June 23rd, 2005


housing quest

21 year old female PSU winter transfer seeks house (or apt) in actual Portland that:

:is within walking/biking/public transportation distance from campus
:has private bed/bath
:wouldn't mind a dog or cat (but i'm flexible)
:already houses good mates

preferably, the house would be old, in SE pdx, and not a townhouse. as far as how closeknit the roomies get, i can swing with the buddy-up crowd or the leave-me-to-myself vine. either way, i get to live in Portland, and that's all that matters. i'm very considerate, respectful and responsible, to an often shocking degree. willing to pay $500/month as long as i'm not living with a used car dealer.
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    Elliott Smith [2:45am]
tiny little super guy

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Anyone know what's going on at Laurelhurst Park today? I just got back from jogging, and there were all sorts of trailers and equipment trucks parked along Ankeny. Complete with a kitchen truck, dressing rooms, and a wardrobe trailer.
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beach betty

behind the wheel

driving home last night from work i noticed a lady knitting while driving...it kind of freaked me out.

what are some weird things that you or someone you know does while driving???
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    curious curious
you big baby
  • bomp

Everything must go, part 2

If you can't make it to tomorrow's moving sale blowout, check out my auctions on ebay! after tomorrow, whatever doesn't sell will be listed in a one-day auction. for now, here is a collection of random stuff, with more to come.

ebay ebay ebay

plus, if you live in portland and you win one of these auctions, you can just pick it up tomorrow at the sale and save yourself some shipping and handling. can you beat that??
Rainy Day

continue to distract me ....


I should be (and I'm steadily working my way through it) reading my textbook and writing a reflection paper about what interests schools should serve, and its role in society. School choice issues, school finance, and ways to address the achievement gap are all primary topics.

I pretty much have my own views on these topics (although some of them consistently shift and evolve) - but I'm interested in seeing what some of you think - since my views come primarily from an educator's perspective.

Or feel free to write something completely and utterly random for my amusement :-)


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    nothing cuz I'm studying...

music videos with portland scenes

Local film cooperative, Skratch Films put together 2 videos for The Vacant, which includes live footage of a show from last summer as well as a lot of Portland footage..

Both videos play back to back on this 90 Mb mpeg file.

click here to watch videos

The audio was recorded live, so it's somewhat raw...but the videos/audio are part of a documentary that Skratch Films is working on about the local Portland music scene.

Captain Nyet

Paid positions in student publishing...

Needed at the PSU Rearguard

-Staff writer x2
Will be responsible for writing several stories off varying word counts per issue on subjects such as news, politics, and art, and will be required to attend weekly staff meetings.
History, sociology, or political science students preferred, but not required. No previous journalism experience is required. Ideal student must be responsible, informed, accurate and involved, as The Rearguard will be politically active and progressive media outlet. Adherence to deadlines and the ability to work under pressure is required. Good research skills and writing skills are a must, as is basic experience with computers and word processing.
Interested students should submit a resume with a cover letter detailing why they would like to work for The Rearguard, and two writing samples. The writing samples do not need to be published, and they must not be in the first person.
Send submissions to vamposse@hotmail.com or deliver to the Rearguard office in the sub-basement of SMSU c/o Josh Gross.

-Layout designer
Will be responsible for helping to create the visual style of The Rearguard and for laying out the paper for publication each month.
Ideal student will be responsible, dedicated, creative and able to function well on a tight timeline.
Experience with Adobe InDesign is required and previous experience in publishing of any kind is preferred.
Interested students should submit a resume with a cover letter detailing why they would like to work for The Rearguard, and two work samples. The samples do not need to be published, but they must be printed, and not delivered on disk.
Send submissions to vamposse@hotmail.com or deliver to the Rearguard office in the sub-basement of SMSU c/o Josh Gross.

Anime.. what's the deal?

Question for everyone: Why do you (those who do) enjoy anime so much? What is so appealing to you about series like Inuyasha, Sailor moon, etc? Is it the overemphasized facial/body features? The intensity of emotion? Fictional settings or plots?

A friend of mine posted the above on their journal and I have to agree. I have been asking everyone I know (that likes Anime) and no one seems to be able to give me a good answer. Instead, the common answer is that I just haven't seen any "good" anime. However, no one has (as of yet) ever been able to show me any anime that kept my attention for more than about 10 minutes tops. Maybe some of you can enlighten me?
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    curious curious

ants and kittens--help!

