August 2015: Wild


I met Neeley & Doug in 2001 after I responded to an ad in The Oregonian seeking a nanny for their two-year-old daughter.  At first, I reminded Neeley of her cousin, then later, like I could have been her step-child from a previous marriage.  For almost three years, I cared for Dillon two days a week from 8 am-6 pm & she was rambunctious but so daring & I loved her for her untethered ways.  She was a boisterous kid but never fussy & rarely cried cause she was tough as nails.  She liked all sorts of food & hot-Mama drinks, playing hide & seek, walking Lobo to the park & running around like a banshee busting through doors singing & yelling.  I used to make her run laps around the tennis court as I clapped & shouted her on so that afterward she would take a blessed two-hour nap.  She loved me back & called me TT.  After that, everybody did.

As time forces us to think new thoughts & look reality in the face, to take our odysseys & return home, I see that caring for people comes in many forms.  It's straight-forward but so challenging, concrete yet totally abstract, familiar, comfortable & also strange, scary.  Just like a wonderfully wild child.

I love you Dill, Neeley & Doug!  Thanks also, for taking care of me.

Yours,
TT



(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



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(Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By Neeley, Wells' House, Mt. Tabor) 
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July 2015: Treats & Retreats


3430-PDX (foot, bus, MAX)
PDX-SFO (plane)
SFO-Lake Merritt station (BART)
Lake Merritt station-Bowles Pl. (Uber)
Bowles Pl.-throughout Oakland (Nissan car)
Bowles Pl.-Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga (Mazda car)
Bowles Pl.-Lake Merritt station (? car)
Lake Merritt station-24th & Mission station (BART)
24th & Mission station-Noe Valley (Mercedes car)
Noe Valley-Muir Lake (Mercedes car)
Noe Valley-24th & Mission station (foot)
24th & Mission station-SFO (BART)
SFO-PDX (plane)
PDX-3430 (MAX, bus, foot)

Thanks Steff, Bobby, Delilah & Marc for opening your homes, hearts & cars so completely!  

Yours, 
SK & CR



 
(Bowles Pl., Oakland) -Cell Phone Image-



(Oakland Athletics Stadium, Seattle Mariners vs A's) -Cell Phone Image-



(Mazda car, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(1 Corpse Reviver, 1 Cucumber Collins, Goose & Gander, St. Helena) -Cell Phone Image-



(Archetype, St. Helena) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Indian Springs, Calistoga) -Cell Phone Image-



(Sullivan Winery, Napa) -Cell Phone Image-



(Sullivan Winery, Napa) -Cell Phone Image-



(Noe Valley, San Francisco) -Cell Phone Image-



(Muir Beach) -Cell Phone Image-

June 2015: Combers & Camels


Waldport, a three hour drive straight south (then west) from Portland, is a small, low-key town that faces the Pacific Ocean.  In the small downtown close to the water, there seems to be one of everything--grocery store, flea market, bar/drinking hall, massage studio, hair salon, bike rental place, bank, real estate office, high school, Mexican restaurant, bakery, post office, ice-cream joint, video store, glass/bead/fudge shop & gas station.  And every third weekend in June for 59 years, folks celebrate 'Beachcomber Days' which means everyone goes outside.  Thankfully this year it was sunny & warm for the pirate parade & most importantly, there were camels.



(Waldport, OR) -Digital File-



(Waldport, OR) -Digital File-



(Waldport, OR) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By CR, Waldport, OR) -Cell Phone Image-



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(Waldport, OR) -Digital File-



(Photo Taken By CR, Waldport, OR) -Cell Phone Image-



(Photos Taken By CR, GIF Made By JFK, Waldport, OR) -Cell Phone Images-

April 2015: Boom


Being on or even near these structures never fails to impress & cause me to hope I'm not riding across when an earthquake comes.

 Here are three favorite shots from a recent project working with the tagline, "Bridge to a Brighter Future."  



(Steel Bridge, NE Portland) -Digital File-



(Hawthorne Bridge, SE Portland) -Digital File-



(St. Johns Bridge, N Portland) -Digital File-
Thanks for getting me here Amberdextrous!

March 2015: Some Island


Amber & I met some 8-10 years ago & worked together for maybe a year.  We caught up (biking around town eating & drinking) last summer & finally just hung out again.  Our trip to Sauvie Island was spur of the moment; we hiked around a marsh & saw a blue heron, a large frog & two skinny snakes.  We didn't buy beer to drink but we had yogurt, oranges & salty potato chips.  We went to the beach on the river & laid on a blanket in the nudist area where we watched the scenery & talked jobs, boyfriends, opportunities, family & big balls.



 
(Sauvie Island) -Digital File-



(Tony Lama Boots, Sauvie Island) -Digital File-



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(Sauvie Island) -Digital File-

January 2015: Flying Mid-Major


Sitting court-side for a Portland Pilots vs. St. Mary's Gaels basketball game means:

Using the only non-purple seats in the stadium
A referee often blocking the view
Flinching from balls thrown 
A strong possibility of touching the ball 
Remembering not to trip sideline refs or cross the court at half-time
Seeing sweat drip
Having hot dogs, popcorn, soda, candy, ice-cream & tons of junk food delivered personally
Screaming, trash-talking college fans in costumes one row behind
Realizing how much make-up cheerleaders wear
And maybe, just maybe, seeing the sport in a fun, new way 












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