Tuesday * July 22nd 2014

Tango in Portland…

I’ve been in Portland, Oregon for a couple of weeks now with my intent being to better my Argentine Tango. 

Gee, you can dance tango every night of the week here!  :-)  I’ve been staying at the Moose Lodge and taking a set of group lessons with Alex Krebs – a well-known instructor in the Portland area.  I’ve also signed on for a couple of private lessons, which were difficult to book since he’s pretty busy.

My plan is to stay in the Portland area for the month of July – maybe also the first week of August.

My posting has gone by the wayside.

However, there’s a good reason for that – the Moose Lodge has a HUGE cell phone tower on the edge of the lot.  Unfortunately, the sign says AT&T and not Verizon.  It literally blocks the signal of my phone that at time I get 1X – the lowest of the low.

I’m out today (I took the bus!) and had a mani/pedi, and now am at a local Starbuck’s in the Lloyd District slurping an iced hazelnut coffee and finally posting.   Not for long thought, it’s $1.00 taco night at the Moose Lodge and it’s really yummy.  You can’t beat a pint of Shock Top ale for $2.00 either!  ;-)

So, I’ll leave you with some pretty photos of the Portland Rose Test Garden…

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High Desert Living

I’m really enjoying high desert living here in Bend, Oregon…

Tree-lined Path

Fragrant pine path…

I’ve been dancing a little tango, frequenting thrift stores, and visiting the Senior Center.  The Senior Center is wonderful, with two lunches a week and lots of activities and exercise classes.  On Tuesday, lunch is $3.50 and they show a movie afterwards.  The movie was “We’re the Millers” and I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time.  Yes, it was somewhat goofy and raunchy – but it was one of those movies where you just sit back and LAUGH!

Wild Roses

Beautiful and sweet smelling wild roses…

Parking at the Moose Lodge has been great since I don’t have a tow car.  I go inside to visit and have a drink and now I’m somewhat of a “local.”  For some reason, I was there rather late and there were five women left (one was the bartender).   We were playing the slot machines, one of the woman said, “If I get the bonus, I’ll buy a round.”  She did, but we took “vouchers” for a later time.  She got the bonus again and bought everyone a round of something called Fireball (a cinnamon flavored whiskey).

Speaking of playing the slot machines, I played a little.  I’m a very “careful” gambler and play the lowest bet.  In the time I’ve been here (and I haven’t played every night) I’ve hit the “three dragons that pay $100.00″ on a forty cent bet.  THREE TIMES!  Unfortunately, the dragon wanted a little playing cash before appearing…

Water

Flowing water on a walk…

Cali and I took a long walk along a beautiful path by the Senior Center after lunch today.  Her arthritis seems to be in check, and I haven’t had to give her any Previcox – just the regular glucosamine.  She was somewhat “naughty” the other day.  I had a piece of peach pie that I had wrapped in plastic from lunch the other day.  I put it on the driver’s side dashboard thinking she couldn’t possibly reach it.  Wrong!  She ate the pie, the plastic wrap, and the paper plate.  The only evidence left was a small piece of the paper plate.  I’m thinking she may be part goat…

Are You Dead?

Apparently some “Dead Heads” in Bend…

It’s sunny and warm here in the mid-seventies.  People are friendly and I’m having a nice visit here.

Puff

Make a wish…

So, life so far on the road has been kind to me.  I’ve been able to move through and make decisions without placing blame and feeling hateful.  I’m beginning to realize that there are some people (and things) in life that no longer serve me.  In cases such as those, it’s just best to bless those people and move on.  In addition I’ve taken the initiative to reach out to some people that I felt ambivalent toward.

Don’t hold your breath, I’m not having aspiration of becoming Mother Teresa.

May the advent of summer find you happy and healthy, and may you embrace all the beauty and love the season has to give.  BREATHE, ENJOY, EXPERIENCE, LIVE, LOVE – REPEAT…

 

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Beautiful Bend…

Oregon that is.

I arrived here in Bend on Sunday and I’m dry camping at the Moose Lodge.  I’m been going into the lodge every afternoon for a delicious Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  You just can’t beat a draft pint for $3.00!

The weather here is sunny and near perfect with daily highs averaging in the mid-70′s.

I’m in my “happy place.”

Apparently, Cali is a “happy camper” too!

Are we having fun yet?

I’m dancing a little tango, doing a little shopping, and mainly having a good time.  My RV group arrived today, but they’re staying at a Ski Park about 14 miles out of town.  I’ll probably join them on Monday after attending the milonga on Saturday, and breakfast at the Moose on Sunday.

The “bad” news is that I had a sound coming from my RV that sounded like rocks hitting a baking pan.  My catalytic converter failed and it cost $345.00 to replace.  Gee, at least no sales tax in Oregon!

The “good” news is that at the Moose Lodge after a yummy cheeseburger, fries, and a beer I hit “three dragons” and won $100.00.   I think the people around me were more excited than I was…

Regardless, I’m settling into “life on the road” and enjoying every minute!

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