September 9th, 2005

Yeah, the relief went as well as it possibly could have!

Their response times were almost inhumanly fast!

"Homeland Security sources said after the hurricanes," reported a May 19 Washington Post article, "that Brown and his allies promoted him as a successor to Tom Ridge as Homeland Security secretary because of their contention that he helped deliver Florida to President Bush by efficiently responding to the Florida hurricanes." A FEMA spokeswoman denied the report at the time.

Writing last November for, which touts itself as "the independent business magazine of government," Charles Mahtesian noted, "Now that President Bush has won Florida in his 2004 reelection bid, he may want to draft a letter of appreciation to Michael Brown, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Seldom has any federal agency had the opportunity to so directly and uniquely alter the course of a presidential election, and seldom has any agency delivered for a president as FEMA did in Florida this fall."

Taken from lovemonster.


incredible! Your thoughts?
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An Open Letter to the Motorist Who Almost Killed Me This Morning:

Dude (or Ma'am) - I'm sooooo sorry. That was completely my fault.

Killingsworth doesn't have a bike lane where it intersects with Interstate, and there's usually very little traffic that early in the morning, so I typically run the red light to cross the street instead of waiting a few minutes at a dead intersection for the light to turn. I thought I took a good look before I started pedaling, but obviously I didn't see your car coming.

Thank you for slamming on your brakes to avoid hitting me, even though you had the right of way and I didn't.

I apologize if I alarmed you by dramatically crashing my bike to the ground. You see, I'm kind of a dumbass, and I wasn't able to disengage the clip on my fancy biking shoe from my pedal when I stopped. Thus, gravity kicked in, and I was thrown to the ground in what likely appeared to be a very painful manner, although it only smarted a little. At the very least, I hope it gave you a chuckle.

I also hope my subsequent facial expressions and hand gestures directed at you successfully conveyed the messages that "I'm sorry! My fault! I'm OK, thanks! Please proceed!", instead of something much more hostile.

Finally, please don't allow this morning's event to color your opinion of Portland's bicyclists as a whole. I'm not a good representative, since I'm very new to this, and still familiarizing myself with many aspects of commuting by bike (including, apparently, rudimentary operational skills as well as acquiring some very basic street sense).


Guy on Yellow Bike

x-posted to personal LJ
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Mother in need of advice...

I have a question, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this...but I figured even if no one has any advice, the support would be great.
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  • bennu_

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The news actually got something right!

By the way, anyone else notice the spin pattern in the media?
It goes something like this:

"Now is not the time for politicizing or playing the blame game. Up next: Why Democrat local officials are to blame."
  • corva

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I'm sending out a request for information from anyone that has tried financial counseling or any sort of debt re-working plan...We've got our heads above water but we just can't see the shore.

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Since I know there are some attorneys around here...

If I have no real assets outside of my 10 yr old car, how easy is it to file bankruptcy pro se? Is there anything I should know? What qualifies? What doesn't?

Also, does anyone know the name of the insurance company who has an office in Tigard off Carman Dr?


what gas? where?

i live in vancouver work in SE. on my lunch break yesterday i had some time to kill and decided it would be a good time to go put gas in my automobile. i couldn't find a single gas station anywhere. the only one i know of i the cheveron on sandy.

where do you southeasters buy gas????

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2nd post for the day.

Ok, I no longer need a good full time job. I got my approval for financial aid way faster than expected, so now I'm looking for a good part time job. In Vancouver, I can work weekends and some evenings. Anyone know of anything good?
circle of life
  • z3bulin

Thinking of Buying a Used Car in the Coming Months/Years?

Excerpt from Automotive News Weekly:

Consumers, dealers and auctions could get soaked.
Carfax Inc. estimates that as many as 500,000 vehicles were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, which opens the floodgate for a wave of title-washing fraud. That's because there isn't a national title-branding system that can permanently identify a vehicle as damaged goods. Because title requirements vary by state, the bad guys are able to use the states with lax regulations like Laundromats to wash the titles of vehicles that may have declared salvage just weeks before.

cross-posted my livejournal
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  • drjeff

Just because I felt like it, and Portland NEEEEEEDS it. :)

Crossposted because I'm a shameless WHORE.

Hold on a second.

Take three deep, cleansing breaths. Feel the tension and badness leave when you exhale. Feel the fresh clean delicious energy and positive thoughts flood your body on the inhale.

Now, close your eyes for 15 seconds, breathing comfortably. Picture yourself somewhere nice.

Now, implement facial feedback theory. Put a half-smile on your face and leave it there for 30 seconds. Research shows that some people can "trick themselves" into a better mood by smiling for a while. Try it.

Feel those feet on the floor? Thank the floor for supporting you.

Thank the air for keeping you alive. Thank the earth for sustaining you.

See that roof over your head? Yeah... enough said.

Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for something.

Go carry on your day. Engage in the moment. It's the only one you've got.

Happy Friday, damnportlanders.

*wearing my snarkproof undies, so ha ha*
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Lamentation and Celebration: a Hurricane Katrina Benefit (World Dance and Music)

Hey there... spreading the word about an awesome benefit performance for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief next Wednesday, featuring a variety of world music and dance styles (bellydance, salsa, capoeira, flamenco, etc). If you're interested in helping out by donating goods or services for the raffle, please let me know - otherwise, just come by and have a good time for a great cause!

