Monday, June 15, 2009

Walking under a different sky


No one wants to read a play-by-play of someone else's vacation, so I'm distilling it.
We ate a lot.
Lots of food reviews follow.
(Real reviews will be on Yelp whenever I get around to it.)

[I took over 4 rolls of film, not many digital pics. Will post the good ones (hoping for a lot of those) when they get developed.]

Left Wednesday night. Just in case.
Strange sound coming from front of Renger...
Didn't quit...
Got worse...
We pulled over in Plummer, deduced it was a bad alternator.
The Renger is/was left behind like a sinner after the rapture.
My sister drove 4o min. to pick us up and took us to the airport the next morning.
Thanks, Nanner!


Got up Thursday early, coffee and a walk down around Coeur d'Alene Lake.
No camera. Of course.
Keith says it's ok b/c vacation doesn't start yet.

flying metal tube
Got on a puddle jumper in Spokane.
Bad crazy turbulence.
Despite this, arrived in Portland whole.
Keith does not require defibrillation.

Checked in early at hotel.
Had drinks on the patio.
Vacation has begun.

Walked around the old 'hood in Northwest.
Saw our old mailman.
Had drinks on NW 21st, waiting for our friend.
More people watching.
Dinner, drinks @ Pizzacato. Watched first half of Lakers-Magic.

Went with above-mentioned friend and a cast member to see the world premiere of Summer of 69 at the Clinton Street Theater (part of the Portland Underground Film Festival, "the drinkiest film fest in town").
Excellent time.
Drinks (pomegrante greyhound, yum!) afterward @ Aalto Lounge.
Nighty night.
Sleep tight.

Brekkie at Brunch Box food cart downtown. EXCELLENT.
Keith: bacon-egg-cheese on english muffin, $1 16 oz. french press coffee.
April: veggie sausage-egg-cheese on english muffin, coke in a can
Ate at Waterfront Park.

Overheard on the MAX: "Wife divorced me for my own damn brother. Still mad about that. Took everything!"

Grendel's Coffeehouse - everything bagel and very excellent hummus.
Cheap replacement roll of film at market on Burnside. $1.29/roll!!!
Waffle Window @ Bread & Ink Cafe - Rose City waffle: fresh strawberries, rose cream, and rhubarb sauce. Raspberry lemonade. Again, excellent.

Really Good Stuff (on Hawthorne) for treasures!!
Old photos by the file cabinet.
Had to limit treasures to carry-on capacity.
Total: $5.

Dinner - "Crab" rangoons, orange "chicken" and curry "chicken" at Vegetarian House. Excellent.
Vegetarian health channel from China satellite channel is on the huge LCD TV.
Owner was out front smoking.

Maybe we'll see a movie.
Too late by the time we get there.
Okay, how about Portland Cello Project?
(Today I found out we had FREE tix to it!! Arrrrrgh!)
MAX and bus across town.
Can't find it, too late.
Back to movie theater. Across town.
(repeat this theme throughout the entire weekend)

Ice cream and people watching (crazy ice skater guy!!) before show @ 10:10.
Air hockey (Keith, 7-6) and Skee Ball (Keith, 270-210) @ arcade.
Killing time.
Terminator Salvation featuring copyrighted digital representation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Back to hotel.
Band downstairs plays until after 1 a.m.
No prob.
No ghosts! (hotel has haunting legends)

Brekkie @ Farmers Market: peanut butter rice krispie treat dipped in chocolate from Black Sheep Bakery and lemon cake from Tart Lady.
Best. Lemon. Cake. EVER.

Saturday Market: lentil appetizer combo at Horn of Africa and strawberry lemondade from the lemonade guy.
Also, a guy selling pre-made signs for homeless people.
(Hopefully I'll have a photo of that to post next week.)

Back to Really Good Stuff.
More treasure hunting.
Food carts @ 12th & Hawthorne: Perierra Creperie - Nutella and banana crepe. Excellent.

Back to hotel for R&R.

Plan on eating pizza @ Laurelhurst Theater before 6:45 screening of Hud.
Paul Newman. *sigh*
Laurelhurst isn't open yet.
Wander down the street.

What's Esparza's?
Delicious Tex-Mex!
Keith: Special (chicken mushroom dish with beans, mashed potatoes; "best BBQ chicken," Keith says)
April: cheese and onion enchiladas
Excellent chips and salsa!
Good service, sat at the bar.
Several good national reviews on the wall. All from 10+ years ago.

Back to theater for Hud.
Keith: Total Domination IPA, $4 ("second best IPA ever" - first is Eel River IPA)
April: choc. chip cookie, $1.50

Coffee @ Stumptown.
Voodoo brekkie to fuel up for long day going home.
Keith: Butter Fingering (Devil's food, vanilla, and crushed Butterfinger) and a plain devil's food with choc. frosting
April: Tang donut! New favorite!!

Overheard on the MAX: one guy giving tips on being homeless to another one - "Do a set of stairs to get your body temp back up and you can go back to sleep for a while."

Board puddle jumper to go home.
"Technical difficulty" delay (bad gauge)...

Drive back to Plummer to get Renger and install alternator they told us they had.
They don't have.
Take bad alternator to Coeur d'Alene.
35 miles.
Auto Zone guy says, No, it's fine.
Back to Plummer.
35 miles.
Guy says, No, it's definitely bad!

Keith gets beer, April gets coffee.
April drives home to Kamiah.
Going back Thursday to put new alternator in Renger.


Patia said...

Good mechanics are so hard to find.

Sounds like a fun vacay! I love Portland.

Grant Wagner said...

I knew that they would be doing the digital puppet Arnie, and I was so looking foward to finally get a picture of the "future".

In all, I was a little dissipointed though. It just felt not very well thought out, and a filler story line when what I was looking for was a true conclusion or at least a decisive battle agaist Skynet.

The good news is that Christian Bale signed up for a total of 3 Terminator movies, so we might actually get to see some sort of finale.