My Top 11 List for 2015

Top 11 List for 2015 – Enjoy!

11.11.15 by Zen Achilles

Happy 2016! Here’s another edition of my monthly e-letter and my Top 11 List for 2015. A place I share with you what’s going on with me – my latest thinking and a call to action. If you’re more interested in my email marketing for small businesses work – please let me know and I’ll move you to my biz list. 

Here is my top 11 things that come to mind list for 2015. They make my life better and you might find some value here, too. Enjoy!
Wileyware 2015
New Wileyware Designs
BeetBoost
Fern Kitchen
Rooseveltpdx
RooseveltsPDX

1. Top Glassware – Wileyware – I put that at the top as it’s the item I use the most in my life – drinking glasses. I know that might sound strange – but drinking from these glasses makes me happy.

2. Top juice/sports drink of beets and tart cherries – BeetBoost – I’ve watched my friend, Rick Perry, turn an idea into a very tasty/health drink. Thanks, Rick.

3. Top new restaurant in my neighborhood – Fern Kitchen (clients/friends). Paleo, kombucha, breakfast, great hours, Yoga Union next door, friendly staff – thank you, universe.

4. Top awesome store in Portland – RooseveltsPDX (client/friend). This one has become more of an obsession 🙂 From the moment I walked into Gregg Harris’s store, I was hooked. I go for the oxygen, the learning, Gregg’s philosophy on life and work/retirement/live-work space thinking. 44th and Hawthorne. Go.

5. Top dessert place in SE Portlandia + my home away from home: Marino’s Adriatic Cafe. Live music, late night European atmosphere. A great place to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Good on multiple levels. 41st and Division.

6. Top change in Oregon – Legalizing Marijuana. Beyond the “fun” factor, I’m seeing my community use cannabis for healing mental and physical ailments. Visit my friend, Steve Bennett’s store, Farma to learn about marijuana’s medical properties.

7. Top Podcast. I found my way to Tim Ferris’s Podcasts + The 4 Hour Work Week: highly recommended read).

8. Top new app – SuperBetter. Through Tim Ferris’s interview with Jane McGonigal I was led to her thoughts on healing through online games. Jane’s TedTalk was my favorite of last year.

9. Top Portland performance of 2015: Beatles White Album Christmas with the Wanderlust Circus at the Alberta Rose Theatre (client/friend)(I saw it twice). The Alberta Rose continues to be my favorite place to see music in Portland. The hall is intimate, the sound is great and there’s a magic to the place. Kudos to Joe Cawley for making things run so smoothly there for the past 5 years.

10. Top radio station in the world: KMHD Jazz Radio (addict) 89.1 in PDX – KMHD.fm – streaming around the world.  (top 2nd and 3rd KBOO 90.7 and Allclassical.org 89.9

11. You! I couldn’t have as rich a life I do without your presence in it. Thanks for reading, playing and sharing time with me on this planet. We only get so much time here and my hope is that you and I make the most of it.

Have a great month and I’ll be back with you in February.

With love,

Albert

me and my bro and sis
Albert, Sister Liz, and Brother Dan in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania along the banks of the Unami River – Thanksgiving 2015

Portlanders, Boil Your Water

Portland: Keep Safe

The City of Portland has a warning to all residents of Portland and nearby burbs to boil our water.

It’s not that hard. You boil your water.  And, it’s a great reminder to prepare in advance by stock-piling some water.

From the O: 

The Portland Water Bureau issued a city-wide boil notice on Friday morning after water staffers detected E. coli in three separate tests during the past three days.

The Oregon Health Authority required the city-wide notice, which also applies to Portland’s whole-sale customers that also receive water from the Bull Run Watershed.

Routine inspections at two of the city’s Mt. Tabor reservoirs produced the three positive E. coli tests. City employees performed the tests, according to Jaymee Cuti, bureau spokesperson.

The boil notice applies to 670,000 customers, according to Cuti. Portland supplies drinking water to 935,000 customers in the metro region.

City officials are hosting an emergency press conference at noon.

“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff in the release.

The Oregonian will be there and this story will continue to be updated.

Cuti said the boil notice will be in effect until the city produces “a clean sample.” Cuti said she has no idea when that might be.

Here’s the full release from the city:

The State of Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Program has required the City of Portland to issue a Boil Water Notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers and some regional water providers.

Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded. Detailed maps, fact sheets and additional information can be found on the Water Bureau’s website atwww.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternotice or by calling Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, repeat water samples confirmed the presence of total coliform and E. coli in routine drinking water samples. The water samples that tested positive for bacteria were collected at the outlets of Mt. Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the SE 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station. Both reservoirs have been taken offline.

A press conference will be held at noon today at the City of Portland Emergency Coordination Center, 9911 SE Bush Street in Portland.

All Portland Water Bureau customers are affected. Also affected are customers of the following water providers: 

  • Burlington Water District
  • City of Gresham (North of I-84)
  • Lake Grove Water District
  • Lorna Portland Water
  • Palatine Hill Water District
  • Rockwood Water District
  • Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain)
  • Valley View Water District
  • West Slope Water District

“While we believe at this time that the potential health risk is relatively small, we take any contamination seriously and are taking every precaution to protect public health,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff. 

