Posts Tagged ‘My Life’


The City of Roses.  Bridgetown.  Beervana.

Little Beirut?  Rip City?  Stumptown?

Just based on the nicknames alone, trying to decide whether or not to move to Portland is a difficult task.  But after a week of consideration, here are my personal pros and cons for moving from Charlotte, NC to Portland, OR.



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A Good Day Turns Bad

Went on a tour yesterday of 3 local breweries in Raleigh, NC with a good friend of mine.  The tour was very informative and tasty.  I think I may actually research brewing beer at home…

But the saddest moment was seeing a motorcycle rider flip his bike right in front of my eyes.  I knew that something bad was going to happen too, since everything slowed down enough for me to realize what was occurring…

A guy in a sedan crossed the road in front of 3 motorcyclists.  The first person was able to slow and swerve to miss the car.  The second apparently applied his front brakes too hard and caused his crotch-rocket to flip tail over head.  The third guy hit the second guy and wrecked as well…

…and the driver of the sedan drove away like nothing happened…

He knew what he did.  He even slowed down halfway through his crossing as he looked to his left and saw the bikes.  It was as if he was “Oh, crap! <brake>  Shit! <accelerate>”…  If there had even been the thought in my mind that he was going to leave the scene, I would’ve tried getting his license number, snapped a quick pic…SOMETHING!!

I wasn’t driving the truck I was in and was able to immediately call 911, gave the operator as much information as I could about the accident, and stayed on the line until the fire department paramedics arrived.  They were soon accompanied by 2 ambulances and 2 patrol cars.  Both of the downed riders were moving their arms, legs, feet, and hands, so they were definitely conscious at that moment.  I can’t say what the condition of their insides were like, though.

Since the accident took place in an area where a side road merged with a major road, I played traffic light and directed flow of traffic through the zone until the rescue crews and bystanders cleared the area.  Afterwards, I gave my report to the policemen and left with my very shaken-up friend.  I don’t think she’ll forget what we witnessed for quite a long while.

Be careful out there, people…

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  1. Not operating normally or properly.
  2. Deviating from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad.

I really don’t know what it is about dysfunctional women that attract my interest but, God, I love them so!


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The time has finally arrived.  I’ve made my New Year’s resolutions, made some hot chocolate, and am comfortable in knowing that 2011 is going to be so much better than 2010.  Why?  Let’s take a trip in the Way Back Machine and revisit the events of this past year, both good and bad…


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2011: The Year in Preview

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  If you ask anyone what their resolutions for the year would be, they would probably repeat many of the same things that they had said the previous year.  But I understand the need to set goals and the feeling of marking off an item on a list after having accomplished something.  And that’s not such a bad thing.

So, for the first time in my life, I’ve decided to make a list of things that I’d like to accomplish before this year is over.  And here it is….


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