Wednesday, July 4, 2012

In the Neighborhood

Home, sweet home for me

I’m back!

Truth be told, I had plans for a more elaborate Rose City Wednesday post today, but my Tuesday conspired against it.  However, I am taking this chance to share with you something I’ve been involved with recently, & something I find quite fulfilling: I’m taking on the 10,000 step per day exercise program as a way of building up stamina. Since I was already walking much more since the move to Portland, this is really an effort to make the increased walking even more of a “routine.”

How far is 10,000 steps? It depends. If you read the online sites, they give a ballpark figure of 5 miles, based on an “average” stride. Turns out my stride must be below “average,” because I get something more like 3.5 miles. Nonetheless, a three mile plus walk daily is a good constitutional—& it’s offered me the opportunity to get to know my neighborhood better. So today Rose City Wednesday post features some photos I took on my Tuesday afternoon walk—hope you enjoy them, & be sure to give a listen to that great Tom Waits song at the post’s end!

Softball diamond, Unthank Park, N. Shaver
Roses in a front yard garden, N Haight Ave
Porch bike, N Mason

Dalo's Ethiopian Kitchen, N Vancouver: unassuming, but I understand it's good!
Sound Roots, N Williams Ave: erstwhile music shop
Advertisement outside Pix Patisserie, N Williams Ave
Urban League Garden, N. Beech & Albina
Star Wars Lego display, Sunlan Lamps, N Failing & Mississippi
Park at the intersection of N Mississippi & N Albina
Healing Moon Mural, Mississippi Health & Albina Press Building, N Albina Ave
Garage doors, N Albina Ave
Playground, N Kerby Ave
A quiet lane: N Prescott Ave
The street where I live: trellised roses on N Borthwick Ave


  1. I'm a big fan of yours and Tom Waits. Had not seen this video before. Thanks for posting. Your pictures are great! Happy 4th, John.

    1. Hi Richard! Apologies for the remarkably late response, & thanks for the kind words. Glad you liked the photos & the Waits video--& best wishes to you as well!

  2. Definitely an interesting and diverse neighborhood. AND Tom Waits, to boot! Great post, John.

    1. Hi Roy: Again, my apologies--thanks so much!

  3. I love roses. Reminds me of Portland, Maine too - in the summer when I visited a couple of years back there were roses everywhere.

    Good luck with the exercise program. Walking really is one of the healthiest activities, physically and mentally.

    1. Hi HKatz: Sorry to be so late--have been very detached from the blog for reasons I don't fully understand. Interesting about Portland, Maine--I've been in that area, but never really in the city itself. Certainly the general region of Maine thereabouts is beautiful! & yes, I think walking is good for the body & the soul--thanks so much!


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