the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Our Upcoming Drive to Portand


First up, thanks for all those birthday greetings for Sophia.   She was tickled pink.   Yesterday, we saw a concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans.  We ate French crepes in the morning and Indian Tandoori at night. 

But there was ONE little problem.  Remember, yesterday, I wrote a whole post about how important it was to make an elaborate toast for the birthday girl.  And how important it was to make this toast with some sort of alcoholic drink.   So, I waited all day to make this toast until we were at dinner, not realizing that I made reservations at a Halal Indian Restaurant, which means they were Muslim and didn’t have alcohol!   Luckily Danny plied us with champagne when we stopped over at his house after dinner.  To top it all, he baked a birthday cake for Sophia!

What we are looking forward to during our upcoming road trip to Portland to meet some bloggers:

Neil:  Tillamook Cheese Tour


Sophia:  The Redwoods —

(thanks, Psychomom!)


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  1. Brooke

    I love that I am first to comment on the penis tree.

    Penis Tree!

  2. whoorl

    I’m very jealous – I’ve never visited Portland. Have fun!

  3. Finn

    Wow. Penis tree. Cool.

    Have fun in Portland.

  4. Alexandra

    I’d love to have you guys over if you have time while in Portland- let me know!

  5. Dagny

    I don’t know. I’m torn — cheese AND redwoods. Who could ask for more?

  6. question girl

    yeah – i don’t remember the penis tree from my trips to the red wood forests when i was a kid…..

  7. Bre

    Wow. I’m suddenly inspired to hug a tree.

  8. Hilly

    Today I told Shawn that he should come so we could drive, LOL.

    Are you going up the 5 or the 1?

  9. an9ie

    Glad Sophia had a great birthday!

  10. janet

    happy belated bday sophia!

    also, i looooooooooove tilamook cheese. I don’t think they sell it out here though, which is v sad.

  11. Caron

    I can’t believe your talking penis doesn’t hvae something to say about that tree.

  12. Dave2

    Uhhh… I thought India was mostly Hindu?

  13. leahpeah

    take me with you. i love portland people.

  14. Mad William

    If you are going to visit the cheese factory, call first. They say that they make cheese every day but they really don’t. Last time we went they were closed. It’s pretty boring when closed. See you in Portland.

  15. Neil

    Dave2 — That’s what I thought. It figures I would find the only Muslim Indians in LA.

  16. Dagny

    Kashmir is almost completely Muslim. I have an Indian student who is Muslim. The things we learn from kids.

  17. Neil

    A-ha! The disputed area between India and Pakistan and why they have hated each other for years.

  18. better safe than sorry

    mmmmmmmmmmmm,cheese. i don’t know if they’re famous for cheese but they should be famous for that tree!

  19. psychomom

    You’re welcome. You big nut!

  20. Erin

    OH YAY! Tillamook cheese! I LOVE that place…. Please bring me back some squeaky cheese. Oh and if one of those ladies with a hairnet on tries to talk you into getting frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, you tell her to piss off! The ICE CREAM is what makes the trip worthwhile. Well that, and the life size cow statue.

  21. plain jane

    Blame my ultra-pure mind. I didn’t even notice the penis part of the picture. What am I doing reading this penis obsessed blog?

  22. Diane Brooks

    Go to Prarie Creek Redwood Visitor’s Center. Go one mile up the road till you see the sign for The Big Tree. Walk to the big tree, at the end of the deck is Prarie Creek Trail. Go about 170 paces and look for a path on your right. You will see the penis tree! Just found it today. Its awesome!

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