Saturday, July 29, 2006
Fun fact: Timbuktu, Mali, is actually 941 miles to Banjul, The Gambia.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Tangent: by "amenities," developers point to their walking paths, golf courses, and cheap-o fitness centers. But what about true quality of life? Living where you work, proximity to shopping, entertainment, social interaction with neighbors, and walking trails / green-space should not be mutually exclusive luxuries. If more people like yourselves demanded more densely developed areas and safe neighborhoods and better transportation and proximity to the rest of the world (rather than separation via cul-de-sacs, 6-lane suburban arteries and Petsmarts) developers and city-planners would certainly respond. I think we may give up too quickly on a truly good life by ghettoizing ourselves in the MBA nerd's NPV positive, poorly constructed world of master-planned communities (that's a mouth-full!) Ironically, these "amenity-rich" ticky-tacky communities become undesirable after 10 years because of said poor construction and isolation from the outside world. The once white-washed stucco Krogers are replaced by dingy 99c Only stores, and as home value deteriorates, so do ancillary amenities such as safety and socialization.
Anyway! Rachel and Rob found a wonderful apartment at the corner of Westheimer and Wesleyan, in Highland Village. Highland Village? Yes, in the mornings we walk to Starbucks, for lunch it's PF Changs, and for dinner it's a fantrasmical meal from Central Market (like a really cool Whole Foods). Rachel loves window shopping at Banana Republic and Crate and Barrel!
Those green letters I'm pointing to outside our door say "Central Market" (like a really good Whole Foods). It's as far from our apartment to CM as our old apartment to our old parking spot! Hmm... I'm feeling like a portobello mushroom with hatch chili pesto spread... I'll be back in 5 minutes!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Okay Chris, Airbus didn't have "better" planes, but they did sell a lot more than Boeing over the past 5 years.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Picking up Rachel at the airport (Rob, Rachel, Chris, Jeanne, Josh)
What we would look like if we had a baby! (Cole, Mitch & Kelleigh's baby)
Jeanne, Rachel, Kelleigh, Mom (Mardock) at Pacific City
Rachel and Dad (Mardock) at Pacific City
Grant and Mitch at Pacific City
Desi, Rachel, Jeanne, Heather at Vista House, Columbia River Gorge
Mardocks and Bellamys mingling on July 4th
Rachel, Chris, Josh, Heather, Joanne, Andy, Jeanne, Desi (Rob always takes the pictures) at Lincoln City getting ready for fireworks. Notice the squinting eyes and strained smiles... it's very smoky at the Lincoln City fireworks show.
Enjoying smores before fireworks at Lincoln City. Crazy fun times had by all!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Chris W. (my brother-in-law, Jeanne's husband) has a new blog. Unlike Rachel's and my family blog*, Chris is narrowly scoping his to general politics, religion, and technology trends. Chris is turning into quite the prolific writer - the next Matt Drudge. Check it out here: browngargle.blogspot.com
*that's how you describe 2 possessives: Dave's and my yorkie, Val's and my house...