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Keep Portland Weird

6/15/13

I woke up on the later side today. My mom and I got ready and packed everything up since our flight was later that night. We decided to check out right away rather than come back later to do so. We left our bags with the hotel and headed to Portland’s famous Saturday Market.

The market is only a couple blocks from our hotel. It’s filled with a lot of art, food, and hippie vendors. It takes up about three blocks. We browsed for a bit and really didn’t see anything we liked. There was one vendor that turned bottle caps into rings and necklaces. I thought her stuff was cool so I bought a $5 ring. We walked along the river and saw another part to the market that was fenced off because you had to pay. We decided not to do that part.

The sign “Keep Portland Weird” wasn’t kidding. I thought people in NYC were strange. Portland has us beat. I saw every hair color imaginable. I saw more tattoos and piercings in one day than I have seen in my whole life. There were people in corsets, leather bondage outfits, tutus, tie dye, bras, bathing suits, costumes, etc. There is honestly no dress code in Portland.

We headed over to Pioneer Place which is a big mall. We browsed for a bit. Then we went to Ross where I found a skirt and shirt I liked but ultimately left. We then had a decision to make. We could go to Pittock Mansion or the Oregon Historical Society. I knew my mom would love Pittock but we would have to take a bus and then walk a mile uphill. I really wasn’t in the mood for it. Plus the timing would have been close. We would only have 45 minutes there. So we chose the Historical Society. Our next debate was about whether or not to walk. That got settled for us when we met a nice disabled man at the light rail stop. He explained how the public transportation system worked and talked to us about Portland until the light rail came.

The Historical Society was about 3 blocks away from the stop so that was convenient. The tickets for the museum were pretty cheap but we were under the impression that the museum was small so my mom decided to sit on the sofa and wait for me. We figured why spend two fees if the museum was going to be just ok. However, the museum turned out to be fantastic! We got very lucky and arrived on the day when two special exhibits opened. The two exhibits were Windows on America and For All the World to See.

The first exhibit was incredible! It contained hundreds of artifacts belonging to Presidents. I had never seen most of them which is saying something since all I do is go to museums. Some of the things they had included:

  • An exact reproduction of the Declaration of Independence
  • George Washington’s handwritten plans for Mount Vernon
  • Official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment
  • Swatch of fabric from Lincoln’s Fords Theater Chair
  • The letter, pierced by a bullet, which was in Teddy Roosevelt’s pocket during an assassination attempt in 1912
  • Only copy of the Atlantic Charter signed by Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • U.S.S. Antares Log from the Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Truman’s Inaugural Top Hat
  • John F. Kennedy’s Oval Office Table and Rocking Chair
  • The only camera that caught Ruby killing Oswald

I could have spent hours looking at the exhibit. No one told me that photography wasn’t  allowed. I had taken two pictures when I got yelled at by a security officer. He then spent the entire time following me through the exhibit which was beyond annoying! I really wanted pictures of the artifacts so I could show my students. He left my side for two seconds and I snuck a picture of the camera mentioned above.

After that exhibit I headed to the For All the World to See exhibit which is on the Civil Rights Era. The most moving thing from that exhibit was the original image of Emmett Till’s face after he was beaten to death.

After that I headed upstairs to the Oregon section, which covered the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oregon Trail.

We decided to walk back to our hotel. We passed the Heathman which is a fancy hotel in Portland. We also went into a couple stores and we found our first rite aid. I wanted a pharmacy so I could buy a cheap cold water. The pharmacy also happened to be selling the Ken dolls that they use in the Most Popular Girls in School YouTube show.

After that we passed the two areas where there are food trucks. Most of them were closed and there were a ton of super shady people hanging out. We quickly left the area and stopped at a vintage shop. We decided to do Voodoo Doughnut again. The line was much longer this time and it was much hotter outside than yesterday. The line took about 40 minutes. My mom got an Old Dirty Bastard which is absolutely loved. I got a Diablo Rex. I didn’t like it. Their yeast doughnuts are much better than their cake doughnuts. I wish I could go back and order something else.

Old Dirty Bastard

Diablo Rex

We went back to the hotel and picked up our bags. We walked to the light rail red line to the airport. We waited and waited and waited. While we waited we watched all the Portland people in weird clothing walking around. The light rail finally came and at that point my mom and I were both tired from standing. The light rail was packed. There weren’t seats for us. We were standing near a group of very strange teenagers. The girl closest to us had pink hair, a black bra, a floral ill fitting skirt, and black wooden stakes through her ears. She goes, “I need to take out my earrings because my mom doesn’t like me wearing them.” My mom whispers to me, “but her mom is ok with her leaving the house in a bra?”

The ride seemed long because we were so tired. People had boxes of voodoo doughnuts that they were going to bring on the plane as carry on’s. There were a bunch of shops and places to eat before security, which I think is stupid. If you buy any liquids in these places then you have an issue at security. Plus everyone wants to get through security right away so they know they made it to their gate with plenty of time. That’s when people want to walk around and be entertained.

Security was a breeze. We found the United Club without the help of the two people in security who were snotty to us. The club just had crackers, cheese, Milanos, and shortbread cookies. There were also a handful of crappy magazines. We had about 2 hours until our flight. So we ate and read. The left the club to buy two water bottles for the plane.

We eventually boarded and had someone in the seat next to us. They promised us entertainment again and then said for $8 you could buy it. So stupid. Nothing is free anymore. We caved and paid for it. I watched Oz and Beautiful Creatures. We hit a lot of turbulence and I kept praying for us to land. We wound up landing really early.

