Hey, y'all, I'm back!
|"Egads! You've been gone?"|
Yup, L and I jetted off to the big city of Portland, Oregon, where we spent nearly 6 days, exploring, eating food, shopping and getting to know the place. We'd been a couple of years ago (here) but only for a day or two, and had wanted to come back. Of course, we found a couple of concerts to go to while we were away...we'll get to those shortly.
I did a repeat of some of my capsule travel wardrobe from my Hamilton, Ontario trip (here), and raided my giveaway pile for the rest. I left a bunch of this behind (as well as old socks, tees and underwear) - only a few things came home with me.
- Dress - Michael Kors, consignment; last worn here (6th outfit) in June for a weekend shop
- Shirt - Dept, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August for a jaunt to Turnabout
- Blue cotton top - Smoking Lily, thrifted; last seen here on my Hamilton trip in July
- Silk bird blouse - Tory Burch, consignment; last worn here in June with creamsicle dots
- Polka dot blouse - as f as y, thrifted; first worn here in April with leather pants
- Hemp skirt - Smoking Lily, thrifted; first worn here for Canada Day
- Linen top - Gap, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in August to the Ulti field
- Linen cardigan - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) for a shop at My Sister's Closet in August
- Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in March with Betsey Johnson velvet
- Black leather sandals - Softmocs, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) for brunch in August
- Blue suede shoes - Born, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in August
The bolded items are the ones that made the cut - still in the closet! Yes, I only brought four things home. I had planned to leave the bird blouse and the hemp skirt behind, but they were both excellent and so earned a reprieve.
There are also a stack of old t-shirts there that I either tossed or left for donation. The only one I brought home was my Tool concert tee. I sleep in my old tees, and some of these were at the point of disintegration, being over 10 years old.
My accessories might also look familiar - nearly the same as what I took to Hamilton again.
- Wood ring - thrifted
- Orange ring/bracelet - Italian, 1960s, vintage mall
- Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop, Florence, Italy
- Blue cuff - thrifted
- Wooden hoop earrings - vintage expo
- Blue glass bead earrings - local
- Gold earrings - thrifted
At the last minute, I added these gold sandals.
- Gold leather sandals - Born, consignment; last worn here (3rd outfit) in August for Nick's birthday gathering
As always, with my planned "good riddances," I pack light.
This was my travel outfit on the way down.
A last few pictures of our dear kitty.
|"Uncle Ross will feed me all the kitty treats I can eat."|
He does get a bit spoiled when we are away!
|"Just go already, I'll be fine."|
I often looked at his pictures on the camera while we were gone. Aw, I missed my kitty-boy!
And now, a bunch of random pictures of things that caught my eye.
We stayed at one of the famous McMenamin's properties*: Kennedy School, which is an old elementary school that has been renovated but retains all the classrooms and grooves on the history of this 100+ year old property. Seriously, go down the rabbit hole on the Kennedy School link above - it was an amazing place! Highly recommended.
*all links because I love, of course!
It also has NO TV (they do have wireless), and only a few of the bars have a single TV, so L and I really had a media detox. Honestly, I did not miss it - I read a book and a half while we were there, and that's in between all the fun stuff we did. It's good to have a break from the Internet and media once in a while.
I spotted a couple of local cats on our walks, including this wee dude.
|"Yar, who be ye, who wants to cross my path?"|
Pirate Cat of Portland! He looks like he has a few tales to tell.
We arrived on Thursday afternoon - it's only a 4-hour trip for us, and even in the same time zone - and spent about 2 hours walking to the Alberta Street district and looking around in shops and checking out some of the local arts scene.
Tired from our strolls, we had dinner in the Cypress Room, which is one of the old classrooms (you can see the pull-down doors of the cloakroom below) and listened to records on a record player (mostly reggae).
We were up early on Friday for our first full day of exploring.
...under my "cowboy" shirt.
We walked to Mississippi Avenue from our hotel, and had a browse around there. L and I did tons of research before we left on music and consignment stores we wanted to check out, and then grouped them on our maps, to cover them all in our time there.
I liked this sign outside a bookstore.
Being cell-phone-less can be a pain - instead of having tickets on our phone, we had to pick them up in person.
From the Moda Centre, we walked over this bridge to the main city centre area.
Portland has a lot of bridges.
I like the shapes that the girders make.
A selfie on the bridge!
Looking back - that's the Moda Centre there.
And here we are, only 4 rows from the very back, in the "nosebleed" seats, about an hour before the 70s-era classic heavy metal rockers took us by storm.
I have anxiety issues around big crowds (and little crowds!), but if I get to a big venue early, I can handle it.
And here's me, after a visit to the merch table.
Here's a look at my tour shirt, which was $45 (ouch), US (double-ouch).
I like having the tour dates on my shirts - the back of this one is just gorgeous.
Despite all the "scary" demon/devil stuff, Iron Maiden is not really scary. It's all a stage show, folks. These are middle-aged UK rockers.
The opening band was Raven Age.
Zoomed-in view of them onstage. I wore earplugs for the volume for the full show.
At the end of their set, Raven Age asked everyone to light up their phones.
here in 2008) and it is NOT my scene.
And then...Iron Maiden! Here's an awesome review of the show we were at. I agree with "endearingly kitschy" - I had a delighted grin on my face the entire show, and laughed out loud with wonder and glee at the spectacle. This review here also notes the camp factor. For better pictures than mine, check out this gallery here.
Seriously, that's a plane hanging above the stage. It - like some of the other "effects" used during the show - was actually an inflatable prop.
Being a fashionista, I noted all of Bruce's wardrobe changes.
