aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Only in Oregon

Say the word Portland, and what do most people think of? Rain. And more rain. (Full disclosure: don't tell, but it's not that bad and we have wonderful summers.) Did you know that real rain isn't good enough for the movies? The problem is that the drops don't photograph well. Even though they're the real deal, they look fake.

They are filming a thriller in Portland right now and periodically closing the Broadway Bridge. Even if they had wanted real rain for the scene, they wouldn't have gotten it - it's been overcast and mild. But the movie doesn't aim to kick Portland's rep for rain to the curb. In fact, Untraceable will have lots of atmospheric rain - all of it manufactured. Diane Lane, playing an FBI agent, is tracking a serial killer who posts images of his victims on the Internet. In one scene, Lane drives east across the Broadway Bridge late at night in a fierce storm. Her car suspiciously breaks down.

Read more here.

And in another story in the Oregonian, they will be selling the unclaimed contents of safe deposit boxes at auction tomorrow. It sounds fascinating. There are coins, gold Waltham pocket watches, strands of pearls, hippie love beads, unopened Elvis collector cards, comic books, an antique Gorham silver candlestick and a suite of gold jewelry appraised at $14,000.

Even though they often find false teeth, they won't be up for auction. Letters, poems, wills, military medals, and land deeds, are never sold. Wills and medals are kept for ever.

"We've found guns, illegal drugs and photos that people wouldn't want anyone else to see," said the administrator.

It was at an auction for unclaimed train luggage that my mother's old neighbor picked up the looted painting of Napolean that inspired Circles of Confusion.

Read more here.

I think it would be fun to be the one who opens the boxes. I wonder if they have two people do it? What if you found something priceless?

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