Entries re: Cycle
Jul 8
Art art art. Most of us need or want art. The stuff we love is too expensive, the art we can afford is basically a glorified poster. And then. And then there’s the tantalizing world of local, non-traditional, experimental art. Does this belong in your house? Does it belong in anyone’s house? What the hell is art anyway?
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Jul 1
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If you've ever driven down Old Salem Road in Albany, you may have driven under a large metal tube passing over the road (Pic 1). It was used by the IP (International Paper) pulp and paper mill (the stinky Albany plant) to transport steam and electricity from one side of the road to the other. Was used. As of June 24th, it's gone. As is most of the rest of the mill that used to stand on Old Salem Road. It's smells better (have you noticed)? But it's a bit sad to see the emptiness.
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May 20
It's that time of year. The sun is out, the plants are blooming, you're sneezing, and the house looks really dirty. It's the sun. It shows what's really on the floor. And, you know what that is? Winter. Winter is on the floor. So you start cleaning and pretty soon you are CLEANING. Emptying closets and looking under the bed and generally getting disgusted with the state of your house. This happens every year, and every year you come across items that perplex you: old instructional CDs, perhaps? They seem to come with every purchase, and they're totally useless. They cannot go in the recycle bin, but where the hell do they go?
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Apr 23
I have a friend who can fix just about anything. His wife once famously said, "He is especially good at changing filters." I laughed for two days. I suspect he's good for more than that, but changing filters is a really big deal.

(Originally posted in 2012)
 
Apr 2
If you're a shopper, you probably have a lot of shoes. If you're female, you probably have a lot of shoes. If you're into athletics (runner? soccer player?), you probably have a lot of shoes. Whether you buy high end or Payless brand, if you're American you have a closetful of shoes. It's a thing with us. Ain't it great to be an American?
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Mar 5
This is about the right time of year for a discussion about cleaning out the garage, and where to take all that stuff in it. Since I wrote this post I have also discovered Freecycle. I posted some mattresses this week on Freecycle and they were gone in 12 hours. Nice. It's going to be sunny this weekend. Time to clean the garage....and here's the repeat:

Judging by the crowds at the Farmer's Market (Sunday mornings at Hillsdale), people in Portland are pretty damn passionate about locally sourced and fantastic food.
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Feb 18
This article about a dead Walmart in Texas blew my mind. An old post looked at this topic a few years ago, but turning a Walmart into a library? Congrats to McAllen, Texas: this is the most creative use of a mall yet. Their dead Walmart now contains:

...16 public meeting spaces, 14 public study rooms, 64 computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs, and 2 genealogy computer labs.


And a Farmer's Market. Sweet.
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Feb 11
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As I've mentioned, I'm sitting in Spain at the moment, deluding myself that my Spanish is improving. The reality, of course, is quite different. Trash is on my mind a bit too much to study vocab.
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Jan 22
I'm currently in Málaga, Spain, taking Spanish classes. My Spanish blows, FYI. If you had asked me before this trip about my language skills I would have confidently said, Oh, yeah, I speak a little Spanish. Turns out I don't.
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Dec 11
Folks. I have a problem. A serious problem. What the hell is to be done with all those old encyclopedias sitting around everywhere?
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