July 8th, 2005

cozy

Flame me - that's fine, but I just had to say it

I'm sorry but this is really pissing me off. Does anyone actually CARE that London was bombed today? That innocent people died or were hurt very badly? People that maybe you don't know or give two shit's about, but they are STILL somebody.

Yes, there was the post about what happened, but everyone else just goes about their normal lives... talking about which restaurants are good, where can they go to buy the right pair of shoe's to match their skirt, blah fucking blah.

It frustrates me because I came home tonight and there was a LIMO out front of my building with hoards of yuppies piling out of it, drinking wine, and listening to the violin players inside the entrance-way. Now, you see, my apartment building is NOT in the Pearl, and while they were having an open house to advertise the newly refinished condo's in my building it was far from what I wanted to see today. It was ridiculous.

I also don't think anyone at work today mentioned it except in passing with a quick, "Oh, did you hear what happened? What a shame..." During my lunch break people were giggling on their cell phones, drinking their Starbucks and fussing over the stain on their shirt from their messy sandwich at lunch.

I'm really not trying to be a bitch or negative here, but it just upsets me that no one seems to care. And if people DO care, why does no-one mention it? Shit went down in NYC a few years back and people freaked out for months - now I'm not saying that wasn't a big deal, YES it was - but how long did we even acknowledge the bombings in Madrid? And now this.

It just feels like everyone is so quick to move on with their lives because it doesn't affect them personally. But it should because this type of thing is going to keep happening, and one day it might - and then what are you going to say about it?
Rainy Day

selling a computer, first come first serve

I hate this but bills trump income for this poor teacher, so I'm selling my computer to make some quick cash. It's posted here first for DP before I go to Craigslist with it - and I'm hoping there is someone who needs either the parts or an actual computer:)

It's a 'home built' computer, whatever that means (I'm not technogeek savvy) and was traded for my laptop.

Gem monitor, brand new (as of 5-6 months ago) hard drive, Windows XP, CD-Rom and floppy and open slot for something else, Adobe Photoshop, and it currently doesn't have Microsoft office but I'm willing to install it for whomever wants it on there. I only really use this for internet access, so it's a clean slate as far as the hard drive is concerned.

I'll throw in a black (yes I know it doesn't match) emachines keyboard and mouse, or if you want the wireless mouse and keyboard, I'll throw those in for an extra $25 or something.

I'm asking $200 for this pile of hardware, or best offer I guess.

Have a happy Friday all!
straigt up gangsta

damn computers!

ok, so i went to turn on my computer this morning, and it won't even run a power cycle. it goes 4 seconds and then shuts down.

so - suggestions? ideas? cheap diagnostic places? i felt naked this morning, not being able to check my email.

i'm thinking maybe my power supply crapped out, but wouldn't that make it not start at all? gah. these machines will be the death of me.
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Bombings

I feel like there should be some sort of vigil/memorial/something...maybe in Pioneer Square? Is there already? If not, who would be up for starting something like that? Before anyone gets their knickers up, yes, I realize this stuff happens all the time in other places and we do nothing, but that isn't an excuse to not do anything. So who's up for it?
Oct 2010

Book Club

pdxbookclub had its second meeting last night.  The group has picked up some, and we hope to see it continue to grow. 

We meet the first Thursday of the month at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, from 5 - ?  We tend to be there from 5 - between 7 and 8.  We chat about the book of the month and lots of other stuff.  It is a great way to meet some other folks with some similar interests, and make new friends. 

If this sounds interesting to anyone, please pop over and join the community.  Right now we are taking suggestions for the next book of the month, and we will be voting on it this coming Monday :)
kurt che

meanwhile, in other non-bombing-related news

So! anybody doing anything to support the Senate Bill 1000 stuff that's going on down in Salem today?

here's a bit on the Bill from the O last week

and here's from the local ACLU w/ some handy links:
SB 1000 On The Move; ACLU Urges Yes Vote.
July 6, 2005 - SB 1000 A-Eng, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and create civil unions, was voted out of the Senate Rules Committee today and will be voted on by the Senate Friday.

ACLU has strongly supported SB 1000 in oral and written testimony and strongly urges ACLU members and supporters to contact your senators and urge a yes vote on SB 1000.


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EDIT: Or perhaps the vote has already happened.
Rainy Day

climbing?

Hey - I have a free membership this week to Portland Rock Gym as part of my intro class that I did and I'm looking for someone who'd like to climb with me. I'm super beginner - but I have no trouble belaying someone that wants to do hard stuff too! Other than tomorrow, I am mostly free during the day after 11am and into the evening.
If you're not a PRG member - I think it's 14.00 for a day pass.
kurt che

When Canadian Zombie Hipsters ATTACK!


Hipster zombies versus Nerds of the Round Table
July 4, 2005 3:12 am GMT
tags: hipsters, montreal


Right, so there are a colony of nerdy D&D-playing medeivalists who gather in Mount Royal Park every Sunday to run around screaming and slapping each with swords made of duct-taped iron bars and shields made out of the lids of recycling bins. Shit, there are even dudes with nerf arrows, flails, battle axes and big fuckin’ hammers. One guy had on an entire suit of chain mail armor.

Anyway, a cabal of local hipsters decided that this Sunday was going to be different. This Sunday, the hipsters were going to dress up like zombies and come marching out of the woods to engage the nerds in glorious battle. We were there to witness and record the hilarity that ensued...


