Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Portland, OR part Duce

It’s difficult not to like this city. There’s a lot of good, and inherently, there’s also a lot of bad. I wonder, is it just a case of the grass being greener, or is this city a little better?

In any case, the landscape is definitely greener.

I could tolerate the pain in the ass parking. While it does cause some inconvenience, the street isn’t so bad, and the monthly rates might be tolerable if you make as much as I plan to. No salt though, which means those four wheeled holes to throw money into will last longer than New England cars.

Problem is, the ocean is two plus hours away. That’s a little rough.

I could live half way, but that would make going to all the fancy places difficult, and there really isn’t much in between here and the ocean. Now that I’m thinking about it, it would be a lot like where I live now. It’s an hour or so away from the ocean and an hour or so away from waterfalls, mountains, and miles of uncharted territory.

So maybe it’s not that much better…or is it….

It was nice out today, and every time I passed a group of alternative youth, the potent smell of ganja made its way into my nostrils. Everyone tells me how great it is, and being so close to Canada, I think I believe them.

You could find the same groups in other cities, but no where near as many, and if you’re near where I’m from, I’m probably in that group.

Does that make it better, in my opinion, yes. Does that make it worth moving here, in my opinion, no. Herb will come and herb will go but the rain is here to stay.

The public market almost makes it worth it, the FANTASTIC seafood almost makes it worth it, the restaurants, the people, the music, the atmosphere, almost makes it worth it. I can find those things else where, and its my window….I..I..I can’t stand the rain. A jazz tune, before it was violated.

More on the food note a little later....

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Angry Hippie Central

So you want to know what I think about Portland, OR. Its a neat little city, that is run buy hippies.

I'm quite liberal, but this is going a little far. They really don't want you to enjoy driving a car here. The roads are small and unmaintained, the parking is terrible, almost everything is one way, and they tax the CRAP out of gas, I mean something fierce, $0.50 more per gallon. Being a person whom adores his four wheeled friends, this is almost unacceptable.

Then you have the bikers, the angry, hippie, bikers (bicycle). Who don't like anyone who drives a car, even hybrid drivers. Every year they protest. Trying to bring awareness to those who drive cars, that they want to share the road to. How do they protest you might ask? They line up, and bike down a four lane highway, blocking traffic for miles, causing police to work overtime, and seriously annoying the crap out of those people who they are trying to win over. Thats one way to attempt to accomplish a goal I guess.

Its like Cali, but no where near as friendly. On top of that there is a plethora of bums, who aren't cool ones like you could find in San Fran, they just ask you for cigarettes and sleep on the street.

On the other hand, the public transportation is quite nice and free in spots, something I've never seen before. Its is quick, and electric, making it almost silent.

There are also tons of coffee shops, really good ones too. Just today, I was having a cup of very good Kenyan AA and a bagel across the street from my hotel. Low and behold, they put on one of my favorite Aphex Twin albums. Good start to a day in my opinion.

I still have some salmon fishing to do as well as much more city to explore. If you're lucky, I'll have time to add some more of my findings on this very different city.

By the way, Oregon has only two syllables, and they will correct you if you if you call it O-Ra-Gon.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Trying Desperately To Get Some Interweb Attention.

I'm anti a large amount of things. I prefer to say anti, because I don't just not like these things, I try to convince people of how terrible these thing really are. For example, television.

I will use as an example, American Idol. Forgive me if this bugs you, but I will be continually repeating American Idol throught this post, to make a point. I am anti American Idol because every radio and news show feels the need to talk about American Idol like American Idol is the only thing going on in this world. American Idol this and American Idol that, who got voted off and how close they are to being voted off, and who's going to be the next American Idol, blah blah blah.

Maybe I can get some publicity off American Idol as well. American Idol. American Idol.

It might happen, who knows. Some poor innocent web traveler might be searching for American Idol, and just happen to come across my blog post on American Idol. Only because I do things like mention that I'm a Howard Stern fan, and play of a little off that publicity too.

I was moved when Howard Stern was undermining the American Idol voting process by using his listerners to keep Sanji or whoever on American Idol. I thought Howard Stern really despised American Idol as much as I do despise American Idol and all other reality TV. Once Sanji got voted off American Idol, and Howard Stern continued to talk about American Idol, I was less impressed.

American Idol.American Idol.American Idol.American Idol.American Idol.American Idol.

If I wanted to hear about who the next pop junk for the masses star was going to be, I would be watching American Idol, now wouldn't I.

There will be other rants about my anti-televisionism. Although this one focuses only on American Idol.

Thank you for reading. Especially American Idol fans.

The First Post

I have an opinion on almost everything. Some people like that in a person, some people don't.

I started this blog to express my opinions, but more so that I don't forget them.

Worcester is in a good location. I can't say its the best place to live being a country bumpkin at heart, but its not a bad place to begin a life of your own.

If you live in the area and want to go fishing, let me know.