And then he came out in a white windbreaker (?) and snowy winter cap.
Dickinson's voice is one of the greats in rock vocals, with an operatic and melodic style that soars over the multiple guitars. I was totally impressed - he's still got it!
And now our venue is fully packed, not an empty seat.
This song featured a 10+ feet tall Eddie!
He was massive! And waving his massive sword about menacingly.
This is a shot of the screen, caught mid-pixel by my camera.
Later, the set transformed into a church-like look.
And then the jets of fire! There was a ton of pyro in this show, including fireworks raining down on the stage.
Bruce in a cloak (which he also swooshed about in, Darth Sheila approves!) and a light-up cross that he carried around.
Here's Icarus, which was also a giant inflatable prop.
Bring on the fog machines...
Then a quick costume change to a white puffy shirt with lace cuffs with a fitted black jacket over it (I approve!).
I think this is during "The Number of the Beast", one of the few songs I know, from my brother Dave playing it on his ghetto-blaster back in the 80s.
L and I were not the only grey-hairs in the audience. We saw grandparents with grandkids (including granddaughters, yes!), moms, dads, and kids of all ages. Funny how something so outrageous back in the 70s and 80s has now become so normal.
One last screen shot of Bruce, now changed to a puffy shirt and with his hair in a long, bedraggled mop.
A selfie shot in the hotel when we finally got in, around 11:30pm.
On Saturday, we readied ourselves to head back to Laurelhurst for the next round of consignment shops and music stores. We bought day passes for the transit system and took several buses to cut down on our walking - but we walked everywhere! We both love getting to see a town by walking its streets.
What will the weather be?
We took the bus for a bit, then walked through Laurelhurst Park.
It reminded me of Beacon Hill Park here in town.
I also loved this lamp-post.
I didn't buy a ton on this trip - I wanted to find really special things to remember our time. One of the consignment stores in the Hollywood district (Ray's Ragtime Vintage, link here) had a tray of copper jewelry, and I found this amazing set.
There is very little wear on this, but unfortunately, no markings on it. I am pretty sure it is from the 1950s, in the modernist style.
While we were out on Saturday, we hid from the rain and ate at the McMenamin's Barley Mill Pub, which is all Grateful Dead themed (the bathrooms had black light and disco balls! very trippy!).
We walked for over 5 hours on Saturday in total. We were just exhausted, especially after all the walking and concert-going on Friday (which was another 5+ hours), so after a nap, we went to the Kennedy School theatre and watched the movie "The Dead Don't Die" - movies are free to hotel guests, and you can have food/drinks brought into the theatre, right to your comfy chair or couch! Now, that is civilized.
We slept in on Sunday.
Looking back at the Kennedy School.
This was probably my favourite vintage store of all the (very cool) vintage stores we visited: Hollywood Vintage (link).
I found this wonderful short kimono.
I love the black and cream pattern.
The inside fabric is pale pink, blue, grey and cream.
As we walked back to a bus stop, a flock of blue jays followed us.
That night, we had dinner in the Boiler Room pub and watched Sunday Night Football, then played hangman on the chalkboard back in our room (being well-fortified by delicious food and drink).
On Monday, many things in Portland are closed, so L and I slept in, went for breakfast (we "discovered" jalapeno cheddar grits, a delectable dish we don't have in Canada), then chilled out in our room, reading.
|That pile of chalkdust near my feet is a remnant of our hangman shenanigans.|
I decided to wear my kimono for lounging around.
We wandered around the school, making sure we hadn't missed anything (it was really easy to get lost in it!).
I also really liked this one.
We hopped a cab that afternoon to McMenamin's Crystal Hotel, where we had dinner at Ringler's.
We had an amazing stroke of luck while eating our dinner: the Event Staff came around and gave everyone with an e-ticket a stamp for Early Entry to the show! Being nosy me, I asked if our paper tickets would also count - yes, it did!
We were moved to the front of the (huge) line, and strolled right into this 4-level venue, and snagged two of the (very limited) seats in the front row of the 21-and-over balcony, overlooking the floor and stage! It was a great area, with its own bar and bathrooms.
Our view when we arrived - just a cluster of dedicated fans up front on the left who got in early with us. The aisle down the centre of the floor was to keep the underage from the drinkers (excellent security/administration at this event).
The opening act was Lydia Loveless, who L and I are both fans of.
We loved her, and so we both bought the shirt! This was $20.00.
And I adore the wonderfully detailed (and a tiny bit creepy) design.
During the intermission, I got a better picture of the amazing glass chandelier right at our eye level.
Here we all are, ready for the show.
I had to zoom in with my camera to catch a couple of pictures of The Mountain Goats, so my pics are a little blurry, sorry.
Check out L's review of the current album here, as well as the concert.
here is a local review of the Eugene, Oregon show (I couldn't find one of the Portland show). I enjoyed it, although I didn't know a lot of the songs. Check out L's review of the album and the show, again here.
I did buy one of their t-shirts, though.
We cabbed back to our hotel, and crashed, but not before we sorted out all the stuff we were taking home and leaving behind.
I'm ready to go.
Vizzini was so happy to see us!
He totally was! He drooled all over us, and meowed pitifully until we picked him up. He slept on us and cuddled with us all night.
Today/Wednesday, we both took the day off work to recover (and for both of us to blog).
|"Uncle Ross! Let me lead you to the kitty treats!"|
It's been a wonderful break - 8 days total - and I'm not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, but hey, it's only 2 days and then it's the weekend again! It's like we planned it that way, heh heh.
My friends, thank you so much for coming by! I hope you enjoyed our trip memories! Back to our regular outfit posts tomorrow.