Friday, December 26, 2008
Also after Milton read my blog he contacted me to let me know that the building he lives in is 100 years old, it was built in 1908 NOT in the 30's.
Thanks Milton - what would I do without ya buddy!
I am Milton's adopted mom, when Milton grew up he told me he wanted to move into his own apartment. I told him that was OK - I understood because when they grow up we need to let them spread there wings or in this case to spread there paws and to live the life they want and need. I told him he needed a roommate because there are still things he needs assistance with of course. He was going to place an add in the paper but I told him no, because who knows what kind of a freak he might have ended up with. I told him I would ask around to see if anybody needed a roommate. I asked one of my vintage pals and she said that yes indeed she was looking for a hep cat for a roommate. So I introduced them and boy did they hit it off well. She said he was just what she was looking for and that he is the most prrrrrfect roommate.
Milton now lives in a really cool old apartment, I think it was built in the 1930's and it overlooks another kind of a neat art deco style building behind the apartment, this building is called: CONVENTION PLAZA, I never new it even existed but I like to look out the window at it and imagine what used to happen there back in the old days.
I knew instantly Milton and my pal would be the best of friends it's a plus that she just adores cats. Milton grew up in a vintage household and was used to having old time things around, seeing antiques and laying around on vintage furniture. This is the environment he is most comfortable in, he is right at home here with my friend and her little studio apartment and all of her vintage and antiques. However Milton did seem to enjoy his visit from his mommy.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here in the Rose City (Portland, Oregon) we have had some snow everyday for over a week. When I woke up this morning I had a bout 7 inches on my doorstep. It currently is about 22 degrees out or at least it was the last time I checked about an hour ago. We do not usually get that much snow here maybe an inch or two every other winter. However I do remember a couple of really wicked ice storms when I was a kid back in the 70's, with Icicles 4 to 8 inches long hanging off of trees, phone wires and the edge of houses. From what the weather reports are saying it looks like we are in for more snow and some freezing rain which means an ice storm is on its way.
I have some information regarding some historic freezing temperatures and snow which I will share with you.
The last really cold December recorded in Portland was in 1990. The coldest day had a high of 20 and a low of 12.
In 1968-69 (I was born in 1968 only it was in the summer and not the winter) was a very brutal winter with 18 days of one inch or more of snow on the ground and up to 9 inches deep during the first period and 10 inches deep during the second period. On December 30th of 1968 the high was 14 degrees and a low of 8 and on December 31st of 68' the high was 19 degrees with a low of 9.
During the brutal winter of 1949-50 Portland lay under a deep blanket of snow over a foot deep for an entire month. In January of 1950 the Portland Airport was buried at 41 inches. The kids in Portland were loving life and they say there were more snow men out & about than people. On January 31st Portland had an all time low of 2 degrees bellow zero! Then that record was broken the following day with 3 bellow zero.
In December of 1924 there are historic records and pictures of the Willamette River in down town Portland, frozen with cars driving across! I wish I had a picture of that.
Posted by Brooksie at 2:15 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The Hollywood Burger Bar
The staff was very friendly and helpful. After taking our order I sat back and listened to the music: low and behold they were actually playing 1940's Christmas music! I felt like I was in a time warp except our waitress looked very modern day. We got our food in a timely manner and believe it our not the food was not too bad.
Another delightful place to dine and drink is Huber's. Huber's was established in 1879 and is Portland's oldest restaurant and bar. The interior is absolutely beautiful with dark, solid Philippine mahogany paneling, it has a very large arched stained glass skylight and a terrazzo floor. The current location and building of Huber's is on the National Registry of Historic places and is located on 411 SW 3rd ave. in down town Portland.
In the 1920's during the prohibition era Huber's was primarily a restaurant but during that time it was also a speakeasy and served Manhattans in coffee cups. Speaking of drinks Huber's is quite famous for it's Spanish Coffee drinks, I have tried many Spanish Coffee drinks in Portland and a few other spots in the United States and NOBODY 'S can compare to the Huber's Spanish Coffee they are also a great winter time drink. Plus when the server/bar tender comes out they make the drink right in front of you and they put on quite a show at the same time.