We had a fabulous time in Sunriver. I was there as a speaker for the Oregon Thoracic Society (American Lung Association's Oregon chapter) annual professional meeting. I was able to ski at Bachelor one day and hang out with the family the rest. It was a relaxing weekend, once I had finished preparing for the short talk. We also checked out the High Desert Museum - something which I highly recommend to any and every one to visit at least once. There are large components both indoors and outdoors. Family favorites included the mine exhibit, the lynx, and the bobcat.
We took SNAPP along as well. Let's just say that SNAPP didn't do as well on the snowy and slick mountain passes as the all wheel drive Outback did. But, she made it, and ran like a champ.
As I neared the Broadway Bridge Monday morning on my way in to work, I noticed a lot of onlookers, including pedestrians and cyclists gawking over the Broadway Bridge down at the water. I rubbernecked a little as I sped by, but figured I'd Google it the next day and figure out what happened.
Turns out, that the onlookers were looking down upon a dead body floating in the Willamette- a 30 something year old woman. Story can be found here. It's currently under investigation, so no more details are known yet.
The crazy things you see when you're on the bike in Portland.
Thanks Todd (bro) for giving me the heads up on this incredible helmet cam taken during a bike messenger race in NYC (2004). There are some very close calls with cars, buses, taxis, pedestrians, other bikers, etc. It's 7 min long, watch some or all, the backgrond music will relax you a little, while your nerves are being jolted while watching the action.
This is pretty much what my morning commute in Portland is every day. The only difference is - the cameraman in the video gets passed by other bikers. ;)
1) near miss - tight space with bus/taxi at 3:40 (time left)
2) running through lights, narrowing avoiding pedestrians (5:10 time left)
3) fixed gear hipster flying down descent on bridge in NYC (:30 time left)
:: peder ::
I'm so glad it's over. Can we (the country) please talk about something else now? *yawn*
Perhaps I should be a little more in touch with our pop culture. I just found out Saturday which teams were playing. Does that make me a bad person?
The only good thing about the superbowl is that it means we're one step closer, in the long march of spring sports, to Le Tour (and all it's doping scandals, to be 100% fair). Cool thing, the tour's first stage will start across the Channel, in London!
Speaking of cycling, Portland's annual "Worst Day of the Year Ride" is this coming Sunday (2007.02.11). I've signed up for the 40 mile "challenge" loop, which promises to be a decent ride out in the West Hills of Portland. I'll likely get plenty wet (supposed to start raining again this week - woohoo), but drinking Lucky Lab beer in the finishers circle will definitely be worth it.
Found a great band, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness from listening to KEXP while on call at the hospital a few months back. It's yet another great band from Austin, TX. I don't know what they put in the water down there, but it must be awesome, especially given that one of my favorite bands, American Analog Set is from Austin as well. The 6th track, "We Choose Faces" is very moody and ambient, a nice combo.
Their album has a distinct 80s sound to it, which is due to the way it's produced. Check out my favorite song from the album, "Lights."
Kudos for Josh from DC for giving me the scoop on this great Swedish band. I usually don't post YouTube videos on this blog, but this one, I think, is appropriate. I just love the video to this song, "Young Folks." It's a very simple song, but the song just rocks. It's very catchy - how many .alt/.indie bands feature a whistled melody? I think my dad would really like this one (that man can really whistle)! Another great song is "Objects of My Affection", which has kind of an early American rock and roll feel to it.
You also might notice that I've added a neat little widget to the blog on the left, highlighting some of the more recent good music finds, just to make our ears happy.