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Old 08-17-07, 03:20 PM   #1
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x in PDX

So our x136 made it into Portland very, very early this morning. He called me when he woke up and we met for brunch before he continued on his return to Sacramento. Thank you, X, for sparing me from a full day at work! We ate at a restaurant in the business district of a funky neighborhood that is rapidly becoming yuppified. The backdrop is a new Bicycle Oasis that the City of Portland has installed for the benefit of our tribe. There are a few around town now, and there will be more in the future.


We saw 2 of these stickers stuck to objects in the area. It is a very important message, after all.


As tired as X may have been , he at least knew where he was.


The full Oasis effect...


If he pushes through, he can get home tonight without having to stay somewhere overnight, so no bike ride. It's a nice, easy drive down I-5 through the Willamette Valley and over the Siskiyous. I did get to see the pretty Long Haul Trucker all dismantled in his detested rental vehicle. I can only imagine how happy X will be to get rid of it at the journey's end.
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Old 08-17-07, 03:41 PM   #2
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Nice pi(x)! That is a fun drive once you get past Eugene...through Redding, anyway.


Isn't it kind of weird how "You're going to die" always sounds so...threatening, ominous, and imminent? It's merely a fact, after all, like "The sky is blue" and "Grass is green." Those don't make anyone want to shiver.
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Old 08-17-07, 03:46 PM   #4
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No pics of you two together? What was for brunch?
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Old 08-17-07, 04:08 PM   #6
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Well, there wasn't a third to take pics, and I honestly forgot to ask him to take one of me. I had the "Northwest Benedict" (Eggs Benedict with salmon instead of ham) and X had the french toast. Portland's breakfasts/brunches are the best meal by far in most restaurants. We take it very seriously here. It's usually served until 2-3pm.
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god, i miss PDX.
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Darn! He drove through Eugene, I would have met him for a double hazelnut latte (or more brunch) if I had known. Next time x?
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god, i miss PDX.
We miss you, too.
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OMG. Are those bikes tied down? Or are they free to wander?!
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Well, there wasn't a third to take pics, and I honestly forgot to ask him to take one of me. I had the "Northwest Benedict" (Eggs Benedict with salmon instead of ham) and X had the french toast. Portland's breakfasts/brunches are the best meal by far in most restaurants. We take it very seriously here. It's usually served until 2-3pm.
And they start serving it at noon, when most Portlanders finally roll out of bed.
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OMG. Are those bikes tied down? Or are they free to wander?!
In Bike Theft Central, OR? Hardly. They're difficult to see in the pic, but there are staple racks under the shelter. With the exception of my bike, they were all locked up.
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Was anyone else thinking "That isn't what I expected X to look like."?
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Was anyone else thinking "That isn't what I expected X to look like."?
Yeah, but no one could anticipate that shirt.
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Yes, one could anticipate that shirt. If one knows x.
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my x is in pdx, well actualy across the river in battle ground, usde to live in portland and it is a fun town to ride is
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Yes, one could anticipate that shirt. If one knows x.
It's Hawaiian Shirt Friday--Isn't EVERYONE wearing a similar shirt?

Wait, what? NO?
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Yeah, but no one could anticipate that shirt.
I was grateful for that shirt. I knew exactly who he was when I pulled up.
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Everytime I open this thread your picture startles me x, because you look a lot like a friend of my son's.
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Love the pics! I like the last one the best!

I think Joe and I need to head up to that area again. We're craving some Sweet Cheeks wine and some Northwest company!
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Love the pics! I like the last one the best!

I think Joe and I need to head up to that area again. We're craving some Sweet Cheeks wine and some Northwest company!
I'll drink to that idea!
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I was grateful for that shirt. I knew exactly who he was when I pulled up.
I want to apologize to x's shirt. Can I wear your shirt sometime, x?

From my own day in PDX, I have to say that its a worthy pilgrimage for bicyclists. Mostly because there are a lot of cyclists for a U.S. city its size, lots of different kinds of bikes and riders.
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