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BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, Yes, my fellow waterlogged Portlanders, it is time. Visions of Kurt Russell riding a spray-painted Nishiki out of this city with a sustainably produced rain jacket and ergonomic reclaimed toe clips should be coursing through your soggy mind right about now.


Because in case you haven't noticed, we are in the midst of the usual, sloppy winter in Portland, Købe Ursodiol online, αγοράζουν online Ursodiol, a time to hole up in our matted dens, burn large amounts of fossil fuels and abundant timber reserves using large mechanical blowing devices or alcoves in our living rooms formed out of stone, knit sweaters and art pieces out of those plastic bags that can't be recycled (you know, the ones you were going to use when you actually walked the dog several months before the rain), and get sucked into DVR-ing episodes of Anthony Bourdain, El Paso, Texas. Washington, D.C. Seattle, Washington, Project Runway, and the Dog Whisperer.

February is the time of year when natives of the Northwest stop looking hopefully to the sky for inklings of a ray of sun; If the sun does accidentally step between the rafters and through the dense, Baltimore, Maryland. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, smothering cloud pillowed ceiling above, Portlanders and Seattleites alike barely acknowledge this hand-breaking-through-the-heavenly-ice with little more than a stoic grunt.

When I was young, I didn't have the means or the inclination to escape when the winter started to get to me. For a good portion of my life (including birth) I lived in the San Juan islands, Ursodiol withdrawal, learning what it means to live in a climate that includes a daily endurance test for the seasonally depressed, compounded by the unrelenting threat of drizzle and light wind, all before it gets dark each day at 4pm. We learned invaluable lessons sometimes the hard way, like how you should not stack things like baseball cards in your closet against exterior walls for fear of black mold; Or, despite their rugged disposition and devil-may-care attitude, Doc Martens are Not waterproof; And last but not least, the Legend of Zelda was and is the God-given natural substitute for actual exercise (unless you know of any caverns where they teach sword play and pyromania in exchange for rupies), BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION. Ursodiol 800mg, 875mg, 900mg,

Now that I am in the early phases of middle age (which will last, mind you, for the next 40 years) I do have both the means (barely) and inclination to escape. Preferably by plane, and even more preferred, order Ursodiol from mexican pharmacy, under the influence of the free samples of Rainier Ridge Cabernet that are refilled by the friendly but professional flight attendant.

We decided more or less on a whim to pack up the troops and head south for a few days, based on an excellent winter fare from Alaska Airlines and a strong desire to clear the condensation from the insides of our mental windshields.

On our way out, Portland weather was at its fiercest with whipping wind and heavy rain pounding the barely-above-freezing tarmac that would facilitate our escape.

It was as if the Rose city's heart was breaking, Ursodiol 200mg,
yelling angrily in the wind, "So you wanna' leave me when times are tough. Fine - I don't need you anyway - GET OUT!"

And get out we did.

We have now returned, and we have rekindled our passion for our city - slugs, Uggs, Indianapolis, Indiana, San Francisco, California, and all. But that doesn't mean I won't reminisce about my recent time spent under the influence of the golden rays showering down upon the Santa Monica mountains.

BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, Here's a summary of our sun soaked escape, a treatment I highly recommend.

Southern California is winter perfection
Ah, sunny Southern California in wintertime. Our trip included stays in lovely Pasadena, Buy generic Ursodiol, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, complete with mid-60's temperatures, perpetual sun, snow on the tops of the mountains, comprar en línea Ursodiol, comprar Ursodiol baratos, a spa treatment for my wife and a music creating session for me.

And let me tell you: It was the best thing we could have done at this time of year. I had to work part of the time, Boston, Massachusetts. Charlotte, Carolina, but even that was enjoyable with a view of the Pacific from our new 2nd floor office digs in Culver City and the company of my hearty Angelino coworkers, both native and imported, jaded and unjaded.

On the health side, not only did we get to enjoy the company of our best friends and close relatives, but we were able to recharge our depleted reserves of Vitamin D, Ursodiol for sale, preventing mild dementia and apparently, a potentially wicked case of Rickets.

I had no idea that I could get Rickets from lack of sun. But this year, friends, from this I am safe.

It's Palm Springs, baby
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I also could not really grasp why you would willingly build your house directly, literally, 400mg, 450mg, on top of the San Andreas fault, which is where my brother-in-law's rental used to be. The neighborhood kids played in the fault line cave-in in the backyard. I'm not joking BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, .

