Dani Shapiro, Still Writing
coachella valley as seen from keys view in joshua tree national park (aka me finally making use of the panorama function on my iphone).
the skies were beautiful yesterday, which made for some wonderful desert driving. the weather was wonderfully cooperative while we were in palm springs, too — the highest it went was mid-80s, instead of the forecasted 100 palm springs was supposed to get today — and the weather back in the [san fernando] valley’s been pretty great while i’ve been here as well, all cool and breezy and in the high-60s/low-70s with low humidity. i wish i could take the weather with me to nyc — i tell myself that no city is 100% perfect, and, if nyc’s flaw is its horrid, horrid summer, then, well, that ain’t so bad ……………………………… or so i try to tell myself.
ordering myself an ac unit for my window, though, because fuck trying to tough out the heat. i have a book to finish writing/editing, and i need to be able to sleep at night — and, anyway, back to nyc on wednesday, and it’s been a pretty great two weeks on the west coast, but i am more than ready to go back home and hole up in my [mostly metaphorical] cave and get back to work!
was in portland last thursday through saturday and, now, basically plotting some way to replace LA with portland in this bicoastal thing i do because i fell totally head over heels with portland and its surrounding areas. it’s so, so beautiful up there, the food is great, and the coffee is amazing, and i can’t wait to go back and get further acquainted.
photo array above arranged by day:
day 01: portland, first looks — powell’s — voodoo doughnut — tasty n alder — the view from our hotel
day 02: the big egg — multnomah falls — mirror lake — us highway 26 — koi fusion
day 03: coava roasters — orgeon route 6 — nestucca wildlife refuge — us route 101 — bamboo sushi
day 04: ristretto roasters — ristretto roasters — the waffle window — powell’s at pdx — portland, last looks
(not pictured: stumptown at the ace hotel, the bonneville dam, munson falls, the octupus tree, tillamook cheese factory)
thanks! i got it in june last year, the day after escaping gravity was released.
(i’m pretty sure it was the day after … it may have been two days after … or it may have been the day of. i remember listening to “boy-x” and “ocean of light” as i walked over and waited.)