Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our time in Oregon is coming to an end--this is our last full day here, which will be spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and little Sasha. We're cooking dinner for them tonight, my paella, and then driving up to the Portland airport Ramada Inn in preparation for our flight to Los Angeles tomorrow morning. Because the kids have expressed a great deal of happiness with this area, I'm confident there will be more trips out here in future, which will not be a hardship by any means.

Our four days in Portland were most enjoyable. They began with most of a day spent with the irrepressible Arnie, his husband Blair and the delightful Mason:

They'd planned dinner at an outdoor concert which was a revelation to us easterners--NO BUGS. Not one. For me, the mosquito magnet, it was a pleasure to sit outside in the clear evening air and not dread the onslaught of hundreds of mini-vampires.

Excellent hosts, they'd packed a picnic of little delights, a bottle of wine, and their great good spirits.

Sunday we were meeting friends from Seattle up in the Pearl District. We started at Powell's Books, seen here framed by the sculpture that sits in the traffic island in front of it. We then wandered through the Pearl, a collection of older buildings preserved and converted into lofts, condos, bistros and caf├ęs, newer buildings constructed green (including one that powers four of its residential units by wind turbines on itsw roof), galleries and shops.

This handsome fellow observed the passing scene from a loft in a converted warehouse, now the background for its residents' gardens and front patios. The matching building is reflected in the glass above him.

And this is Gabriel Manca's BONK, purchased more or less (more!) on impulse in the afternoon at the Froelick Gallery. It was only later in the evening when we were winding down our day that I remembered that during our visit to the Classical Chinese Garden, we had all taken our fortunes from a the little numbered doors in a Fortune Chest. Mine had been, "There's a great temptation in store for you. Think clearly." Clearly, I didn't follow the advice but went with my gut feeling.

And such a perfect day to usher you out of Oregon......I'm so pleased that you enjoyed. What I'm not pleased about is that awful look on my face in the picture.
What a wonderful trip! Safe travels home.
what lovely photos!
I love that piece! Gabe is wonderful and you certainly made the right decision. I'm his photographer, got to witness his process naming the pieces for that show.
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You were lucky to stumble upon this fine artist as a matter of fact. Gabriel Manca is already included in major collections which will be in the museum here. His body of work is extraordinary. Knowing him, this piece is heated. I'd hang on to it. Daring choice, you did well. DD
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