Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Portland Food Carts - revisited

26. August 2010 08:00 by Rick Glos in

I previously mentioned how good the food carts in Portland can be about a year ago.

Portland Monthly magazine just did an article on food carts in their September 2010 issue – article.

Bing Maps has added a food cart finder – news.

I guess google maps has something similar – google maps.  You can make the google maps one easier to find in the future using ‘Save to My Maps’ so you can just pull it up from the maps.google.com address.


Team Fortress 2 – Band of Brothers

24. August 2010 10:10 by Rick Glos in

I am a year late on finding this video but I found it good.  Laughter on the left – tears on the right.

The bigger question… how old does my yet to be born son need to be before I introduce him to this?  :)  {Medic!}

Choices for just having a baby

31. July 2010 12:26 by Rick Glos in

We, mostly Heidi, decided early on to use a midwife for birth instead of an doctor.  Partly because right before Heidi became pregnant, her insurance changed and she needed to switch doctors, and partly because we had caught a story here and there about using a midwife for birth instead of a traditional doctor.

The term first conjured images of medieval times to my mind.  Then I read up and became less ignorant about the subject.  My understanding is basically you approach birth with the thought that the body will take care of itself whereas with a doctor, you approach it more from the idea that birth needs constant maintenance and intervention.

Using a midwife has been very pleasant so far.  A team of midwifes work out of the hosptial, OHSU (wikipedia).  We don’t see the same one each time, but they are very pleasant and during the visit I’m constantly surprised at how genuinely interested they seem to be in the experience of being pregnant.  Asking Heidi tons of questions and spending quite a bit of time during the appointment with you in contrast to a doctor’s visit where they rush in and rush out.

That’s been my experience so far anyway.

To this point, I’ve imagined in my mind the actual birth.  Heidi would be on the hospital bed, feet in the stirrups, doctor hovering over screaming push.  When I came to think on it, I mentioned to Heidi that this seems silly, didn’t cavewomen like squat or something and let gravity help?

Then we watched this movie, the Business of Being Born, just this last week based on the recommendation of some friends. (Netflix)

The Business of Being Born 


And I got to see babies being born this time for real and not in a movie.

Here’s some interesting things I saw:

  • So it looks like midwives prefer you to give birth standing/squatting, sometimes in water.
  • There’s a cocktail of hormones that get released at birth bonding the mother and infant – a biological process.
  • Doctor-based intervention usually starts with shot to induce labor (PIT – something), then a shot to numb the pain (the spinal one), which relaxes the woman so they give more of the first shot to re-induce labor, then back to the  shot to numb the pain and back and forth and on and on into a vicious cycle…  which leads to…
  • 1 in 3 babies, in the U.S. today are caesarian section births.
  • Physician convenience is a leading cause of caesarian section – a large number of babies are born at 4PM (“it’s getting late time to go home”) and 10PM (“it’s getting late, I need to go to bed”).
  • Hooking up to an intravenous, IV, allows easier administration of the shots mentioned above.  In a typical hospital pregnancy you are hooked up first thing thereby making it less of an obstacle when later proposed.

It’s worth a watch even from a historical perspective just to see how births in the US have evolved over the past 100 years.

Update (2010.08.18): Just heard from the midwife today at Heidi's appointment that The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published an article back on 2010.07.21 that states:

The cesarean delivery rate in the US increased dramatically over the past four decades, from 5% in 1970 to over 31% in 2007. 

So from 1 in 20 to 1 in 3 over 40 years.  Link to the article.

Codex Alera Series

29. July 2010 15:52 by Rick Glos in

Just finished the 6th and final book in the Codex Alera series written by Jim Butcher.  My old man recommended them to me and they were fantastic.  My personal favorite was book 3.  If you are a fan of fantasy novels, war movies and especially of ancient roman history, then you’ll love these.

I really enjoyed the strategy and tactics and life of being in a Legion.  The magic is not too over the top.  It would be cool if they made these into a series of movies.

The Codex Alera Series on Amazon.

Codex Alera on Wikipedia.

Drive and motivation

14. July 2010 07:51 by Rick Glos in

I was going to just send this in an email to my wife but I thought perhaps some of you may not have seen it.

Very interesting eh?

The fire dance

17. June 2010 15:42 by Rick Glos in

After finding out that we are having a boy, I was very happy.  I know that healthy baby > baby gender, and we certainly went through all the genetic counseling and screening to ensure that our child is healthy.  I also understand that all that is based on percentages, nothing is guaranteed and something can still go wrong and that I am doing little to nothing as far a ‘work’ is concerned.  Heidi is doing all the ‘work’ at this point and her body is going through some amazing changes in such a short time period.

But I can’t help but feel like Tom Hanks in Cast Away when he built his fire.

Its not often I get the chance to pound my chest and act like a caveman.

Its going to be a boy

15. June 2010 17:54 by Rick Glos in

Heidi is now 19 weeks pregnant, or 5 months, or half-way, depending on how you look at it.  Today was the ultrasound to determine sex.  I’ve looked at other people’s pictures of these in the past and wondered, “what am I looking at here… it looks like old static television.”  I like this shot though because there is no doubt about the arrow pointing at the penis.



11. June 2010 13:33 by Rick Glos in

My scheduled day at Loaves & Fishes for Meals on Two Wheels has shifted from Monday to Friday.  In transition, I did two routes this week.  I’ve been at this for 1 year now.  I still very much enjoy meeting new people and having conversations with folks that have been on my route from the start and checking in on them.

Although the organization title has ‘fishes’ in it, I had yet to delivery any until now.  Makes me think about the midwest and how fish friday is common.  Not so much here in PDX.


This guy does great work

2. April 2010 06:36 by Rick Glos in

Just saw a cool video on the new cycle tracks near PCC downtown.  I ride these every Wednesday and it never fails that usually someone is standing in the bike lane.  When they first came out, I even saw a car parked in it.  Just this week, I had to navigate (read human single track) some dudes standing in the lane waiting to cross the street instead of standing on the sidewalk.

On the Right Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.

He also made a video a year ago when Oregon was looking to vote on making stop signs a yield sign for bicycles.  No matter which side you end up on the debate, this video is a good explanation of why cyclists were advocating it.

Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop from Spencer Boomhower on Vimeo.

Biking directions added to Google Maps

12. March 2010 10:02 by Rick Glos in

They just added biking directions to google maps this week.  Very cool.

3-12-2010 8-42-49 AM

I was looking at directions on how to get to Chris King when I stumbled across this (there’s a Portland Trail Fest thing coming up in April I thought might be cool to check out).

3-12-2010 8-44-12 AM

Previously, I’d been using another service, ByCycle Trip Planner, whenever I wanted to go somewhere and wasn’t sure where there would be decent bike lanes or paths.  They only had it Portland… and Milwaukee, Wisconsin ironically – my previous residence.

The service was great but what google has done is even better.  The different suggested routes, help to avoid steep hills, etc.  It’s all very thorough.

They even have a nice YouTube video explaining it:

Maybe next time you need milk and eggs you can ride your bike?