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I have said it before…..

……and I will say it again, some things need to be repeated and repeated……as if calling them into reality from a long way off. I forgive all of you who don’t believe me beforehand, just so you all know. CLEAN SLATE….. that’s what I am talkin’ about here. I am going to TRY A COMEBACK here at the ol’ bloggin’ hole.

I have spruced the place up a bit, got rid of some dead links and am in the process of adding some new ones. I know I have said this before, however, since we all know that the third time is the charm, let’s make believe that this is the third time ‘mmmmmkay ? Thanks. Oh and….. STAY TUNED !!! Until next time,

Buh-Bye

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Strange days in PDX

Portland has always been known for it’s diverse population, as a matter of fact, one of the most common bumper stickers reads"Keep Portland Wierd".

That being said, I should not have been surprised, on Saturday when I saw 20 dogs and their humans, parading down a street near my work, all bedecked in Irish green beads and sweaters, being serenaded by a bag pipe player. Nor should I have been shocked when 60 men and women assaulted our bar later that day , all in pristine white wedding gowns.

Another year comes to a close

Apart from Thanksgiving and Christmas , I think New Years Eve falls into spot #3 in my most favorite holiday list. Just think of all the possibilities, fresh slate, wipe the board clean etc etc . I am not the kind of person that normally makes resolutions, or even really thinks about the things one could do with 365 freshly baked days ahead of them. I am not a planner, I don’t make lists. I live my life pretty much seat o’the pants and swing from one week to the next, blissfully unaware of time passing until 365 days later, when I look up and say “can you believe another year has flown by ? ”

But this year I feel a change coming on , I doubt I will become a list-maker person or become completely an organizational zen master. Nor do I really know why I feel the need for a change. Perhaps it is because I hit the big 45 this year. Maybe it is because this has been an incredibly hard year for us,again not sure, but, I am seriously thinking about rekindling my blogging efforts. I know that more blogs are dying all the time, and perhaps the time of the blog is long gone, swept away while making room on the fresh slate. As for me, I miss it, I miss the connections it helped me form, I miss the cathartic nature of writing and let’s face it I kinda feel bad for letting it (the blog) slip this badly in disrepair and limbo. There are a few things that I will NOT be committing to, writing everyday is not going to happen, I will not be feeling bad because it doesn’t. Also reconnecting with my Goodreads folks will be happening,along with that, is more reading. Sadly enough, my reading habits have fallen way down in this the year of transition. Although I will not be committing to a million things these are 3 that I really do miss. This list of things I want to achieve may not seem like much to you, I could bore you all with the balancing my checkbook weekly, or joining a gym, or eating better, but I won’t. These 3 things are in my top 10, because they mean something to me and I enjoy them, that leaves 7 others though, maybe not as enjoyable,  but they will be just as helpful as 2011 rolls on.

So in a nut shell WordPress, Powells and Goodreads beware, I am coming back to you all. My wish for any readers I still have left, are for an easier 2011,filled with way more ups than there will be downs and a joy filled rest of the Holiday season. As always I wish you all Light,Love,Friendships, Joy and Laughter, for the remainder of the season and throughout your New Year.

I like many others I have spoken to really were waiting with great anticipation for this movie to come out. Don’t get me wrong I love Cher and it really was great to see her in a movie again. Throw in Christina and you would think that it would be awesome. It just seemed to me that the producers and director had a meeting and said "Hey we have Cher and Christina in a lot of scenes together….who needs plot." Or let me rephrase….it had a plot, there was just nothing new in it. Without giving too much away,there were just way too many archetypes in this movie. The struggling older mentor, the bad guy who is just trying to "get ahead", the small town girl with big aspirations and maybe the secret to save the struggling older mentor…you get the picture I am sure.

