Favorite things about Portland today:
After years of working and hanging in coffee shops, after getting totally sick of coffee in general and not drinking it except occasionally in LA I have to say, this is THE BEST COFFEE. Most coffeeshops in PDX serve the beans freshly roasted at Stumptown Roasters. And so the Americanos here remind me of how good they were in London and Paris. Seriously, that good! And it looks like the owner has a love for Brooklyn and is starting a roaster in Red Hook.. http://gothamist.com/2008/09/15/what_you_need_to_know_about_stumpto.php Get excited and tell your friends! Why is there this continuing connection between Portland & Brooklyn!!!
Someone in the cafe just said “well I would have gone and saw the house but I was really hungover and the internet wan’t working, so”
The other great thing here is the bridges. I had to face a real fear of them… I forgot about years back riding over the GG Bridge in SF, but that was with friends and part of the excursion over to Sausalito (Leah came once).. today headed downtown for errands and to volunteer I rode my bike the 3 miles from my house to downtown and over a big fucking bridge with buses zooming by and the Willammette River roaring below. OK, it doesn’t really roar. But the college boys out rowing is very distracting!
Oh yeah, Suzy: did I tell you that I’ve become a volunteer in the food kitchen at Portland’s biggest and amazing youth shelter/center. I suppose I never was looking in previous cities, but Portland has a very significant amount of street youth- a result of drug users, mental health issues, and Queer-youth runaways… it is am amazing space and center called OUTSIDE IN… I will be there every Wednesday cooking and serving food to these teens… it feels very special to see kids desire to be in a safe place and have help and education.. more on it soon!
THIS IS THE MURAL JUST FINISHED NEXT DOOR TO ME.. YES, THAT MY HOUSE ON THE RIGHT AN THAT IS THE NEW MURAL ON THE APARTMENTS NEXT DOOR. HOW COOL!
NEARLY EVERY CAFE/BAR/EATERY IN PORTLAND HAS FREE!WATER!… THATS RIGHT… WHAT A CONCEPT! AND LAST WEEK AN ENVIRONMENTAL GRUOP SUBSIDIZED KLEAN KANTEEN AND SOLD THEM HALF PRICE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.. WHAT IS THIS, HEAVEN FOR HIPPIES?
MY CAT GOES OUTSIDE NOW… HOW NERVE-RACKING FOR ME AND AMAZING FOR HIS LITTLE KITTY MIND…