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June 29, 2003

Planning for Portland

Have been putting together package of Portland information for next weeks trip to OSCON. Haven't spent much time in Portland so want to maximize non-conference time to see things, get a glimpse of what Portland is all about.

My Max/TriMet visitor passes arrived this past week, will come in handy to get to the hotel from the airport, and hope to use to get around and see some stuff. Glad to see the hotel is close to the Tom McCall Waterfront park which should make for a nice running route.

Asked a couple of friends who either grew up in Portland or have recently lived there (no friends currently living there now) to recommend places to see/eat. Powell's is a must, Finnegans Toys (old-school, authentic) and the Fox Tower theater (indie/foreign films?) were recommended. For eating, Pearl Bakery, Ole Ole and Elephants Deli were passionately spoken of. One friend demanded that I track down Snow White crepes (paragraph at end of article), a cart which appears in a downtown parking lot around lunchtime. Of course the zoo, Rose Gardens, Forest Park might be worth visiting.

Now just need to finish up my presentation (I turned something in by the deadline but think it still needs some work).

Posted by mike at June 29, 2003 9:50 PM