September 29th, 2008

2008

So here is the post that is supposed to be here, instead of in my personal journal:

How is your 2008 going? With 75% of it done, do you feel you have commandeered new frontiers?

More specifically, do you think that Portland has changed this year, or is 2008 really just the 7th iteration of 2002? Is "Keeping Portland Weird" the same as it always was? Do we still care about fixies and falafals? Are you better off then you were nine months ago? Are you getting ready to tell your grand children about the mythic man-monster that was Tom Potter, with arms the size of tree trunks? Ready for Portland Mall construction to be over? Ready to tell your great-great grand children about when Hawthorne was full of record shops where you could buy records for a dollar each? When will Tri-Met fares stop? Ready to tell your great great great grandnephews and nieces about when you could walk three blocks through the Pearl and not see a single Prius?
sunshine dance gentleflower

i am interested in the results of this

Poll #1268929 curious

do you have a college degree?

yes, bachelors
102(40.8%)
yes, masters
35(14.0%)
yes, phd
7(2.8%)
yes, associates
27(10.8%)
no
79(31.6%)

are you employed?

yes, full time
173(69.2%)
yes, part time
48(19.2%)
no
29(11.6%)

does your job relate to your college degree?

i dont have a degree
63(26.0%)
yes, but i am overqualified for the level i am at
16(6.6%)
yes
66(27.3%)
no
97(40.1%)

if you are unemployed, how long have you been looking for work?

if you are unemployed, are you looking for just any job or something specific to your qualifications?

anything
14(45.2%)
specific
17(54.8%)
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Arisato Minato
  • freyis

Advice on therapists

I'm in need of a good therapist again, and while my last one was great, she's all the way back in California. She recommended two different ones in town to me, and I was wondering if anyone here has gone to see one of them? They are:

Lara Gonce

William King

It's specifically for anxiety related issues, so if anyone has seen either of them for that I'd love to hear what your experiences were.

Mattress Folding?

I just bought a new fancy pants foam mattress at Ikea. While I was there, I noticed that all the full and twin mattresses were rolled up, but the queens and kings were not. So, when I bought my queen mattress it was HUGE and will not fit in or on (well, it fits on, but i have to drive to seattle with the thing, and it turns my car into a parafoil or whatever those things are called, so its unsafe.) my car.

So i pose this question to you, DP. Can I roll this mattress and fold it 90 degrees so it fits in my car? It will stay that way for a couple of days. I feel like it wont hurt anything, I mean, its just foam, no springs.

I dont want to ruin an expensive mattress though :/

HELP.
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  • lunesse

Holistic Moms Parenting Group - Portland Branch Open House Oct. 2

Hey DP, if you are a parent, this might interest you. If not, move along, nothing to see here.




Fellow LJ-er patagonia and myself have started the first Portland Branch of the national nonprofit parenting group. Holistic Moms.

It's not just Moms it's for Dads too, both of the working or stay at home kind.

Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests. Our chapter will kick-off its activities with an Open House on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beaverton Community Center (Sycamore Room) located at 12350 SW 5th Street in Beaverton. Come on out and help us to get the chapter started, get connected to other like-minded moms and dads, and catch the excitement of our new community! The Open House is free and open to the public and we encourage expectant parents, grandparents, caregivers, parents, and children to attend!

From their national site, http://www.holisticmoms.org:

Are you a parent who is interested in holistic health and green living?

Do you follow an "alternative" parenting style?

Are you looking to connect with other moms who share your perspective?

Whether you are a holistic parent or are interested in learning more about natural options, then the HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK is for you!

Parenting is a tough job. It's even harder when you are choosing to do things "differently" -- whether that means seeking out holistic therapies for your family, eating organic foods, living green, co-sleeping, homeschooling, fighting commercialism, or trying to live simply. But there are moms out there just like you who are seeking to nurture their children and to empower themselves!

Holistic Moms Network (HMN) members share a common bond: a desire to be the best parents possible by providing our children with a physical, psychological, and spiritual environment that will nourish them and allow them to reach their greatest potential. To nurture our children, we strive to educate ourselves and to make choices that will enable them in mind, body, and spirit.
road to morrocco

Bailout bill fails

House leaders scramble for support for controversial Wall Street plan
http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/29/news/economy/bailout/index.htm?cnn=yes

The House of Representatives today rejected a $700 billion plan to bail out the U.S. financial system, putting a roadblock in front of the largest government intervention in the markets since the Great Depression. The Dow reacted sharply, plummeting more than 600 more points after the voting ended. The fate of a controversial $700 billion financial bailout plan was in doubt Monday as a House vote turned against it. The next steps were not immediately clear but supporters were scrambling to put it up for another vote.

What was supposed to be a 15-minute vote stretched past the half-hour mark as leadership scrambled for support. Investors who had been counting on the rescue plan sent the Dow Jones industrial average down as much as 700 points while watching the measure come up short of the necessary support, before rebounding slightly. The key stock reading was down more than 500 points. The measure needs 218 votes for passage. Democrats voted 141 to 94 in favor of the plan, while Republicans voted 65 to 133 against. That left the measure with 206 votes for and 227 against.

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too much fun
  • kizat

Shreveport, LA??

So this is probably a long shot, but I guess it's worth a try.

My aunt and cousins are moving to Shreveport, LA in about three weeks. I'd like to send my aunt off with some sort of going away present such as a gift certificate to a restaurant that is Shreveport OR Louisiana specific. I want for her to take her and her kids out to a nice meal when they get there that will help introduce them to the area.

