March 2014: Off The Grid


Old friends, new friends
Los Angeles-Denny-Portland
Booming bass, custom camping truck
A comfy basement bed & washing machine
One propane heater acquired on foot, with cash, no tax
Stories of family, the new property, past accidents, hopeful futures
Smokes on the porch, some whiskey inside
Pizza delivered, Frank's noodles eaten
NCAA Final Four 
Trips to Fred Meyer
Pictures from foreign lands
Parson's tacos, sugar cookies
A teenage letter revisited
Remembering RAtM
A hike in Forest Park, lunch with Anna
Bratty brunettes to avoid
A private photography lecture 

You are already missed!  Next time, it's off the grid.



(Photo Taken By CD, Forest Park) -Cell Phone Image-



(NE Bryce St & 35th) -Fuji Polaroid Film- 

March 2014: By The Buffalo Bayou


Flying from Portland, Oregon to Houston, Texas isn't direct.  
Better to visit Texas in winter than summer.
JK & SK are not twins.
JK has an innate gift for reading maps, exploring, finding the hidden, understanding beauty, tour guiding & analyzing.
SK loved what appeared to be a very healthy & natural integration of Mexican & U.S. culture.
Houston has fantastic art (free, public, accesible, prolific) & lots of cars (including art cars).
SK prefers the birds to alligators at Brazos Bend.
Galveston can be windy but pleasant on weekdays.
Ice houses, charity saloons & slushy shandies are all excellent things.
Don't ever shy away from vegan Vietnamese food.
Houston by bike (late-night) is pretty unbeatable; listen for the doves.
Trumpet the cat makes everything better.
We are all Lone Stars.



(Frontier Flight 788 PDX-DEN) -Digital File-



(Houston) -Digital File-



(Contemporary Art Museum, Houston) -Digital File-



(Brazos Bend State Park, Needville) -Digital File-



(Brazos Bend State Park, Needville) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By JK, Brazos Bend State Park, Needville) -Digital File-



(Downtown Galveston) -Digital File-



(Poop Deck, Galveston) -Digital File-



(Poop Deck, Galveston) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By Poop Deck Employee, Poop Deck, Galveston) -Cell Phone Image-



(Galveston) -Digital File-



(Shrimp N' Stuff, Galveston) -Digital File-



(Twilight Epiphany, Houston) -Cell Phone Image-









(Houston) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By JK, Houston) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By JK, Houston) -Digital File-




(Jimmy's Ice House, Houston) -Cell Phone Image-



(Buddhist Temple, Alief) -Digital File-



(Lei Low, Houston) -Digital File-



(Houston) -Digital File-



(Houston) -Digital File-



(Alice's Tall Texan, Houston) -Cell Phone Image-

February 2014: For Us The Living


At 9:15 pm on February the twenty-second, one hundred score & 14 years, the band Crime Wit (comprised of musicians Justin Landers, Bobby Hayden & Christopher Ryan) scratched & clawed the basement walls of the Emusication Proclamation III house party with their self-described 'metal puzzle' music.  

The night was chilly, the effort obvious, the implements many.  The forgotten guitar was retrieved & the set was quick, but ears were eager & yes, the sound was good. 



(Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



(Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



(Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (Emusication Proclamation III) -Digital File-



 (2012 Emusication Proclamation) -Digital File-

February 2014: White Out


While it doesn't happen often, when it does, it transforms the city.  Vehicles stay parked, businesses closed.  While some take to the streets with skis & sleds, others get cabin fever.  It's idyllic, really; a blissful respite because life is suddenly simpler (or harder for those who fight it) & the frivilous details of living become so beautifully, so wonderfully irrelevant.    




December 2013: Tell Me A Story, Ah!


Here are some polaroid images taken with a brand new, all white Fujifilm instax mini 7S (thanks sister,  you always know) while recently vacationing in Astoria, Oregon.  

Top down, left to right:
Truck grill (accidently discovered owner while talking to him in restaurant)
Overlooking Fort Stevens beach (Access B)
Under bridge that connects Oregon & Washington
Lunch at Bowpicker
Puzzle completed
 Atop Astor Column
Astoria Bridge (& small part of tree) from balcony
Lights above The VooDoo Room & Columbian box office




August 2013: B Is For Best


Since the weekend of July 15th 2011, a handsome black dog called Bruuni, a gregarious blond named Tiffany & SK have shared a happy home in the Cully neighborhood of Portland.  And by happy I mean the most visceral joy ever felt living with another human & animal.  Their happiness includes, but is not limited to:

watching evening TV together
observing B do whatever he does on the black rug
giving B scratches, rub downs & bongo drum pats
watching B mount T 
doing yard work (SK learns much from T)
brainstorming, then fixing house problems
talking about birth, death & most things in-between
staining deck, re-flooring laundry room   
taking walks to parks
being surrounded by great neighbors
playing ball-over-roof with alcohol in hand
 playing kick-ball-with-foot in front yard with cigarette in hand, alcohol & gossip 
shopping trips & fashion shows
cooking kidney-friendly goulash for B
watching B get cozy on his many beds
seeing the special bond B & T share
SK coming to love B (she already loved T)
being with best friends

Here's to you, Bruuni Friend!  For your constant companionship, animal antics & bringing us all closer.  And of course, to you, Tiff.  For being the best friend anyone (dame or dog) could conjure.



B & T I
 (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



B & T II
 (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



  (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



  (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



 (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



  (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



 (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



King of the Castle
 (NE Alberta Ct & 48th) -Ilford HP5 Plus-

June 2013: Sounds Familiar


Although CR has been to Colorado once before (while on tour with the band Mine 37 in 2002), he had never experienced Denver nor the mountain town of Winter Park.  Since SK hasn't lived there since being 18 years of age, her tour style was more personal in nature.  Included was a trip to her Alma mater (in which she got lost), sandwiches at Zorba's & Empire Dairy King, drinks at the Cherry Cricket, family night at Crestmoor, seeing childhood friends Katie (high school tennis partner), Lainie (neighbor & classmate since kindergarten) & Kath.  For a week, CR lived at 345 Gaylord & the mountain condo, in the shelters that SK grew up in, museums of lucid memories where time has stalled & change comes in curiously small doses.

Together with SK's parents, they hiked then hot tubbed, shared meals, saw a Giants/Rockies game plus a movie about magic, looked through old photos, talked past & future, never played Rummikub (sorry Mom) & drove around Denver's vast sprawl of new & old.

While it's true familiarity breeds contempt, it also births strength, camaraderie & joy.



(Experimental Forest, Winter Park, Colorado) -Ilford 
HP5 Plus-



(Experimental Forest, Winter Park, Colorado) -Ilford 
HP5 Plus-



(Experimental Forest, Winter Park, Colorado) -Ilford 
HP5 Plus-



(Downtown Winter Park, Colorado) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



(The Condo, Fraser, Colorado) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



(Winter Park, Colorado) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



Lounge I
(Crestmoor, Denver) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



Lounge II
(Crestmoor, Denver) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



Lounge III
(Crestmoor, Denver) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



Lounge IV
(Mom's Tribute to Esther Williams, Crestmoor, Denver) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



(Outside Denver Art Museum) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



(Outside Denver Art Museum) -Ilford HP5 Plus-



(Photo Taken By CR, Denver) -Ilford HP5 Plus-