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Two years is a long time to be doing anything on a daily basis. After a while, you can't tell whether you're in a groove or in a rut.
And so came the inspiration for my hiatus from blogging that starts today. As announced a couple of weeks ago, I'm going to take some substantial time off and re-evaluate what I'm doing here.
The news that I was planning this sabbatical triggered a larger reaction than I expected. Indeed, there's even going to be some coverage (photos and all) in the local print media over the next couple of days. While that's nice, and kind of amusing -- isn't anything more interesting happening around here? -- in the end, it's not important.
What's much more significant are the supportive messages I've received from readers of this blog in that two-week period. Many of these are people who already knew me on some level or other before they stumbled across this site. Now I guess they know me better, and in some cases I know them better for the comments they have left here. Other well-wishers are people I've never laid eyes on, and vice versa. Perhaps that's the best testament of all.
So now what? Five or six weeks of total radio silence. No blog writing, and probably not that much blog reading, as the two go hand in hand. I'm going to get my news from actual newspapers printed on dead trees. And I'm determined to sit down somewhere and read some actual books -- something I never get the chance to do.
There are other, more private plans for this time as well. As I play with the kids a little more, have that extra conversation with my spouse each day, get back in touch with my childhood roots, let go of current politics just a bit, get a little more work done, and do a little more working out, I'm sure the right path will open up before me. It always seems to do so.
Until then, remember that a hand-crafted blogroll sits just to your lower left, full of bloggy goodness. And if you haven't already done so, you can always start a blog of your own. Just go here and you'll be off and running in no time.
But be careful -- if writing is in your blood, this thing can be very, very addictive.
I purposely detoured my evening run today to take one last pass over the Broadway Bridge before it shuts down for two months. That sturdy old gal is now more than 90 years old, and she's been undergoing an overhaul that's had her half shut down for quite some time now. Most of the remaining work requires that no traffic at all be allowed on the span, and so it appears it will be off limits even to bikers and joggers as well as to motor vehicles.
Which is going to make a traffic mess, of course, but a necessary one.
A cruise along the south walkway gives the runner a bird's-eye view of the "luxury ghetto" of apartments that has sprung up almost right under the bridge's deck on the west side. For the folks in those units, there's going to be some eerie quiet during the 60-day shutdown. Granted, there will be some construction noise, but the usual steady roar of traffic will be silenced. Good time to head out to the pool down there by day, or to lie awake out on the little balcony at night.
I'm not qualified to write a retrospective of Marlon Brando's career. But between "On the Waterfront" and "The Godfather," to me there was, and is, no greater actor. His short part a few years back in "The Freshman," a comic reprise to "The Godfather," warmed my heart.
So long, you crazy old coot. To say you will be missed is so weak a line as to be almost sacrilegious.
Worldwide Pablo today bemoans the fact that the anti-gay-marriage initiative that's going on the November ballot here in Oregon is sure to win. Not only that, but he notes that it will bring right-wingers out in droves, which could cost Kerry the state.
Wouldn't it be something if the electoral vote was close as a razor again, and Bush was re-elected because he narrowly won Oregon?
Thank you, thank you very much, everybody. I just flew in from Fallujah, and boy, how my arms, they are tired! But seriously, it's great to be here today in this court. I enjoy watching the kangaroos jump!
How do you like my new look? All I needed was a good Ba'ath! And I've been on South Beach -- the South Beach of Umm Qasr! You like the suit? Is my Kobe Bryant outfit.
Courtney Love, I want you, honey!
This Kurd walks into a bar. He orders a falafel. The bartender says, "You want mustard gas with that?" He he! O.k., so what's the difference between a Shiite and a Kuwaiti? None! They are both pussies! Hey, I'll be here all week. Try the foot-and-mouth veal!
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend
Familia Bianchi, Malbec 2009
Terrapin Cellars, Pinot Gris 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009
Lello, Douro Tinto 2009
Quinson Fils, Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
Anindor, Pinot Gris 2010
Buenas Ondas, Syrah Rose 2010
Les Fiefs d'Anglars, Malbec 2009
14 Hands, Pinot Gris 2011
Condes de Albarei, Albariño 2011
Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2007
Penelope Sanchez, Garnacha Syrah 2010
Canoe Ridge, Merlot 2007
Atalaya do Mar, Godello 2010
Vega Montan, Mencia
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2009
Portuga, Rose 2011
Revelation, Chardonnay, Pays d'Oc 2010
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2005
Monte Alto, Tinto Reserva 2005
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Cabernet, Indian Wells 2009
Espiral, Vinho Rose
Vin-Koru, Pinot Gris 2011
14 Hands, Hot to Trot Red 2009
Rodney Strong, Cabernet, Sonoma 2009
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #11
Portuga, White 2010
La Bourgeoisie, Red 2009
Januik, Red 2009
Three Rivers, River's Red 2008
Kirkland, Alexander Valley Merlot 2008
Muga, Rioja Rose 2010
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2009
Mauro Molino, Barbera d'Alba 2009
Garda Chiaretto Rose
Columbia Crest, Two Vines Vineyard 10 White
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 2009
L'Hortus, Rose de Saignee 2010
Maculan, Pino & Toi 2008
McKinley Springs, Bombing Range Red 2008
Trader Joe's Pinot Gris 2009
Montes Alpha, Cabernet 2007
Gran Sasso, Sangiovese, Terre di Chieti 2009
Garda, Classico Chiaretto Rose
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 1999
Picos del Montgo, Tempranillo 2008
Chateau de Montmirail, Vacqueyras 2008
La Granja 360, Syrah 2009
Montgras, Carmenere Reserva 2009
Lange, Pinot Gris 2009
Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet 2008
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio 2010
Trader Joe's Coastal Syrah 2009
Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2008
Trader Joe's Coastal Chardonnay 2009
Vieux Papes Red
Domaine de l'Aujardiere, Chardonnay 2009
Santa Rita, Cabernet, Medalla Real 2007
Penfold's, Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2008
Guild, Red, Lot #02 2008
Dievole, Dievolino Sangiovese 2008
Laforet, Burgogne Chardonnay 2009
Columbia Winery, Merlot 2007
Bonterra, Cabernet 2008
Elk Cove, Pinot Gris 2009
Maquis Lien 2006
Scott Paul, Pinot Noir, Le Paulee 2007
The Occasional Book
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt
Miles run year to date: 32
At this date last year: 66
Total run in 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269