This year I heard much griping about the lack of Halloween-ness. As the person who made the MaxJack last year on Halloween happen (we were the ones with the sound-system, kids - and we'll help YOU have a portable soundsystem too!), it honestly didn't occur to me this year that Portland would be a little dead if we didn't represent.
I hereby make an offer of a bargain with Portland, through the lj communities of poorinpdx
First, I'd like you to recognize the number of fun things that come out of deadletter that you DO like:
Giant parties at Watershed
film projects You are in
Mini-bikes for kids
and ask that you stop giving us shit when SOME of our posts aren't exciting enough to YOU directly. The response to our 3-minute Film Irv The Perv Shtickman (how DARE we spam your communities with notification of the completion of a project?)
Look, all these projects go together, and are about my work to create a city where people DO stuff.
Irv the Perv was an example of a group of people getting together in 24 hours to make a film - an outgrowth of our formation of a 3-minute film club on PSU campus, a group which ANYONE, PSU student or not, can join, for free, to make films with our resources.
Max Jack - we've engaged in 3 MaxJacks since getting to this town, and have all necessary accoutrements for whomever wants to help us organize a next one.
Events and projects at Watershed - as a proof-of-concept, I began a 24,000 sq foot building for projecting in this town, and we are a 24-hours make-stuff building. Need shop space? Need a place for a projecting meeting? Want to hear about an event going on here?
Flashmobs - Do you think things like Pillow Fight Club are funny? Contact us to see when the next Flashmob event is!
Mini bikes for kids - remember reading about kids bike's in silver showing up in the NE? That was our project too. Do you like making bikes for kids? Or maybe for yourself?
Bike-in Movies - ever ridden along Burnside and seen the Dead Letter Truck with a canvas hanging off the side? A bunch of people sitting around watching a projection on the wall? That's our project too! Want to know when the next location is that we are filming/watching movies?
Pirate Mail - have you written, received, or carried Pirate Mail? We get together once a month to write and mess with mail.
Once again, I'm sorry that I didn't host another MaxJack for Halloween. I hadn't realized Halloween was otherwise dead... My motivation to do such projects does rely on some measure of appreciation - it isn't as if we care if you like our movies (Irv the Perv) or not - at least contemplate getting off your ass and doing something, rather than sniping at those who actually are.