July 4, 2010, SE Portland, My Fair City

Ya gotta love SE Portland Oregon. On today’s walk (30 blocks — closer and closer to the 50 block goal) I was, as usual, stunned by the foliage and the number of bicyclists and the sound of music wafting from every apartment and house. But I really got a kick when I walked down Taylor by Colonel Summer’s Park, between 17th and 20th.

First there was the sidewalk messaging:

The whole front of this house, an old Portland four-square, had its sidewalk lettered in messages good for The Cause. The messages were arranged in various directions, so no matter how you approached the house, you couldn’t miss something tasty. (and yes, the photo is upside down — something to do with how I took it….)

And across the street, in the park, were the usual run of activists:

I watched a bit of this slow pitch softball game — mixed gender, of course, with savvy players. At one point, the outfield backed way way back, almost to the sidewalk,  for one of the batters, who promptly flew out, to the left fielder. That ended the inning.

Frisbee, of some sort, came next, as well as Mom and kid, walking around the empty wading pool–

Croquet, clearly an important part of courting…

And mixed gender basketball, on the pick-up court.

And more messaging (there were 6 total), this one attributed to  Chief Seattle:

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but a thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”

Happy 4th!  –June

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5 Responses to July 4, 2010, SE Portland, My Fair City

  1. June says:

    Tani — I suspect it’s genetic. But you are far advanced — I take hundreds, you take thousands. We both delete extensively, And we both find the wonky ones most likeable


  2. Tani says:

    Your sidewalk photo is my kind of photo!


  3. June says:

    Sheila, The real temptation is to lean the walking stick against a tree while I frame the photograph. The real problem with that temptation is that if I drop the walking stick, I am not allowed to bend over and pick it up. So I would have to wait until a willing passerby came by — someone I was willing to chat up — and pick it up for me. That entails explanations and commentary and all kinds of complications. Thus far, I have avoided the temptation, which is why the photos are, ahem, not so good.

    Reva, I like “turn it up louder.” Isn’t it fun to see what’s on people’s minds?


  4. Sheila says:

    So now you are walking, wielding a walking stick, AND a camera? Sounds like progress to me.


  5. Reva Basch says:

    That’s some impressive sidewalk chalking. I spotted one in our ‘hood the other day, surrounded by musical notes: “Turn it up louder!”


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