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Portland bound!

OK, folks, looks like I will be in Portland [Edit: Portland, Oregon!] for the last week of January, where I hear it's cold. I'll be spending quite a bit of time with zaiah, and apparently there will be get-togethers at the home of edwardmartiniii on the 24th and 31st. But I will still have some unallocated time available as well, mostly on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (the 25th, 26th, and 27th).

I will not, however, have a car.

So, anyone fancy a meetup? What's a good thing to do in Portland on a weekday with no transportation?


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polydad
Dec. 23rd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
kindredsgirl and I would be delighted to hang with you for a while, and perhaps provide transportation to/from Something, for whatever value of Something presents itself. And I haven't visited with the Monkey in far too long myself. By all means, let's do something.

best,

Joel
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tacit
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Not that it impacts me in the slightest, but...
Good catch! Portland, Oregon.
polydad
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Not that it impacts me in the slightest, but...
In this case, Oregon. Would be hard to get to Portland, ME, from Corvallis, OR.

best,

Joel
jtroutman
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: Not that it impacts me in the slightest, but...
Ah, I have done that. My sister-in-law used to live in Corvallis for many years (nice town!). And I live in Central Maine. A long trip, yes.
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polydad
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Do that again and I'll have no recourse but to invite you for dinner. Or I could do that anyway; don't need an excuse for it.

best,

Joel
edwardmartiniii
Dec. 23rd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
I recommend Powell's City of Books.

But then, I ALWAYS recommend Powell's City of Books.
zaiah
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
And the technical book annex on burnside! ..and voodoo doughnuts down by third!

What sort of thing would provide the opportunity to get to learn a little about the different neighborhoods? Or is that too ambitious in too little days?
edwardmartiniii
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the Technical Bookstore Annex, just a few blocks east of the Main Store.

I think a pleasant walking tour of the Pearl District and the NW shopping areas (21st/23rd), if you're into shopping.

A stroll along Hawthorne, is a bit of culture.

A visit to OMSI is always fun (take me! take me!).

If downtown, Pioneer Square during a pleasant day is pretty.

You may be able to swing flaneur-type tours of Portland downtown, or possibly find the tour of the whole Portland Underground. I've heard mixed reviews on that, but it's always fun to learn just how evil people can be to each other.

Voodoo Doughnuts is a happy stop on any walking adventure downtown, on west 3rd, just fifty feet south of Burnside.

You can explore a lot about PDX by browsing through the topics in http://pdx.tribe.net/ which include many strings by people who are planning to move to PDX and want to know more about various neighborhoods.
mantic_angel
Dec. 25th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
This pretty much covers precisely what I was going to suggest :)

I'm also a huge fan of a little diner called The Roxy. It's only a couple blocks from Powell's, too (1121 SW Stark St). They do delicious chili cheese fries, and very fun soda + Italian syrup mixes.

There's also no such thing as having "no transportation" in Portland. The city has an incredibly good public transport system, and their website (trimet.org) makes it very easy to get directions to/from pretty much anyplace :)

It's worth repeating: Powell's :D
edwardmartiniii
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I've never eaten at the Roxy. Have to try that.

Ever eaten at Dots? Last time I was there, they made me a jalapeno burger that was SMOTHERED in jalapenos -- chock full of awesome.
mantic_angel
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
You haven't been to the Roxy? I'd be happy to correct this sometime :)

"Dots" I am not at all familiar with, so I might well have to check that place out myself.
edwardmartiniii
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Dots is also next door to Noho's Hawaiian food, which on Friday serve an excellent kalua pig. Across the street from the Clinton Street Theater, which was the only theater ballsy enough in Portland to play Base Moi.

lx
Dec. 23rd, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Seconding Powell's. If you're around southeast, I'm a fan of Mt Tabor, our resident extinct volcano with a lovely view of the city.

Looks like you'll just miss this, ho hum.
gheofabulousduk
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Absolutely thirding Powell's. One of my favorite places in the world.

~Duk
xaotica
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)

and a vote number four for powell's.
lunasmiles
Dec. 23rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I can probably make it down from Seattle for the 24th at Edward's!
kindredsgirl
Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'd LOVE to meet you in person, Franklin!!! Hooray!!!

***hugs***

I have to work during the week, but we could come up to Portland Sunday.

Hope to see you!

L
moonchild_lnd
Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know where I'll be living by the last week in January, but most likely it will still be rural Oregon, or possibly Seattle. If it works out, I'd be interested in meeting you at some point. I've only been reading your journal for a few weeks, but I like it....
:)
peristaltor
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
No one can overestimate Powell's. It is the Holy Crap, Where Have You Been All My Life? bookstore.

It's a way of life.
lynellex
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
powell's
when we had friends visiting portland for 4 days, we strongly encouraged them to visit powell's. they spent three of their four days at powell's. maybe that gives a clue about the awesome-ness of powell's. smiles...


xaotica
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)

i'd recommend renting a bike, 'cause portland is super flat and an excellent city to bike in. but even if you don't, their public transportation system is good and you won't be held back by not having a car.
cjhm
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Bah - we'll be in Las Vegas for part of that - but we'll wave when we fly over Portland ;-)
jtroutman
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Boo. If you ever visit the original Portland (Maine), I'd be happy to take you around town and such.
omegamatrix
Dec. 24th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
I live in Eugene. I have friends who live up in Portland. What kinda meeting up are we talking about here? I've got time and credit to kill on a much needed road trip...
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