Summer in the City

Yay for summer!!!! Finally summer has arrived and apart from the kids being excited (which kid isn’t) truthfully this season is Portland is just magical.

So what is coming up for us locally that we think we’re going to do? First, Shakespeare. Oh wow we know it’s a classic but in Portland it’s even more than that. It is just wonderful and so much better outdoors. It’s loud, great acting and you get the chance to picnic. “Drinking with Romeo,” I like to call it as I take my place at the Lone Fir Cemetery. So bring out your sunscreen, get the bubbly on ice and join us for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival.

And let me tell you his….while the popular ones like ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are great, with this Portland summer program, I feel it matters less which play is being performed and more about who you’re there with. In fact, those who really are there for the play, go early so you get the good seats. As for the rest of us, we’re there to enjoy the entire event – it’s the ambience and company that truly makes it special. And it’s totally geared for kids, mega family-friendly with even dogs being welcome!

Moving In?

If you give me a chance I would. Wow.  I just read about the Mio.  Do not be fooled into thinking it is a car.  It is a house.  But a house with a difference and would be beyond perfect for us when the kids leave home and Daniel is completely focused on his work.

The Covo Mio is designed for people who work from home and love technology.  Featuring smart home lighting, heating and security, numerous charging ports, a built-in 55% monitor, it is the work addict’s dream.

I personally really was impressed by its full working kitchen with a stainless-steel oven top and a ton of smart storage too.  With stereo speakers built in and a seven-foot bar top, who could not see this as their mancave, she-shed or fab personal retirement home?

Joining the Masses Fighting for Climate Change

So I joined a few hundred others last week to make our joint statement on how we feel about climate change.  At the same time, all of the data about climate change was removed from the Environment Protection Agency’s website, apparently as a way to “reflect the approach of new leadership,” in other words, Trump.

But why was I specifically there?  I’m not happy about the new policies vis-à-vis what the greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants will do. The proposed EPA budget cuts make me particularly nervous. How crazy is it that they plan to cut the budget from $300million to $10 million that is used to fight against water pollution issues in the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world?

This just is not acceptable.  I sure hope our protest will not fall on deaf ears.


St. Patrick’s Day in Portland!

Later this month I think we’re going to participate in Portland’s 76th Annual Saint Patrick Day.  Traditionally we’ve gone for a more boozy marking of the milestone but as the boys get older they become more fun for us to do stuff with so this family day looks pretty appropriate. For a week leading up to the day (and the next day) there are the St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls, but, you know, been there done that (or, as Daniel would say “you’re getting old,” which is also true!

There is the dance cruise that could be fun (any Saturday in March) which leave south of the Broadway Bridge, but, to be honest, given that it’s only for 21+ year olds it’s not something I want to do that much that would justify a babysitter.

I think instead we’ll just save our pennies for Frankenstein’s Comic Book Swap on March 25th at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  When I showed my boys the advert for this, their eyes lit up.  Now seriously what is better than a happy child?

See you later with more Portland happenings!

We’re Getting Greener!

Portland is going even greener.  Having long since developed a reputation for being a very environmentally-friendly city, we are now apparently taking it a step further.  Rather than vans (which as we all know do no favors to the environment), UPS is using its hybrid eBike tricycles for its local deliveries.

I for one am quite excited about this. UPS is first trying it out in Oregon (which made it to Number 5 on 2016’s Greenest States) and now, UPS is going back to basics as it were by using this hybrid.  Early on in its history – more than a century ago – UPS was based on a bike messenger firm and Senior VP of Global Engineering and Sustainability, Mark Wallace is now saying the 2-wheeler “may be making a comeback as [the firm] navigate[s] through crowded urban areas and continue[s its] focus on environmental sustainability.”

UPS is simultaneously looking at vehicles that rather choose: natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane internationally.  While trying out the eBike UPS is to examine the infrastructure of Oregon and how the vehicle is being received by customers. Should it succeed, testing will expand on greater areas in other cities throughout the nation.