Archive for February, 2012

Big Head Todd and the Monsters At The Crystal Ballroom

Big Head Todd and the Monsters At The Crystal Ballroom

February 22, 2012 3 Comments

I had never heard of Big Head Todd and the Monsters and I’m an extreme eclectic music junky!  I was invited by a friend to attend their show at the Crystal Ballroom and stay the night at the new Crystal Hotel.  Both are Mcmenamins establishments.  Sounded like a lot of fun to me even though ...

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

February 22, 2012 3 Comments

The Crystal Ballroom, located at NW 14th and Burnside in downtown Portland is a very grand ballroom.  Wow, if the walls could talk we would sure be listening!  Imagine for a moment what took place over the years in this beautiful almost 100 year old building.  Countless first loves unfolding, police raids, visits by silent ...

Big Head Todd without his Monsters

Big Head Todd without his Monsters

February 17, 2012 4 Comments

This afternoon Big Head Todd was without his Monsters. They were getting set up for their concert that evening in the McMenamins’ Crystal Ballroom where Glenda was going to see them (I hope she will write a blog about that performance). I got to see Big Head Todd in the Bing Lounge, courtesy of KINK ...

Early Bloomers

Early Bloomers

February 14, 2012 2 Comments

It is about this time of year when everyone starts to look forward to spring. The days are getting longer, the temperatures ever so slightly creeping up and yes – here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest – the flowers and trees start blooming. So here we are in the second week of February, and I ...

Portland’s Tallest

Portland’s Tallest

February 12, 2012 No Comments

Let’s just say that Portland is not really known for the height of its , and there is a good reason why. One bank in Portland has held the record for the tallest building twice and after its second attempt (through acquisition) height restrictions were placed in Portland so as not to block views of ...

Bonaire and the Octopus

Bonaire and the Octopus

February 7, 2012 No Comments

Bonaire is an amazing, low key island, known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, especially the marine environment. This beautiful island is located in the Dutch Caribbean, or possibly better known as the Southern Caribbean, and one of the ABC islands which include Aruba and Curaco. Some of the main things that ...