May 27th, 2007


15th February 1971

This date might not mean much to you lot.

Here in the UK though,it is the date the UK formally started using the decimal system of currency.
Prior to this it used pounds,shillings and pence.

My birthday is: 14 February 1971

Hence I am one day older than the current UK currency system.

It got me thinking:

Are any of you,older than things of a nationally historical a few days and weeks?

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    Countdown music.

John Mayer ticket

So this is probably a long-shot, but I have a ticket for the John Mayer concert on Friday (7 pm, Clarke County Ampitheater) that my sister is unable to use.

It's a ticket in section 101, Row W, Seat 14. It's actually one ticket sitting by itself, not by us, because of the way we bought the tickets. We're asking for $50 (which is what the ticket cost minus the ticketmaster fees) or the best offer, really.

So if any of you were looking to see John Mayer and want a little bit of a cheaper ticket... help us help you! Haha.

Thanks. :)

Alcohol Depot?

In other states I have lived, one can buy bulk alcohol (good brands, just larger bottles) at places like Costco for good prices. Does something like that exist here? Is one liquor store any less expensive than another? Are prices regulated?
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transit times

I'm finally moving to PDX and am thinking of selling my car and relying on public transport.

I've been checking the Tri-Met site for time tables and it doesn't seem to have any. Can anyone simply tell me how early and late most routes tend to run? Is there late night service for those who might enjoy a few pints now and then?


Dead Mammal!


40-foot whale washes up on Oregon coast:
Authorities on the Oregon Coast were trying to figure out the best way to deal with a 40-foot Gray Whale that washed up on the beach near Newport over the weekend.

Anyone remember (or heard of) last time this happened?

The Exploding Whale!
"The Exploding Whale!" on Google Video
This could turn out to be amusing.
sleepy ethereal

What do ya do with a mouse?

This afternoon my daughter says to me, "Mom, look! It's a baby mouse!" Being four years old I figure that she is just pretending again. I look over and at first I think it's just one of the cat toys. Then I realize no... no, it's not. It's really moving. Holy cow! There's a real-life baby mouse in our house just hanging out in the middle of the afternoon. Where's the cat???? ..... Nowhere to be found, of course! ;-P

Mousey climbs in the hole of the cat tree. And to make a long story short we now have this little critter in my daughter's bug cage.

It's a cute little guy, about an inch and a half when it's stretched out (not including tail). It's having a good time climbing around with the empty TP tube and climbing all around the mesh of the cage. I have no idea how old it is. It's young, but it's clearly a wild animal. So, I don't know if it would make the best pet.

So, the question is.... Now that we have caught this little mouse what do we do with it???

I saw a sign at Laurelhurst Park last week that suggested they are overrun with animals that people don't want and have taken there. Hmmm.... Ok, so that doesn't sound like the best idea. I had been thinking about taking it over to Mt. Tabor. But, it seems that they probably have the same problem and I don't want to upset the delicate ecosystem that may already be over-burdened as it is.

So, what do we do with this little critter? Keep it as a pet? Take it to the gorge? Release it in the city park? Donate it to OMSI? What????

*And ................ GO!* ... ;-)

White PDX

So you thought Portland just happens to be largely white today by accident?

That's not the case. This is why it's white today:

No free negro, or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall come, reside, or be within this State, or hold any real estate, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein; and the Legislative Assembly shall provide by penal laws, for the removal, by public officers, of all such negroes, and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the State, and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state, or employ, or harbor them.

-Oregon's Exclusion Law, repealed in 1926...

Other common expressions of discrimination were "sundown" laws which required blacks to be "out of town" or off the streets by sunset and laws against intermarriage which remained on the books until 1951.

Even after blacks were allowed in Portland, there were agreements within Portland's real estate industry to restrict home sales to the northeast section of town, forbidding sales in white neighborhoods and by use of restrictive deeds and neighborhood covenants. The covenant for U.S. Grant Place states, building thereof shall be used or occupied otherwise than for strictly residence purposes, and shall not be used or occupied by Chinese, Japanese, or Negroes, except that persons of such races may be employed as servants upon said premises...

(The quotes above come from Vic Varis' excellent essay: Dixie in the North: Culture Contact Investigation of African Americans in Portland, which is a good thing to read in full. Another good article is this one.)

In summary: Portland is white today because of explicit and implicit laws and policies, well into the 20th century, to make it that way. We are living the fruits of that discrimination, and under the circumstances a little humility would not be a bad thing.
Pokemon // Green so seexxyy

Dear DP~ Have a Kitten update.

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone that helped me when I first got Kain. I was scared to death to have such a small kitten in a new home and now everything is going well. It hasn't really been that long but the kitten is happy and playful and got a nice visit to the vet's office where a nurse walked around with him in her pocket.

His eye infection has cleared up, he's not meowing and sneezing nearly as much, and he's gone to the bathroom. (On my bed. e_e Only once, though!) He likes to scratch and bite a bit but I think he's just trying to play. (Or he's really mad about the ear medicine for the mites...)

He's off drinking from the bottle and eats his dry food and drinks water now. He finally understands how the littler box door works and, with the assistance of two pillows, can get in and out of it now.

Now to get him to stop biting my nose when I'm sleeping. I don't mind it when he nuzzles and explodes with love all over my face in the middle of the night, though. :)

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Thank you all! *intent on getting scratching post!* @_@
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    Aaron Carter - Have Some Fun With the Funk
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Weight problems...

I've decided that I am going to do Weight Watchers. I've never really started a weight loss plan, but this seems like it will be one that will work. There is a meeting place close to my home, so that is nice.

I'm just wondering if anyone here has done it and what kind of experience they've had. The person who told me about it gave some really good feedback.

So anyone?