Archive for July, 2011

A beautiful summer day in our fair city, #Portland

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There’s nothing like summer in Portland. The weather is just incredible, the skies are clear, and everybody is in a great mood.

Riley and I took a walk across the river earlier today and I took a few pics on my iPhone.

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Portland views from Strand at RiverPlace rooftop

I’m on the Operations committee at our condo association, and last Friday we got a walk-through of how the operational systems work for our complex.  As somebody who likes to understand how things work, it was pretty cool to see all of these systems for a complex with three 10+ story buildings.  As part of the tour, we went up to the rooftop of the East Tower to see the cooling system that drives the air conditioning for the complex.  While there, I took out my iPhone and snapped these photos of our fair city, while not getting too close to the edge. Enjoy.

Portland Skyline

Portland as seen from the roof of Strand East Tower

City and Marina

RiverPlace Marina and Willamette River

Looking North

Willamette River and Inner East Side

Mt. Hood and Marquam Bridge (I-5)

Mt. Hood and Marquam Bridge (I-5)

Always stretch before running (or building a bridge)

(photo by Joni Photo)

We live in the Strand Condos at the RiverPlace Marina area of downtown Portland – just north of the Marquam Bridge (the I-5 bridge across the river). If you’ve ever driven I-5 South from the East side and crossed the river you’ve seen a few 10-story condos just off to your right. That’s our complex – although we live on the opposite side from the freeway. We live in the southwest corner of the west-most tower – looking south we see an empty lot, the SW Moody/River Pkwy streetcar stop (“last stop in Free Rail Zone”). Just past the streetcar stop is another empty lot that is being used for staging for all of the construction for the new Willamette River transit bridge.

I’m up pretty early taking Riley for his morning walk, and a few months ago I noticed that generally the gates for the staging area of the lot fill up with people between 6-7AM, and that at 7AM they all congregate together. I thought they were just huddling up talking about their projects or tasks for the day. Then one day recently, they seemed to be in a circle doing some sort of synchronous activity. I took out the binoculars and saw them all doing a bunch of stretching techniques together, like in an Aerobics class or something.

I tried taking a picture using my iPhone but could not get a close enough view, so Joni snapped this for me a week or so ago. And now, whenever I’m going out for a run I think about these guys – and I stop and stretch for a while.

Reuse-A-Shoe program – recycle worn running shoes

What do you do with your old running or athletic shoes that are no longer good for running or athletic activity?  What about after they are done being dog walking or lawn mowing shoes?

My running shoes have a lifespan.  After about 6 months or so, they are too beat up for running but definitely still good for something.  When we owned our house, I’d use them for lawn mowing or work around the yard.  Now that we’ve been in the condo, they get demoted to dog walking shoes.  I don’t think Riley minds that the shoes I put on every morning for our 20-30 minute 6AM walks are considered lower class than whatever shoes I’m using for runs – he’s just glad that I get my butt out of bed because it’s all about him.  I digress.  Back to the shoes – after a while, they get too worn even for our morning walks.

Nike has a great program where your recycling shoes are used to make materials used for running tracks and basketball and tennis courts.  So instead of tossing your old sneakers in the trash, bring them in to get recycled.  They’ll gladly accept other brands and if you come in with the shoes in a paper bag they’ll even recycle the bag for you.  Today we recycled 3 pairs of shoes: 1 of my old running shoes and 2 pairs of Joni’s old workout shoes.

Check out more information here:  http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/

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