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Showing posts from January 30, 2007


I am in love with this city. Everywhere I go I get excited. I work at the World Forestry Center / and I live near Hawthorne street in southeast Portland. In the morning I take the #14 bus downtown and catch the MAX lightrail up to Washington Park. I love sitting among the other commuters, listening to two women talk in lightning-fast chinese, watching the crazy lady in pancake makeup hold on to her bag like it was trying to get away from her, and checking out the hipsters' cold weather outfits. So fun! Then we get to the Hawthorne bridge. So beautiful!!! Green with rusty red weights weighing 880,000 pounds!! It is the oldest "truss" bridge in the United States! ( meaning it lifts vertically ). As we cross it you can see downtown all layed out before you, sometimes reflecting the morning sun, sometimes shrouded in fog. It's beautiful in all kinds of weather. When you get to 2nd street and pile off, there are ancient brick buildings with …