We had about three hours to kill in Portland before the Night Vale show Thursday night, so we did pretty much what you’d expect of us:
- We did a quick tour of the downtown library.
- We spent about 45 minutes in Powell’s.
- We had dinner.
The library is pretty impressive-looking from the outside, and the lobby is lovely. It has a big sweeping staircase, and the steps to the second floor are (or at least look like) black marble etched with animals and lots of swirling patterns. Very cool.
I think these windows were in non-fiction room. Huge, lots of light, trees outside – beautiful and peaceful.
The children’s library is named after Beverly Cleary, who – fun fact I just learned – grew up in Portland. That tree in there has figures from children’s stories carved into it.
We didn’t spend too much time there because a) we couldn’t check anything out, and b) WE HAD TO GO TO POWELL’S.
Last time we were there, I mentioned being overwhelmed, but in a good way. This time, that feeling was tinged with anxiety. There are SO many books, and SO many books I want to read. How will I ever find the time to read them all? That idea, that abundance of books – it should feel wonderful, exciting, comforting maybe. I’ll never run out of things to read (as if that were possible). Thursday, though, it wasn’t a pleasant feeling. Maybe I just need a vacation. Yeah, no, I KNOW I need a vacation.
Anyway, we kept that visit pretty short because we were hungry and we had a show to get to. Dinner was Japanese, shared, really good. The theater was on the other side of a park from the restaurant, and as we crossed into the park, we saw this sign:
Eugene has bike routes everywhere. Portland has skate routes. Because Portland. I think the guy on the right is on rollerblades, but it’s hard to tell. His other foot might be a giant circular saw.