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Letters Home is on the move! Thursday, October 08, 2009

That's right, after almost exactly three years here, Letters Home is moving to a whole new location on the web: bookmark it now, or change your RSS feed link:

With the move, it's getting a whole new look. It should be a lot better for displaying my photos (bigger too!—click on the thumbnails for a slide show), and it will also be easier to search for specific topics. Plus it just looks better.

One of the main improvements is the ability to categorize posts. I'm still working out the details on that system, and it might take a while for me to sort out the categorization on my backlog of posts, but new posts will have nice neat categories for you to browse through.

And, with the new system, I can create "pages." I'm not sure how I will use that for this blog, but it is a pretty cool feature that will eventually come in handy.

The other major announcement is a whole new "blog." Portland Band Photographer is pretty much what the name implies: the best source for bands, musicians and other performers who need photos for their websites, press kits, etc. You can already see a portfolio of my band and musician portraits (like the one of Mother Mother at right), and another portfolio of live concert photography. I'll be adding stories and examples of my music photography to the blog part over the next few days.

Stay tuned! (Just not here.)

Housewarming party Monday, October 05, 2009

Now that we've been in our house for about two months, we figured it was time for a housewarming party. It was all very prim and proper, until Sam brought out the piƱatas ...

Wheelchair curling at Evergreen Curling Club Saturday, October 03, 2009

Cathy Cummins fires a rock down the ice at a wheelchair curling event hosted by Evergreen Curling Club Sept. 27 at the Lloyd Center in Portland. The club, with the help of the Disabled American Veterans, invited wheelchair athletes to learn the sport under the guidance of U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald and Canadian champion Vince Miele.

Last Sunday the Evergreen Curling Club hosted a learn-to-curl event for wheelchair athletes in Portland. With the help of the Disabled American Veterans, the club brought U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald up from San Francisco and Canadian champion Vince Miele down from Vancouver to teach the sport to first-time curlers in wheelchairs.

I recently updated my Sportsshooter page with some wheelchair curling photos, including the one above. Here are a couple of outtakes that didn't fit on that page.

[right] U.S. Paralympian Patrick McDonald communes with the ice before teaching the sport to first-time wheelchair curlers. [below] Canadian champion Vince Miele (left) shares a laugh with another curler.

Garage sale Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We couldn't get our stuff together in time to have a garage sale before we moved, so we brought all of it to our new place, added a whole bunch more from another friend, and had a garage sale at our new place. Of course it helped that, unlike our old apartments, we actually have a garage here!

The sale date was picked about a month in advance, and sure enough, we picked the only rainy day in a two-week period. I think the drizzle kept a lot of potential customers away, but we got rid of a bunch of stuff.

The highlight was the pirates who plundered our booty and bought out our supply of decorative skulls and skeletons. "Lickety Split" and "Ugly" were in the neighbourhood from Seattle for the annual Pirate Festival.

Summer Cotillion (and pie fight) Monday, September 28, 2009

OK, so I've been a really bad blogger lately. I'll try to catch up a bit this week, starting with an event that Perrie and I attended almost a month ago. But first the back story...

When Perrie and I got the keys to our new house we had about 24 hours to do some cleaning before all of our stuff got in the way. Washing windows and cleaning toilets isn't exactly a rock'n'roll way to spend a Friday night, but it was urgent and desperately needed.

About 8 that night we heard a knock at our door. The visitor introduced herself as Marilyn, our neighbour behind our backyard, and gave us a flier and tickets to an event they were hosting in a couple of weeks: the "2nd Annual Summer Cotillion (and pie fight)." Naturally we were curious so we looked up cotillion and marked the date on our calendar.

On the appointed day, we arrived fashionably late to find the party in full swing. Judging for the pie decorating contest was under way (right), followed by a live demonstration on how to properly throw a pie (your choice of cream—shaving or whipped). Then the real fun began as kids (young and not-so-young) had the opportunity to throw their creations at one another.

The event was a benefit for the Nomadic Theatre Co., who practice in the old church behind our house. Here are a few more pictures from the pie fight (and aftermath).

[left] Dressed in an outfit made of garbage bags, Sarah Liane Foster braces for the impact of Michael O'Neill's pie Aug. 29 at the 2nd Annual Summer Cotillion in Portland. The two members of the Nomadic Theatre Co. were demonstrating the correct way to throw (and receive) a pie. [below] Nomadic Theatre Co.'s Heather Pearl revels in the aftermath of an intense pie battle.

American beauty Saturday, September 12, 2009

With all of the amazing scenery, not to mention the creative talent in this country, why does so much of it look like this?

Greeting from beautiful Burlington, Wash.

Orchid Highway interview Thursday, September 10, 2009

My interview with The Orchid Highway was published on Northwest CanCon today. It took a while to edit—we talked for nearly an hour, and I edited it down to about 15 minutes. Check it out here. There's also a slide show from their performance, here.

These photos are a couple of out-takes from the concert and portrait session. Below, from left: Scott Perry, Jamie MacDonald, Rory MacDonald, Adrian Buckley, Derek MacDonald.