Has nobody in Palm Springs seen Superman. Lois in the car, japan, craiglist, ebay, hcl, anyone?

This time however, we saw a side of Palm Springs that has changed my mind. My brother-in-law's new place is very spa-like, Canada, mexico, india, complete with views of the mountains, a master suite and bath with a walk-in travertine-tiled shower, and a veranda - and is much further from the fault line (as if that made a difference - but I'll take it). With access to a pool and hot tub, very little traffic, Ursodiol 500mg, and a view of the very trees under which Cary Grant spent many a winter's sunny 70-degree afternoon lounging in the company of film financiers and Hollywood starlets, we were poised to find the rejuvinative qualities of the famous desert oasis.

On Monday, April took the kids on an outing to the Palm Oasis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Phoenix, Arizona, which can be seen here.

She gave me the day off, with hopes that I would be restored from the more grueling elements of fatherhood with a toddler and and a 1-year old, where sleep is hard to come by and patience rules every breath. The first order of business was to acquire something that I have lost recently for lack of use in Portland - my sunglasses, BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION. I needed a new pair, and found
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The thing is, Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee. Portland, Oregon, listening to The Maestro blasting while cruising through the old stomping grounds of Hollywood and political icons like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Gerald Ford, the surreal nature of a place like Palm Springs seeps up from the desert floor. I suddenly saw the quiet, farmacia Ursodiol baratos, Ursodiol online kaufen, desert flower-like quality of a place so protected from the rest of the world by a 40 mile-wide arid moat. Ah, sweet irony.

The only thing that I lacked was a convertible Cadillac, Purchase Ursodiol online, my Grace Kelly-like wife in the passenger's seat, and a picnic basket that included martinis and fried chicken.

After Palm Springs, we returned to L.A. BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, and enjoyed every second with our closest friends that they had to spare. Our original plan included 5 days in the Southland spanning a weekend, but after the 4th day it was clear that an extension was in order, Ursodiol 5mg. We stayed for an additional 3 days, which was definitely the right thing to do.

Back to the rain, footloose and Rickets-free

Returning to the Portland airport, Buy Ursodiol no prescription, on the way to baggage claim I noticed a portly balding gentleman in a dark trench coat, shoulders covered with a thorough sprinkling of fresh rain drops, hunched over the Starbucks counter having just stirred in his 2% milk. Cradling his 20 oz. coffee in his overstuffed fingers while his eyes shifted right and left, köpa Ursodiol online, Osta Ursodiol online, Jotta Ursodiol verkossa, his mouth and nose hovering inches above the rising vapor, it was as if he was inhaling the contents of a jar of Vicks Vap-O-Rub to snap himself awake. A coffee huffer, if you will; a familiar sight in a city addicted to legal and illegal stimulants.

The man looked not unlike myself before we left, BUY Ursodiol ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION. He stood as if he was inches away from escape with only a briefcase, Buy cheap Ursodiol, a damp boarding pass, and an awareness that he is one of the lucky ones preparing to leave his jilted lover-like city for a few days of relief from the incessant outpouring of moisture. Here was a man in need of minerals and vitamins with the ability to restore vital and dwindling bone matter; a man desirous of a warm, soothing hand of sunlight gently working the tension from his shoulders and back; a businessman who wanted to feel the comfort of standing in his favorite wingtips, dry for a change.

At the time I didn't pay much attention to him, rx free Ursodiol, mostly because at that very moment, Jonah decided to drop his little red-strapped blue backpack and bolt for the escalator in a fit of 3-year-old bliss. Yet somehow, Ursodiol 125mg, as we dragged our bags off of the carousel and onto the parking shuttle where you are allowed those brief limbo-like moments of inner contemplation of what you have just done and what you are about to do in the coming days, my thoughts returned to that man at the coffee counter, executing his escape plan as I had done days before. I imagined a pleasant rapport with this person that I had not met, his endurance of the winter and his exit on a whim, where can i find Ursodiol online, only to return days later with a revived spirit and a little bit of work accomplished.

