I love Portland. I can live without the rain but I love the city. I was sitting in the car at Auto Zone while Gene went in to get some anti-freeze for the car and I snapped this pic. It is not in black and white. That's just how it is when it's raining in Portland. Gray. Granted, the trees are the most beautiful green you've ever seen.
Every time we go through the city, I just want to say "take the next exit, let's go downtown". It's a real treat when we do. When I first met Gene, he took me downtown on his motorcycle and we walked around, visited Powell's Book Store and had dim sum at a favorite little spot and walked around. He always bought a box of tea after lunch. We've been back a couple of times and we usually end up at that little restaurant but it's been a while since we've done that. If I started a list of things I want to do in 2011, going to downtown Portland for a whole day would be on it.
The last time we ventured out from the center of Portland, we found the most awesome Thai restaurant. The owners had just opened and they told us the story of how they had moved from Los Angeles to open this place. I can't remember the name of it but Gene will be able to drive right to it. It's in a funky part of town ... kind of at the bottom of a residential hill. I remember seeing a teenager who looked like she might be one of the many homeless teens in Portland, across the street from where we ate. The reason I remember her is that she had on a funky little outfit that was black & white striped, lots of metal in her face and she seemed like nobody's girl. She should have been in school, but she wasn't. There was a record store across from where we ate. These are things that stick in my head. I don't know why. Yes, a record store. And, that Thai food was perhaps the best I've ever had. I hope they are surviving the recession. I hope we get to go there just one more time.
The rain led us through the gorge and when we got on the other side, I saw blue sky. Big smiles. I do love the blue sky. I can't help it. As much as I love going to Portland, I love coming home.
It won't be long before we once again get road fever .... maybe a random trip to Portland to spend the day downtown to eat Chinese food and spend hours at the bookstore and ride the Max?
I think I just might have the start of a 2011 life list!