Portland: City of Awesome Graphic Design

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Another thing I noticed about Portland was all the cool signage. Like, is there a higher concentration of graphic designers and artists there? Cus people seem to take color and fonts and things very seriously there! I also noticed this about house colors, but I didn’t want to take a ton of pics of private residences!

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Portland- City of Fire Escapes

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I know that Portland is the City of Roses (I’ll get to that later), but when I was there I couldn’t help but notice (and photograph) some of the many fire escapes. I’m not sure why these pop out at me. Perhaps fire escapes will be added to my list of idiosyncratic photography subjects (along with tree textures and dentil molding on old buildings).

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I recently had my wisdom teeth out. They were going sideways and topsy turvy and making trouble in my mouth. When you can feel them, it’s time for them to go. Yet, in retrospect, I can’t help feeling as though I should have just left them alone, since my surgery did not go well. Basically, immediately after my surgery, my mouth became infected…with a very strong and aggressive bacteria. What should have taken a few days to heal has taken a lot longer than that and required a trip to ER when my jaw/neck/face swelled up to Sloth-sized proportions. I am still not well yet, and will need even more recovery time still.

Before the oral surgery, I went on a short walk around my neighborhood and took some of these photos. The first photo elegantly captures how I am feeling right about now…
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I thought this method of tree tagging was interesting…
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And I really liked these urban graffiti style art installations glued to a small wall. They really spoke to me.

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For the dearly departed

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Today I celebrate the life of my dearly departed friend. She’s been gone 2 weeks and this is her birthday. I have so many memories of her all over this city and back home as well. All over my apartment are reminders of times together, gifts we gave each other. Over a decade of solid friendship that carried across the country as well. I don’t think I’ll meet anyone like her again.

This photo is one I took from a bakery down the street from me where we had treats together when I first moved here, back before she gave up gluten. Mmm, gluten. Mmm, Scandinavia.
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