So we just got this great little kitten, which is awesome, except that we also have a minor ant problem in our house. I fed him some wet kitten food last night and when I got up this morning, it was literally swarming with ants! I cleaned up everything, put out fresh food and water in a different area of the kitchen. When I got home from work, there were a few ants in that dish of food as well. Got more fresh food and moved it to the living room as kitten was up and hungry. We have tried those Raid ant traps and they don't work worth a crap. In the past, regular Raid spray did the trick, but with a new kitten, we can't spray insecticide around house. Does anyone know of something effective and non-toxic that will get rid of the ants but not hurt our kitten?
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    jazz radio
photo, yellow

Dear Sir

Dear Sir or Madam,

Next time you are driving your big ugly suburban, please give bicyclists a bit more room - as in, the actual amount of space we need not to be pushed off the road and into the ditch.

If the road has NO shoulder, we need a bit of space. Yes, I did swerve a tiny bit into the roadway when I turned my head to look back to see if anyone was coming. Technically, I probably just should have stuck my arm out to indicate that I wanted to turn - but if I had, I doubt I'd have that arm as you would clobbered it with your large metal vehicle driving too fast on a residential street.

And hey, what a great way to say "I should have killed you when I had the chance" by flipping me off after you drove by.

One bicyclist happy to be alive

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Day before yesterday I woke up with a spider bite (I'd seen the spider in my room but not well enough to identify it.) on my arm about the size of a quarter in diameter. It hurt so bad just touching it sent searing pain through my arm. By noon I was running a fever of 102 complete with nasty body aches, chills, dizziness and the whole bit. Yesterday it had swollen to the size of a golf ball again with fever and the whole bit. Benedryl coupled with Ibuprofen seemed to lessen the symptoms thankfully and today it's all but gone, but still tender. This same exact thing happened over Memorial Day weekend except the bite was on my leg. And yes, before anyone says anything I know I should have gone to the dr.

Has anyone else had any experience with a bite that caused those kinds of symptoms? I'm curious as to what kind of spider we have around here could cause that.
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    curious curious

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Registered to vote in OR? Want to make a difference?

If you answered YES to both questions then help me help Oregon out.

I am collecting signatures on a measure that will limit how much CORPORATIONS can "donate" to political parties.

Something like this*: Haliburton gives George Bush a gazillionbazillion dollars to fund his campain. This goes undocumented to the public  (me and you) but Mr. Bush remembers Haliburton and the money. Haliburton has a little problem and they need to borrow money or have a "law" passed to help them out. Mr. Bush remembers the "favor" and returns it.

Let's stop this powerplay- let's make it fair to small companies and private citizens as well. Let's put a limit on the "private donations" and make the "private donations" public so we can all see who is donating what. A law like this has already been passed in TX.

If you haven't signed to get this measure on the ballot and want to sign LET ME KNOW. I live in SE and will drive/walk to meet you and collect your signature. If you live in a different part of the city, we can work something out.

*I am not attacking any specific comapny or political party, I am using these names specifically since most of us know who Haliburton/Bush are.

DJ CRAZE @ LeveL $5 before 11!!


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*at the Level 13 NW 6th
*only $5 dollars before 11pm and $7 after (dude thats such a good deal)
*Doors open at 10pm
*21+ please with ID's present!!!!!!!!!!


Who brings it like Red Cube in Portland kids? Please come out and show some $5 LOVE
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    DJ Craze

seeking....reassurance, i guess

'lo everybody.
though technically i'm not currently a portlander, i'm starting to get the wheels rolling for a move out there, hopefully in the feb/march of next year timeframe. i'll probably be hitting you up for more specific information about stuff between now and then, but i'm not at that point just yet. what i'm looking for is....

please tell me that you love your job. i would even settle for "it's not the worst way i could be spending 8-10 hours a day".

i currently work in the finance industry as a credit analyst. i absolutely despise the city i live in (nashville), and we would have been away from here a long time ago if not for the fact that i love my job - not just what i do, but the company (and particularly the department) i work for. every time we started thinking about moving, i've been swamped by the fear that lightning just doesn't strike twice, and there's no way i'll have it this good in another job...but i've started seeing more people in different places taking about enjoying their jobs, so i'm starting to wonder if maybe my view isn't just a little too narrow.

so what can you tell me about the working climate of portland, esp. in the financial arena?

thank you!!
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    nervous nervous

Job Available

Virtual Receptionist

Need office and receptionist background
Must be able to multitask
Must be comfortable with PC
Must work well under pressure.

