October 8th, 2008

Searching for a song origin

Do you know which song "Those Canaan Days" (from: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat") was based on? I think it was a French song, or drawn from a couple older songs, but I don't remember which.

I'd ask my other friends, but they're sleeping. :D
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is there some kind of homebrew DIY version of rain-x? i've heard that rubbing the inside of your glasses with fluoride toothpaste keeps them from fogging up, but that's not quite the same. i'm sick of squinting and i'm equally sick of wiping my lenses every 10 seconds.

ps- to clarify, i need something to make my bike glasses more rain resistant. fogging on the inside isn't a problem.
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Saving a tree.

Sorry if this has been posted already.

Here in Saint Johns, at the Bank of America, they are doing some reconstruction work. Part of that work involves plans to take down an 80 year old Great Oak. There is a couple who are wishing to save the tree if possible. If anyone is interested in lending their support, you can contact Shae or John at bigfish@ateliergallery.com.
There will be a meeting at the Bank of America great oak (corner of N. Chicago and N. Lombard in Saint Johns) at 7:PM on Monday, October 13 and also an appeal at City Hall in Portland on October 16 at 7:30 pm.
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  • rekre8

Spidy!

On the bike ride in to work this morning, I saw another biker - an adult - on a tiny bike, dressed in a spiderman outfit. My first thought was "oh, so this is Portland". My second thought was "Oh, wait, it's near Halloween"
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Made in Oregon Sign

HI Guys,

This has really been bugging me for a while. Why is the G in the Made in Oregon sign cut off at the bottom??


Any ideas or leads welcomed!

UPDATE: I found an article with pictures of the old versions of the sign. History to the rescue (it still doesn't excuse poor type though!) - http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2008/09/sign_of_the_times.html
  • ardia

Ideas, Group Gatherings?

Hello DamnPortlanders,

I am trying to find a decent location for a big group gathering for like, 25-40 people. Ages vary at least 21 to maybe 60?

Which restaurants/pubs do you suggest that are spacey enough for gatherings like this? Preferably something inside, in case it rains and it has became pretty cold out there recently. I suppose some of us will be wanting to eat, some just to drink. Mingle through together to chat and stuff.

One good example I can think of is Edgefield, I need more ideas, help?

Thanks ya'all!
  • misfitx

Yet another awesome show dead.

The pulled the plug on the riches...


Jerks...


I hate when the kill good shows, yet crap that revolves around Paris Hilton lasts and lasts and lasts....

and how many frikin' years has Americas funnies crotch shots been on?! yet Firefly is gone...


asshats..
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Senate Debate!

Anyone know where this (possibly) one debate might be showing downtown between House Speaker Jeff Merkley and Sen. Gordon Smith?

I know it starts at 7pm... but that's about it. I could easily watch it at home, but that's not so fun.

Anyone know of PSU locations possibly or anything Merkley or Smith are hosting downtown...?
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I know I asked about this before . . .

. . . but I didn't get any valuable responses, so I thought I'd give it another shot.

I need work done on my chimney. Specifically, and to my knowledge, it requires a cap, re-pointing, and new flashing where it meets the roof.

I contacted an independent contractor I know and he came out to look at it. He does roof work, but not chimney work, and felt my money would be better spent paying someone that can do all of the work in one job than paying two different people: one to do the flashing and one to do the capping and re-pointing. He recommended Portland Chimney.

Upon Internet-investigating this company, I've come to find numerous terrible reviews of them. I do not think that at this time I can call them up and request an estimate given the things that I have read.

This leaves me with no recommendations and I feel as though I am back at square one. I need to solve this problem within the next couple of weeks.


If you have had chimney work or chimney and roof work, please take the time to tell me about who did the work and the kind of experience you had with them, even if it was not good. I like to eliminate as many bad options as possible if I cannot find a recommendation for a good one.

Thank you much.
& Daggers!
  • bliccy

Restaurant recommendation.

Nhut Quang
3438 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

The menu is 100% vegan Vietnamese fare and from the few dishes I've had, it's pretty yum.

They have a wide variety of meat substitutes, their cooler has some interesting canned juice selections, and it's all inexpensive. Today I had a mixed "egg" noodle dish that wasn't exactly curry-y, but definitely spicy. Faux meats, mushroom, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, scallion, peas. Also got a steamed dumpling that was filled with, um, something dark and spicy and delicious. And a can of Dragonfruit juice that was interesting and pulpy.

I wouldn't suggesting dining in (ambiance = zero, unless you're into florescent lighting, and you don't mind that it's between a porn store and a gas station), but the to-go can be a 10-15 minute wait because I think business is slow and food is made to order. Anyhoo, it's not amazing, but it's far from bad, and hey! Cheap vegan food!

*drinks!*
at the end of the rainbow is me

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Hey Dee Pee,

This weekend (or some time soon), I want to do something nice for my ladyfriend (who I hope is not reading DamnPortlanders today!) and I'd love some ideas, suggestions, or advice.

So, if you wanted to take your sweet love somewhere special, or give him/her a special treat, or participate in something uniquely Portlandish, or...I don't know, something I haven't thought of yet...what would you do?

