Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Hour at Johnny's

I'm a big fan of happy hour. I really enjoy the after work happy hour crowd and the great deals. Fortunately, I have quite a few friends who also enjoy the early evening scene. So, Friday we ended up at Johnny's on Center St.

I was very impressed with their Happy Hour deals. They have half price appetizers and 50 cents off well drinks and draft beers. The drink specials are okay, but the food specials are amazing. They have delicious sweet potato fries! And then we each ordered a deli sandwich. The sandwich offered a choice of breads, lunch meats, cheeses and vegetables. It was quite good and quite filling, along with the sweet potato fries. The fries ended up being $2 and the sandwiches were $3.50.

In addition to the food, the music from the jukebox was really fun. Unfortunately, the free Wii wasn't working, so we couldn't try that out. The staff did try to get it to work for us for quite awhile, though, which was very nice. All in all, we had a really good experience at Johnny's and I think we'll probably go back for Happy Hour sometime soon.

Friday, February 27, 2009

A New Header

I've been playing around with my site and I figured out how to add a cool header. I really like this image, but I had to change some things to make it work right. Let me know how it looks. I'd especially like to know if it goes off the screen on the right hand side for anyone. It looks like it works on my computer, but you just never know. :)

Hope you like the new look!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February Rain

Usually, about this time of year, I start to feel desperate for sunshine. This year it feels oddly right to finally be getting downpour. Not that I don't love the sunny springlike days. I do. I do. But being a native Oregonian, I also enjoy a good rain once in awhile. It feels cleansing.

So, I plan on enjoying this rainy stint, reveling in the wind and wet. At least until I get tired of it and start to crave sunlight again. Then I'll start complaining with the best of them!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saffron Supply Company

Has anyone noticed that downtown Salem has its own local hardware store. I don't know why I love hardware stores. I always have. I guess maybe it comes from weekend trips to the local True Value Hardware with my dad as a kid. I just love wandering around in them and finding all the interesting and odd little things that they sell.

The funny thing is that I'm not all that handy with hardware, so I don't really know what I would buy at these shops, but I like to look around just in case.

Well, Saffron Supply on Commercial may mostly sell to contractors, but I must say that they have an excellent array of sanding supplies for my little painting projects and a mass of knowledge that surely cannot be exceeded by all the people at the big box hardware stores put together!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wonderful, Beautiful Salem!

It's one of those days when the sun comes out and reminds us that spring is really going to come again. On those days it's easy to feel a sense of peace and wonder when walking around town. I walked through Riverfront Park and wandered through downtown Salem and I felt it again. The feeling that sometimes comes when the sun is at exactly the right angle and the air is exactly the right temperature. I felt like I was where I belonged. I felt at peace. I felt like I was at home and I reveled in it. I felt pride in the beauty of the parks and streets and trees of my hometown. Everyone I saw looked beautiful. Everything I saw shined with life. I was happy and I was happy to be in Salem.

And that's saying a lot for someone who is a self proclaimed wanderer.