Before heading straight into Portland, we took a drive way outside of it to Sauvie Island in search of an abandoned boat at a nude beach called Collins Beach.
My first time at a nude beach, I saw exactly the type of naked old men I expected to, but more importantly was able to quickly find this boat that looks more like a crashed UFO. You park at the third entrance, walk the short trail through the wooded area, and turn right on the sand—then it’s just there, sticking out very blatantly among some trees.
This was an experimental boat built by a local man named Richard Ensign who combined his experience in boating and cement building and then used it as a means to try and escape the dull monotony of employment. He hit the waters with it first in 1973, along with his sister, another small family, a dog, and a couple other visitors, and it was a huge success aside from a few lopsided returns to land. The cabin was seven feet tall and 24 feet across, making enough room for them to coexist tightly but comfortably. They had lanterns and candles for light, a homemade wood stove, and power from a generator.
How exactly it came to be deserted on this beach is still a mystery. It was apparently stranded on the island during a 1996 flood, but what it was up to before or after is unknown. Now it’s a canvas for graffiti art.
Pretty sure every xvx kid I follow on here has posted a picture of themselves at Multnomah Falls. Today, I was finally able to see it myself, and whoa, what a spectacle. Everything about this particular waterfall and the environment around it was amazing to me.
It was easily accessible, which was nice, and the woods that it rests in were lush and green, with some trees completely coated in moss or vines. At a combined 620 feet between the two tiers, this is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, and the biggest waterfall we’ve seen on this trip. It also has the unique ability to flow like this all year due to being fed by an underground spring. Seeing it at all stages was magical for us, from being at the very bottom to up on Benson Bridge.
Off the road in unremarkable, conservative Chehalis is a large lot marked by a big, ugly, black and cartoonish bird in the shape of a boat, about 30 feet tall and 60 feet long, with another smaller bird attached to its one side, either intended to be under their invisible wing or a conjoined twin. This is the back parking lot to Yard Birds, a giant mall and swap meet made up of over a hundred independent vendors, most of whom are just antique shops and flea markets themselves.
Yard Birds is actually housed in the remains of the now defunct Yard Birds family shopping center chain that once had several locations around the state of Washington. After years of bad luck, both financially and meteorologically, they all closed or were destroyed. This one is now like its own indoor neighborhood of eccentric yard sales, each lot marked and closed off by padlocked gates or fences, some open but unattended running off an honor system. There was a small cafe, a store of CDs and DVDs, a game store, an auction block, blacklight mini-golf, and the emptied space of what was once a grocery store that went bankrupt after a small worker uprising. Outdated instrumental mall music played over the loudspeakers and you could not distinguish customer from business owner. It was a truly bizarre place to walk into.
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Many of you have asked questions about Airbnb and I was happy when @ayeeshaaburime told me she had started. #shestartedsofastiwasscared .
Do you want me to make a dedicated video on how I set mine up? Places to buy affordable nice furniture, how I ensure security, etc?
This month, I made 300 over my entire rent from airbnb. Which means I lived rent free for October and have 300 extra to help my younger friends pay some of their bills😀
What are you waiting for?
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We didn’t go inside the Museum of Glass, but we did enjoy walking around and over it. Out front of its doors are some neat glass structures in a fountain that creates a whole other relationship of light and reflection between the sky and the water it’s suspended over. They also had public xylophones to play with!
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is 500 feet long and crosses over 705. Along its path is a series of colorful and intricate glasswork by Dale Chihuly with a distinct oceanic theme. A “Venetian Wall” of 109 large pieces all resembling sex toys and/or bongs shines to one side of you. Then there are two “Crystal Towers” that stand 40 feet tall and apparently are lit up at night. Lastly is the “Seaform Pavilion”, a transparent ceiling filled with 2,364 individual glass pieces resembling shells, starfish, and other beachside items. It was definitely a unique attraction in an otherwise dull stretch of train tracks and businesses.
This statue is called “The Big Catch” and was created by sculptor and artist Richard Beyer. Installed in a small plaza near a strip mall in 1994, it unsurprisingly provoked controversy because it literally depicts a sailer kissing a fish on the lips while cupping the fish’s inexplicably human titties. To diffuse the outrage, the creator subsequently concocted some lazy legend about a maiden being turned into a fish and the kiss by her former lost lover returning her to human form.
