Monday, December 31, 2007


Stump Town Coffee, a local favorite hang out, is known for its unique coffee, roasted right in front of the customers before brewing.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


From a loading dock at Ohio Art in Bryan, Ohio--where they make the Etch-a-Sketch.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Shopping on 74th

An oddity of living in the city is that shopping carts turn up in the strangest of places.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Silver Mime

Throw a dollar in the pewter pot at his feet and this silver statuesque street performer comes to life, doing some stunning feats with silver orbs.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Dreams Come True

Okay, so I'll eat my words. I was dreaming of a green Christmas here in the northwest and we actually got a white one. It snowed in Portland on Christmas! I remember every Christmas as a kid wishing that it would snow, so today's blanket of white was nostalgic and happy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Street Drummer

Clickety-clackin' a stack of buckets and pans to entertain the sidewalk crowd of Christmas shoppers near Pioneer Square. Poor guy had to grab attention away from the Star Wars Storm Troopers across the street, a chrome-painted mime on one corner, and a laddie with bagpipes on the other. How's a guy supposed to make a living with competition like that? Or maybe I'm in the wrong business. I do have a dusty clarinet under the bed. Maybe if I did a street gig people would pay me to stop playing...

Friday, December 21, 2007

And the Band Played On

Not just any piano store--nooooo.... It's the IMMORTAL Piano Company. IT SHALL LIVE F O R E V E R ! Bu-Wah-Ha-Haaaaaaaa!

Now that's marketing.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

15 Seconds of Fame

PUBLICITY UPDATE: This photo just got a nod from the OregonLive website where they highlight one Portland photo each day. Fun!

Tuba or Not To Be

A tuba top waits for its owner to assemble him and join the 200 or so horn players in the annual Tuba Christmas concert on Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. A quirky bit of fun, but powerful and moving at times too.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Blue Reflections

Great modern architecture on Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. "If you're gonna build a monstrosity, make it interesting to look at," I always say. This design is one of my favorites around here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

It's Beginning to Luke a Lot Like Christmas

The Grinch has nothing on Darth Vader--it seems even the Dark Side of the Force has softened up with some Christmas Spirit. In what has to be one of the more surreal sights of my life, a half dozen Star Wars Storm Troopers stood outside Macy's this weekend ringing cutsey little bells to raise funds for the Salvation Army.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dreamin' of a Green Christmas

Red leaf peeks through green. It's December in Portland with verdant leaves still on the trees.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Heavy Fountain

A bronze woman heaves the weight of Skidmore Fountain near downtown Portland.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Farmhouse Window

Old houses make me wonder about the stories of the people who have lived in them over the years. If those walls could tell their tales...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Chipped and Cracked

Layers of weathered paint add character to the old train depot in Bryan, Ohio.