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1. My parents came down to Portland on Thursday evening for dinner and visiting time. We enjoyed a nice Lebanese dinner, and then they spent the night in the Crystal Hotel, which is a McMenamin's establishment. The next morning, we walked to a French Patisserie/Boulangerie for a lovely breakfast, and then stopped in at Food Front, the local grocery co-op. After that it was time for them to head to their train while I went back to the hostel to check out.

2. I still had a couple of hours before my train departed, so I looked up the location of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, loaded myself up with my (considerably more heavy) luggage, and walked over. It was the last day of "Alien She," which is described as "the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today." It was not simply the last day of the show, it was the last day of the show's tour across the country. I'd been wanting to visit the museum regardless of the specific show, but this one was particularly good to see as it focused on a subculture that developed during the same time period when grunge was getting all of the attention in the Pacific Northwest. I don't relate to the grunge movement at all (I largely listened to classical music during that period), but I DEFINITELY relate to the Riot Grrrl movement, a fact that was abundantly clear while looking at artifacts and artwork from the period. It was interesting to see a label that so clearly applied to that part of my identity.

The train ride from Portland back to Emeryville was largely unremarkable. It seems to me that the homeless population in Portland has swelled in recent years. I didn't sleep much on the train, so I haven't accomplished nearly as many weekend ambitions as I'd hoped.

3. I did, however, make it to the annual meeting of the Berkeley Paddling & Rowing Club, which was the ideal opportunity to meet other club members, learn about the management of the club, sign up ($200 annual membership is a DEAL!!), and figure out how to get out on the water. Most of the members appear to be master's rowers, so in some respects it's the polar opposite of rowing in Texas, although I expect that this club will involve a high volunteer workload. I talked with enough different people to manage to track down a woman who is training and practicing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, so I'll meet up with her and her training partner on Tuesday morning to get underway with learning the ropes on this waterway. Six o'clock is early for these folks. Most of them are content to largely do their own thing.

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randomdreams
Jan. 11th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
I loooooove riot grrl stuff. That was a part of why I spent so much time out in Seattle in the late 1990's. Totally envious of you for getting to check that out.
thewronghands
Jan. 16th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes, I squeed about it to Mae and we started plotting a trip to Portland immediately before realizing that the exhibition was over. Thank you for the photos, though! Hooray sharing! (And she and I might go to Portland anyway, heh. There are other fabulous things to do there!)
rebeccmeister
Jan. 17th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are plenty of fabulous things to do in Portland! It was fortuitous that I happened to catch the show on its last day. I couldn't do it full justice in photos, but at least the photos can give a sense of the nature of things.
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