Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Remember What I Told You

"These are dangerous days. To say what you feel is to dig your own grave." Sinead O'Connor
Is it a surprise that children raised without hope should grow alienated from society? What is the point of following the rules when all it means is you are left without prospects? What happens to a dream deferred?
It's the same story over and over again, just like Groundhog Day, except we seem to have learned nothing from the past. We think we have made progress, we think we have evolved, but then something happens and we realize that we are where we always were. We are shocked by the realization that we are not insulated from the violence and destruction that occurs in so much of the world, but we are not really interested in addressing the problems which led to the events sparking our revelation. It is far easier to demonize the perpetrators and ignore the problem. Peace is restored and we are lulled into believing we have moved past the unpleasantness. Economies improve despite austerity measures and enough people seem to be lifted up that we feel justified in ignoring the injustices and inequalities around us. Until next time.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Restaurant Review: Bowpicker

The next time you find yourself in Astoria, Oregon, do yourself a favor and eat at the Bowpicker. It's an outdoor fish & chips place across from the Columbia River Maritime Museum (which is one of the reasons I would assume you would find yourself in Astoria, Oregon--I mean, it isn't always just to travel across the bridge). Big chunks of tuna and awesome french fries made right in front of you.

And when I said it was outdoor, did I mention that all it is is a kitchen inside of a boat?
There are picnic tables on the other side for your convenience. And while we were lucky enough to have sunshine (I know it looks gray in the picture, but trust me, that is a sunny day in Oregon) on the day we were there, this is food worth sitting in the rain to eat.