Ideally, this would be a low-key thing-- she's pretty busy at work these days, so I don't want to sign her up for something that would feel like more work, if that makes sense.

I'm just trying to think of something more creative than the usual dinner-and-a-movie.

Thanks in advance!
gir

How have the blazers not been brought up yet?

I know that not everyone is a fan because most people on here seem to be from out of town and have no idea who the blazers are or what happens when Blazermania actually hits. Despite the hype, it hasn't yet, but there are STRONG indications it will this year.

So, here are videos for those who are interested, and for those who aren't... well, you're going to have a hard time avoiding the blazers this year. They are back and the only question is how long it'll take to shake off the rust, find the groove, and dominate.

You won't hear from me again on this until we surpass the 13 game winning streak from last year.

Fan fest highlight video with music video:



Highlights from the Sac Portland preseason game minus any cool or obnoxious music.



I can't wait to be in portland on opening day!

Don't Blink.
Tea whores unite secretly

Blackberry convert...

So I bought a blackberry because the LG EnV tanked on me for the fifth time and I wasn't going to take a friggen LG EnV2 in all it's ugly fugly glory...

So I have the blackberry pearl and it wants to smart type for me, now how do I turn that friggen feature off?!

Someone PLEASE save me.

Thrifty Tips

In these difficult times I thought it might be fun and helpful for us all to share tips on how to save money. I'd like to limit these tips to those that are NOT based on cheating the system and rather just good ol' fashioned ingenuity and thinking out of the box. I'll start with a few:

- When grocery shopping ALWAYS check prices based on the "per weight" factor rather than the overall price. You can find these prices to the left of the main prices or on the rare chance they don't offer it, I'll whip out my cell phone and calculate it myself. Often times the larger of a size you buy the cheaper it gets when you break it down and there are DRASTIC differences in brands based on their price per weight.

- Just b/c it says "buy 10 for $10" or the like at the grocery store, it doesn't necessarily mean you have to actually buy 10 to get that price. Ask at your particular grocery store, but often you can get the same price buying less.

- My super duper thrifty tip that I just came up with lately: to save money on milk I've taken to buying full fat milk and watering it down. I'll pour about a third of the milk into another container and then fill the rest up with water. I find a 1 part milk to 2 or 3 parts water will get you the same taste as anywhere from skim to 2%. This really makes milk last a while!

- Grocery stores ALWAYS have weekly specials. Check them out before shopping, especially when it comes to store brand cheeses/breads and produce

- At least at Freddies there's often a special place for reduced priced meats and cheeses. Often these are just on the verge of expiring and may not look the best, but are perfectly fine to consume. Stock up and freeze what you don't use that night. The best time to get some really yummy items from these bins are in the morning hours. They're often picked over by the time you get there in the late afternoon/evening, but it's still worth checking out. I very very rarely buy full priced meat.

- Stretch your ground meat (or tofu) by mixing in bread crumbs. Meat has a lot of flavor so you can really double the volume of meat you have without losing much if any flavor. I use this with ground lamb and it works exceptionally well.

- If you drive, check out gusbuddy.com for where to buy gas the cheapest. Sometimes it's worth driving an extra few miles to make up for the savings. That said, try to bike/walk/public trans as often as possible.

- Instead of buying coffee or lunch during your day, pack your lunch and get your coffee prepped to go the night before so all you have to do is grab your lunch and push the 'on' button in the morning. Hardly takes any extra time in the mornings but saves a pretty penny.

- For fun and free stuff to do in Portland visit www.aroundthesunblog.com

Anyway, those of some of my favorites. Would love to hear how others manage to save and stretch their cash. Happy Wednesday, everyone!
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  • noss

Chiropractic/Massage

Hi folks,

I am looking for a good chiropractic and massage practice, preferably in the East Portland area. For the last week I've been having painful muscle spasms in my back and I would like to find someone to help me address the problem, not just throw drugs at it. A friend suggested this as a way to get massage therapy that my insurance might actually pay for (I have Aetna).

Any advice or recommendations appreciated.
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Copal Resin & Charcoal

Hey everybody!

I'm back with another annoying question. Do any of you know where I can purchase copal? How about charcoal tablets to burn the copal on? I am trying to find it for Dia de los Muertos.

I swear I tried the Google but it has failed me. Once again.

Thanks!
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"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802)
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Birthday Help!

Okay, I know that it's possible to have an awesome night out dancing in this town, but it's been long enough that I need your help!
I want to go out for my birthday on Friday and just lose my mind to some really great techno/trance type stuff, but where?? Is there anywhere that plays good mixes on Friday nights? I'm not even going to be a total techno snob about it either...as long as there's no hiphop and the beat is good and trance-y, I don't even care! I'm hopefully going to have a few friends with me, too, and I really don't want the night to be lame for them. So if anyone has a secret dance spot they always go to on Fridays, or knows of one, I'll love you if you let me know! Ideally, this will be in a central location (downtown or easily accessible-by-public-transit Eastside). Thanks, DP!
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Books!

Time for the Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale!

Saturday October 11 - Monday October 13
8150 N. Lombard Street

Books (DVDs, CDs) for cheap! On Monday, books for 50% of cheap!

All proceeds support our wonderful library system. More info here.