Does this explain why the fish has titties? No. But over two decades later, it’s still there in the boring, yucky coastal town of Des Moines where certainly nothing else will catch your eye.
Installed in 1993, this bizarre art installation under a bridge is meant to resemble the “Wall of Death” cylinder motorcyclists would ride inside of as a stunt (think of Ryan Gosling’s character in The Place Beyond the Pines). Across from it once stood seats, but skateboarders having too much fun led to 25 concrete parking blocks replacing them. Someone for some reason tried to alter or censor the word “death” using tape and spray paint, it appeared.
Under a shady bridge, next to a college campus, and off a recreational trail, this makes no sense as art or anything else, but was so ridiculous we had to see it ourselves.
It’s always fun to stay in a home for a long sit and really get to know the pets we’re caring for. ⠀⠀
BUT with longer sits there’s also more opportunity for slip ups to happen! The best thing to do in those cases is be honest and communicative with your client! ⠀⠀
One early morning here with Bullet & Buckeye, I found myself locked out when I walked outside the back door! ⠀⠀
I panicked! ⠀⠀
I had never had a slip up like that before and was so ashamed to have to contact the home owners on their vacation. ⠀⠀
But they were so understanding! They had a sitter who had the same thing happen before and they had an extra key hidden.
I realized that even though I always want to maintain a professional (and to be honest - perfect) appearance to my clients, I’m only human and so are they! They understand when mishaps happen and the best thing to do is to always be honest!
Morning Market Update:
Stocks are significantly higher, recouping some of their losses and Mortgage Bonds are slightly lower so far this morning. It’s a very quiet economic news day, so technicals will dictate the market direction. The S&P 500 looks like it will open right around its 200-day Moving Average and it will be interesting to see if the bulls or bears will win the battle. It will be a very pivotal day watching the 200-day Moving Average. The 10-year is down to 3.17% below resistance at the Fibonacci level of 3.19%. The Uptrend in Yields has yet to be broken, and we are still on an uphill channel. If the S&P 500 does not break above, its 200-day Moving Average and Stocks falter a bit we may get Yields to come down and test 3.11%. Mortgage Bonds are still trading in the middle of a wide range between support at 99.719 and overhead resistance at 100.609. When Bonds are in such a wide range, there can be a big price swings to the upside and downside.
Hope everyone has an awesome day! 🙏🏻😎
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All of yesterday was spent trying to make some gas money, and being met with one obstacle after another due to the stranglehold the state and property have on everything around us at all times.
Being that Pike Place is such a famous stomping ground for buskers, we figured Alyssa could play saxophone and “earn” some money. She spent all night finding sheet music for classic and recognizable songs she thought would go over well and worked up the courage to perform on a street for the first time in her music career. We set up outside of the anarchist bookstore on a blanket we’d dumpstered a while back with a nice sign and a plastic cup. Within minutes, a woman threw us a dollar coin.
But 15 minutes later, a security guard approached us and asked to see our busking license. Yes, a busking license. Apparently, you had to apply for and then pay an annual fee of $35 for a license in order to be allowed to play music on the streets of The Market. Obviously, we didn’t have one, and he assured us it was too late to get one that day. So we remained there, defeated, and just kept our sign up. It was so stupid being there with an instrument and talent and just... “not being allowed to” play. A nice dude gave us $10. But after over an hour there, another security guard came and told us we couldn’t beg in The Market. They all spoke of “The Market” like a deity. We were told we could do it right across the street on the other side of the invisible line that separated The Market from the rest of the city. So we did that, set up right outside of the country’s first Starbucks. Eventually, two bike cops rolled up and told us we weren’t allowed to sit while spanging, and could busk but only while standing. Unable to stand with a sign or prop up her phone with sheet music, either was made too uncomfortable to do. Even more frustrating, we were the only beggars who were told to stand. We had $11 and the meter we’d paid $6 to was up by 5. After a failed hour at a truck stop, Alyssa paid $58 of her small travel savings to fill us up. It sucked.
