Sunday, August 5, 2007

Portland Rocks

Portland rocks. It just does. There's always something going on, and I love just taking the bus downtown to go to the Library, the Museum, or the Farmers Market, but I never really know what I'm going to find. One time I heard drums, followed their sound & found a troupe of traditional Mayan dancers doing a performance in front of one of the musuems. Who knew?

This Saturday - surprise! The Iranian festival in the South Park Blocks. I wandered through but they were only just getting set up so there wasn't much to see. A few booths with traditional textiles, one with a lot of pictures, maps and other information.

Next I went to the PSU Farmers Market.

Lots of different tomatos!

Pretty pretty flowers!
Unblossomed Thisle.... yummmmy.

I picked up some squash, a pepper, some tomatos, and basil (for a tasty roast vegetable soup) along with some bread & cheese.

Then I walked down to Pioneer Courthouse Square where all kinds of stuff was going on. I should have taken a picture of the title of this project, because I can't remember what it was called. The project took up several blocks - convieniently closed for construction of the green line Max from PSU to Clackamas (or as I intend to call it - the Clackamax ;) ) Anyway there were dozens of these black boxes, which will at some point have back-light pictures of a sporty nature. Yet another thing that was not set up yet. Yes, I guess it was a bit early as I was wandering around.

But there was also a project going on for the Library. It was called 'Chalk it Up for Kids" and there were a bunch of chalk artists drawing, a used book sale, and a stage set up, either for music or a reading I'm not sure.

After all of that I walked over to the library. After reading The Poisonwood Bible*, I decided that since I'm woefully undereducated about geography and the various political situations around the world I should start learning a bit more. However, to be honest, there's no way I could make it through some of the books that Mistress J., the economic genious goes through. So I visited the children's section and picked up several books about Africa. I read the first one today, and what with the pretty pictures & short chapters... they are just my speed. I figure if I keep reading the kids books, I might even end up smarter than a 5th grader!

Altogether a pretty fun & productive weekend.

*Oh I've just finished The Poisonwood Bible, I picked it up at Powells while waiting in line for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As soon as I collect my thoughts, I'll be posting on that.


Batty said...

I always thought books should have pictures in them. Even books that are considered 'heavy reading'. My advisor didn't agree, but his job depended on everyone believing that he was incredibly brilliant and that his job was incredibly hard, and that he was therefore irreplaceable. So I can't rally blame him.

And I still like books with pictures.

Bezzie said...

I want to roll around in your Farmer's Market. Is that bad?

Speaking of Portland, a kid I went to HS with I think owns a martini bar there. So now I've got two places to visit if I'm ever there for more than a layover. ;0)

Myself, I'm more into reading about novelized autrocities south of our border that are closer than other things we seem to be interested in as a country. But I'll leave it at that! Hee!

Michael5000 said...

PDX is my kinda town. Mrs. 5000 and I rode bikes out to the I-205 path, down to the Springwater Corridor, and back in on the Willamette Trail yesterday. I take that ride all the time, but it was a first for her, and she kept marveling at new parts of the city she had never seen (in 15 years residence).

Rebel said...

Batty - it's true! You need to have pictures for all the visual learners out there!

Bezzie - which martini bar? The only two I've been to are Vault & the Brazen Bean - both of which are really cool. You totally need to visit!

M5K - I haven't been on the springwater trail yet, but I've heard it's great. There's a lot to see & do around here, you just have to make a point of going out to new places.

Magatha said...

Oh! So you live in a REAL city!

Damn it all, I live in a tourist trap. :-)