Researching Sock Companies

I was totally bummed out by being on Mississippi and downtown yesterday. The best time I had was at a plant nursery that had some great arrangements and some gorgeous chickens, wandering around their courtyard. I spent mere minutes at my destination and then got back on bus 4 for downtown. There is no THERE, there Well duh – when in or near Portland, just stick to … Continue reading Researching Sock Companies

Had a chat with a former surveyor @ the bus stop this morning

He’d had some injury & can’t work (but he flashed a seemingly involuntary thumbs up gesture as he said this) and is staying at a friend’s place in the neighborhood. There’s a lot of that in Portland! It used to be that creatives could get together, rent a house cheaply & get by on part-time jobs. Honestly I don’t know how average people survive here. … Continue reading Had a chat with a former surveyor @ the bus stop this morning

This’d be a fine town to settle if I could earn a living

I used to live around the corner from here. Read that Amazon bought two buildings across the street on SW Broadway & is slated to be the largest tech employer here in Podunk. That means higher rents downtown and more tech bros! Not that I could ever earn a living wage here, with or without competing against youngsters with tech salaries. At a certain point, … Continue reading This’d be a fine town to settle if I could earn a living

Double Standards, part 3 – the cutting board

So, because I knew damned well that Charlie wasn’t riding the kidz as hard as he was me, I somewhat gleefully pointed out a cutting board that’d been left out overnight, my birthday morning, with apple pairings on it. I did not “shove it in his face” as claimed this morning. I pointed it out, but without hostile tones. I’m interested in fairness. That’s all. … Continue reading Double Standards, part 3 – the cutting board

Life in Podunk is a constant scrambling for small bits of cash

So… it was my birthday Saturday & I’m a big believer in celebrating birthdays for at least a week. This used to be a practicality in NYC, where I had a good income and a wide-ranging circle of friends. You’d need to get to all of them! This year, of course, I launched a Go Fund Me to get help with my Creative Cloud, and … Continue reading Life in Podunk is a constant scrambling for small bits of cash

[updated] I’m getting a lot of practice driving to downtown & back anyway

It was the third trip made to update my eyeglasses. Turns out my $600¹ frames weren’t a very good idea, in 2016, because now the lenses are fatter than the frames. I went $150 cheaper, for lenses at an independent firm. They had a flaw right in the middle of the right. I was going to upgrade immediately but they talked me into giving the … Continue reading [updated] I’m getting a lot of practice driving to downtown & back anyway

Yet another job option emailed me back for an interview I can’t make

Not reading my cover letter that clearly states I’m in Portland, at the moment. As I’ve known for years, my location is the problem. The most likely place I’ll find the regular, employment is back in sock design, and that is almost entirely in or around New York. Also no companies pay relocation unless you’re a corporate manager in the 130-150K range. I tell them … Continue reading Yet another job option emailed me back for an interview I can’t make