Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Old and New



this oil burning lamp provides light in a old log cabin tucked deep in the woods of kentucky. the light is a necessity when there is no electricity and little sunlight. it also serves a dual purpose of creating a quiet soothing mood.



here you see the lights of one of nashville's famous "honky tonks" reflecting on records of some of country music's big names.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

en route to hood

snow pack continues to build in the pacific northwest, much to the joy of those who find recreation in sliding in down hills w/ sticks attached to their feet. friday as the sun rises we're driving towards mt hood.. 45 minutes to the mountain, and and 90 to the lift.

killingsworth to i205 to i84


heading east.

Friday, February 15, 2008

a southern commute

my commute looks a bit different than shannon's. i have a 20 minute drive to work as well. i can choose to drive through subdivisions, the highway, or a busy shopping district. i choose the subdivision, its much prettier and less stressful.


i drive through al gore's neighborhood every day on my way to and from work. i pass hundred's of multi-million dollar homes.


i also pass a cow pasture. i'm still in nashville, but i'm traveling on the very outskirts of the city. nashville is considered a "big city" in the southern part of the USA, but it still has a small town feel....and cattle.


i travel about 12 miles to get to my work. i pass about 4 churches during this short commute. this is very common in the south, there is a church on almost every corner. i also avoid traffic since i am leaving the city for work while most are coming in. you can see all the suburbanites headed in the opposite direction.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

getting to work

daily commute from ne portland to milwaukie's oatfield hill.. approximately 20 mintutes by car, one hour by bus... one point five hours by bike.. (yet to try that one.. maybe next week.. or not...)


stopped on the corner of 17th and 99e.


sun greets the day... this moment captured approx 40mph. fotography while driving.. perhaps not the most practical multi tasking endeavor.. but certainly safer than texting while navigating the streets.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

ferrying from bainbridge

video
there's a bridge to bainbridge as well, though few know of it.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fun, Fire, and Religion

What inspires a certain type of transportation over another?



For some, getting from one point to another is done by using the most fun mode of transportation. For these folks, a kayak or canoe will do the job.


For some, it is all for show. This member of the U.S. Army dropped in on a American football game to kick off the game with a little excitement, and fire.


This family chooses their transportation based on their religious practices. They are Old Order Mennonites, which means (among other things) they do not use technology out of concern for the environment and fellow man. They are peacemakers and pacifists and they strive to life as simply as possible.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Air, Earth, and Water

This is an exact replica of The Mayflower. The Mayflower, according to American history, is the first boat carrying pilgrims from England to the United Sates. History tells us that it was a long hard journey on this boat, many were sick, and many died before landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

This is a float plane that carried me, a few canoes, and some friends to the remote wilderness of Ontario, Canada. They dropped us on the Dumoine River and we paddled our canoes 10 days through the wilderness back to civilization. It was a fun plane ride with a very French-Canadian pilot and a little motion sickness.

One of my favorite forms of transportation.

When will a car enthusiast ride a bus?

mom and i visit my grandfather every year in nuernberg, germany. he always tells us, "take the bus to the ubahn when going down town.. it's fast, easy, cheap, and you need not worry about parking."

nevertheless we consistently drive. perhaps because in her earlier life she had to walk forever, and ride two streetcars across town to get to school. in this life in germany, however, she can drive. Though perhaps more expensive and stressful, driving provides ultimate control, the perceived independence from an outside schedule.

So what was it that inspired us to ride public transit for the first time in 25 years of visiting germany together?? jet lag, coupled with attending a birthday party in old town made riding the tram simply more convenient. We had an amazing experience. talked with a few people. one of whom was so amazed and perhaps inspired to meet a woman who was born in nuernberg, and actually moved to america.