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What We Saw – Sidewalks

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What We Saw – Cars

It’s been way too long since posting in this space. Part of that has been a lot of travel over the past few months, part of it has been not seeing as many great old cars as usual. But I heard my nephew Shane has been checking out some old cars in Jacksonville and even sent me some photos, so I thought it was time to catch back up. Of course ‘old’ is a relative term, but to be fair, any car that was manufactured ten years before you were born is bound to seem old!┬áNot a huge selection, but a full forty percent comes from Shane:

Buick Century

1957 Buick Century Coupe

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight

1958 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Holiday

1962 Volkswagen Notchback

1962 Volkswagen 1500 Notchback

1998 Toyota Celica Convertible

1998 Toyota Celica Convertible

2001 Toyota Tacoma

2001 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab

What We Saw – Sidewalks

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A Year in the Rose City

Exactly 365 days ago we arrived in Portland. It has been a fantastic, interesting and engaging year as we’ve gotten involved in our new community much more so than ever before. Morgen has been hard at work volunteering all over town and almost singlehandedly keeping the city’s various farmer’s markets afloat. I’ve mostly been going to Timbers games and drinking beer with a bit of bicycling thrown in for good measure. We’ve enjoyed the rain and hated the rain. We’ve made friends and hated neighbors. We’ve seen the Timbers beat Montreal 4-0 and lose at home to Crystal Palace Baltimore. All in all it’s been the best decision we’ve made to move out to Portland. As Morgen mentioned, we don’t have any plans to leave our Rose City. And to celebrate our time in Portland, here’s a collection of photos spanning the past twelve months:

Fun Times at a Tacky Sweater Party


Proof that we're having just as much fun two years later.

Game Day


With the weather growing colder, the days growing shorter and the rain increasing each week, we decided it was about time to invest in a board game. While shopping at REI for rain coats, Morgen stumbled across the National Parks version of Monopoly. There are several dozen different parks, monuments, battlefields and historic buildings to choose from as you customize the board however you like. We did play for a few hours today with the very predictable result of Morgen thrashing me as the outcome. Hopefully we can also find a copy of Trivial Pursuit.

Editor’s note: Dear Mao neglected to rely the specifics of the thrashing. His ultimate demise came with his landing upon my property of the John Adams household (the former Park Place) and the presence of a ranger’s station (hotel). Rent on such a property totaled $1500. With his current financial state of $28, nine properties and one animal (formerly Railroad card), Mao attempted to mortgage his holdings and sell back his tents (houses). Even with foreclosing upon all of his earnings, he still came up $150 short. Therefore, I triumphed with $2230, fourteen properties, two ranger stations, three animals and both utilities. Mao may chalk up this victory to his poor luck with card and board games, while I know it is due to my sheer brilliance in Monopoly.

A Great Visit with Melinda