. I know the reason why - you don't want people throwing stuff at trucks and cars. One interesting thing we observed was the locks.
The locks! People - obviously more than one or two - had locked different types of locks to the chainlink. Reminicient of the shoes you see hanging from power lines. They were essentially on the roof of the overpass. Is this some type of mystical ritual? Wicca? NoPo Tibbetan chant? I love discovering new stuff. I think I'm going to get some old locks and then when I want to celebrate or mourn or commemorate or contemplate something - I'm going to lock up a lock. If you want me to lock your lock to the overpass, I'll do that too. email me.
Oh, and Si Stanich's park is about 20'x20'. hmmmmmm.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Sometimes, I wander through downtown and look upward to the buildings. In NY, I would be immediately pegged as a tourist and a target. Here? Maybe, I guess that could happen, but as Puddletown is my town, I don't think about that. What I do think about is - what goes on in that building? and, I create little scenarios as to the activities going on. I use my imagination and let loose.
Bishop House - originally build to house the Pope if an when he visited Portland in the late 1800s. When it was determined that the Pope would not visit, the building was then made available for anyone to use. A secret sect named the Templars (locally known as the Templaristics) took over the ownership of the building, creating a primary location for other Templars to come visit and grab a couch for a sleepover. It was an exciting time and all enjoyed the free waffle breakfasts the templars offered. They were the first to offer preserves with waffles, opening a new frontier in breakfast adventures. A defector of the templar sect eventually freed himself of the emotional baggage and opened the 24hr Pancake house on SE Powell Blvd. What a wonderful man.
Others ventured outside the fold to assist in the growth of Portland.
Obviously, some, if not all of the above diatribe is fiction - take it as you will..................
That same locale is now Stumptown coffee and they are the only coffee shop I know of that has an in house DJ station complete with turntables and amps. They also produce a very dominant cup of coffee. I opt for the latte to my left and they don't disappoint me.
CAVEAT - I work downtown, I love downtown, I eat downtown. YET - I am not going to go to every cart downtown as I sometimes don't care for what they offer. I am going to patronize those that appeal to me and the review them.
Back to WeenieFest - OMG. These are some of the best sausages in town. Our friend here offers bratwurst, double smoked brats, red hot brats, standard kosher dogs and more. he's freindly, convenient, has stone ground mustard and saurkraut as fixens. I am sold on this cart as it is 1 block from my office. granted, if i ate here every day, i wouldn't be my svelt self.