July 23rd, 2007

Montage, Self

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So I was walking through the Lone Fir Cemetery the other day with a friend, and we noticed the large number of Russian headstones with photographs on them (as in, made into the stone). And only the Russian ones. Dang near every one. The only thing we could find about this online was something about this happening with Russian gangsters, and costing a lot of money.

There were some "typical" American (in English, more common last names) headstones with, like, a little photograph set into the stone, although as a separate locket-like piece that was added after the fact, or with a flip-up cover over it. Not like a Photoshopped black and white etching right on the thing. I have seen a couple of "typical American" headstones like that in my day, and spread over a lot of cemeteries. But back on task. The sheer number of Russian ones.

So... are all these buried folks part of the Russian mafia, or what's the deal? Why the photograph headstones? It did seem a little "weird" to us, I suppose, to see these people when they were alive instead of just reading a name. We wondered if there's some cultural significance to this, or funeral attitudes/traditions that somehow led to this in one ethnicity. "What's the deal with the Russians?", to be completely politically incorrect about it.

Best Bank for First-Time Account Holder?

Hi all, I was wondering what you would consider the best bank for a first-time account holder? I am mentoring someone who just turned 18 and receives SSI. Direct Deposit would be so much easier for him.

I have been a long-time US Bank account holder and have had no significant cause for complaint. Any suggestions? I plan on avoiding BoA.
Worky Work!

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Our favorite Internet Drama site, E.D., has a page about IRL trolls of HP Book 7 spoilers. Includes videos!

Lots of laughs ... if you laugh at the fandom. =)

Oh, and lighten up about it. It's just a book.

Anyway, pretty hilarious videos. I think so, at least.

Also .... Heh. =)


Who is excited about The Simpsons movie???? I AM!!! OMG DON'T SPOIL IT FOR ME!

Also, post your Simpsons stuff here. I wanna see it!

Here's mine:


And, for no reason at all, here's a dog. Not my dog, though. Here's mine. Show me yours!

Geez, is that enough for this post now? I think so. Show me your Simpsons stuff! Show me your pets! Yaaaaaaay!
  • drjeff

Party planners! Yo!

So, if you had, say, a month and a half or so to plan a party because you were, say, celebrating your last birthday of your forties, and you wanted to do kind of a blowout bash, music/booze/craziness kinda thing, and you had a few bucks to spend... what would you do?

Let's assume for the sake of argument that the guests could kick in some funds if this involved rentals, purchases, or paying for damages the next day.

I promised myself that this year I wasn't going to wish for a cool party and then not put the effort into planning one. Bonus points for actual suggestions regarding places to go, things to do, or other constructive tips regarding debauchery and other fun.

Portland-related because boogity!

Re-Reading Frenzy! Seeking Donations for Book Sale/Fundraiser!

Dear DPers,

Please help spread the word, about our upcoming fundraiser! Reading Frenzy is a labor of love that requires some community support from time to time to keep its doors open. Here's an easy way for lots of folks to give us a little love. Please feel free to cut and paste the message below for reposting.

Reading Frenzy
921 SW Oak St.
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 274-1449
Mon-Sat: 11-7, Sun: 12-6

Please donate your used books, comics and zines for an upcoming fundraiser for Ye Olde Reading Frenzy! We'll be having a used zine smorgasbord during the Portland Zine Symposium (August 11th-12th), and a big book sale as part of our 13th Anniversary celebrations on September 1st. If you're an author, editor and/or publisher and would like to pitch in a few new items (or hurts or overstocks), that's great too! Xtra-Fancy stuff will go up for auction. This is a small, relatively painless way, for a lot of folks to make a cumulatively big contribution towards keeping our good thing going.

You can drop off your donations, any time during business hours (Mon-Sat: 11-7, Sun 12-6). If you're bringing in more than a couple grocery bags full of printed matter, please call in advance to make arrangements -- we don't have much storage space! We will find good homes for all the materials donated that we are not able to sell -- lending libraries, schools, charity shops, etc. We will be accepting donations through August 31, but would greatly appreciate your zines and mini-comics prior to August 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact info@readingfrenzy.com. Please spread the word! Thanks in advance for your support!

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Come eat b-day cake at the meet-up tomorrow!!!

Come to the meet-up and share a piece of cake with synthcat to celebrate his turning 40!!!

I'll bring the cake you bring your self.

