Life at home with my parents is always so relaxing. There is never a lack of things going on, it seems like there is always about 4 or 5 people here at all times. Today was a very relaxing evening of home cooked chicken and baked potatoes, then it was out to the porch to just sit around and talk about nothing.
Turns out my parents have a dog pack at the house right now. My brother David brought his dogs over and my sister has her dogs over plus there are the two my parents have. Its like a freaking zoo here. I’ll get to the other animals another time.
Hope you all don’t mind but I’m probably going to be doing a lot of reminiscing about home and family over the next week. I just can’t pass up the opportunity to post about the things here and my family that I am going to miss so much when I leave.
This Ethan my nephew, Jonathan and Adrian’s little boy.
This is my parents front yard with their dog pack. (gosh I hate little dogs, you know the one that never stop yelping like someone is pulling the claws out)
I’m in Auburn Ca for the next week, the weather is amazingly cooler than I expected.
I’m here at the airport in Portland getting ready to go down to Sac then it’s east to Auburn. As it would turn out PDX Airport has free internet. How nice of them.
I thought I would leave Portland in style by giving you a little bit of random information. Hope you like it. I found the first one to be the most interesting.
Portland was almost “Boston, Oregon”!
Portland was named by the flip of a coin by its two original settlers, Asa Lovejoy and Francis W. Pettygrove. Lovejoy wanted to name the new settlement after his hometown of Boston; Pettygrove wanted to name it after his hometown of Portland, Maine. Pettygrove won the coin toss, best two out of three.
Portland’s Two Rivers:
The Willamette River (pronounced “will-AAAAAH-met”) divides Portland into its east and west sections; “Downtown” is technically only the part on the west side of the river. About seven miles north of downtown, the mighty Columbia River divides the state of Oregon and the state of Washington.
No Sales Tax
Oregon is one of those rare states that has no sales tax (except on hotels and car rentals). We do make up for it by having a fairly high income tax (9%). However, when you weigh the overall tax burden of Oregon, we usually come out about average of all the 50 states.
Can’t pump your own gas.
Oregon is one of only two states (New Jersey is the other) where ordinary people can’t pump their own gas – you must have an attendant do it. I’m not kidding!!! Native Oregonians seem to love this tradition and every attempt to get rid of this rule has been defeated. It is kind of nice in the winter time when it’s cold and you don’t want to stand in the rain and pump your gas or just don’t want to get your hands dirty.
Portland is the whitest big city in the US, according to recent census data (over 70% white). Today Portland is considered liberal and tolerant – although it’s easier to be “tolerant” when most people are of the same race. But, Portland has a racist past that consigned blacks to a few neighborhoods in NE Portland. For better or worse, today those black neighborhoods are becoming more and more white (“gentrified”) as housing prices skyrocket in Portland’s urban neighborhoods, enticing poor and middle class homeowners in these neighborhoods to sell out.
more Random Facts
So this is it, Im taking my comcast back from here on I’m going to have to rely on finding my internet from some one else. Kinda makes me feel like I’m being left high and dry.
Here they are, these are the boxes I sent to Brody today.
I’ve never really thought of myself as a person who moved a lot. I guess that is until I moved to Portland. Since I’ve lived in the Portland area I have moved 4 times, and now here I am doing it again. I decided this time that I wasn’t going to fool around. I just tossed all the things that I haven’t touched in a long time and kept the things of value and personal interest.
I’ve also got two backpacks, but all in all I think I did a good job. Only thing is, now I’m wondering if I should have kept more, but I think it’s refreshing in a way to only have what I really want and need.