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Daysleeper, Cleveland

I’m sometimes quite impressed with the ways people can find a place to enjoy a nap in the middle of a large urban area. Today’s Pic du Jour is one case in point.

I spotted this man, laying on a small pier on the east bank of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, from the Detroit-Superior Bridge. I hummed this the rest of the day.

Snapped on 28-Aug-2013
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16 Roses From Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

No post hypothetically entitled the 10 Most Awesome Things to See and Do For Free in Portland would be worth its Buzzfeed cred if it were to omit a visit to the International Rose Test Garden.

Located in the city’s Washington Park, the 4.5 acre, or 18,000 square meter space is the the oldest continually operating public rose test garden in the U.S., home to more than 7,000 rose plants and 550 varieties. According to the FAQ sign at the entrance, there’s a permanent summer staff of just three –one gardener and two caretakers—with lots of volunteers, too.

According to wiki, it dates back to 1917, when

a group of Portland nurserymen came up with the idea for an American rose test garden. Portland had an enthusiastic group of volunteers and 20 miles (32 km) of rose bordered streets, largely from the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition. Portland was already dubbed “The City of Roses” so this was leveraged to enhance the reputation. Between Portland Parks & Recreation and the American Rose Society, the garden soon became a reality.

Below is a gallery of 16 images I took last August when most varieties were in high bloom, draping the garden in a cloak of scents so lusciously intoxicating that I wanted to bottle them up and take them home. Instead I just took pictures and very deep breaths that were stored away for future inspiration.

That muse awoke today when I came across the Charles Bukowski poem, Hooray Say the Roses, compelling me to finally sort through, edit and share some of these shots. Enjoy the gallery and below them, the words.

Click on any image for a larger view and ID info. A few are not identified. If you can help, I’d love to hear from you.

Hooray Say The Roses

hooray say the roses, today is blamesday
and we are red as blood.

hooray say the roses, today is Wednesday
and we bloom where soldiers fell
and lovers too,
and the snake at the word.

hooray say the roses, darkness comes
all at once, like lights gone out,
the sun leaves dark continents
and rows of stone.

hooray say the roses, cannons and spires,
birds, bees, bombers, today is Friday
the hand holding a medal out the window,
a moth going by, half a mile an hour,
hooray hooray
hooray say the roses
we have empires on our stems,
the sun moves the mouth:
hooray hooray hooray
and that is why you like us.

 

 

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From U2's Zoo TV tour at the Rock and Hall of Fame

Hanging out at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Pic du Jour)

These classic DDR trabants, left over from U2′s Zoo TV tour, will always have pride of place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. I try to stop by, even if just to stroll along the lake front, whenever I’m in town. And these cars always put a smile on my face.

Trabant-curious? From a post a couple years ago:

The average lifespan of the vehicle was an astounding 28 years. Officially it went from zero to 100kph/62 mph in 21 seconds and emitted four times as much pollution as the average car in Europe at that time. In all, 3,096,099 rolled off the assembly line.

There’s a 60-second video tour of one in that post, too.

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“A dream deferred” – rally in Cleveland on the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

Cleveland Rally on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – Notebook and Photo Gallery

Cleveland, Ohio, USA – About one thousand people gathered for a rally in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’. Eighteen photos from the event, one of several held throughout the country on Wednesday to remember and reflect upon King’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, are below.

The event, organized by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland chapter of the National Action Network and other community and civic groups, included brief speeches by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, and other community, political and religious leaders.

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner

 

Turner, who announced her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State in July, was the most passionate speaker on the afternoon bill addressing the importance of pushing back the recent assault on voting rights, something that King other activists were fighting five decades ago. “There is no such thing as an off-year election,” she said. “All elections have consequences.” You can catch a bit of her infectious passion in this recent segment of MSNBC’s Ed Show where she spoke about the attempts to suppress voting today in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio.  “It’s a class issue. It’s a race issue.”

“We have to make sure Dr. King’s dream stays alive,” Fudge, who also spoke at a commemoration of the event earlier in the day in Washington D.C., said. The third-term member of the House of Representatives serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Jackson, who was elected Mayor in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, told the crowd that he remembers watching the 1963 march and King’s speech with his grandfather.

“If it were not for the movement, I would not be mayor today,” Jackson said. “Even though we have made significant strides, we still have a way to go.”

Enjoy the pics – if you’d like to use any for a personal or organizational blog or website, feel free. Just please leave the credit intact and drop a quick line to let me know.

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Wouldn't it be nice if Greyhounds were decorated like this?

Going Trans-America, Almost

Portland, Ore., USA – I’ve taken quite a few long bus rides over the past several months: Bariloche to Mendoza, Argentina, 19 hours; Cusco to Lima, Peru, 22 hours; another handful that lasted 14-18 hours; more than I care to count in the eight to 12 hour range. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, so after a string of seven bus-less weeks, I’m coming back for more.

I’m setting out from Portland’s Greyhound station tonight at 11 bound for Cleveland, Ohio, on a trip that will take me through ten states in two days, 14 hours and 25 minutes. Among those, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa will be first-time transits.

Photos of a fleet of sleekly designed, comfortable and wifi-equipped buses figure prominently on the venerable American coach company’s website; I’m banking on the hope that they’ll be a step or two above those that Greyhound used the last time I rode on one – back in 1992 when I traveled from the US-Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas to Athens, Ohio in the Appalachian foothills.

Unfortunately, I won’t have time to stop anywhere along the way. My return to Slovenia has been booked (9 Sep) and I’ve got several family commitments in and around Ohio I’m looking forward to before heading back to Europe.

So why not fly?

Because my intention from the beginning of this trip back in January was to travel exclusively overland. Had I not gotten sick in June, that streak which began in Tierra del Fuego would not have been broken last month when I boarded a plane last in San Jose, Costa Rica for the Pacific Northwest.

So it’ll be all highway, almost all the time. And seedy city centers at 4 am the rest of the time. Looking forward.

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Oregon's Mt. Hood

Six Snaps From Mt. Hood

I spent Sunday afternoon and evening in the shadow of Mt. Hood, at 3,429m (11,249ft), the highest mountain in the state of Oregon. These shots were all taken from or near Trillium Lake, a man-made body of water about 12km (7.1mi) south-southwest of the mountain.

Mt Hood from Trillium Lake

Mt Hood from Trillium Lake

Its topographical prominence makes Mt. Hood a stunning landmark in the US Pacific Northwest; on Sunday we were very fortunate to have largely clear, sunny and hazeless skies through which to enjoy it. It’s convenient location, just 50 miles east of Portland, ensured that we wouldn’t be enjoying it alone. But it was hardly a ‘packed house’ – I was actually surprised that there weren’t more people.

Mt. Hood over Trillium Lake

Mt. Hood over Trillium Lake

It was a short visit which didn’t allow much time for anything besides a few hours of leisurely paddling around the lake and a short evening hike on the lake’s east end. When I return (and I likely will), I’ll make a point of making the time to hike the Timberline Trail, a 65.5km (40.7mi) trail that circumnavigates the mountain.

Three more shots below. Enjoy!

Early evening mist below Mt. Hood

Early evening mist below Mt. Hood

Cloud hovering over Mt Hood

Cloud hovering over Mt Hood

 

Reflections on Trillium Lake

Reflections on Trillium Lake

All photos taken on 11-Aug-2013.

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