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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    To be honest I like to focus on the other stuff now that I'm relegated to in-law Thanksgiving every year. They make things their way, not the way I like them, and that is the way it is.

    Smoked Turkey (Dry), Cornbread Dressing (Dry), Baked Sweet Potatoes (No thank you), and Oyster Gravy (bland).


    This will be the first time in 24 years that I am not hosting Thanksgiving. A niece is taking over so I have no clue what to expect. I am mostly in agreement on your food views. I cook the Turkey on the grill with the rotisserie and as long as you get it off at the right time and let it rest it is fantastic. I am not a fan of Sweet Potatoes and like Oysters even less. Cornbread stuffing should not be dry though, someone is doing something wrong there.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  • Ben Staad
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    To be honest I like to focus on the other stuff now that I'm relegated to in-law Thanksgiving every year. They make things their way, not the way I like them, and that is the way it is.

    Smoked Turkey (Dry), Cornbread Dressing (Dry), Baked Sweet Potatoes (No thank you), and Oyster Gravy (bland).

    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    And food! Don't forget the food!

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving all. It's all about family, friends, fellowship, and appreciating life.May your day be filled with laughter and love...and maybe a few good books.
    And food! Don't forget the food!

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  • Ben Staad
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    Have a Happy Thanksgiving all. It's all about family, friends, fellowship, and appreciating life.May your day be filled with laughter and love...and maybe a few good books.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post

    That is a good tip! Trying to think of the last time we drove to Portland - whenever it was, we always seem to park in a lot about a block away - there's a really good Mexican place in the lot (well there was - not sure if it's there anymore - it's been awhile.) I know one time we took the train down from Tacoma so no need to park. And I think I've only done their garage one time - for a Neil Gaiman event, but that had to be 137 years ago.
    If my memory is correct you are talking about the same lot as Ron used and the Mexican restaurant is no longer in business. They left pre-pandemic. If I was to guess I would say the got priced out of the area. The Powell's garage always reminds me of how old and patch worked that block is. I always think about the fact that is there is an earthquake while I am parked there my car is a goner. Oddly I never think about that fact that if there is an earthquake the whole building is doomed.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Glad you were able to find some things. Pickings were slim for a while as they had halted in store book buying. Off work due to surgery but am cleared to drive so I am thinking of going down this week. If I visit Powell's and leave empty handed, I am still happier then when I arrived. Soul-enriching is a good description. I only bother with their garage if I am trading on books and the street parking is nearly impossible. Here is the parking secret. Two blocks west is a Whole Foods. The building across the street on the north has an underground garage. Park in there and enter Whole Foods. On your way back spend $10 at Whole Foods and they will validate you for two hours parking. I am not always in and out within two hours but the two free hours offsets to cost a lot.
    That is a good tip! Trying to think of the last time we drove to Portland - whenever it was, we always seem to park in a lot about a block away - there's a really good Mexican place in the lot (well there was - not sure if it's there anymore - it's been awhile.) I know one time we took the train down from Tacoma so no need to park. And I think I've only done their garage one time - for a Neil Gaiman event, but that had to be 137 years ago.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Glad you were able to find some things. Pickings were slim for a while as they had halted in store book buying. Off work due to surgery but am cleared to drive so I am thinking of going down this week. If I visit Powell's and leave empty handed, I am still happier then when I arrived. Soul-enriching is a good description. I only bother with their garage if I am trading on books and the street parking is nearly impossible. Here is the parking secret. Two blocks west is a Whole Foods. The building across the street on the north has an underground garage. Park in there and enter Whole Foods. On your way back spend $10 at Whole Foods and they will validate you for two hours parking. I am not always in and out within two hours but the two free hours offsets to cost a lot.
    Great tip — thanks! That’s a heckuva lot better than the $4/hour I spend at that lot across the street / one block south. I’m never out under four hours, so it adds up.

    Sorry to hear about the surgery, but glad to know you’re healing well and getting ready to take in some body-and-soul medicine at Powell’s.
    Last edited by RonClinton; 11-22-2021, 12:10 AM.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Hey, Martin, I finally got back down to Powell's this weekend -- must be the first time since pre-pandemic -- and came away with a nice haul...no horror this time around, but a bevy of vintage mystery stuff. My last couple visits before this one had been a little disappointing -- maybe just a few books each time -- so I guess the secret to Powell's success is wait a couple years and let that inventory build up! That said, I don't think the solution is worth the cost...I'd almost forgotten what a soul-enriching experience that enormous place is, and I'm looking forward to getting back there soon.