If anyone knows anything about this area, help me out. I'm at a loss and apparently I suck at internetting... or something.

I'm kind of looking for something like... McMenamins is to Portland type of feel for just an example...

*crosses fingers*
chef j

x-posted around portland communities

my partner is looking to start school @ portland state, in about a year or so. if i wanted to live somewhat close to campus (no longer than a 15 minute drive; walking distance would be ideal), which areas, by name, would i look for when scouting for apartments?

also, any areas that you think i should not consider, and why?
koi

Recommendations?

Okay... so my best friend and roommate is taking me out to dinner tomorrow evening as a birthday treat. We're planning on meeting at Pioneer Courthouse Square (mostly because it's conveinent to where we'll both be at the end of our respective work days).

My problem? I don't really have any idea of what's good for restaurants in the downtown portland area but she expects me to pick the place. Thus, I come to you, o DPers, for recommendations. I'd like something not too expensive (I know my friend doesn't make much), preferably within walking distance of a MAX station or Pioneer Square. I'm not picky about the kind of food but bonus points for either excellant japanese/asian/sushi, or american cuisine (i.e. where I could get a great burger).

Thanks in advance.
:D killa

Financial crisis in a nutshell

For those of you who may be wondering what all this talk of a financial crisis means, I have prepared a helpful infographic that sums up all you need to know about the situation.

The graphs are the Dow, NASDAQ and S&P 500, but you may also imagine that they represent your 401(k), your E*trade account, the value of your house, the future population of North America, etc:

I can has meltdown?


This is xposted from my journal.
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little blue dog

GOOD EVENING BITCHES

I and my lady are freshly back from Austin and are strongly desiring paella, for some reason. Of the variety that includes sausage, seafood, maybe chicken, mmmmmmmmgodDAMN. However, neither of us feel like cooking.

Where can we get some, Portland?
pacific deerV

friends

I hadn't previously been on livejournal in quite awhile, though since i've moved back to pdx i've found myself scribbling away.
This is simply a post to find some like minded friends whose journals i can read and who wouldn't mind reading mine, now that it's not so outdated. I like the idea of friends within the vicinity. I hope you all don't mind this post, and ask that you add me if you are interested in another local journal. Cause i'm interested in reading more of yours. shameful, maybe, but let's be friends, eh? it helps me to write more.

cheers

kevin
cat

STUFF STUFF STUFF

A friend of mine makes post cards and greeting cards using photos and quotes from old illustrated children's bibles, outdated secretarial manuals on climbing the corporate ladder and fitness instruction books. They're really cool, and I'll ask him to scan one to post here, but does anyone know of a buyer, or a way for him to sell quirky stuff like this in PDX? Or is our fair city too awash in quirky chatchkies already?
peanut
  • weeooo

(no subject)

so i finally moved back to portland and i couldnt be happier. this is my second year here, i spent the summer in seaside, and im in a really new neighborhood. im in ne off lombard, about a mile off the i 5 and i need some good eats around here. ive noticed king burrito has a good line going most nights. and that waffle food cart called flavour is pretty full in the morning. where can i go to get a trustworthy burrito? where for the love of god can i get some ribs and a pulled pork sandwich? i need me some bbq.

also, anything fun to do in this neighborhood? nice parks, cool shops, etc.

gracias!
dripping hair
  • sassyps

Little black dress help

So I am in a predicament...I need to find a flattering little black dress for an upcoming wedding. How soon is this wedding you ask? The 11th...of October...in Pheonix...I know, I know. So help me :) Please

I need to find a dress that:
~is black
~strapless
~size 10ish
~affordable (ie under 75USD)
~won't make me melt in AZ
~is flattering and structurally sound enough to hold up a nice rack
~looks like either of these: long version and short sassy version (I likey)

SO DP, I need to know where I can find this jem. Do you own it? Is it in the back of your closet? Have you browsed it in a window? Bonus points for being from a store with a lax return policy...if you know what I mean :)

Spanks!
  • _olive_

houses and stuff


ok first of all, anyone have any experience with rental data bureau aka rental-data.com?  they have a bunch of vague house listings on craigslist (the approximate location and rent) and on their website, it says $35 fee.  i will gladly pay that fee if they are awesome.  i am specifically looking for a reasonably-priced house rental in a very specific area that will be cool with a dog and a cat, and if they can help me so that i don't have to wander around for the next two months looking for "for rent" signs, i will consider that 35 bucks well spent.  are they any good?

second, i told my friend i would post info about the house she is putting up for rent in the 'tron:  portland.craigslist.org/wsc/apa/860586501.html

thanks, yo.
emmy

GEEK!

So I was chatting with a friend on AIM about an idea I had, but not an idea I actually have any intention on following through with. (the idea itself is irrelevant, but anyway) He thought I was joking and I responded with, "Why would I be joking? Geeky boys would love it!" He then proceeded to get all huffy about the term "geeky" because he considers it derogatory and calling yourself a geek means you're full of self-loathing because it's an insult.

I argued that I don't consider being called a dork/nerd/geek is an insult, and I fully admit to being dorky and geeky and I consider it a positive trait in myself. If I call someone a geek or nerd or dork, I totally consider it a good thing, not an insult.

But it made me very curious as to which is the more common reaction. So I ask this of you, DP: do you consider being called a geek a compliment or an insult?
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