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Hello, Portland!

When I got on the plane yesterday morning in Tempe, the pilot made some comments about snow and wind in Portland. Lo and behold, it's one of those sporadic Snow Events here. We didn't have any issues with respect to the plane landing, but by the time I escaped the airport, the roads leading to the airport had been shut down due to a big accident.

Thankfully, it looks like the crew in charge of clearing the tracks for the MAX have their wits about them. Although there have been delays, the trains have continued to run.

The first item on the agenda was a lovely lunch and visit with my brother, cousin, and aunt. Then a trip over to the Northwest Youth Hostel, including an expedition to a grocer co-op that made me miss the co-op in Lincoln all over again. Food is so much cheaper in Portland compared to the East Bay.

And now, conferencing for the week. Conferences are much more pleasant when one isn't giving a talk and just has to socialize and talk science with colleagues.

It's funny trying to explain Snow Events to people from elsewhere. Portland seems to share things in common with Seattle, such as a shortage of snow-clearing equipment, and people who haven't grasped the concept of shoveling the walk. I can understand - when it only snows like this every couple of years, those resources and strategies aren't well-developed. Plus, everything usually melts within a day or two, so what's the point? I'll still be glad when the ice melts off the train bridge, though. It makes for a tedious, treacherous walk to the conference center.

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randomdreams
Jan. 5th, 2016 03:28 am (UTC)
I saw some pictures -- I think on grrlpup's journal -- and that's a legitimate snow!
pigshitpoet
Jan. 10th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
happy winter.
we had sun the last 3 days
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