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Month: October 2012

Jazz at the Oxford: Curtis Salgado (but Edwin Coleman III stole my heart)

Jazz at the Oxford: Curtis Salgado (but Edwin Coleman III stole my heart)

The Oxford, Downtown Bend’s only swanky hotel, hosts a series of concerts called, appropriately, Jazz at the Oxford. Friday night, I saw Curtis Salgado– in a slight departure from the series, since it was more blues than jazz. The Oxford banquet room was all gussied up in a charmingly earnest portrayal of a jazz club — including the obligatory purple lighting and a velvet backdrop. All in all, it was a bit too pristine to actually be a real jazz club, but the…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 6 — Riverbend Beach

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 6 — Riverbend Beach

Riverbend Beach 799 SW Columbia St. Parking lot entrance for Riverbend Beach  Driving into the Riverbend parking lot, I thought, “Okay, now this is much more like LA dog parks.” At an acre, it’s a little bigger, but still… a flat, dirty fenced-in area with no grass. No exercise required by the owner. You can just stand in one corner like a vertical couch potato and watch your dog be a dog with other dogs.  Betty, unimpressed. Where’s the grass? But then…

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Country Dancing in Bend Oregon

Country Dancing in Bend Oregon

If you live in Bend, there’s a good chance you are an American — but when asked about your heritage you probably name the nationalities of your ancestors (me: German, Spanish, French, Scottish, English). Only weirdos say they’re American.  My people have been here for almost 400 years. My forbears arrived here sometime in the 1600s, fought in the Revolutionary war, made their way to Texas and Idaho and then eventually to Oregon. So, at the risk of sounding like a weirdo,…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 5 — Ponderosa Park

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 5 — Ponderosa Park

Ponderosa Park 225 SE 15th St. We drove to SE Bend to check out Ponderosa Park. There was a little old man puttering around the sign at the entrance. He seemed to have laid out his lunch (it was 8:00 in the morning) on the stone base of the sign. Huh.  There was a grassy sports field at the entrance, where a dog owner was exercising his two dogs off leash — with the entrance off-leash area (OLA) just a…

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7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 4 — Pine Nursery

7 Dog Walks in Bend: Day 4 — Pine Nursery

PIne Nursery Community Park3750 NE Purcell Blvd Okay, this is the bestest dog park in Bend, in my humble opinion. Best for: any person or animal who likes awesome places. Yeah.  But before I explain why it’s awesome, I went to the wrong place first — the stupid new iPhone Apple map system dumped me HERE when I asked for directions to Pine Nursery Park: Service road entrance to North Unit Main Canal off NE Purcell Blvd This is an…

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Stop the Madness. Let Go.

Stop the Madness. Let Go.

I know I have dog park posts to write (I’ve been to all 7 off-leash parks but don’t feel like writing about doggy stuff tonight). I’m veering wildly off course, since this has nothing to do with Bend, but no one reads this, so… Tonight I’m feeling weepy and morose. And at the same time, strangely at peace. I’ve been prepping a pound of Swiss chard from the garden for a slow-cooker lentil soup, listening to music, loving the new…

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