All of the above make for an okay movie,but you leave with the feeling of having seen it all before. Now do not get me wrong. It was good to see Cher on the big screen again, the songs were great, costumes were awesome and Christina did a great job with this being her first movie. So,let’s just suffice to say that,although the movie may not be gracing my DVD collection when it comes out, the soundtrack will absolutely have a place in my CD rack,as well as a spot in my Ipod.

The Catch you guys up Post

Hi…..it’s been a while. However most of you that read this blog are also my FB friends so all of you are caught up, and may want to skip this post. All 4 of us arrived safely in Portland,although, there was a bit of doggie drama. we decided to send our dogs the day after we left, so that we could get a good night’s rest, rent a car, all that stuff. Luckily, I have some great friends in Maui who agreed to ship the pooches for us (Thanks again Jenna and Jo). Now for the Drama Part…we got a call from Jenna the day after we arrived saying that the cargo folks were not going to be able to send the dogs because it was too cold here in Portland. Long story short after a few calls to the vet,and Jenna, they were able to fly and we picked them up the day after we arrived. All things considered it went rather smoothly, even though they just got settled in the Hotel,then had to get resettled at the Apt. Yeah that is right,we had to get an Apt not a house, but it is working out well, so far. There is a great enclosed dog park within 5 miles of us that we found so they have been getting exercise.

Things worked out great with us finding a car. We got the first one we actually looked at. It is a 2001 Subaru Legacy GT,fully loaded with dual moon roofs, 6 Cd changer the works. Of course we were a bit skeptical at first, but we took it to a mechanic who ran diagnostics on it who said, that if he were in the market, he would buy it, so we did. The KBB on it was $5900, but we talked the owner into $5000, due to the fact it will need new tires soon, and apparently with an all wheel drive vehicle, we have to get all 4 at the same time. All we have to do now is to find jobs, and with the good fortune we have been having, that will happen relatively quickly (send Job Karma). I have yet to meet any of my Portland peeps yet ( Logan, Kimberly and Karen I swear it will be soon). I have been very busy building shelves and dressers and nightstands ( Thank God For Ikea).

In summation:
Things are going well.
The folks in our small Apt Complex are great (There are only like 10 units).
Doggies are happy.
We have a vehicle.
And I feel that this chapter of our adventure is going very well.

I would like to thank all of you who wished us well, and sent good moving wishes. NOTHING got smashed,dashed or broken in their travels across the Pacific. I will be sure to keep you all updated as things progress. It is good to be back on the mainland, a bit chilly but good. : )

The container which Ryan,Patrick,Shannon and I have lovingly packed, leaves tomorrow. Ryan & Shannon leave the following day. One week later Patrick and I leave with the dogs to follow on Thursday. All of that is really enough to cause anyone to have a nervous breakdown. But……but….I don’t feel one coming on. Now, that might be because P has already had enough breakdowns for us both ….or it could be that I am confident. Confident that the friendship I have made with Shannon and the one I have deepened with Ryan will continue long after we are dust. Confident that the container was packed with enough care that no items will break. Confident in the fact that I know we are doing the right thing by leaving Maui now.

Make no mistakes, just because I am confident does not make the leaving easier. Despite the fact that bad things happened to both P and myself on Maui, I will miss it. But here is the thing……..it’s not going anywhere. It will be here waiting for us when we need a break from the mainland hullabaloo. And if the saying is true, that a memory is a photograph your heart takes…well then I have plenty of those to take along as well. I am confident, in Love, in Friendships but most of all, of the fact that there are more friends to find and love, and many more photographs to take with my heart.