Consuming boiled and bottled water will ensure public health protection until the Water Bureau can determine that the water system is clean of contamination through surveillance sampling. Customers will be notified when they no longer have to boil their water. The Portland Water Bureau is working with the Multnomah County Health Department to provide health-related information to the public.

“The chance of any health problems related to this water test result is low. If any problems occur, we would expect diarrhea,” said Dr. Paul Lewis, Interim Tri-County Health Officer. “We monitor cases of bacterial diarrhea and will be aware of any increase following this event.”

The Portland Water Bureau collects approximately 240 routine bacterial samples per month throughout the system. The test to determine the presence of bacteria takes about 18 hours. It is not unusual for one of these samples to test positive for bacteria. Samples to confirm possible contamination are collected immediately after an initial detection of the presence of bacteria in drinking water. Once the detection has been confirmed, public health officials recommend that the public boil all tap water before consuming.

Contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe breaks, or conditions that expose drinking water to outside elements. The Portland Water Bureau is performing a full investigation to identify the cause of the contamination. However, it is not always possible to make an exact determination.

Customers can visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boilwaternoticeto determine if their home or business is in the Boil Water Notice area. The Boil Water Notice, fact sheets and contact information are provided on this same website. For more information, affected customers should contact the Portland Water Bureau Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency. Follow updates on Twitter at#PDXBOIL.

Picture of water boiling in a pot

How to boil water

Past Newsletters – The Eleven

Thank goodness for the way back machine! If you're curious what I was thinking in the past, here's a pretty good collection of my newsletters. Thanks, readers!

March 2012 - 3.11.12 March 2012
February 2012 - 2.11.12 Val Day 2012
January 2012 - 1.11.12 Happy New Year!
December 2011 - 12.11.11 Year in Review
November 2011 - 11.11.11
October 2011 - My friend Amira and approaching 11.11.11
September 2011 - Back from the Burn, 2011 - 9/11/2011 
August 2011 - Do something big, NOW!- 8/11/2011 
July 2011 - Do something big, NOW! - 7/11/2011 
June 2011 - Birthday re-cap, revolutionary articles - 6/11/2011 
April 2011 - 4/27/2011 - Life through the facebook fan page
3/11/2011 - 3/11/2011 - March Forth, March 2011's 11!
2/11/2011 - 2/11/2011 - Valentine's 11!
1/11/2011 - 1/11/2011 - Prospero Ano Nuevo!
12/11/2010 - 12/11/2010 - End of 2010 - Happy Hannukah!
11/11/2010 - 11/11/2010 - Kaufman's 50th
Oct 2010 - Oct 2010 - Register to Vote, Voting Party, Election 2010
Sept 2010 - Sept 2010 - back from the Burn
August 2010 - August 2010 - Variety Pack and Beloved write-up
July 2010 - July 2010
June 2010 - June 2010
May 2010 - May 2010 Birthday Email
April 2010 - April 2010: DC Visit Re-cap
March 2010 - March 2010 - Tulips and Dafodils edition
February 2010 - February 2010 - Smoothie Recipe
December 2009 December 2009
November 2009 - November 2009
October 2009 - October 2009
August 2009 - August 2009
Summer 2009 e-letter - Summer from Albertideation
Happy Earth Day e-letter for April 09 - Happy Earth Day 09
The Eleven for March 09, - The Eleven
The Eleven for January 09, - The Eleven
The Eleven for December 08, - The Eleven
The Eleven for November 08, - The Eleven

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11.11 Community Gathering and Benefit

I was feeling the urge to throw a benefit for a friend or cause this Fall and chose my friend, Sabby Lou. She’s a fellow gardener at the Birthday Garden and also dances with me at the various ecstatic dances around town. She’s also a committed activist who has been dedicated to protecting our amazing Portland water for years. As a fellow activist, I know that it’s not always easy to do great work to protect the environment and make ends meet. Thus, the 11.11.13 benefit for Sabby Lou was born. Here’s Sabby’s main business, Yum Food Solutions, if you’d like to know a bit more about what she does in the world.

sabby fundraiser x 4

Please print, cut into four and hand to friends!

I held my birthday party at William’s Hollywood Vintage store a few years back.  We had a blast. The set up and clean up was simple and the time was wonderful. So, I figured, let’s do it again!

We’ll gather at the store @ 28th and Sandy at 7pm – 11.11.13 – sans essential oils, sans lipstick and we’ll meet each other, mingle, sip some things, and enjoy the wonderful music of DJ Manoj and Kieran McManus‘s Cello!  Suggested donation is $11 and up.

We’ll raise some money for a friend and celebrate her. For more info, please click here!  I hope you can make it – I believe it will be a very memorable and fun night.

Albert

PS – for my thinking on how to make parties go well, read this 🙂

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