The gr8ful grind

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Thursday, October 23, 2014


The accoutrements of the Chinese calligrapher rests easily at the end of the desk. Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland, Oregon; October, 2014.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Maybe you'd feel differently but as we stood on this balcony and looked about, it felt like someone should be shooting a Frank Sinatra movie or something. (Click the photo for a better view). Navarre, Florida; April, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Our fair town is pretty well known as a place where people are really into bicycles. On a recent photo walk, we discovered this wall along Alberta Street. Portland, Oregon; September, 2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014


During the 80s and 90s, we'd go to an Oregon Ducks game and sit in the rain to watch a mediocre, to somewhat ok Oregon team, depending on the year. During that time, we attempted to always go to the home stand with the hated UW Huskies. During that era, Washington was a national powerhouse whose totally arrogant fans would follow them down the freeway to Autzen Stadium and obnoxiously get in the faces of the Duck faithful. Times have changed. Thanks to a totally great birthday present, we were able to attend this past weekend's game against the Dawgs. With Oregon now being the national powerhouse team in the Pac-12, it's incredibly difficult to get seats. Anyway, this was our seat, exactly in the middle of the end zone. And we also got to watch our team Huck the Fuskies for the 11th straight year. Life is sometimes very good. An added bonus was before the game, they feted the 1989 Oregon team that went to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA, the only bowl game we've ever attended and still the coldest night we've ever experienced. That bowl win was the beginning of the Oregon turnaround. Taken with my iPhone 6. (Click on the photo for a better view). Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon; October, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Graffiti and Paris go together like a horse and carriage. This artists used the cracked indentation of the building's wall to enhance the piece. Somewhere Bellevue, Paris, France; September, 2011.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Here's another shot of Bill Payne and Leftover Salmon from last weekend's show. (Click the photo for a better view) Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon; October, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


A soaring eagle greets passengers arriving on the ferry. (Click the photo for a better view) Victoria, BC, Canada; April, 2014.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Autumn is showing its face in our neighborhood these days. Clackamas, Oregon; October, 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Although we had heard of Leftover Salmon, we had never heard them. But we also knew that our old friend Bill Payne was playing with them these days while Little Feat is on hiatus, so we decided to attend the Salmon bake last Friday night. Here's a shot of Bill during one the band's songs. A special shoutout to Bill for going the extra mile and getting us a photography pass for the show. (Click the photo for a better view) Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon; October, 2014.

Friday, October 10, 2014


A night at the museum: in this case, The Louvre. (Click the photo for a larger view) Paris, France; September, 2011.

Thursday, October 09, 2014


The snack we had during our recent visit to Lan Su: packaged pressed plums, dried mango with dried cranberries, almond cookies, and marbled egg, along with green tea. (Click the photo for a better view) Portland, Oregon; October, 2014.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014


The gift shop and the Chihuli: nighttime at the base of the Space Needle. Seattle, Washington; January, 2014.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014



A trio of performers attempt to play louder than their background. Oregon Country Fair, Elmira, Oregon; July, 2013.

Monday, October 06, 2014


A rustic boat rests idyllically among water lilies while the water reflects the sky and nearby building. Lan Su Traditional Chinese Gardens, Portland, Oregon; October, 2014.