This is a great opportunity for the right individual.

Comment for more info....
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    blah blah

what do you think of these houses?

Ok, I am coming to Portland next week to BUY A HOUSE. Yay! Here are some I like in pictures... tell me what you think. Feedback on neighborhood and middle/high school and commute to PDX especially appreciated.


or these:
go here:

and type in the numbers:

I like the pictures, so want feedback on the things that I can't tell by looking at pics. :)

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can you help us?

We are trying to figure out what this place is in Gresham/Troutdale. It is on the edge of Helen Althaus Park. We were hoping it was near/across the street from someplace that has art galleries or an art store nearby; specifically, where "artists congregate". Vague, we know. It's like a treasure hunt!

thanks so much!
beccadaisy & binaryfinary

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Share Your Discount!

Hey! Do you have your own business selling items from Pure Romance? Partylite? Passion Parties? I do, and I get a 40% discount. OR Do you work somewhere and get a pretty good employee discount? I started a community for people where you can trade discounts for people. In the Portland, Oregon area preferably, so there are no shipping charges involved. Or, post on here :)
Trade ya!

I'm really bad at spending money, and am planning an upcoming wedding (next June) and could use all the discounts I can get my hands on.
I personally sell 'Adult Items' :)
Thanks, hope to hear from you :)
yetti hat

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To the nice group of boys who approached me outside of my apartment this evening:

Thank you for taking an interest in my large chest! I love it when people politely stop me on the way into my apartment and make such flattering comments about my striking features. It makes me feel so wonderful when people want to see my beautiful round globes that I generally hide behind old dingy t-shirts. "Hey dyke, show me your tits!" is just so smile-rousing! It has a cheery tone to it, don't you think? My boyfriend certainly thinks so.

Also, thanks for running up the steps smacking my rear! I didn't think this 3-year old pair of dirty jeans really accentuated my shapely behind, but it must have! I like it when random strangers find themselves so comfortable with me, they can give me such bold, sportsman-like encouragment in front of their large group of male friends! I always fancied myself "one of the guys," so it's nice to see I'm included, even around people I don't know! And plentiful thanks for comparing me to a well-endowed female dog. I love bizarre comments! But why did you run off so quickly? I wanted to get your names! I ran after you, but it's hard when your out of shape, you understand, right?


the girl who chased you down the street until you got in your cars and drove off.
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Revenge of the Chain Letter

*funniest thing I've ever read*

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your chain letters over the past two years. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy.

Because of your concern...
I no longer can drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.
I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.
I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.
I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our troops.
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a stupid number for which I will get the phone bill from hell with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.
I no longer eat prepackaged foods because the estrogens they contain will turn me gay.
I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer go to bars because someone will drug me and take my kidneys and leave me taking a nap in a bathtub full of ice.
Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an email to 7 of my friends and make a wish within 5 minutes.
I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who has been dying for the past seven years.
I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I will now return the favor.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 1200 people in the next 60 seconds, a large bird with diarrhea will fly over your head at 5:00 pm and the fleas of a thousand camels will infest your armpits. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of a friend of a friend's neighbor's cousin, and he's a lawyer.
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I ♥ Fred Meyer

I have a prescription that I filled for the first time at the pharmacy at Fred Meyer a month ago, when I had health insurance. But the insurance provided by my law school apparently doesn't cover the summer--something I didn't realize until I went to get a refill yesterday.

I mentioned to the pharmacist that I was a student and I wouldn't have insurance again until September. He charged me $75, but he said if I called Costco and got a quote from them, he would match the price. So I called today and found out that they charge $50 for the same quantity of the same pills. I went back to Fred Meyer tonight and they gave me a refund!

Now how often does that happen?

(crossposted to my journal)
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Your whole family is made out of meat -

Help! Messed up laptop!

So about 15 minutes ago my laptop started acting all jacked up. I was watching a DVD so I assumed the disc was scratched when the audio started skipping. But then I tried to watch a movie on my harddrive and the same thing happened. The sound skips periodically as if a scratched disc were playing except it does it with all sounds.

