Posts by: MichaelAhillen

Music 2014

Music 2014

  I had lots of map and design work in 2014, which allowed me to explore some really fantastic new albums. Below are some of my favorites. FKA twigs, LP1 Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music How to Dress Well, What Is This…

Music 2013

Music 2013

My friends helped me find loads of good music this year, so it’s time for me to pay it forward. Albums: The National: Trouble Will Find Me Valerie June: Pushin’ Against a Stone James Blake: Overgrown Volcano Choir: Repave Neko Case: The Worse Things…

Current Loves, October 2013

Current Loves, October 2013

This has been one of the driest Octobers ever in Portland, allowing for a perfect fall. Here are some of my current loves this month.   The view of Mt. Jefferson from the Jefferson Park campsite (above) NW, Zadie Smith’s latest…

Vantage Climbing

Vantage Climbing

I had an incredible time climbing with Marne and Una, two fellow WilSkills alumni living in Seattle. Vantage is just over two hours from Seattle and is a great spot to escape the rain. The basalt columns and bright green…

Bike Tour to Cascade Locks

Bike Tour to Cascade Locks

  I cycled to Cascade Locks from Portland with ten others. The 45-mile ride winds through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the last ten miles leading into Cascade Locks are on a multi-use path. The destination of…

Current Loves, September 2013

Current Loves, September 2013

Now that I’m back in Portland, I’ve had some time to revisit some of my favorite spots and find some new ones, enjoying great music and literature along the way.   Base Camp Brewing Company offers two exceptional Reds, a…

Catching Up, Part 3

Catching Up, Part 3

I arranged informational interviews in the Northeast to learn more about the transportation profession, find more career opportunities, and share the lessons learned from my research project in Australia. Signs of change in the Northeast are everywhere. The demographics of…

New Family Member

New Family Member

    One of the greatest sources of happiness for me lately is my brand new banjo. I’ve been working hard on some mountain music classics like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Oh, and my nephew Luke likes the banjo,…

Catching Up, Part 2

Catching Up, Part 2

  I last left you in Nashville, where for a week and a half I enjoyed the company of my brother and some of my best friends from Vanderbilt. The following weeks led me to St. Louis, Little Rock, Memphis,…

Current Loves, July 2013

Current Loves, July 2013

The past two months, I’ve been traveling throughout the South, attending concerts, visiting museums, dining with friends, and musing at architecture. Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids is a remarkable love story unlike any I’ve ever read. The National, Tallest Man on…