The Summer of Love is here…

Yachats Beach

Last week Amanda and I drove to the Oregon Coast and stayed in Yachats, Oregon. Sitting on the beach that night I asked Amanda to marry me. She said Yes! So now we are embarking on our engagement honeymoon. In about an hour we will leave on a three week roadtrip.  The van is all packed and ready to go and we are washing out our last batch of tie dye right now. We are excited and happy as can be.

Cross Town Traffic…

So Friday night I was driving my van up to the liquor store a few blocks from my home to get some supplies for my brother Lars’ 21st birthday. I have my headlights on. I have my seatbelt on. I’m cruising along Washington Street heading east. It’s a one way road with four lanes. Traffic heading west is separated by a block of restaurants and businesses in between. I had a green light so I was ticking along at 35 MPH. So I’m there driving, I just passed 100th, going to turn left onto 102nd.

CAR!!!! HEAD ON!!!!! There was this small green car right in front of me. It turned out of the Hooters parking lot and turned right when it should have turned left. Even if it had turned left it would have been bad. But it turned right. Directly into me.

I don’t know what the car looked like. Who the people were. I didn’t have time to step on the brakes. To look in my mirrors. I didn’t think. My brain was not involved in my actions. I cranked the steering well hard right and swung around the car, missing it by mere centimeters. I was fully into the next lane of traffic, maybe even the one next to that too. Luckily there were no vehicles next to me.

There was no contact. I dodged the car. What the hell just happened??? I pulled over my van into a parking lot that was right there. I jumped out and ran to the street. I saw the car speed past me. It had corrected it’s course but was not going to pull over. So I ran back to my van while screaming a few choice words and giving the car the bird. I tore out of the parking lot and down the street after the car that had almost cost me my life. They were going fast and turned down a side street. I made the turn but they were a few cars ahead of me. There was a light up ahead and by the time I got there the light was red and there were cars in front of me. I saw the small green car drive around the bend ahead of me. And that was the last I saw of it.

I don’t know what I would have done if I had caught up to them. Maybe it’s better they got away. What do you think they thought though? They were low to the ground in their little tiny car. They make the turn out of the parking lot and there is a huge white van racing towards them with Che Guevara staring them down from the hood.

Viva la Revolution!

The Las Vegas Experience

I visited Las Vegas last week. I had mixed ideas going in what to expect. I have heard some family members and friends tell of how much fun they had there and how nice it was and others who thought it was dreadful. I must say I expected it to be pretty dreadful, but not only was it that, it was boring as well. And not just boring, a kind of special stale fake boring that was really just trying to dig its claws into peoples wallets and push them out the door while reminding them what a great experience they had.

Amanda and Erik

Amanda and Erik in Las Vegas, Nevada.

So after one night Amanda and I headed south across Hoover Dam and to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I had just been there in February with my brother but this time it was a little different. We stayed in the lodge there for two wonderful nights. It was a very nice time to visit because there was fresh snow along the upper walls of the canyons. It was just as cool as it was a month ago. Definitely one of the best places I have ever visited!

I have been making lots of tie dye recently, getting ready to sell-sell-sell this summer and hopefully become a thousandaire.


So here I am…

It’s March. I have just been hanging out mostly. Making some tie dye and hemp jewelry. Helping my dad fix up an apartment a little bit. Just being a lazy hippy pretty much. But it is nice. I guess this is what I worked so hard for last fall, right? Yes.

I went to the Grand Canyon a couple weeks ago. I went with my brother in his short bus. It was a great trip. Loads of driving, eating hamburgers and partying in the desert. We went to Nevada for a motorcycle hillclimb that my brother competed in and we figured we were going to be so close to the G.C. in Arizona that we should check it out. It is the coolest thing I have ever seen I think. Awesome views all over the place. I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles……..

I am headed to Las Vegas later this month with beautiful Amanda to attend her friend’s wedding. We are already planning a Grand Canyon trip so we can spend as much time away from Las Vegas as possible during our Las Vegas Vacation.

Peace, Love & Happiness…

Another Very, Very Happy New Year!

It’s 2006! I’m done with wreath shop until next year. I just returned from a two week vacation visiting my girlfriend Amanda in Buffalo, New York. She taught my how to tie dye. So I am going to start tie dying and sell that along with my hemp jewelry this year. I am thinking of maybe going to Northern Europe later this spring. But who knows? Surely not me.

So things are very well for me now. I’m just relaxing in my home and making cool things.


Fall Ahead…

So it’s December first. I’m a working away organizing the office for my parents Christmas Wreath Shop for another season. I’ve learned that the Christmas wreath business is ever changing…

My home remodeling went very well and the kitchen is all done and the bathroom is done minus some painting. It of course took much longer than I anticipated to finish the bathroom and I ended up working on it on and off until the beginning of October.

The scumbags who organized the Shakedown Music Festival and accepted my $500 Vending Fee have decided to wallow in their scumbagness and the two parties involved blame each other for the failure of the festival and refuse to return any of the vending fees to anyone.

I’ve got a few more weeks of work and then who knows???

The Summer’s Almost Gone… (Again!)

I moved into my house about a month ago and living there is very nice. I have been working on my bathroom remodel recently. I tore everything out and am building a walk in tile shower. I think it will look pretty sharp when I am all done, which will hopefully be within two weeks.

Last weekend I headed up to Washington for the Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge Amphitheater and the Seattle Hempfest. This upcoming weekend I am headed back to the Gorge again to watch Pearl Jam and Tom Petty.

Seattle Hempfest


Erik as a strolling hemp vendor at the Seattle Hempfest.

Vending has been going ok at best. At the Seattle Hempfest I only broke even on buying my vending pass when I sold the pass to a guy as I was leaving. I was supposed to be at the Shakedown Music Festival this weekend but I found out it was canceled as I showed up to it. Supposedly I am going to get a refund of my quite sizable vending fee, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for now. But I did well at the Gresham Farmers Market yesterday and my brother helped me built a great huge display rack for all my jewelry.

I turned twenty six years old a few days ago, Yee-Ha!

July Updates…

Work at my house is going well and I am almost ready to move in. I have put in a new slate floor in the kitchen along with new tile counters and a new sink and a dishwasher, which required some cabinet re-modification. It looks pretty sharp now. I will be done with the kitchen tomorrow probably and then put a new coat of finish on the hardwood floors, wait a few days for that to dry and move in!

Besides working at my house whenever I get a chance I have been making it to a few farmers market days to try to sell some hemp jewelry and to a few other fun events like the Widespread Panic concert at the Gorge Amphitheater, the Oregon Country Fair and the amazingly cool Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals concert last week.

Swede the homeowner.

I bought a small brick house in South East Portland yesterday. I am doing a few projects with the kitchen and bathroom and painting everything before I get completely moved in.

Alder St SE Portland

Thank You to my brother Lars for helping me work and to my dad Frank for selling me the house and for his advice.

Spring Update

Two Thousand and Five has been a pretty relaxed year so far. I have been working on my family’s tree nursery part time and having good times with my brother Lars the rest of the days.

I bought a Ford E-150 Van to replace my long time faithful friend the Green Ford Ranger. Old Ford Ranger is still around and has lots of good miles left on him, but was getting kind of worn out and uncomfortable to drive around in. The van just has the two seats up front, with the back containing a bed and plenty of room for camping gear.

Eriks Ford Van
So far the only definite trip I have planned is to drive to GF, ND towards the end of April. I am still thinking of a Northern Europe trip this summer, but nothing planned yet.