    Minor complaints: The in-story parking garage was closed, and, as busy as the place was, they only had the main east cashier open (the downstairs west wd you made it as closed). But it was great to see it that busy...I'd heard that they were struggling a bit due to the pandemic restrictions, so I hope yesterday was a sign that things are on the rebound for them.
    Glad you were able to find some things. Pickings were slim for a while as they had halted in store book buying. Off work due to surgery but am cleared to drive so I am thinking of going down this week. If I visit Powell's and leave empty handed, I am still happier then when I arrived. Soul-enriching is a good description. I only bother with their garage if I am trading on books and the street parking is nearly impossible. Here is the parking secret. Two blocks west is a Whole Foods. The building across the street on the north has an underground garage. Park in there and enter Whole Foods. On your way back spend $10 at Whole Foods and they will validate you for two hours parking. I am not always in and out within two hours but the two free hours offsets to cost a lot.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Congratulations!
    Hey, Martin, I finally got back down to Powell's this weekend -- must be the first time since pre-pandemic -- and came away with a nice haul...no horror this time around, but a bevy of vintage mystery stuff. My last couple visits before this one had been a little disappointing -- maybe just a few books each time -- so I guess the secret to Powell's success is wait a couple years and let that inventory build up! That said, I don't think the solution is worth the cost...I'd almost forgotten what a soul-enriching experience that enormous place is, and I'm looking forward to getting back there soon.

    Minor complaints: The in-story parking garage was closed, and, as busy as the place was, they only had the main east cashier open (the downstairs west was closed). But it was great to see it that busy...I'd heard that they were struggling a bit due to the pandemic restrictions, so I hope yesterday was a sign that things are on the rebound for them.

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  • Ben Staad
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    I would agree with that. I don't think I've ever been hot for them but I'm generally happy to add a few nicer editions of books that I would otherwise not be able to afford. Like Dune or The Road.

    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    Nothing is crazy in this hobby.

    I am hot and cold on their books - I think I enjoy them more because I can get a book that appears to be a fancy special edition for an author like Agatha Christie for my wife.

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  • Brian861
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    Can't wear a watch as I'm not crazy about things on my wrist. And the few times that I have; I seem to bump it on everything within a 100 mile radius. Fancy is definitely out of the question.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    Nothing is crazy in this hobby.

    I am hot and cold on their books - I think I enjoy them more because I can get a book that appears to be a fancy special edition for an author like Agatha Christie for my wife.

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  • Ben Staad
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    I'm not a huge fan of them but for some reason I find myself going back for more. It's as if I have a book buying addiction or something. Crazy saying that..,Right?

    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post

    I wonder if we all went in on an order we'd save some money with the shipping. There are a few other books of theirs that I wouldn't mind having, but the shipping is killer.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Bought a few books on Folio for Christmas gifts and man the shipping rates are ludicrous. I paid their price but that will probably be the last time. It was $34.24 for shipping and handling on two books -one which is very small- but they do guarantee delivery before Christmas.

    Bought a copy of The Color Purple for my wife and a copy of The Living Mountain for my daughter.
    I wonder if we all went in on an order we'd save some money with the shipping. There are a few other books of theirs that I wouldn't mind having, but the shipping is killer.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Dave1442397 View Post

    Yeah, watches are tough - so many shiny pretty things! Omega make some nice watches. I think my favorite of theirs is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 43mm GMT Worldtimer, which is more than I'm willing to spend until after we get the kid thru college - https://www.chrono24.com/omega/omega...id15869031.htm

    I also like the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition. I've always liked the X-33 models, but there was always something else I wanted instead - https://www.chrono24.com/omega/speed...id21516302.htm
    I’m afraid the second one doesn’t do much for me, but that first one is beautiful…I love blue dials, and the clean layout of the complications is handsome. I prefer Omega over Rolex for reasons both quantifiable and abstract, but given that I’ll likely never wear either on my wrist — I could add another motorcycle to my modest stable for that same $8K - $10K — it’s a bit of a moot comparison. For now. ;-)

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