Adventures in Portland
Humorous anecdotes to date:
- On one outing, Sadie (Luke and Kay’s dog) found a road-killed possum and, unbeknown to Liz / Bekkah (who were leading the walk), began rubbing her face and body all over the dead animal…(Sadie, not Liz or Bekkah….) At the same time, Pepper (being “walked” by Mia - 6 y.o. and about 30 lbs) spotted a rabbit and essentially street-skied Mia into the bushes… THEN - a crusty woman with a Shitzu began yelling at Liz and Bekkah that the dogs were awful and that we needed a trainer… Sadie came back with possum parts on her neck and, of course, I earned the privilege of giving her a bath.
- That evening, Liz and I were laying on the bed (not in it…) looking at photos from the trip to the coast. One of the cats (the black one) hopped up and was acting cuddly. She moved to the top of the pillow mountain when Liz half-shooed her away. Not two seconds later, Liz announced that she felt something warm and wet…. Indeed - the cat peed on her head… and pillows… and temporpedic mattress… #neat #seriously?
- The next day, they took the animals to the dog park where Chloe finally learned how to hump Pepper. For years, Pepper has often humped Chloe’s head, and Chloe just kind of took it. One trip to an Oregon dog park, and Chloe’s got it figured out… #perhapsChloeisnotsostupidafterall #Pepperhasbeendoingitwrong
- Liz and I took our first walkabout around the neighborhood area which ended up being a seven mile adventure through the forest / unpaved roads / urban trails / park systems… in flip flops. It was a fun adventure, to say the least, but far more than I’d bargained for. We hit a place called Journeys (#littledidweknow) - a cute little wine / beer bar that is essentially situated in someone’s front yard. This was the place with the Velvet Merkin, which, apparently, had to be changed to the Velvet Merlin, because people complained… #booooooo
Lastly, for diversion. It is older than Aristotle, and will be true, when Hobbes is forgot, that man is a sociable creature, and delights in company. Now, whither shall a person, wearied with hard study, or the laborious turmoils of a tedious day, repair to refresh himself? Or where can young gentlemen, or shop-keepers, more innocently and advantageously spend an hour or two in the evening, than at a coffee-house? Where they shall be sure to meet company, and, by the custom of the house, not such as at other places, stingy and reserved to themselves, but free and communicative; where every man may modestly begin his story, and propose to, or answer another, as he thinks fit. Discourse is pabulum animi, cos ingenii; the mind’s best diet, and the great whetstone and incentive of ingenuity; by that we come to know men better than by their physiognomy. Loquere, ut te videam, speak, that I may see you, was the philosopher’s adage. To read men is acknowledged more useful than books; but where is there a better library for that study, generally, than here, amongst such a variety of humors, all expressing themselves on divers subjects, according to their respective abilities?
— Internet Modern History Sourcebook
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