View From a Hotel Window, 10/17/18: Portland
Posted on October 17, 2018 Posted by John Scalzi 11 Comments
It feels very Portland-y to me.
Also, this is the first photo from the TempPhone™, the phone I’m using for a couple of days until I can get my grubby little hands on a Pixel 3. The TempPhone is basically the cheapest phone they had at the Verizon store, which two generations back would have been a perfectly respectable little phone but now is, well, cheap. I needed a phone for things tomorrow. Let’s just say I’m not getting super-attached.
Tonight: Portland! I will be at the Clackamas Barnes and Noble at 7pm! Come on down and bring everyone you know, it will be more fun than possibly you will know what to do with.
Tomorrow: Los Angeles! I will be at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA at 7pm! It is one of the great urban bookstores! You will love it! And also I will be there. Come on down!
I’ll be sorry to miss you in Portland tonight—I’m not feeling great and will probably stay home. But I’m glad you’ve gotten your immediate tech needs met. It can be jarring to find, when something goes hinky, how dependent I am on technology
I’m glad to see that you’re one of the hotels downtown, rather than out in the suburbs near the Clackamas Barnes & Noble.
But then, considering how early you’re leaving in the morning, you won’t get much of a chance to enjoy being in downtown Portland.
See you tonight at the B&N!
I’m getting my Pixel 3 tomorrow as well! Which one are you getting, the 3 or the 3 XL? I’m getting the XL.
I remember long ago (like 25 – 30 years ago) when visiting a relative in Portland that the big book experience there was to visit Powell’s books, which was one of the biggest used bookstores in the country. Once I got there and started browsing, I didn’t want to leave the place!
Powell’s is larger now…
Enjoy this ridiculously beautiful October weather! I’m down in Salem, soaking up these blue skies before the winter grey settles in.
Such a delight to have and read a new Scalzi novel.
A touch of sadness to realize I’ve finished the book before the author has finished the book tour. Something that takes so long to craft is consumed so quickly, it will be a long wait for the next one.
At least I can hope the current pace of publishing will continue and not decelerate into lethargic games with thrones.
Geez, you must be going upscale with the publisher, two nights in a row in a room without a view of a parking lot! Not “VIEW”, view, but at least no parking lots…
Be careful with that phone. After all, 12 years ago, Zeus was TempCat.
I recognize that neighborhood. Yep, it’s pretty Portlandy.
That was a spectacular event, thanks for coming! It was worth it for the singalong alone (oh was it ever), everything else was icing on the cake.
Too bad you didn’t have much time – your hotel is in a neighborhood with some excellent eateries and other attractions. It looks like your room was right above one of Portland’s best New York style delis.