(w/ photos)

http://thescourge.blogsome.com/2005/07/04/hipster-zombies-versus-knights-of-the-nerd-table/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pumpkin/sets/538104/

Oh, those wacky Montreal zombie hipsters! Do their Neighbo(u)rhoodies have both english AND french slogans on them?
Let's moon 'em!

Thank You, DaaaaaamnPortlanders!

Your feedback/suggestions were well-appreciated regarding Thanh Long Restaurant & Bakery.

I did have the mango drink (absolutely lovely and was just like the mango drinks I had back in the Philippines) with seasame chicken. The hot & sour soup was so yummy!

I'm stuffed. Big portions, indeed!

The only thing I was surprised about was that the bakery portion seemed a bit...well, lacking in the Asian pastries. They only had those chocolate eclair-thingies and a moon-pie (?!) but other than that, not so much. If those of you who frequent the place/area know when they stock their bakery, let me know!

Thanks again, DP'ers, for the insight. I'm glad I didn't miss this restaurant today.
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Hey you damn portland people,

Does anyone here have experience in shipping a car TO Portland? I'm trying to get my Camaro out here from Oklahoma City, and it's hard to get a quote online without having a damn sales agent call me.

Does anybody know who the cheap companies are that I should check out?

Thanks a lot!

Show Your Support for London Victims

Just before dusk tomorrow, Saturday, July 9 (8pm), on the Waterfont near the Morrison Bridge, Portland, OR, there will be an impromptu vigil. This is an unstructured gathering--a call to anyone who can to show support in any way they can.

WHAT TO BRING: Signs of support, flowers, candles, donations in the form of check or money order to mail yourself, photographs, anything that you feel represents the collective sympathies of the Portland Community.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Please leave any protesting materials at home. This is a solemn occasion to commemorate the tragic events in London, and we do not want to send the wrong message to those who are in mourning. Please do not come bearing anger, ill will, hatred, or prejudice.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD: If you would like spread awareness via phone, we have lists of churches, synagogues, and mosques, news organizations, and radio stations that you can contact. Please email bassoonchic@hotmail.com if you would like to receive a list. (to avoid duplicates) You are invited to post this to any community in which it has not yet been posted. Please email this invitation to Portlanders in your email address book.

Here is a link to contact information for the Mayoral Staff, if you would like to plead with the mayor to support this activity and represent the city: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=38511

The British Red Cross is accepting donations for the The London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund online at http://www.redcross.org.uk/

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP: We need help with preparation, ideas, floral donations, letter writing supplies, etc. Please email us at bassoonchic@hotmail.com if you would like to help in any way.

Back By Noon Hiking Club?

Hiya all :-) Somebody told me about a neat hiking club here in Portland called the Back By Noon hiking club. It plans hikes every weekend that are, um, back by noon! Has anybody here ever hiked with them, or does anybody possess any contact details for them (I can't find anything on the web, as i'm cr*p at websearches!)? Thanks so much everybody! Kirsty

yoko's

I have been eating at Yoko's on Gladstone twice a week for two years. What sushi places do you just adore and have made your usual? I have a couple of places in my work area (NE) and have been to Murata. Let me know your favorites and why.

Thanks!
Elizabeth
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Critical Clowns this Saturday night

The clowns are back in town and we want you to join us!

This Saturday
8PM
My Father's Place.

We'll hang for about and hour and then hit the streets. I think we're going to try and make this an inner East Burnside ride this time, so we'll be hitting Doug Fir, Ararat, Union Jack's, The Galaxy, and any other place that serves drinks in that area. Of course, we might just say "fuck it" and go downtown like last time. Either way, it would be great to see you out there, so come on! All you need to do to join our little club is dress like a clown and ride around town on your bike. And like to drink.

okay

okay, portland. it is dinner time. tired of the standard vegan restaurants dotting belmont and hawthorne (paradox, tao of tea, laughing planet, vege thai, et cetra), i have decided to venture into the unknown and try something new...to me. what are your favorite places to go that happen to have vegan options that you know of? maybe even something fancy, or otherwise unordinary. i know the blue monk is doing some sort of lasagna or other stuffed pasta dish, and i know salvador molly's has a few options. where do you take your vegan friends? who has good beer and what is your favorite? thanks!

EDIT; Have you eaten at Wild Abandon? what did you think?
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Me

Drinks in Portland

I know people have asked this before... and I am just horribly lazy and don't want to go hunting through the posts until I find one. But here goes...

I am just curious about a place with cheap good alcoholic beverages in Portland. Not beer. Thinking mixed drinks and hard liquor. Preferably mellow atmosphere. Inexpensive is a must. Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks all in advance.
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punkfugginfawk

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Is anyone aware of art therapy programs or art therapists in Portland or PDX suburbs who take OHP or provide free service to persons over 25 with low income? I need a Freud who sculpts dammit!
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Warped Tour 2005

Any fellow damnportlanders attending the warped tour at the gorge amphitheater tomorrow? I'm heading out early tomorrow to drive up there and I've got a campsite reserved for the evening. I've never been up there so I don't know what to expect. If you happen to see a 6'6" guy during the concerts or a blue chevy pickup with a cab-guard in the evening, feel free to stop and say 'hey' to a fellow DPer.
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