ML: Biblio

When one thinks of online shopping, especially for books, Amazon comes to mind. I’ve been an Amazon customer since 1996. Recent news of the working conditions in Amazon warehouses, including low pay and a surveillance heavy workplace have dulled my appetite to shop there.

Disclaimer: I’m also weaning myself from the impulse-driven habit I’ve developed.

Wouldn’t it be nice to shop at a local bookstore? As a Portland, Oregon resident there are many great choices. You may not be so fortunate in your local bookstore selection. For you I heartily recommend Biblio.

Biblio serves as an online presence for scads of independent booksellers while supporting a 501(c)3 organization that performs charitable work promoting literacy and bringing libraries to underserved populations.

This combination is wonderful.

ML: Ace Typewriter

Getting things fixed, like plumbing, cars, refrigerators, whatever is frequently an exercise in sticker shock. The fixer usually can give you a list of other things that you should take care of when you can. As in, can catch your breath to pay for them. All of this with vague or jargon filled explanations of what was done or needs to be done.

Imagine the opposite experience. The repairman gives full, easy to understand explanation of what was done, there’s nothing else that needs doing, and it costs less than you expected. Perhaps you’re given a couple of tips on how to keep it all working great for the long.

Can you imagine that? If you’re having trouble doing so, get a typewriter and take it to Ace Typewriter. Or go to Ace to get your typewriter from one of the restored machines on the shelf. There are portables and desktop typewriters. All are in great condition.

All of this comes to you from owner Matt, a lifelong typewriter repair person.

One word of warning, the business is well known among typewriter owners throughout the country. There can be a long line of machines waiting to be serviced.

Spanish Armchair Travel

¿Cómo nos han transformado las redes sociales?

If you understand: read this.
If you don’t: read this.

It’s a story from Radio Ambulante. Think This American Life and Radio Lab transmuted into Spanish, roaming through the vast Latin American cultural worlds. Fortunately for those without Spanish fluency each episode has transcriptions in Spanish and English. They have over 100 episodes.

Yes, you too can be a sonic armchair traveler.

Personal note, when I first saw “¿Cómo nos han transformado las redes sociales?” I understood. Then it hit my self-aware self, I understood. Radio Ambulante is one resource for learning Spanish. Especially useful is reading the Spanish transcript while listening, to work on listening comprehension.

ML Homegrown of Florence

ML == Mikey Likes

If you’re in Florence, Oregon and want a good beer or excellent organic food in a casual setting Homegrown Pub is an excellent choice.

We’ve visited several times going to and from Gold Beach and Portland. The food is consistently fantastic. The prices are lower than what you’ll pay at several mediocre places elsewhere on the coast. Check for yourself with their menu.

Consistent quality keeps us going back.