April 18th, 2008

Scarlet looking up

(Way, way belated) Thankful Thursdays, Portland-Style!

Holy shit. It's been about 4-5 weeks since the last one. It's amazing how time flies by rather quickly when life is consumed by work and copious amounts of The Sims 2! Speaking of which, does anyone know of a Portland-specific mod/patch for the game that replaces meat entrees that Sims can cook (i.e. pork chops, hamburgers, turkey, Lobster Thermidor, etc.) with vegan equivalents (i.e. hummus, rice and bean plate, veggie burgers, Tofurky, etc.)? Bonus points if they are free. *drinks*

The long-overdue list:

1. Exemplary service at the independently-owned Framing Resource shop in the LoSt neighborhood: Not only were they helpful in finding a suitable frame for an 8 x 10 photograph, but they threw in free mounting screws and wire. I doubt that I would see that level of service at big-box retailers.

2. Living next door to Buckman Elementary School--where nice-looking hipsters and artist types send their kids to!

3. Tasty vegan breakfast menu options at the Laurelthirst Public House. The French toast was yum-eaux.

4. Copious amounts of areas in Portland for creative band photo shoots--including the Washington Park (zoo) station and tunnels on the MAX, the Portland Streetcar, and the time-honored Cathedral Park/St. John's Bridge area (where just about every band gets photos taken at). The expressions on the fellow passengers on MAX and the streetcar were priceless (since we boarded the trains with keytars on our backs).

5. Discovering a full tank of gas in a reserved Zipcar.

6. Recently procuring sweet socks from Sock Dreams. Yay for sensible guys' socks!
  • Current Mood
    thankful thankful

Looking for a ride to Eugene this Saturday, 4/19

My friend and I are looking to catch a ride down to Eugene this Saturday, the 19th and back. It's his birthday so I got us tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie. The ride we orginally had pulled out last minute because they couldn't get tickets. And we really don't want to have to ride the Amtrak! We are two friendly college guys and will most definitely help pay for gas. We do have a place to stay for Saturday night but we are fine with coming back right after the show or on Sunday, whichever works better for you.

Any takers? :)
  • Current Music
    sigur ros - olsen olsen


My SO and I are looking for something fun/entertaining/whatever to do tonight that is cheap or free (please, free). We're not looking for dinner out..just something to do afterwards. ANy ideas? Maybe someone knows of bands that are playing with no cover charge?
ship shape

Free Show Tonight

So tonight,Wooden Indian Burial Ground (http://www.myspace.com/woodenindianburialground),Bodhi(http://www.myspace.com/bodhirock),Elated (http://www.myspace.com/elatedpdx),and Holy Smokes(http://www.myspace.com/holysmokesholy) are playing a FREE-ALL AGES SHOW TONIGHT at Good Neighbor Pizza (8th and Dekum)

FREE BEER AT 8 P.M. -first come first serve

So,if you have nothing else to do,come on out and support some local music,yo!!

Beach Hotels

I know that I posted this question last year but I forgot to save the replies in "memories" so I'm asking again.

My birthday is in May and I would like to go to the beach. I am looking for a nice, romantic place to stay with my most wonderful boyfriend. We did the same thing last year (yay for starting traditions). We could stay the same place but I was hoping to see what our options are.. So... damnportlanders... where do YOU stay when you are looking for a romantic beach getaway with your sweetie?

Bingo on Fridays?

Okay, so a friend of mine told me about a bingo night on Alberta every third Friday of the month. I can't recall the name of the place -- and now she is out of town dealing with a family emergency, so I can't get in touch with her and ask about the place.

So! I come to you, DP. Does anyone know of a place on NE Alberta that does Bingo on Friday nights? If you do..HOLLAH!

hippie halloween

Bird brained

This bird landed outside my window a bit ago, and I'm trying to figure out what it is--does anyone here know? I don't really know much about identifying birds, but I've never seen one like this before. It was probably the size of a smallish crow.
Cake or Death

Salon question

I know there must be some hairstylist or salon spa peeps on here

and I got a question interesting question...

What is the youngest age you will wax someone.

