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Old 05-19-06, 11:58 AM   #1
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portland

i'm home. nothing to ride on until this afternoon at the soonest, but the trees are green, the breeze is blowing, and i can smell the ****ing lilacs in the air. my japanese maple collection is still sitting pretty on mom's deck. a nice day, people. a nice day to be back in God's country.





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hey! welcome back! if you have a ride later, drop me a line. i'm still looking for **** to do tonight, but i know there's gotta be some fun stuff...bands or something...

there was a metal fest i was gonna go to, but i decided 15 bucks + booze money would just about wipe me out until wednesday.
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got a bunch of old friends to catch up with, but we should def. grab a beer sometime this week. i'll be working a little closer to your neck of the woods (well, 9th and fremont), so it should be convenient.
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where are you at?
obviously by the orientation of downtown/big pink and the fremont bridge your in SE, but it seems like you're up on a hill.

mt tabor perhaps?

today is an AWESOME day for riding. on my trip ome from work I marveled at the warmth/100% humidity combination and how its actually kind of perfect biking weather.
all the blazing sun lately has led me to realize that sunburn is a reality and it's actually pretty rad when the weather cools you off but doesnt make you cold.

portland rules. welcome.
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oh wait. looking at those pictures again maybe not SE.

oops, whatever.

go ride!
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where are you at?
obviously by the orientation of downtown/big pink and the fremont bridge your in SE, but it seems like you're up on a hill.

mt tabor perhaps?

today is an AWESOME day for riding. on my trip ome from work I marveled at the warmth/100% humidity combination and how its actually kind of perfect biking weather.
all the blazing sun lately has led me to realize that sunburn is a reality and it's actually pretty rad when the weather cools you off but doesnt make you cold.

portland rules. welcome.
yeah...the rain was cold at first...but i don't care now. back out again (is it still raining?) to drink and watch bands play. **** yes.

i love this town. i just have to say.

and zachS, let's totally grab a beer. i work at the asscrack of dawn everyday and so i'm off earlier than most. let me know.
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oh wait. looking at those pictures again maybe not SE.
not SE by any means.

mom's house, on cornell road, just up from NW 23rd and lovejoy. today i saw a lycra-wearing guy riding up the hill FAST on what looked like a custom orange fixie and another relatively fast guy who had a handbike or whatever you call those things for folks who can't use their legs to pedal. it was sweet.


i talked up portland so much when i was down south that i almost began to doubt myself, but there was no need for doubt. it's everthing it's cracked up to be and more. and i will never forget that again.
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seriously. i love going out to some of the commuter paths around 5-ish and looking at all the people on bikes.
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I was gonna say it looks a lot like the hills above NW. Some great riding up there on a geared bike, but my knees shudder at the though of 48x18 fixed up that ****.

Anyone want to get together for a little ride/ drink on wed. night? I don't have to work and it'd be fun to assemble a crew for alittle pre WSI ride
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what sort of time? i wake up at 5:30 for work. any time this weekend for any of you?

though yes...pre WSI get-together sounds rad
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movingsooooooooooooooooooooon
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i think we should make this a permanent portland thread like the ones from other cities.
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not SE by any means.

mom's house, on cornell road, just up from NW 23rd and lovejoy.
yeah thats what I realized. if there was a place in southeast where you could see the fremont bridge so clearly it would have to be a LOT bigger than it actually is.

funny, living just off mississippi ave, I always think of portland as really flat, becuase y'know the west hills don't count because people don't actually live there do they?

which I know is just silly. the west hills are covered in houses, of course people live there.

just nobody I know.

where you gone or school/back for summer?
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looks beautiful as always - i love your city too
my Dad lives in Lake O and I am up there a couple 3 or four times a year to visit, also have friends out by Hawthorne dist. i always get in a ****ty mood when i have to come back here to SLC and then all I do is compare how ****ty it is here compared to pdx. so now i'm jonesing for another visit thanks to the OP.
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i think we should make this a permanent portland thread like the ones from other cities.
sure, why not? we need a thread...if not this one, we do need one.
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where you gone or school/back for summer?
was away at school (in columbia, SC - which makes SLC seem like, well, not paris, but... you get the picture). now back home for good.
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I want to move to portland for a while, but I need someone to reply to my applications. waiting SUCKS.
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vista ave

does Vista ave have a path behind it, I swore that there was, one or behind Skyline, I spent a good part of the fall riding around Killingsworth in the NE, I'll be back in September for a few, where is C.Mass, wot part of downtown ?

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critical mass meets at the north parkblocks elephant statue 30 ft or so north of burnside.
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heh, there was one night where some girls i was talking to at a bar and i sat under that elephant and drank whiskey until they said they were buying me irish car bombs...then it was goodbye, elephant.
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so yesterday i was heading to work, about 9 am, right in the middle of one of those downpours, going north on NE 7th Ave. it wasn't too cold, out, though, and even though I was soaked to the bone, I noticed a big grin spreading across my face. i looked up, and across the street a pretty girl commuting had an even bigger one.

it was that moment when I really realized I was home.


how's the rain been treating you guys?
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ha. I think I know who that girl is.
was she riding a black track bike?
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dunno, all i noticed was that wonderful smile! but I did see a girl on a black track bike a bit further north on 7th today, maybe it was her. I'll pay closer attention tomorrow.
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so yesterday i was heading to work, about 9 am, right in the middle of one of those downpours, going north on NE 7th Ave. it wasn't too cold, out, though, and even though I was soaked to the bone, I noticed a big grin spreading across my face. i looked up, and across the street a pretty girl commuting had an even bigger one.

it was that moment when I really realized I was home.


how's the rain been treating you guys?
well, a manhole cover almost got me the other day. my fault, i guess...i should have seen it coming.

other than that, it hasn't been cold, so being wet has sort of cooled me down while riding my ass off these days.

it's just funny that i've found myself with a jacket on a couple of times when i thought nude riding was a great idea last week.
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