Category: Random Stuff (Misc.)

Downtown Portland Pearl District Safeway

We went to a new Safeway in downtown Portland’s Pearl District this morning.  It is literally right across the street from Bridgeport Brewing which is pretty cool.  They have a parking garage above the store and a stairwell down from the garage gives you a nice view of the store (pictured above).  It was actually pretty fun because I ran into two people I used to work with almost three years ago now in the store (Kathy Tribe and Melanie Carrol).  >> More on the store

Car Doors Say A Lot About A Marriage…

“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” – unknown

If you are in a relationship, here are some tips to staying in that relationship:

  1. Always put her first — before work, friends, even basketball. Act as if she’s the best thing that ever happened to you, because we all know she is.
  2. Keep no secrets. Pool your money. Allow nothing and no one to come between you.
  3. Pick your fights with care. Play fair. Show some class. Hurtful words can be forgiven, but they’re hard to forget.
  4. Fall in love again every day. Kiss her in taxis. Flirt with her at parties. Tell her she’s beautiful. Then tell her again.
  5. Never miss an anniversary or a birthday or a chance to make a memory. Memories may not seem important now, but one day they’ll be gold.
  6. Never give her a practical gift. If she really wants a Shop-Vac, let her pick it out herself.
  7. Go to church together, and pray every day for each other and your marriage.
  8. Pay your bills on time and make sure you each have a living will, a durable power of attorney and life insurance, lest, God forbid, you need them.
  9. Love her parents as your own, but don’t ask them for money. Never criticize her family or friends. On her birthday, send flowers to her mother with a note saying, “Thank you for giving birth to the love of my life.”
  10. Always listen to her heart. If you’re wrong, say you’re sorry; if you’re right, shut up.
  11. Don’t half-tie the knot; plan to stay married forever.
  12. Never go to bed mad; talk until you’re over it, or you forget why you were mad.
  13. Laugh together a lot. If you can laugh at yourselves, you’ll have plenty to laugh about.
  14. Never criticize, correct or interrupt her in public; try not to do it in private, either.
  15. Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.
  16. Never fall for the myth of perfectionism; it’s a lie.
  17. When you don’t like each other, remember that you love each other; pray for the “good days” to return and they will.
  18. Tell the truth, only the truth, with great kindness.
  19. Kiss at least 10 seconds a day, all at once or spread out.
  20. Memorize all her favorite things and amaze her with how very well you know her.
  21. Examine your relationship as often as you change the oil in your car; keep steering it on a path you both want it to go.
  22. Be content with what you have materially, honest about where you are emotionally, and never stop growing spiritually.
  23. Never raise your voice unless you’re on fire. Whisper when you argue.
  24. Be both friends and lovers; in a blackout, light a candle, then make your own sparks.
  25. Finally, be an interesting person, lead your own life. But always save your best for each other. In the end, you will know you were better together than you ever could’ve been apart.

Scottsdale, AZ and Taliesin West

As I have discussed in previous posts, I was in Scottsdale last week for a conference which was fun.  I really liked Scottsdale, especially in October because it was 85 degrees during the day and 70 at night.  I am definitely someone who would rather be hot than cold so I always enjoy visiting Arizona when I can but the one time I went when it was 115 degrees and Gary made us talk with a Store Manager in a restaurant parking lot was a little intense (we’ll never let you live that one down Gary).  Scottsdale has a ton of money, I was driving around and found a Ferrari/Maserati dealership which I had never seen before.  On my way to my fancy smancy McDonalds lunch I was driving through a golf course community and saw a Ferrari go past me.  I saw two Bentleys driving down the road and the final day I was there I went to Starbucks before going to the airport and a lady parked her Aston Martin literally in the middle of the road in front of the building.  I also love all of the cactus all over the place and I guess they tend to grow pretty slow from what others were telling me.  I lived in Reno, NV for three years which is considered high desert and I always thought it had its own sense of beauty.

The last night I was there they had the President’s Dinner at Taliesin West (photo above) which is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes and is where his foundation is located today. I had obviously heard of Frank Lloyd Wright but I didn’t really know anything about him prior to going to the event.  We got a private tour of his residence and the tour guide was really nice as she let us take our wine in and literally sit on anything we wanted and make ourselves at home.  The dinner that night was in his theater and I can’t verify what the guide told us but she said Wright was an innovator who never patented any of his works or ideas.  She said he came up with the idea of surround sound via stone walls which were not 90 degrees and theater seating which was evident in the theater.  I’m sure he came up with other innovations but those were just two things he was able to incorporate into his Taliesin West home.  If you ever get the opportunity to visit I really found it interesting and I’m not usually into architecture.

The Grass is Always Greener…

Every day on my way to work I pass cows eating grass in the fields of lovely Livermore, CA.  Every morning there is always at least one cow who has decided that the grass on the other side of the fence is greener and sticks his (or her) head through it.  It is interesting because like cows, humans don’t want to be constrained by choices and when obstacles are put in our way we always seem to want to break through them. When I see the cows stretching their necks through the barbed wire fencing I always ask myself “I wonder if the the grass that cow is eating on the other side of the  fence is really that much different (or better) than the grass inside their enclosure?

Ask someone what they want and chances are they will respond with “I don’t care”.  Tell someone what they are going to do and more than likely they are going to tell you their opinion on the matter when a moment ago they did not care.   Try it next time you are deciding where to go to lunch as a group.  You always get the standard “I don’t know” any time someone is asked where they want to go but when you recommend sushi isn’t it interesting how they suddenly change their mind and say “how about McDonald’s?

If you are working you probably think what it would be like to work for another company.  If you are in a relationship you probably ask yourself what it would be like to be in a relationship with someone else.  I can go on but the point is if you aren’t happy today you probably won’t be happy tomorrow.  Don’t get me wrong though if you have an obstacle from stopping you from being happy, moooove that obstacle and be happy!