Any ideas what's going on? The laptop is fairly new, less than a year old but I didn't get a warranty that I know of : (
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    crushed crushed

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what can test a person's patience? Petty things..definately.

I stopped in at the Horse Brass pub after dropping off/picking up some dvd's. I ordered a burger and beer, kept the tab open and played some poker while I waited for the grub. I also put in for another order to go. Somewhere between me eating my meal and finishing up on poker (I cashed out w/what I put in, btw). I went back to the bar which had practically went from 2 deep to 5 deep w/three bartenders running the show and 2 coctailers on the floor. I stood 2 deep from the bar for 25 minutes waiting for even an acknowledgement. The fellow sitting at the bar in front of me finally waved a bartender down who then came back 5 minutes later to take my order. I handed him the lottery ticket to cash out and before I could even say I wanted to close my tab and pick up the to-go order he tossed the ticket back on the counter and said, "Oh this is a lottery ticket, you're going to have to wait."

So I waited almost 5 minutes and barked out that I had a tab I wanted to close and a to-go order as well. 5 more minutes later he cashed me out and told me that the food orders come up at the end of the bar, by the kitchen.


20 more minutes later I'm still standing there, watching a parade of food walk by me. These pot pies are made before-hand and micro'd...no more than 5 minutes to do. The same guy that waved down the bartender 30 minutes before walked by and said, "Man, you sure have some patience." and went into the kitchen and asked the guys if they had my order. They didn't even get the order. Nice. I'm about ready to become fricking very unreasonable over all of this crap. I thank the patron, again, and he says I'm on my own since he was leaving. The cook comes back 5 minutes later with my to-go order and apologizes. I told him it wasn't his fault, took my food and left.

And...there's not much you can do in a situation like that. Like being an asshole would've done me any good. Well..it might've sped up the process but it's more or less staff that's over-worked in ratio to the customers who have a 'don't give a fuck' attitude and will easily make up in sheer volume of tips what they didn't get from me.

Still as yet, fuck the Horse Brass. I had nothing but good things to say about the place until this evening and this one night is more than enough to make me say nothing but crap about their service.
shut up brain

Hand-me-downs? family counselors?

My boyfriend's daughters, age 4 and 7 have just come to live with us a few days ago because their mom can't keep her sh*t together. They were in foster care briefly before they came here, and in all the shuffle, they have lost most of their belongings. They each came here with a small box with clothes and a few stuffed animals. Going through their clothes, I discovered that they have no socks or underwear or pajamas and hardly any summer clothes for when it gets hotter. Also, the youngest showed up with a horrible pair of shoes that she can hardly walk in, much less play at the park in. They are those platform, 1 strap across the foot slip ons!? When they were in foster care they were supposed to have gotten a lot of new clothes, but everything they have is old and worn and I have a feeling the foster parents kept the new things and just sent them here with the clothes that came with them to the foster home.

So... I know I need to hit up some thrift stores, because my budget is SO tight this summer, I can't really afford to buy them everything they need (including bedding) brand new. But, I still see that adding up really quickly. Are their places that give out clothing for even less money? Or free? I really don't want them to look like rag-a-muffins all summer, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Or, are there any of you who would take a small donation for hand-me-downs? THe oldest wears a size 10/12 most of the time, she is a little on the chubby side, but she is so short, so fitting her is difficult! I think she wears a size 1 shoe. The youngest wears a size 4, and a size 11 shoe, I believe.

My boyfriend would hate it if he knew I was asking for hand outs, but I'm going over our budget for this month and I know we can't afford even the extra 50-100 bucks it would take to get them clothed properly, and set up in their bedroom. So, any direction you can point me in for a little help would be appreciated so much.

A second question, sorry!!! I really think they both need counseling to help them with all the trauma they have gone through in the past few months. The oldest is extremely defiant and argumentative, and is so manipulative. They youngest has horrible nightmares about people carryinig dead bodies down her street and putting them in the garbage can outside (this was the dream that woke her up screaming a little while before I started writing this. My son, age 3 1/2, seems to be doing pretty well with everything, but I know it is hard on him too, having so much of my attention taken away from him right now. I think it is a big adjustment for all of us, and perhaps we could benefit from going to counseling together, or something.

It has only been 2 days, but I feel like it has been an eternity. They are both soooo needy, and I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed. Any advice, here? I'd appreciate it!

Thanks in advance