We went on a $10 tour of the Theo chocolate factory today and learned a whole lot about chocolate and commercial chocolate production! Their factory and offices exist in this one spot, a former brewery and trolley car depot. They showered us with free samples of chocolate in all its various stages, including as nibs and a powder, and hooked us up with the sick 20% discount afterwards, but the tour itself was actually really interesting, and our guide was really charming and funny.
Theo is probably the best place to go to learn about chocolate because they’re the first organic fair trade cocoa producer in America, and unlike most chocolate companies they have the beans sent to them and turn them into chocolate themselves, largely using only three basic ingredients: cocoa, vanilla, and sugar. The whole place smelled heavenly.
Chocolate is a truly magical thing. We made sure to take advantage of the discount and got their vegan four-pack and a root beer keg bar.
Had to show Alyssa the Fremont Troll, of course.
The troll, with a height of 18 feet and weight of 13,000 pounds, looks to be creepily crawling out from underneath the bridge, grasping a real VW Beetle in his left hand. He was the winner of an art competition back in 1990, which was how he got there. While the goal was to rehabilitate the area through art, a sizable tent town of homeless people live right next to him, and graffiti prevails even on the troll himself. In fact, to buff the graffiti on him, they have to recoat him in concrete each time, which has only served to make him even lumpier and swampier over the years. In 2005, the street he lives at the end of was officially renamed Troll Avenue in his honor.
Morning Market Update:
Stocks are lower and Mortgage Bonds are higher for a change so far today. The 10-year yield is currently testing a very important ceiling at 3.25%, which goes back to July of 2011. A break above this ceiling suggest a move toward the next two ceilings, located at 3.63%! Both from 2011. The 3.75% ceiling looks very formidable, with 3.63% being iffy. The trend lines for the yield are pointing higher at a very steep slope, so a catalyst would be needed to slow down the selling in bonds and rise in yields. There is a lot of underlying weakness, as the selloff in bonds is in the face of big stock declines. It would likely be much worse if stocks were moving up and drawing money out of bonds. A major cause of this is that the Fed safety net is done. Didn’t take long-right after October 1. Along with ECB buying cuts. Here is the interesting thing- more volatility ahead for yields rising and less volatility for them failing! That’s because without a safety net, yields will behave more normally. It’s been a long time, but the Fed buying has muted the selling in bonds and rise in yields. That’s gone now. And when bonds were rallying the Fed buys juiced it. That’s gone too. So the rally will be less than we have been accustomed to, and the sell off’s will be deeper. It will feel different, but it is finally now going to be “normal”. Hope everyone has an awesome day!
We drove forty miles with the gaslight on until we got to a truck stop in Ellensburg. We begged for gas money there for a couple hours, only amounting to $8 between two generous strangers.
For dinner, we had no other choice but the diner inside. After a close look through the menu, it was clear our only options were salad and potatoes, and we definitely made the most of it. Each of us got a side salad, an order of hash browns with onion and green pepper, and a baked potato topped in green onion, and we showered it all with our own supply of nutritional yeast and Red Robin seasoning.
By the end of the night, a sudden donation from the lovely @booomrg helped us get outta there and toward North Bend.
Halfway to Seattle, there were two mind-blowing scenic viewing opportunities.
The first was the Wanapum Recreation Area, a spacious exit and parking lot that allowed you to walk all around the edges of the cliff that overlooked the Columbia River, also known as Lake Wanapum, named after the staunchly pacifistic indigenous tribe that were exterminated by white colonialists. The massive amount of sky, water, and mountain and their incomprehensible details were almost beyond my brain’s ability to compute.
We had to cross the Vantage Bridge just to turn around and cross it again for the second view, a roadside art installation called “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”. This 28-year old piece consisted of fifteen life-size steel horses in mid-gallop across the top of a small mountain. Due to lack of funding, it was technically never finished, but what is there looks complete to anyone none the wiser. It was created by David Govedare, whose other important Washington piece, “The Joy of Running Together”, we’d seen back in Spokane. We walked up a short but rough and steep path to get up close to them and take in the view they unconsciously had been witnessing their entire inanimate lives. I took a much needed piss off the edge. It was all quite incredible.
At both stops, scummy parents had left used diapers behind on the ground.