PDXers is happening tomorrow at NW Lucky Lab [1945 NW Quimby]
If you are in your 20's or 30's come join us for a night of boardgames and fun. More info can be found at http://www.PDXers.com and http://www.myspace.com/pdxers. Feel free to email me as well (My email is on my info page) or ask questions.
This is for the people who got on my case about the age limit this was written by my friend that actually started the group. Enjoy:
The age limit is set up to create a safe space for women. It’s not fun to be 23 years old and have a 47 year old man flirting with you..it’s just creepy and sleazy. Our age range spans 20 years which should be a wide enough range. Much more than that and you start to lose the commonality we share. If people in their 40’s or women approaching their 40’s that don’t want a younger man and would like to start their own group(30’s-40’s)they are more than welcome to and I’ll even help. I know a few people in that category and they were bummed, but they didn’t make a fuss that they can’t come. They didn’t want to be hanging out with boys in their mid twenties anyways. If people want to dispute it or would like an exception to the rule they can email me at pdxers at gmail dot com or through myspace.
The prevailing attitude in this com is that Starbucks is evil. It's often stated as a self-evident fact, a tautology, or even a redundancy.
(Kind of like how the downtown through Lloyd District is the whitest and most affluent part of Portland, or how local singles groups are ageist, but those are questions for other posts).
My take is that Starbucks evolved from a small, one-store local business into the most successful coffeehouse corporation in the US, over the three decades from its origin in 1971. In other words, the company has achieved what just about every business in the US wants to achieve. It did this, and currently protects its market position, by making business decisions that probably any other company would make in the same circumstances.
I understand that the global presence of the corporation has become more or less symbolic of economic imperialism. But again, any other company in the same circumstances would probably face the same kind of criticism.
What I don't understand is why Starbucks, specifically and as distinct from other corporations, is "evil."
I hope you don't tell me it's because their prices are too high or you don't like their coffee. That doesn't make a company evil. Besides which, there are plenty of other choices out there.
I am going to check this one out tonight: http://www.aikidonw.com/
Has anyone been to this dojo before?
Can anything think of any others they like or have heard is good from someone who has trained at a Portland Aikido Dojo?
"Supreme Court to rule on Second Amendment"
*gets out the Sprite, popcorn, and beanbags*
Edit: this isn't meant to start arguments in this comm; just mentioning it. The Sprite remark is regarding how the media and country will react.
Edit2: it's only for DC, so the ruling won't affect the rest of the country. Issue averted. Touché, Supreme Court.
$200 rent! available december first!
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Friday is the 44th anniversary of the first airing of Doctor Who. In honour of this, West Coast Health & Fitness (2640 NE Alberta) is playing Series One Disc One of the updated series on November 23rd at 7pm in their Spinning Theatre, and the following day (saturday) at 7pm, the classic Douglas Adams script edited, Tom Baker & Lalla Ward starrin', running-around-Paris-padded 1979 episode City of Death will be shown.
The catch is, you're going to be on a spinning bike for the duration of the episodes. There is a $10 drop-in fee if you have no membership to the club, but if you know someone who is a member, it's only $5 as long as you come in with them.
So if you want to exercise & watch some Who, stop on by.
Rather interesting article on how "evil" Starbucks is.
From the article:
"According to the Portland Yellow Pages, before Starbucks came to Portland in 1989, there were 28 coffee shops in the city. Today, there are 91 non-Starbucks coffeehouses in Portland proper, compared with the chain's 48 stores within city limits."
Read the rest of the article. Of the giant corporations, Starbucks is not evil. They're barely even malicious.
Can anyone cite a concrete study showing repeated behavior by Starbucks engaging in practices that are evil?
I'll leave what evil is up to you.
*Edited to correct a typo*
so - hi and stuff
Edit: I believe it's for the Starbuck's Holiday Party. They give out any tall seasonal drink for free, I am NOT talking about the small samples cups that starbucks puts out, but apparently the Starbucks I go to are all stingy with their samples!
If you had to pick a gender for Portland, what would it be?
Please discuss your reasoning or intuition in comments.
eta: Every comment about the binary nature of the poll gets me a dollar from a bet. FYI.