A Farewell to Books

Today, I have to do something that most bibliophiles would cringe to do…….. I am taking 4 boxes of books to my local Library. For them to keep. Which means they will no longer be mine. Only a matter of time before spines are broken, pages are dog eared and pages get creased. But that’s ok…I won’t be dealing with them then.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am ANAL about the condition of my books,I do NOT lend them to friends unless they heed my strict guidelines. When I lived in Portland before and I would take books back for store credit they would most times ask me if I even read them. When I am buying a new book I can take up to 15/20 minutes to find the "right one" no blemishes smooth pristine, that’s the way I like ’em. But, enough about me ……more on my books. I knew, when we started talking about moving that this day would come…..and…..hey, I have read them already. In a geeky way though, it’s kinda like loosing a friend ( ok I said geeky). And on a slightly happier note the 2 boxes of unread books I do get to take are twice as big as the boxes I am giving away. Plus they are going to a good cause. Kinda selfish really to keep them, after I have read them (some more than once). The love needs to be shared with many, not just kept to ones self. So good bye old friends…….I can not promise you a good home , but at least you will be read, and that’s what you were meant for. If it makes you happy, know that once I reach Portland your numbers will grow exponentially.

I am going to share a secret, a secret that has spanned generations and generations, which only a chosen few have been privy to, ( well maybe EVERYONE KNOWS IT but I like to feel special). Books MULTIPLY, yes that’s right, just like bunnies, they grow from each other. The reason I know this You may ask ? Well, being the good sport I am, I will answer. I have already packed away the books I am taking back to Portland and yet, AND YET, while looking through my nightstand there are 5 books awaiting my perusal….WTF, I only remember putting 3 in there. Two of which apparently liked each other alot and spawned two more. Reading is a heavy burden to bear …….but I suppose I will just have to read all five in the near future, can’t let them feel unloved now can I ?

Unless you have been living under a rock, for the past 2 years or so you know the economy is NOT what it once was. That being said, I am of course looking for a job when I reach Portland. I am trying to keep my job with the hotel chain I work with, but that now looks like it might not happen. Needless to say while perusing the internet the other day I came up with NIL, ZERO, GOOSE EGG jobs in the chain I work for. Now I am not usually one who freaks out easily….every time I have needed a job I have found one, this time however I was freakin’ out a bit. So, naturally, I called my spouse/partner/husband/reason for living, and we had a good old-fashioned “you need to think outside the box/ Hospitality arena” conversation. He then went on to tell me how great I would be at any number of things I put my mind to. Granted, we are not leaving with nothing, we have P’s Settlement money, plus I should have a pretty hefty last check. And, yes, I know the cost of living in Portland is much lower than Paradise. Thanks to my soul mate, we ended the conversation with me KNOWING we will be ok. Just one more reason to add to my ever-growing list of why I am so happy to have found my other half.

Culture Shock

I would like to preface this post with the fact that the 5 and a half years we have lived on Maui, I have loved (except for the 7 months I was laid up with a shattered knee cap in a brace from my groin to my ankle). You will not find me bashing any locals anytime soon ( tourists yes…..and rightfully so ), but locals NO WAY. You can always tell a local Hawaiian, they are the ones with the laid back attitudes throwing Shaka’s at every turn. Smiling and greeting most everyone they meet. There is more Historical culture in Hawaii then I can pin point. I know I told you when we first moved here it was almost living in another country. Their stories and legends are captivating to say the least with a cast of characters ranging from Maui himself, Pele, Neptune, Poseidon and some more down to earth, Iz comes to mind as does Don Ho and King Kamehameha ect. The presence of the “Aloha Spirit” anywhere you go, the strength of the peoples Mana or Spirit, it truly is amazing.

Now, as we journey back to the mainland, I am going to be having a type of reverse culture shock, if you will. Traffic, smog, cold, but good things too. Saturday Market, Tom McCall Waterfront park, First Thursday, looking at the skyline of good old Portland and counting it’s many bridges. Looking way too hard for where to go to dinner because there are soooooo many choices. Live Theatre, Concerts at the Zoo more than one brand name book store, TARGET. If I had it to do all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat ( maybe sans all of Patrick’s and my health issues). But when we moved here, we told ourselves we would try it and see how long we could make it work, I think over 5 years is a pretty good run. My Nomad blood wants new horizons. However, Maui will always be in my heart as a place held dear. The people, places and things I have experienced here will be with me always. Plus no one has ever said we won’t be back.