July 5th, 2008


health insurance

That last entry reminded me that I wanted to ask for opinions on health insurance.  I finally have a job that gives me health insurance after years and years of being uninsured.  I don't totally understand how it all works, but I'm figuring it out.  I have a choice between Kaiser and ODS - leaning towards ODS just because I'd get more choice with doctors, but it also seems more complicated.  If you had a choice between Kaiser and ODS, who would you pick?  (If it matters, with ODS I can choose either the Providence or Legacy networks).  Thanks for any tips! 

ps I don't have any major health conditions that would require me to need any specific services, so it's more for just primary care and emergencies.

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favorite free online journals/blogs?  and why?

...besides lj, of course :)

**edit: oops, guess i'm not being very clear. what i'm looking to do is start a new online journal (in the likes of lj) but ...not lj. :)

who will let me RECHARGE my NOKIA phone??


so here is my dilemma: i left my phone charger at a friend's house in oakland when i was visiting last week. they are going to send it to me, but right now, my phone is dead and i cannot recharge it.

IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO HAS A NOKIA PHONE, and who would let me recharge mine with their charger???

reward: a heartfelt thank you and a hug, and/or a coffee/beer/orange juice while my phone is busy regaining its juices...

i live in NE portland, but i could come anywhere as long as it's not too far out.

help will be very much appreciated!!!

comment here, or call my roommate aron at 541.231.2475.

thank you so much!!


EDIT: i found one! thank you!

Dark Gloomy hand of....Doom..

I think everyone here knows we're getting hit in the butt with inflation.
Is this worldwide? Is it just Yankeetown, are there any global economies actually prospering right now?
I know China probably is, but who the **** wants to live in China.
EDIT: USA #1!!!!! China is totally dumb!!!!
she blinded me with science!

Electric Bicycles

The title of this post was going to be To the elitist douchebag who yelled "Bikes only, fuckers!" at an old guy and a fat guy on the Springwater Corridor today, but he's probably way too hip for LJ. So this is more of an FYI for the rest of you.

A scooter that looks like a Vespa + an electric motor under 1 KW + pedals = an electric assisted bicycle, not a moped legally different from a moped. I work for a company that sells them, and you'll probably be seeing a lot more of them in the bike lanes around town as gas prices continue to rise. Please be polite to the riders...

What do you think about vehicles like these being in the bike lanes and trails? Personally, I think it's great that the city is promoting hybrid electric/muscle power transportation, even if it's still limited to the elderly and otherwise mobility-impaired on park trails. Scooters under 1 KW and up to 24 MPH are also bike-lane legal, though technically not on park trails. (Edit: not only are they allowed in bike lanes, they're required to use bike lanes unless otherwise specified by local ordnance, per ORS 814.514.) There's really no other safe place for them; they're too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the traffic lanes. It's actually been a year or two since the law was amended, but they're only now becoming popular enough that bicycle purists are likely to start getting pissed off.

PCC 20.12.170(d)(e):
D. No person shall operate any motorized vehicle or motorized wheeled vehicle or motorized wheeled device in any Park, except on Park roads or in designated vehicle parking areas, or by permit. The prohibitions of this Section do not apply to authorized service or emergency vehicles or to the following electric mobility devices used by persons who need assistance to be mobile, and used in accordance with all applicable park and traffic rules:

1. "Electric assisted bicycle" as defined in ORS 801.258; ...

Note that "persons who need assistance to be mobile" is intentionally undefined. My employer's opinion is that Sam Adams wants to open up the bike trails for electric-assisted bicycles, and the wording of this law is a test of whether the privilege will be abused, and whether other cyclists will accept them. (An earlier draft of the law read, "The prohibitions of this Section do not apply to authorized service or emergency vehicles, or to medical mobility devices used by persons authorized by Oregon law or by the law of any other State to use public disabled parking spaces.")

ORS 801.258:
An electric assisted bicycle
  • is designed to be operated on the ground on wheels;

  • has a seat or saddle for use of the rider;

  • is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground;

  • has both fully operative pedals for human propulsion and an electric motor; and

  • is equipped with an electric motor that has a power output of not more than 1,000 watts and is incapable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of greater than 20 miles per hour on level ground.

ORS 814.405: Status of electric assisted bicycle.
An electric assisted bicycle shall be considered a bicycle, rather than a motor vehicle, for purposes of the Oregon Vehicle Code, except when otherwise specifically provided by statute.
krap nek.

Hello Portland!

I was asking another community about Portland, and some of them redirected me here. I've been looking through a lot of the entries but I just wanted to ask you all what are some great pros and cons about living in Portland? Are there any cool things within in close driving distance of Portland also? I know Seattle isn't all that far. I might be moving to the area in the future and I'd like to get to know what the Portlanders think of their city.