Have a crazy person woman I know that she is going to getting her 11 yr old daughter eyebrows waxed.
Because she does not like the fact her daughter eyebrows are bushy.

Please tell me that what ever salon she goes to will tell her off... since she will not listen to sane people.
  • Current Mood
    confused confused


I decided to look at the ingredients in my body wash. I was of course puzzled by all the words that were too hard to pronounce and I wondered what the hell sodium laureth sulfate was and why it was in my body wash. So here is a complete list of what these things are and what they do courtesy of wikipedia.org

Ingredients in safeway brand body wash(compare to dove deep moisture body wash)

1.Water-self explanatory

2.Helianthus Annuus(sunflower seed oil):
Wow this stuff is pretty versatile. It's got protective properties for skin and can seal in moisture and help ward off infection. It's also used in cooking and as an emolient. It has a high Vitamin E content. I approve of this being in my body wash. Now on to the next ingredient.

3.Sodium Laureth Sulfate:
Hmm this is an inexpensive foamer and detergent found in many skin care products.It's a known irritant though(red flag) with extended skin exposure. Wow it also causes cancer in poor lab animals and "While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration encourages manufacturers to remove this contaminant, it is not currently required by federal law". Dang. I don't approve of this being in my body wash.

Also known as Glycerol which is a sugar alcohol. It's used as a filler in commercial low fat food. Glycerin is also a laxative (haha) when slid up into your bootie and it is a lubricant.

5.Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:
It's also a detergent and removes oils from the skin and causes irritation.

6.Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (woah):
This is a derivative of guar gum. It's in most shampoos and it improves the combality of hair. Basically it washes your pubes.

This is a skin protectant with healing properties which was discovered in the 1850's. Interesting.

8.Cocamidopropyl Betaine:
Coca whatever is a surfactant which reduces the tension in water.

9.Lauric acid:
Lauric acid is the main property in coconut milk and is also found in human milk. No clue why I need this on my skin.

10.Sodium Chloride:
This is basic salt. It's used in detergent production.

11.Cocamide MEA:
It's made from coconut oil. Mkay.

12.Lanolin Alcohol:
Ew this comes from wool bearing animals. This is not vegan. GROSS. It's for your skin. Also, Medical grade lanolin is used as a cream to soothe skin. It is pure, hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic. In this form it is used by some breastfeeding mothers on sore and cracked nipples. Ew.

13.Citric Acid:
Natural preservative.

14.DMDM Hydantoid:
This is a slow releaser of formaldehyde(ummm) and is a antimicrobial in skin care products. Whole Foods does not sell anything with this and finds it unacceptable. "Parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (i.e. diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin) are unacceptable". I should buy my body wash there...hmmm.

15.Tetrasodium EDTA:
This is used for cleaners.

16.Etidronic Acid:
Hmm this is a bisphosphonate used to treat bones and osteporosis. It's used to bind things.

17.Titanium Dioxide:
Pigment in soaps and sunscreens.

18.Distearyl Phthalic Acid Amide:
I couldn't find any details about this stuff. It's used in hair care products. I wonder why there isn't more information.

I've concluded my wikipedia digging and found that there is 18 ingredients in my body wash, most of which I'm not too interested in slathering all over my body. I don't like how some of the ingredients can cause cancer and irritate skin. It seems like they use cheap mass produced chemicals and then upsell it with a fancy bottle and a fragrance. From now on I'll be using soaps that have ingredients that I can at least pronounce and aren't derived from animals.

Any body wash suggestions my fellow Portlanders?
  • tmcm

this is the end

End run of the show this weekend. We play tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

We're getting no local press but people seem to like the show. Go figure. The performers are amazing and it's worth seeing.
  • Current Music
true romance


best bowling alleys in portland?

bonus points for:

- location (somewhere close in)
- cheap

i guess thats it. we went to the grand central bowling alley tonight and even though it was the nicest alley ever (there was a bowling hostess who helped you find the 'best ball for your hand' hahahaha), i miss the seediness of real bowling alleys.

thanks damnportlanders, i appreciate all you've done for me...