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So Gay

May I Tinkle Your Ivories?

Would any of you fabulous damnportlanders own a piano?

Do you live in close-in Portland?

Would you be open to letting a fellow damnportlander into your home for a few hours a week to let him practice the piano?

If you can answer yes to these questions or know someone who could, please comment!

This damnportlander is looking for a piano (real, not a keyboard) to practice on for a few hours, most likely on the weekends, in preparation for a performance in February. I don't currently have a piano at home and my parent's place is a little too far in the 'burbs for me to go out there all the time. I am practicing contemporary pieces for a wedding reception next year, so the music is rather agreable. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks for your help!
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People Watching

Hello damnportlanders,

I get off work at 5 and have found that very few of my friends are able to hang least in Portland. This would normally be ok, but I have many hours between the time I get off work and the time my boyfriend does.

Here's something to do: anybody feel like people watching with me at Pioneer Square? I haven't done so in a while and would love to start again. (Weather-permitting?)

Message me @ ZebLoveSlave (AIM) or piercing_oculars_of_wicked_hues (Y!) or leave a reply.
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Alright, so my boyfriend and I have been back a week from Burning Man, and we're in need of some serious meat. No more of this hippy raw vegan crap for us. I'd cook some up at home, but we live in a dinky apartment, so no grill for me. Tell me, DP, what are your favorite places to get steak & burgers in this town? The bigger and cheaper, the better, so I think that leaves Ringside out. Preferably, this place should have killer mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac & cheese. I heard rumor there's a Cracker Barrel near Suavie's Island, but, their website says 'no' to Oregon. Is this true? I guess I'm wanting good homey-style Southern Food. I miss being home right now.

Ok, so good cheap steak places... GO!
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re: People watching

Well, looks like it's just me and [Unknown LJ tag] so far, people watching in Pioneer Square in a little less than an hour.

Join us...join us....

He is cute Asian boy...I am blonde with 20-style haircut, wearing shorts, a tank top, glasses and probably (because I'm a freak who didn't realize it was gonna rain today) a trench coat.
  • emort

does anyone know?

does anyone know of a cheap/nice place to get a pedicure after 5:00pm. I have called most of the beauty schools and they close at 4:30-5. I just need a place that is recommended. Thanks!

I forgot where I found these at.....but they are funny....

Q:How do you know a white guy's near in the summer?
A:You smell bologna and milk.

Q:what do white people and sperm cells have in common?
A:they're both white, spineless, inferior organisms with brains the size of atoms.

Q:What do you call a white woman on the ground at a square dance competition?
A: A ho-down.

Q:what do you call a white man with a sheep under each arm??
A: a pimp

Q:how does the hick mom know when her daughter is on the rag??
A: her son\'s dick tastes funny

someone might know

i've been trying to find out where to purchase the ballad of jack and rose soundtrack. but it seems there isn't one. anyone know a way to find a listing of the songs from the movie? i'd prefer not to rent the dvd again and find it that way...

forgive me if this is a stupid question.
kurt che

FEMA flip-flops...again

Okay, so now they're not sending evacuees out here...again. What the fuck is going on?

Also, i'm a bit annoyed that I had to show up to the building to find out the Red Cross training class was cancelled tonight. The rent-a-cop at the entrance was the one to inform me, and i couldn't go in to verify with other RC staffers since I had no RC i.d. and couldn't be allowed entry. Dude at the RC office knew nothing about it, and nobody he called knew anything about it.

Suffice it to say I'm a bit angry.
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musicfest nw

is anyone planning to see james hall (formerly of the new orleans band 'pleasure club') tonight at mississippi studios? i want to go but don't know the cover or if i have to buy one of those $30 wristbands.

Quotes inspired by the posts of the recent past

For the average American freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more. - Gore Vidal

Freedom of speech is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies, where it is understood to outlaw censorship. Free speech is nowadays also protected by international human rights law, notably under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, although implementation remains lacking in many countries. - Wikipedia

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” - Albert Einstein

"You did then what you knew how to do. When you knew better, you did better." - Maya Angelou

"Disobedience may be Gods greatest gift to the Human Race." - Emerson

"I may hate what he has to say, may reject it with every fiber of my being, but I will fight to the death to protect his right to say it." -Sarah Berkley (Dunno if I ripped that off, but it's what I say)


My personal quote:(Having nothing to do with anything but me.)

"Girls are so queer; you never know what they mean. They
say no when they mean yes, and drive men out of their wits
for the fun of it." - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Animated Kitty :)

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Are there any comdy/improv hot spots in Portland? I saw ONE listing in Citysearch, but surely there are more out there, right? I need a good laugh, people :)

And, has anyone ever been to Harvey's Comedy Club? If so, was it fun? How much did it cost to get in?
never nude showdown!

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Quick! Backspace was closing early tonight for a "private event", where is there free wifi on the west side that's open late and all ages? I'm hoping they'll have some grub too, I haven't had dinner since I just got off work a little while ago.

Annnd, go!
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