Its his 40th, and everyone deserves a surprise party, especially on their 40th, and especially someone with such a great out look on life, who tries so hard to spread his inspirations. Although, I didn't have time to throw him a party, I figured second best is meeting new DP'ers while eating birthday cake at the DP meet-up.

At the very least... do send him an "inspiration" on his birthday (aug. 1st). ***much hugs and thanks!!!

**EDIT: Its no longer a surprise because the "minus-mo" filters didn't get seen enough... sorry for the confusion.

So who's going to be there?
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    not sneaky enough

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Dear Damn Portlanders:

I am temporarily jobless and in need of some quick money, or a temporary job. I've heard giving plasma or blood can be lucrative, maybe you can tell me more, or point me in the direction of somewhere that will hire me on the spot.

Ride Shotgun with Ansel Adams Tonight in NoPo

July 23 is Photographers Week at Monday Movie Night.

This week's schedule:
The Photographer (Willard Van Dyke, 1947, black & white, 25 min)
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of our time. This film was made by his close friend Willard Van Dyke in 1948, ten years before his death.

Ansel Adams, Photographer (Larry Dawson, 1958, black & white, 20 min)
Get up close and personal with Ansel Adams as he works the magic. In this rare film you join him as he sets out for a shoot in his station wagon.

Developing the Negative (US Army)
Learn a valuable skill that doesn't involve violence from our own US Army in this instructional gem.

Don't forget, next Monday, July 30, Monday Movies will present Soundies of the 1940's. Many rare reels by black musicians in this one.

Spend a couple of hours under the stars as you view some of the finest documentary and educational films salvaged from the 20th century. The show begins at sunset, on the patio of Mississippi Station in North Portland. Local media historian and author Tom Robinson will introduce each 16mm print from his collection and play it on a vintage projector older than you are. See these original films the way they were meant to be seen, on a real projector, on a real screen, and drunk.

Monday Movies at Mississippi Station
3943 North Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Screening begins at sunset (approximately 9:00PM).
This is a free event. Full bar and menu. Rain or shine.

For a complete calendar of upcoming movies, go to http://www.myspace.com/mondaymovie.

Looking for an artist workshop

Well it seems I might be staying in Portland for awhile after all, and if that's the case, I'm looking for an artistic workshop. Somewhere I can do wood working, fabric dying, writing/research, set up a loom for weaving, have a chair and comfortable area for reading. I have a diverse variety of interests, the main basis being recreations. So I'm looking for a place in Portland with good ventilation, good exposure to sunlight, hardwood or cement floors.

So I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas or thoughts on a place where I can accomplish a wide variety of creative pursuits. An ideal place for recreation and study.
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Meet 'em up!

Okay, so, looks like I'm probably going to the meetup tomorrow, and I'm SCARED! What if I break out? What if I'm afraid to ask anyone to dance? What if Mr. Sargenti from woodshop laughs at my knick-knack shelf?

Y'all just have to promise me two things. Number one, someone has to buy me a beer. Number two, no fair asking why someone as old as me has such a hot girlfriend... it just worked out that way!

Hopefully see y'all there!
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I hate it when you guys remind people about meetup before me. *pout* But I guess since drjeff is finally showing his ugly mug I'll forgive y'all ;)

Meetup is tomorrow! If you were unaware, tomorrow is Tuesday, July 24th! Meetup starts at 7pm at the East Bank Saloon at 727 Se Grand Ave. Minors are welcome until 10 or later, depending on the mood of the wait staff I guess, and the meetup FAQ is here.

Come help me celebrate my being laid off! (Or commiserate, whichever works, really.) ♥
grasshopper shoe

The Gilt of Bridal?

If I were looking for a store that was for Bridal what Gilt is for Jewelry, where would I go?  Does such a place exist?  
Used or vintage or artisan dresses, possibly available in colors other than white, salespeople helpful and friendly but not pushy?
Or any decent places to find bridal wear that won't break the bank?

For all the complaints about "evil, cold-hearted" vets stealing your hard-earned cash

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for a year from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a golden retriever.
The second is a senior citizen with an HMO.
Yes, very sad that this is the case for humans. If you haven't seen "Sicko," it's worth a watch, Michael Moore agenda aside.
But for all the bitching people do about vets charging them money for animals they made the choice to take responsibility for....man, do you really want it to be more like human medicine in terms of private insurance companies, regulation, and miles of paperwork and hoops to jump through? Do you want to think about what it would cost you then?