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

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


You Grinders may recall last week when we mentioned that we had attended a show by the Band of Heathens out of Austin, Texas. To many of us, Austin seems to be an island of sanity in the sea of the unreal that is Texas. Proof? Try this article. In any case, Austin and Portland actually have this good-natured feud going on as to which city first came up with the Keep X Weird. Austin believes Keep Austin Weird was first, while we Oregonians know it was actually Keep Portland Weird that was first. But for Portland being wonderfully weird there's Voodoo Donuts, The First Church of Elvis, and much more. We're just offering up this guy--who is obviously blowing some hot jams on his bagpipes--as partial proof of Portland's weirdness superiority. My sources tell me this guy was even on some reality TV program, America's Got Talent, we think. Portland, Oregon; July, 2015.

Monday, August 03, 2015


Entering one of the pavilions in the Asian section of the Huntington Museum & Gardens. (Click the pic for a better view) Pasadena, California; May, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015


A look from the top of the Arc de Triumphe along Avenue de la Grande Armée to La Defense. (Click the photo for more detail)  Paris, France; September, 2013.

Thursday, July 30, 2015



...the other young, new band over which we are highly enthused is the Band of Heathens out of Austin, Texas. We usually catch the Heathens in Portland, but this year for some reason they skipped the state, so we had to travel to see them. We're delighted we did because it was one of the best Heathen shows we've seen and we were really Jonesing for a Heathen show of any kind. Seatlle, Washington; July, 2015.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015



Speaking of the Oregon Country Fair, we usually spend a single day there, but we were forced to attend a second day (Oh, darn!) because the California Honeydrops was the band to close the Fair. Longtime Grinders know the Honeydrops are one of two younger and newer bands we're highly enthused over. And speaking of which... Elmira, Oregon; July, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


We also recently attended one of our most favorite annual events: the Oregon Country Fair. One is likely to see and experience all sorts of things at the OCF, like this person receiving Altered Advice. Of course, one gets what one pays for, in this case five cents. Elmira, Oregon; July, 2015.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Longtime Grinders know we make regular forays out into the high desert. We recently returned to one of our favorite places, Fort Rock Museum, which has a plethora of momentoes from yesteryear, such as this old gas pump. (Click the photo for more detail) Fort Rock, Oregon; June, 2015.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

As those who check in here from time to time, and probably all 3 of those who are actually followers of this blog, know, I have not kept up with it. I am attempting to decide if I might go on a very extended hiatus with this blog.

For now the answer is "No."

I shall continue to post regularly Monday-Friday for now and delay the decision until somewhere down the road. The main reason I have been lacking in keeping up with this is that there are 4 other online places I am currently devoting much more time to and have many more followers.

 But for now, I am keeping this one up.

Keep Grinding....

Friday, July 03, 2015


We'd like to wish our American Grinders a Happy Independence Day today since we don't post anything on the weekends. Moab, Utah; May, 2015.

Thursday, July 02, 2015


We had a really fun night last night as we spent the evening with The Waifs, a terrific bluesy-folk band out of Australia. Totally great music, very real people; doesn't get much better. Portland, Oregon; July, 2015.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


This fixer upper just needs a little work from a deft hand, wouldn't you say? Dufure, Oregon; April, 2015.

Monday, June 29, 2015


We here at the Grind are doubly-blessed as we live near one of the most famous Japanese Gardens in the world, and our dearest and most beloved friend gifted us with a year-long membership to those gardens. Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon; March, 2015.

Friday, June 26, 2015


Now here's the real deal: a view looking north and west towards Montmartre and its Basilica Sacre Coeur, taken from the top of Cathédral Notre Dame de Paris. (Click the photo for a better view) Paris, France; September, 2011.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Here's a little Faux Paris from last month's travels. Once you've been to the real city, this just isn't the same thing. Paris Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada' May, 2015.