July 2nd, 2008

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Green coffee bean providers

Do any of you out there roast your own coffee beans?  I'm new to it, but I started experimenting with roasting my own coffee (fresh coffee is so tasty!), however I got the green beans off of a website called Sweet Marias.  The beans are cheaper than what I have found for roasted beans in stores and nice quality, however since they are based out of California, I have to pay for shipping, and I am a poor college student, alas.  I was curious if any of you knew of a place where I could buy good quality green coffee beans that are affordable locally.  I live in SE, and closer would be better.
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  • caseus

nude bike ride wut

Sups guyz

Anyone know what was up with the nude bike ride downtown last Saturday night around 8?

ALSOOOO anyone know of a hibachi-style Japanese place? You know the kinds that serve meat + rice + super sugary sauces and ~make fire~ for the awe and entertainment of their customers?
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Dear (insomniac) DamnPortlanders:

So I wanted to listen to some music before I went to sleep, like I always do, and when I put on my headphones there was sound only in my left ear. The headphones only have one cord, going into the left earpiece. Can they be fixed, or do I need to spring for new headphones? These were less than a year old, I think. What are the best headphones for < $20? Right now I'm using the headphones that came with my CD player, and they suck. I should add that I hate earbuds and the kind of headphones that go behind the head. Also, I like the kind with the volume control on the cord itself.
hi

How very bummed I am

I am just weening off my juice fast today...so this morning I stopped at Limbo to get a fresh blended juice. Only to find out they no longer juice. 

Local farmers are struggling with the cost of gas. They have apparently had to cut down the amount of trips to the various shops, like Limbo, to deliver their produce. So I guess there are less goods, or the shops have to go elsewhere to get them and then they cost more...essentially, because they have less produce or the cost of the produce is higher, they just don't the capacity to have a staffer do juicing all day. She seemed pretty bummed about it too...and was apologetic...but what can they do?

She was kind enough to cut off the tips of my carrots and then wash them...so I could eat them today at work. 

She also said that many other places are no longer juicing...

I was feeling the hit of the cost of gas some...but I am really feeling it now...

Anyone know places which are still juicing?

hopper

mlk boulevard

Hey all,

Recently I've been working on a photoblog to track changes on MLK Boulevard (from Broadway to Lombard) - aesthetic, commercial, residential, whatever.   I'm trying to give a sense of what MLK looks like and how its development over time reflects some of the city's priorities.  If yer interested, check it out: MLKinmotion.wordpress.com.

Cheers!
  • bizket

Need advice from any satellite dish installers

I hate Comcast so very much. I have been getting digital TV with my digital antenna but I am getting a little tired of the pap on network television.

My landlords only real concern with me getting any kind of satellite TV is that he thinks the dishes look ugly and he doesn't want to detract from how the building looks.

Have any of you installed for either DirecTV (who I would be going with) or Dish Network professionally that can give me advice on alternative installations? I have called one of the local DirecTV resellers and they want to charge to come out and check it out.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

volunteering

I am looking for some volunteer opportunities-- I am pretty open to different kinds of organizations though my interest lies mostly in ones that revolve around social justice. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to look, perhaps a website/listing of local organizations that need volunteers?

Thanks!
sexy

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Can anyone give me a recommendation of a fairly affordable steam cleaner / rug cleaner that gets up cat puke stains / wine stains etc.. from carpet?

I mean something that works like magic (hurr!) I'm so sick of the random spots here and there.

The Bissell Spot Bot looks pretty good. It's a tad more than I'd like to spend (maybe $60-100).

I have the Dirt Devil Spot Srubber and it's a piece of junk.

Or maybe not a machine, but a miracle foam/spray that can be hand brushed on and vacuumed up?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Lots of cops downtown

I just walked from 5th and Taylor to 10th and Taylor and back and saw three cops ticketing folks, including a cabbie and bike messenger. They're hiding in the entrances of parking garages, so watch out, especially if you're a speed walker prone to running red lights.
Gurren Lagann

Orange tint

I need to turn a pair of clear work goggles orange. I figure that orange window tint (for cars, etc) is probably the only way to go.

Anyone know if any stores sell orange window tint, if there are any stores that would do it for me (since it probably requires an air brush which I do not have the money for), etc?

Thanks as always, Portlandians =)
blue heart

Hair Stylist(s) near Powell's?

Hey Portland,

I'm from Seattle and am going to be visiting your neck of the woods this weekend. I'm in desperate need of a haircut, and just haven't made it a priority due to work/life/busy stuff. Since I'll essentially be on vacation this weekend and will have lots of time, I thought I'd try to find a salon to go to while my boyfriend browses Powell's. Can anyone recommend a good place within walking distance of Powell's?

I have really long hair, if it matters, and would like to find someone who will listen and work with me to get a nice cut that suits me. (I have some job interviews coming up in the next few weeks and need to look "professional", but at the same time I'd like to keep some length to my hair).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Camping help?

