I love to read the Oregonian, Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury, but I haven’t lived in Oregon in about 2 years. So I sometimes read the Quincy Herald-Whig. It is an OK local paper. I use to read the Wall St. Journal but after the charlatan, crook, and scoundrel Rupert Murdoch bought it, I seldom read and I almost never pay for it. I read it when I can get it for free. I do like to buy the USA Today-on occasion. I really like the sports page of that paper. I use to read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when I grew up here many moons ago. Since returning I found that this paper isn’t as good as before. I can’t quite put my finger on why I don’t like it. Maybe the font is off or perhaps I grew use to the Oregonian and the Post-Dispatch isn’t as good. Even if I get the st. Louis paper for free I don’t read it. I do flip through it, but I don’t enjoy reading it.
32. Burning incense at home. I love the smell and it gives me and the house a sense of tranquility.
33. Nothing. I love relaxing on the couch until I drift off to sleep.
34. Getting rid of unused clothes, books, and other items I have collected. The jetsam and flotsam of life which one often finds in the eddies of one’s home and life.
35. Going to my favorite secluded beach in Oregon. The beaches in Oregon aren’t all warm and sunny like Cali’s beaches. But there are spots where you can leave humanity behind.
36. Driving to Timberline Lodge at night, in the winter, in order to do donuts in the empty parking lot.
37. Visiting about any place on the Oregon Coast. It is especially nice to visit when it is whale watching season.
38. Heading to Oxbow Park during the fall Salmon Run. It is a magnificent walk along the Sandy River. The rains haven’t usually started and the Salmon are running upriver to spawn, molting all the way.
40. Getting lost in Powell’s Book Store.
- Steelhead, fall chinook and walleye fishing at their peak in the Columbia River region (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Oregon Sets Highest Fish Consumption Rate in U.S., Based on Native Peoples’ Higher Rate of Consumption (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Fall salmon and steelhead catches still available in the Columbia River region (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Oregon Coast (thomasleetruewest.com)
This question was both easy and difficult to write about. It was easy in the sense that I often day dream of “What I would do with a free afternoon.”in. Yet, it was difficult deciding which day dream to revel in. Fishing is usually at the top of the list, but all my gear is in Oregon and I am in Illinois. I don’t do much of anything these days but work and dream of traveling to India and riding the Trans-Siberian train from Beijing to Moscow.
Then it occurred to me that what I would do depended on where in the world I was. If in Paris I would find a cafe and drink espressos and then wander along the Seine River as it meanders through Paris, all the while dodging the poodle poop the Parisians seem loath to pick up.
If I where in Oregon I might head down to Oxbow Park and walk along the Sandy River or head up to Forest Park and bike or walk the travels on the west side of Portland. If I am in Sanming City I would hang out in one of the Western style coffee houses, drinking cafe and eating crinkle cut french fries. If I were in Bangkok I would find some place cool to hang out until the sun went down, or maybe wander a huge mega mall on Lat Phrao Road, waiting for the heat to subside and the mosquitoes to appear.
Every place I have been has it’s own way to enjoy an afternoon. What would you do with a free afternoon?
The next question is “Where do I imagine myself to be 10 years from now?” This should be interesting to tackle.