About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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- Alien: Covenant review
- A must read: “My Family’s Slave”
- Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day)
- Nat Geo moment
- Song of Saturday
- Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines)
- Strange weather
- No good deed goes unpunished
- Raise your hand if you remember the modem dial-up tone
- Rogue One review
- How to make an author’s day
- Math + pop music = hidden education
- This year for Christmas: CATALYST
- Vellmar the Blade free giveaway (Olympics edition)
Monthly Archives: May 2013
My resident crab spider, Thomisus onustus, has stayed in my Felicia as I suspected she would. It’s been nearly a month now, and I’ve watched out for her whenever I watered or deadheaded the plants. She moves around from flower … Continue reading
Last night I was catching up on Atlas Obscura and came across an amazing post about the bodies of Mt. Everest. Of course I’ve read that Everest is littered with frozen bodies (it’s too dangerous to try to retrieve them, … Continue reading
The other day my wife informed me, as she was getting ready to leave for work, that some family property in Lisboa was finally rented. Our share of the rent had been deposited into our account, a whopping 125 euros. … Continue reading
As anyone who isn’t living in a hole knows, Brood II of the 17-year Magicicada species of cicadas is emerging this spring. Contrary to what the mainstream media is reporting, however, Brood II is not “the big one” in terms … Continue reading
A scene from the Oregon coast, because that’s where my heart is this week.
Kay Baiz 21 July 1936–22 May 2013 When a loved one dies, the only thing that has gone is her body. So long as she is remembered, her spirit remains. Kay Baiz touched many lives, so I suspect her spirit … Continue reading
Still going through vacation photos, so I’ll put one up now and again to punctuate the usual geekery. This is Tram 28, a must-do for anyone seeing Lisboa for the first time. The old electric trams still run throughout the … Continue reading
Today I learned that one of my oldest friends has passed away, and all inspiration for blogging has temporarily fled. I will resume tomorrow, but for tonight, I plan to lift a glass and wish her well on her journey.
A friend recently asked me what I most enjoyed about living in Portugal compared to the US. One of my answers (besides “the FOOD!”) was that I love the way the towns are laid out, the fact that everything I … Continue reading
Here’s something a little different — a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture, photographed in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas. Makes me think of a jellyfish swarm in Technicolor.