Seeing others, like this man, with the same idea of leaving for a while, oddly made me realize that I was happy to be home. I think in large part because the city offered me the freedom to leave for a little while to have some time to myself. While Portland's ever-increasing grip on my urban sensibilities is strengthening with each passing day, I am also coming to view the city as a confident companion with a heart that understands that sometimes I just need a little sun.

And while I can't honestly say that I'm reveling in the rain as our friend Sharon does, I can say this: Having returned to the quiet sophistication and hearth-warmed comfort of Portland, I am anxiously waiting for my drink's prescription to be called out by a barista at the next caffeinated speakeasy. Hopefully this, followed by a stroll down the street to Powell's, and then some time in the company of the hints of spring and farmer's markets, which are now, in mid February, within my emotional reach.

I have the sense that Portland and I are going to make it work, with a little help from my Southern California friend, Rickets-free.


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1 amd February 15, 2008 at 5:52 am

I really loved this post – both in its acknowledgment of how Oregon is challenging, and in its description of the ultimate rewards.

I grew up in western Oregon. Don’t get me wrong – I lived until I was 2 in southern California and until I was 7 in eastern Washington. But that was just enough “other” to make me a self-consciously North Willamette Valley’r .

I never felt any kind of seasonal affective disorder until I moved to central New York. And while Syracuse was not brighter or sunnier than the place I came from, the weather there was such that I couldn’t walk where I pleased. As it turns out, the ability to walk where you please has serious implications, both physical and psychological.

I have never felt since the utter despair I felt when I could no longer walk to work, when the normal weather was too much for me to deal with. This post made me think about this – both in the sense that Palm Springs’ climate is very different than that to which I have become accustomed,

and also in the sense that comparing other places’ weather to that of western OR, means Western OR frequently wins.

2 Metroknow February 15, 2008 at 7:42 am

Thanks for the kind words, amd — I really do appreciate it.

One of the things that has been a tough adjustment for me moving back to the Northwest from southern CA is walking in bad weather. We were in a very regular habit of walking around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which is located in the Arroyo, and has nearly perfect weather 90% of the time. It is a really inspirational place to exercise, as there are people out at all times of the day working on improving their health through both fun and serious exercise. I really miss the Rose Bowl, and am looking for something that comes close up here.

I got spoiled. But I’m optimistic that I can morph my exercise needs to match the opportunities here.

Suggestions on this are very welcome!

3 Jen February 15, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I have been trying to figure out what must be more of a burden: constant rain, or freezing snow. We have had winds here in NY that got down to -15 and bit like a beast at every part of you. You add snow and ice to that and I start to wonder why I ever left LA. Oh yeah, Brad. He’s lucky that I love him so much. California calls me home on a daily basis and sometimes it’s a bit much to bear.

I’m glad you got away from your winter for a bit.

One of these days we will have to make it back to LA at the same time, so we can enjoy the sun together again. :)

4 Kevin Allman February 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

What a nice travelogue – and I could feel the Portland eterna-drizzle you were describing. You’re right; California in the winter has huge charms, including crystalline air and views of snow-capped mountains even when it’s 65 degrees outside.

And I know that “beautiful music” station in Palm Springs that you talked about! I really wish every city had its own all-Montavani, Holiday With Strings, Ferrante & Teicher spot on the dial. Much more pleasant and evocative than the Phil Collins “soft rock” format that’s spread across the dial like a fungus. I can’t think of anything nicer than driving through downtown PS in some 8-cylinder monster with Benson and Hedges-reeking leather seats, listening to champagne music and marveling at the white belts and shoes on display in the store windows.

5 Sara February 19, 2008 at 4:53 am

I had to laugh when reading this because it’s been so dry, sunny and lovely here for the last few days. I do know what you mean, certainly; although I’m not from California, I have been dreaming of a warm beach (or desert) ‘down there’ during the most dreary days. So hopefully this nice weather we’ve been having is a nice addition to your vacation!

6 Metroknow February 19, 2008 at 5:02 am

Ah yes, I’ll definitely humbly accept the weather’s ironic sun showers. It has been stunningly beautiful for the last few days – I even mowed the lawn (gasp!). What was I complaining about?

But…wait until tomorrow. I’ve already tarped the cardboard stacked at the curb, awaiting the recycling truck, as the forecast is for…I’m not even going to say it.

That being said (or not said), this is of course why we live in the Pacific Northwest – even though we endure long bouts of winter blues, when it is beautiful here, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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