Mediocre chain restaurant is now gone from the Pearl

At my previous job, it wasn’t unusual to end up at Noodles now and again, just because it was so close.  The food was always so-so.  It seems that others in the area might have felt the same.  I can’t say I’m too broken up.

Also, I’m amused that “not far” to them means Washington Square.  By my reckoning, they are very far away.

Now, let’s not be naive. This is not a 5 minutes active-type meal.

I’m not sure when they start the timer on the “5 minutes active” portion of this recipe.  Chopping the onion, garlic, carrot and celery take far longer than that.  I would estimate 25 minutes of active time, and that’s with me buying bulk sausage, and not having to remove the casings.

It was a good soup though.

Three sentence movie reviews: Monsoon Wedding


I’m not one of those Americans who is all gaga over India, so it wasn’t India that did it for me.  Instead, the story of an arranged marriage and the family preparations for the wedding sucked me in.  The colors in every frame were gorgeous, and there was so much glee throughout the film,* but what really won me over was the depth of love felt among the family members.**

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*I’m thinking of the scene with the women singing and the big Bollywood-style dance sequence as well as the smaller wedding between two minor characters that took place during the big wedding.
**I rarely see such matter-of-fact, gentle love portrayed in movies.

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Postcards from Hawaii and Seattle

Back when I was doing, I would have five or six postcards out.  My return postcards usually came in clumps of at least two, sometimes three. It felt like there was a special area of the post office where the postcards congregated, before joining together for the last part of the journey.

The same thing happened with these postcards, one from my Aunt, one from my friend.

Aunt Pat reports in from Hawaii.   Apparently my Aunt Carol bought a large amount of papaya in the Hilo market.  Also the Kona winds kicked in and the vog lifted.

You know Jan from her regular comments.  She sent me this postcard from a Yves Saint Laurent exhibit she saw at the Seattle Art museum. This is an amazing dress.  Thanks Jan!

Three sentence movie reviews: Me Before You


I got this because I was curious about Sam Claflin and if he had much range outside of Finnick* and I expected to find it rather so-so overall, kind of a British version of Nicholas Sparks’ tales.  Instead, I found myself captivated by Emilia Clarke, who is charasmatic and slightly odd looking in a way that makes it hard to stop looking at her.**  And the story went in an entirely different direction than I had assumed, so that was interesting too.

Cost: $3.00 from Redbox.  (I started watching this on 10/20 and the disk was scratched and wouldn’t move past minute 42.  They gave me a credit and I was able to finish the film a few weeks later.  However, their reserve system tricked me, so I ended up paying for two days, rather than one.)
Where watched: at home.

*Answer: probably not, but he’s pretty to look at.
**This poster makes her look like a standard starlet, but her face is really interesting to watch in a non-standard starlet way.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War


I didn’t need much in this movie, not with the presence of the Hunstman (or, as I prefer to think of him: the Huntsmmmm-mmmmm!)  Like its predecessor, this movie was incredibly pretty to look at and held my attention quite well.  It’s one of those B-Movies graced with A-movie actors who bring their best effort, making for a nicely enjoyable experience.

Cost: $3.00, from Redbox, which now that Videorama has closed, is my best source for new movies.
Where watched: at home.

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A citizen responds

As part of a US Department of Justice settlement, my company is conducting a survey of the Portland Police and their community relations.

We sent a postcard giving residents the option of filling out the survey online.  That was followed up by a paper copy of the survey, complete with postage-paid return envelope.

This respondent wasn’t having any part of our postage-paid return envelope.  They supplied their own.  The return address moniker amused me.

Post-Election Walk

Everyone was pretty raw at work.  I did some stuff, and then left early to take a long walk to the Hollywood Library, where I was volunteering with Teen Book Council.

Look at this blast-from-the-past mural/advertisement for radio station 94.7!  Usually it’s covered by an official billboard.

I’ve take a picture of this building before, but on a happier day.  It seems today the building is sad.  Sorry building.  I feel sad too.

The footprint of Farm restaurant, which I always wanted to eat at, and never did.  I guess I won’t ever get to now.

Tracking apartment rental prices.  For reference, when I got my first studio apartment in Portland in 2002, I paid $500/month to live downtown.  If Matt and I rented this apartment, we would pay $850 each.  Yikes!  

Here’s the house where the unit is.

I loved the green of this house.

And look!  It’s a very specific green.

Very nice vintage four-plex.

I love the neon sign with the brick.

Bit of grey cloud hovering.

The day after the election, not much was happening at the Multnomah Democrats headquarters. The building was dark.  (The cars are from the business next door.)

I had a sundae at Baskin Robbins and a very nice Teen Book Council meeting.  Then there was square dancing.  It was a raw, but good day.