Decision time, and I don't have the knowledge to make it. I have about 1 month to decide on a gym/fitness center to join*. Casting aside all thoughts of which is cheapest, closest, etc, I'm down to 4 choices: Curves (the one close-in on Hawthorne), Loprinzi's <sp>, the Mt. Scott Community Center, or the YWCA. I do plan on taking this month to go visit each, but sometimes other people can bring up issues I know nothing about. Also, does anyone have any opinion on the Couch-to-5k plan? I have heard a few people say it works, but I'm a bit skeptical so far, although mostly skeptical as to my ability to stick with it. Sometimes it seems like "not wasting my money" on an unused gym membership is the only way to get motivated.
So, the questions are: have you been a member at any of these places? Do you think the fees are reasonable given the access to equipment, quality of equipment, etc? Would you go there again; why or why not? Any other suggestions?
I don't really want to join a 24-hour Fitness type place, as I am a schlub and wish to blend into the scenery and don't like the whole "wall of windows" idea. I hold odd hours and don't have a bus pass so a place where I can complete a workout (without standing around waiting for equipment to open) is nice. I've also heard concerns about "supporting philosophies" with which I may not agree, so I have to say that, at this point, if someone said I could lose 30 pounds by kicking puppies daily, I'd *probably* consider it.
*If I can find a way to lose 5 pounds in the month I've given myself to find a gym, then I'll save the money and try to lose another 5 pounds, hence the interest in the Couch-to-5k idea. Also, if I reach my goal weight, I get a new tattoo.
Portland-related because it's beautifying the streets one schlub at a time.
My African Marimba Band, White Rhino, recently lost a member, and we're interested in finding a new member. Anyone out there with a taste for African music, a knack for rhythm, and an urge to join a band?
DEAREST DP, i need your help!
i have two friends, both girls, who are looking for a place to live. they're two of the nicest people i've ever known -- and i don't say that lightly! they're both 21, politically minded, and they don't smoke, drink, do drugs, or drive. they're pretty quiet, booky, musicy, and dancey.
they're really good friends who met in france, and one of them is here from sweden until april. they'd really prefer to find a place together, but won't turn down two seperate but awesome offers. also, i think they're fine with sharing one room -- so if anyone out there has one big room available, please speak up!
I was wondering if any knew how to contact authors? The author I'm speaking of is not particularly well known and mostly works as an editor right now from what I can tell.
I tried calling the publishing company that published her only book that she wrote, but they said they can't even forward things to her for privacy reasons.
I need a mattress (and maybe box spring?)! Twin or full would be best. Does anyone have one they want to get rid of? For up to 30$? And who can assist a vehicle-less me in getting it to my house near lloyd center (hopefully on Sunday)?
This would make me happy
alternative song for Thursday:
Feist-Past In Present
So I live in a house with a bunch of college students and we need about 300 gallons of oil to heat our poorly insulated house for the winter. Where is the *cheapest* place in Portland to get that amount of oil. Right now our cheapest estimate is 3.13/gallon. :0P
That said, any other tips for insulating our house? We've already shrink-wrapped our windows and we're weather stripping our windows and doors and hoping to caulk the outside of our windows.
I need a model for a trunk show I am doing this evening......
It is not formal, no actual "fashion show", just casual display modeling..... wearing the clothing while people shop, or display modeling a sample if someone wants to see it on the body. My alternate model had a last minute issue and had to cancel. The shop has 1-2 models already as well, so you won't be alone.
You can be size 6,8,or 10 and must feel comfortable modeling and being in front of people.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of yourself and your measurments/size and I will email you back with the details.
DP, I need your help!
I've recently applied and scored an interview for a job working with children in Vancouver. As is the case in Portland, I need to register with the/a Washington state criminal registry system. I found the Oregon Criminal Registry system with a quick Google search, but I'm having no luck finding anything similar for Washington.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I'd call my possible employer, but I don't want to look like I have no research skillz. Because I do, usually.
Thanks to anyone who can help!
(p.s. I'm sorry if this isn't appropriate. I don't really know who else to ask!)
Do any of you guys know of a place on-line to place a FAX that is either free or charges per usage rather than signing you up for a membership and charging monthly fees?
I'm apartment hunting right now and some of the landlords have asked me to fax things to them. Fred Meyer charges $1 / sheet and is certainly less convenient than doing it from home. (I have a scanner, but no fax machine.)
eFax seems to want me to sign up for a membership and I've had no luck finding anything with various search terms. I know there *must* be something out there. HELP!!!!
I keep seeing signs on trees:
Do Not Disturb
Follow protection Requirements
???? What is the deal with that? Is there a crazy person running around and cutting down the trees? Would my hugging it disturb it?
I'm going to a Halloween party and I wanted to go as Melanie Daniels from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. I have the green outfit, feathers, fake blood and scar putty, but I think a fake crow sitting on my shoulder would be an especially nice touch. Where can I get a fake crow? I've been to just about every thrift store in Portland in the past week. I was thinking about training some to follow me around and squawk menacingly, but that's too labor intensive.
Also, where can I buy a cheap blonde wig that doesn't look like complete poo?
Me and my friend are in downtown portland @ sw taylor st. & sw fifth ave... Right now, what should we do?... We don't care if its food or sonething you think is really fun... Just looking for something to do.., we just finished up mini golf... Thanks...
does anyone kmow where I could get a portable DVD player fixed? The screen on my neice's DVD player is broken.
gave proof through the 'might'
that our flag was still there?
guess i've had it wrong all these years
Here's a random challenge for you...
Can anyone saw a curling iron in half for me???
I'd need it before noon Saturday; *downtown*
Any body up for the challenge?? =)
(any old curling iron will do, the longer the better, and broken is obviously fine)... or I can find one to be sawed.
(hey, I *had* to make my first post back a weird one right? =) I've missed you all, its been almost a whole month and I JUST today got my computer back from being repaired. *gah*)
Anyone looking for free wood?
For a couple weeks now, I've noticed a MASSIVE pile of lopped up tree trunks on the west side of the N. Failing St Pedestrian I-5 Overpass (one block off the MAX yellow line). I've also witnessed many people helping themselves to it.
Yesterday, I noticed the pile was significantly larger with newer, drier wood. Most are 12" long stumps of only 1-2ft diameter. Not small, but not large
I have no idea who chopped it up and dumped it (the city? PGE?), but it seems to be a free for all..... so if you want it, go and get it while the gettin's hot!
Thought I'd put it out there for all you lucky bastards with fireplaces or who are going camping soon...
I'm looking for a nice spooky desktop wallpaper for the ol comp. I'm picturing a graveyard at night. Photographed/realistic preferrably. Can anyone lead me in the right direction?
Go pilots! Smoking Univ of San Diego womens soccer team 2-0 as of Half-time so far.
So is there an easy way to get a mugshot from the police department? You always see celebrity mugshots in public it seems like hours after they're taken but what if it was just an ordinary guy who wants to see their mug and how it was shot? Especially if it was taken a few years after it was shot? Just curious especially since this "friend" of mine wants to see what he looked like at the time. ;)