The sun was just starting to rise. It was beautiful to see. Time to take a bus to the train and walk 15 mins home. Beyond exhausted after my first real red eye.

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Press A Penny Collection Part 2

Here’s my second album.

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Love Park/JFK Plaza

I had been to Philadelphia probably 25 times before I finally got to Love Park also known as JFK Plaza. There really isn’t much to do except to pose for a bunch of pictures. There is a gift shop in the park, but I didn’t feel the need to visit it. Everyone wants their picture taken with the giant LOVE statue. Even though it was freezing out there were several groups of people waiting to take a picture. We waited and finally were able to be alone with the statue. Every time I have walked by since then I always see groups of people huddled around the statue. The spot is also very popular with brides who like to pose with their grooms and bridal party in front of the statue.

Across the street there is a municipal building with a plaza outside of it. The plaza is filled with boardgame parts. There are pieces of Monopoly, Sorry, Dominoes, Chess, and Checkers. The plaza is a lot of fun and we enjoyed posing with the different pieces. Sometimes there are homeless hanging out here, but they don’t bother anyone.

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Reliving JFK’s Assassination

June 17 2012

We went across the street from Union Station and had breakfast at Cindi’s. I had read so much about this place. I was so excited to go here. It seemed like it was going to be a copy of a great NYC diner. It wound up being far from it. It looked like a run down bagel joint. My mom and I each got a bagel. I had mine toasted with butter and my mom had hers toasted with jelly. They burnt her bagel even though she told them not to. They couldn’t even give her another of the same bagel flavor because they didn’t have any left. I got another bagel to go.

We then went to the Old Red Museum. If you go before 12pm on Sundays tickets are cheaper. I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this museum and really only bought tickets to see the inside of an interesting building. It turned out to be a great museum! It covers an entire floor and a piece of the 1st floor. It is broken down by time period and there is just so much to see. Each room has a video and there is even a room for children to engage in the exhibits. There are artifacts from JFK’s assassination, from the time of slavery, the time of segregation, from Dallas the TV show, and so much more. I loved looking at everything and took a ton of pictures. Definitely worth the visit!

After the Old Red Museum we visited the Grassy Knoll. My mom and I both had chills. How many times had we watched JFK get shot and Jackie climb on the back of that car. I had recently spent a two whole class periods with my students on this so the images were very vivid. It was unsettling to be there and to see the x’s on the ground that marked the shots. There were a lot of tourists taking pictures, the most I had seen since we arrived.

Next we moved inside to the Sixth Floor Museum. We paid the admission fee and picked up our audio tour which is included in the price. The museum consists of a lot of photos and signs. There are also a handful of videos. No pictures were allowed on the 6th floor. There really wasn’t a lot of artifacts to look at so I spent time reading signs. They have the corner where the shots were taken covered in plexi glass. The museum was packed, which I wasn’t too happy about. I felt like people were on me the whole time. You have the opportunity to go to the 7th floor, but no one really did. You have access to the windows right above the ones Oswald used. So you can have his view. Very freaky. You are allowed to take pictures on the 7th floor so I took pictures of his view. After that, we went to the gift shop in the museum which was very expensive. I just bought postcards and used their press a penny machines. We used the bathroom facilities and crossed the street to the 2nd 6th floor museum gift shop. We bought a cookie at the gift shop and ate it there. The gift shop had pretty much the same stuff as the other one at the same prices. Why have two?

It started to rain. We found a wild west store called the Wild Wild West Store. I bought a t-shirt for Paris and some more postcards. They had a lot of souvenirs, but they were all really expensive. So far everything in Dallas was expensive and I couldn’t figure out why. We then crossed the street and went to the JFK Memorial. We took some pictures and left. Since there is nowhere to eat by our hotel we went back to Hoffbrau’s. I ordered mashed potatoes and bread. I wasn’t too hungry. My mom and I were sad to leave Hoffbrau’s. The staff thought it was funny how addicted we were.

We went back to Wild Bill’s Western and used our 2nd Dallas belt buckle coupon and we got my dad a shirt. We found a cookie place called Tiff’s and picked up some cookies to take back to the hotel. We were bored and didn’t feel like going back to the hotel yet so we decided to walk to Pioneer Plaza. The walk was a bit scary since it was desolate, but we managed. There was another family at the plaza and we all took pictures with the cattle.

We walked back to the hotel and decided to use the free internet in the lobby. My mom left me to ask one of the ladies in the hotel how to connect to the internet when two guys started to harass me. I was alone with a lot of bags and it was clear they wanted to steal one. I freaked out and yelled for help. Eventually people came and helped me and threw the guys out of the hotel. The security in this hotel sucks. The neighborhood is bad, the tunnel is super creepy, and they allow strangers to bother guests. So never coming back here!

After that ordeal we went back to the room to pack.

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Postcards from Dallas

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Dallas

I was teaching a 1960’s elective and decided I wanted to visit Dallas. My mom and I had never been. We were mainly going for the Grassy Knoll and the 6th Floor Museum. Upon doing more research I learned about the Old Red Courthouse, Swiss Ave. Historical District, Heritage Village, and the farmer’s market. We were originally going to go during the first weekend of March to celebrate me finishing my masters. However, Mother Nature had other plans. There were tornado warnings so we canceled at the last minute and rescheduled for the middle of June. To view our trip plan please click the link below. I will start posting my day to day journal for Dallas this weekend.

Our trip plan

My postcards from Dallas

Tripadvisor reviews:

Sixth Floor Museum

Old Red Museum

Cindi’s

Hyatt Regency

Hoffbrau’s

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