Holiday Season is here

Joni was hired to photograph some ‘holiday’ lighting in Portland, so she got keys to an open floor of a building just north of Pioneer Square and we stayed dry during the pouring rain.

Here are a few shots from my iPhone.  Happy Holidays!

Portland Christmas Tree

Portland Christmas Tree

Portland Christmas Tree

Portland Christmas Tree

Freedom Tower, September 11, 2012

Freedom Tower, 9-11-2012

Freedom Tower from Fireman’s Memorial, September 11, 2012

I am on a quick, two-places-in-2-days business trip to Minneapolis, MN and  Ridgefield Park, NJ.  In the cab ride late last night from Newark Airport to Ridgefield Park and in the view from my modest hotel, I could see the Freedom Tower in the distant skyline.  After our meeting this afternoon, my colleague and I decided we’d get into the city tonight to experience my gluten-free paradise Risotteria and to head on down to the Trade Center site.  It really could have been any day, but it happens to be September 11.  This is the view of the Tower from the Fireman’s Memorial.

Three M’s and a Goob in Times Square, July 2012

Mitch, Derek, Maryanne, and Michael - July 20, 2012

Mitch, Derek, Maryanne, and Michael – July 20, 2012

I was fortunate to be in New York for work for about 60 hours in July.  Luckily my three favorite “M’s” were all available on short notice to get together for dinner on a Friday night.  Here we are in Times Square, Friday July 20, 2012.

Yankees at Seattle, July 2012

Joni and Derek at Safeco Field, July 25, 2012

Joni and Derek at Safeco Field, July 25, 2012

For as many years as I can remember, Joni and I have been going to Seattle when the Yankees are in town, which is either once or twice a year.  In early March, single-game tickets go on sale online for the Mariners and one of us is assigned the task of being on the web getting tickets.  This year (every year? 🙂 ) it was Joni’s turn, and she got us some amazing seats behind home plate for the games on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.  It was a perfect few days in Seattle – great food, great weather, great baseball including Ichiro’s 2nd and 3rd game in a Yankee uniform, and an Internet radio station DJ as our friend and seatmate.

Until next year.  Go Yankees!

Riley, hiking dog Part 3: Wahkeena Falls Trail

The weather has been beautiful in Oregon the past week, so we took advantage of a sunny day to hit the Wahkeena Falls trail on Monday.  Here are a few pics of Riley enjoying a quick break on the trail.

Riley, hiking dog Part 2

Riley on Cape Lookout South Trail

We took a day trip to the coast on Saturday, to do some hiking at Cape Lookout State Park near Tillamook. We took the South Trail, which heads 1.8 miles down to the beach.  When we got down there, Riley found a nice big stick which he decided was his to keep. He carried it all the way back up to the parking lot.  Here he is, taking a quick rest stop on the way back from the beach.

Happy MOK Day!

It’s Mitch’s birthday!  Time to celebrate like it’s 1989!

Mitch and Derek, circa 1989

Mitch and Derek, circa 1989

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