i was mulling over the fact that we've lived in portland for just about exactly ten years this month. in fact, we moved here at the very beginning of the public schools' winter break. bean was six, in first grade (she made a sign which she hung in our living room window that said "THERE IS A KID IN HERE! i like planets and sea creatures."), and boo was not-quite-three. we moved from baltimore to maine in february and promptly got sick, all four of us, with some new england-style flu which knocked us out for more than a week. it was a different decade! a different century! anyway, i was thinking about it today and realizing that it's sort of strange to have been here long enough to feel nostalgic for portland things that aren't around anymore. and i started making this mental list of portland stuff that is no more:
*the barking squirrel cafe in deering oaks (what a great place for a restaurant - the one time i ate there, the cook quit mid-breakfast)
*the keystone theater/cafe (so weird and so wonderful!)
*the movies on exchange (sad and recent)
*bookland of maine (m's first employer, moved us to maine and promptly went out of business)
*casco bay books (sniff)
*java joe's (still there in the form of the embarrassingly named morning in paris cafe)
*breaking new grounds (see above)
*american pie pizza (it was as good as flatbread, really)
*monroe salt works
*sip tea house
*the center for cultural exchange
*stone coast brewing co.
i know i'm forgetting many, many more. oh, and remember how portland used to have a daytime and a nighttime new year's eve event? with fireworks on congress street?