As nature's summer fades into memory, and the local omnivores (read: deer) nibble up your tree branches:
I begin to realize OTHER things DO just BEGIN in the fall. In NY, it's the theater season. At every high school in the country, it is Football Season. In Portland....
**GATHER up with those independent thinking rapscallions at ANNA BANANA
's to share views while watching the VP Debate. This is a great place. And a good beginning..... Early on in their business, a Fundamentalist Woman came in to see protest signs up, and a gay customer or two, some wine on the shelves. She wrote a letter to her neighborhood Improvement Committee asking that EVERYONE who shared her moral purity boycott this young house of "evil". Rather than fight the Religiousity of the right, these young owners embraced the phlosophy, and are very happy now with their success.
**Invite two of those young whippersnappers, Andrea and Ross up for an evening of: Dinner, Snacks, Music, fierce discussion, and Petting Mac. Very smart, fun, interesting people. A new friendship may grow.
**Thanks to Serafina & David's contribution, we take their gift certificate along with Italian Emilio & Spanish Elena to Portland's most "discussed" Tapas Restaurant: TORO BRAVO
for a lovely meal.
If you think Tapas doesn't sound interesting, let's go back and repeat our meal: Boquerones, Chorizo & Manchego, Hidalgo Clasica Amontilla, Lamb with Noodles, Paprika & Manchego Fritters, Pimientos, Seared Scallops, Tortilla Espana, and settle in for some fabulous Churros dipped into a melted dark chocolate.
We stepped out of Toro Bravo to see a side entry called, "The Secret Society". I knew I, for one, would HAVE to go up those stairs and investigate. We went. Built by an organization originally associated with Lumbermen, this large hall was purchased by the Free Masons, and more recently by a young guy who opened a cocktail lounge up here...small rooms, over-stuffed couches, it was NICE to sit and have a drink. But NO, we couldn't finish with that. Elena and Emilio followed us home for more dog petting, drinking, singing around the piano.
**We began the Artist Rep Theater
season seeing, "Blackbird" . Whew! Seems EVERY season they have a heavy hitter like this..............
Afterwards, Baird, Karen & Joy had to return home, but Nancy & Elissa, the cousins favorite, went along with us for an early dinner at the Paragon
in the Pearl. A lovely time was had by all.
**Tired, but happy. Wet, but some sun spots are showing through. IRA? Trashed. Oh the joys of unregulated Capitalism and the destruction it always brings. Thank GOD, I'm seeing sunbreaks, eh? I think we'll have some sunny days beginning November 4.
SO will I continue to pine for early summer days where something as glorious as seeing a newly fledged baby Rufous hummingbird sitting in a tree branch would make my day:
**by the way, at least 2-4 Anna's are STILL up here sipping occasionally....a NEW happening for us.
Well.........it's a good beginning for the Fall Season.