I'm determined to go camping this weekend. However, even though I took into account the fact that it is Fourth of July weekend, I was not expecting things to be as full up as they were. Ugh.

So, Damned of the Portland, any campsites you know that are out of the way and not so popular, therefore may have a better chance of not being so full?
dream

Jobs?

I know everyone hates these types of posts; the job market sucks unless you have a Master's degree, etc. etc. It took me months to find my great job- I know how rough it is out there. But, nonetheless, I thought I would ask you all on behalf of my jobless boyfriend if you knew of anything decent around town; perhaps your place of employment is hiring?

I peruse Craigslist every day for him to no avail but, of course, a lot of jobs require a college degree (his is on hold because he left college to move here and assume custody of his little brother after their mom died...long story) or years and years of experience. He's managed a coffee shop before (most recently he was working at Revive, until they majorly cut hours/pay and then he got hit by a car on his bike and was in physical therapy the last few months) and done a ton of other random jobs and internships that are pretty amazing, is super friendly and social, but since he moved here from across the country he doesn't really have those social "ins" and networking that I have found to be oh-so-necessary for getting a job. And because his jobs were summer internships and he was a student, he doesn't have that continuity/stability employers are generally looking for as well (though I think if they gave him a chance and interviewed him, they'd understand why). He's just had some bad luck. Anyway, just wanted to see if anyone knew of anything.

Thank you much, Portland!

Stolen Hat - Reward!

Sunday night my favorite hat was stolen off of my front porch by a jerk.

I live in the SE Belmont/20th Ave. area. Yesterday a man of the homeless persuasion was spotted by my friend on the #15 (Belmont) bus wearing my hat! The bus was crowded and he got off before my friend could make her way to the front of the bus and confront him.

The Specifics:

-it is an adjustable baseball-cap, and it is Brown (UPS brown).

-on the front is an embroidered logo of a fist clutching a yellow lightning-bolt.

-(very important detail) on one side, in red bold text, is the embroidered phrase "WORKIN' ON A", on the other side "NIGHT MOVE"

This hat was custom made for me for my birthday from my girlfriend just last month, so it's in pretty good condition. Due to the obscure Bob Seger reference, you can pretty much guarantee that there is only one of these in the world.

We Portlanders all know that our fair city's homeless populace generally like to stick to the same general area, and mine is the Buckman neighborhood. If you see somebody wearing this hat it is MINE and I want it back. If bargaining or simple coercion or bribery doesn't work, simply snatch it off of the bastard's head.

This is not a joke. I will give you a cash reward.
Nyehhhhh

Hot Stoners?

No, really. I'm looking for a massage with the hot stones. I want someone to smash the everloving crap out of the evil, terrible knots in my neck/back.

BUT, here is the crux...

I am ALSO wanting this place to be offering a 2 for 1 or buy 1 get 1 half off dealy. Both my best (male) friend & I are drowning in stress. I have knots the size of Tejas in my neck & back. He's just one giant knot. We'd like 45 minute or 1 hour massages. He's afraid that if something smells like flowers & he gets it on him that he will turn into a girl. So, somewhere that is male-friendly would be nice.

So, where do we go?

Portland Related because there are hot stoners, here. I should know. I'm one of them.
veggie!

mystery BBQ

There's this place up in NW, it's on Vaughn and about 26th or so, right next to Acapulco's Gold.
It looks like a very small storefront, only the windows and doors are papered over with red and white checked fabric (think old fashioned picnic table). There is no sign of any kind, but, between the window shading and the actual class are like 100 ribbons and trophies for all kinds of different BBQ competitions. Occasionally an intoxicating smoky odor wafts about.

WTF, man?

How can you publicly pimp yourself as having mad BBQ skills, and refuse to actually produce for the public?

Is there like a secret knock or something???
kim

PSA: Ladies, keep on guard!

Hello Portland,
Awhile back I received the following (forwarded) e-mail from my always-concerned-about-her-niece's-safety aunt:

I was approached yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM in the Wal-Mart parking lot by two males asking what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I'd like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing to sell me at very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail warning of a 'Wanna smell this neat perfume?' scam.

The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, pointing at them and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price or at least compare to which one you like best.

THIS IS NOT PERFUME...IT IS ETHER!

When you sniff it, you'll pass out. They'll take your wallet, your valuables and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have sniffed the 'perfume' but thanks to the generosity of an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me. I wanted to do the same for you.
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It just sounded like another random incident blown out of proportion. However:

This happened to me today at the Rose Quarter Transit Center. The 2 guys had large bags and asked me several times to try their perfumes, despise my declinations. I continued walking towards a group of people waiting for the bus.

According to snopes.com, this is just an urban legend. These guys may have been totally legit. However, it's still a good reminder to keep you eyes and ears open when walking around alone.