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Smiling cartoon in the sand March 26, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley.
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Smiling cartoon in the sand. Clatsop Spit beach in Ft. Stevens State Park, Oregon.

My wife and I had the happiest day today! We smiled all day long, from our trip to the Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon to the rainbow we saw driving home this evening. So it was no surprise that, about two-thirds through our spring-break day today, we spotted a smiley face.

This happy cartoon is on the beach at Clatsop Spit, on the far northwest corner of Oregon, in Ft. Stevens State Park. To the right of this photo, the Pacific Ocean was lapping at the sand; behind us, the last remnants of the shipwrecked Peter Iredale rusted in the afternoon sun. To the left, a large black labrador frolicked up and down a sand dune. Ahead of us, children squealed and laughed in the chilly surf.

And here was this smiling cartoon, and my wife and me, enjoying a wonderful, happy afternoon. 🙂

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:) > $ January 12, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley.
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"Happiness is greater than money": Graffiti in downtown Portland, OR, October 2011.

Back in October, my wife and I were walking around downtown, checking out some art and, because we couldn’t really afford to do any real shopping, we were doing a little casual window shopping. And then we spotted this on one of the windows! This was in the early days of Portland’s Occupy movement, which is likely why it turned up on on the window, but the sentiment that happiness is greater than money is timeless and apolitical, and I wholeheartedly endorse it! 🙂