So.. I don't live in portland exactly, but.. uh..
I found this fabulous recipe that I'm trying to make for Christmas dessert, and I can't seem to find red currant jelly anywhere. :(
Does anyone know of a Clackamas-area place that carries it? Is there any main-stream store that does? I know Winco doesn't.
Also- for all you savvy cooks.. wtf is up with red currant jelly?
Is it somehow special? Any particular reason I can't substitute it for some other jelly..?
Due to a great laundry tragedy, many of my favorite clothes are now dyed purple, with blue splotches. Help! What do I do now? I know there are dye removers, but do they work?
According to pdxinfo, chains are still required for all vehicles in the Portland metro area.
And accuweather says that, with windchill factored in, it is now 3 degrees outside.
I ask you, Portland... has there EVER been a better reason to sit inside and have an Irish coffee?
Does anyone know if the street car is running? Specifically up around Northrup &22nd? I can see it out my window and havent' seen any come by in loooong time. Also, whenever I call tri met it always says the next car is 5 minutes away.
i have power again. it was getting cold... were any of you guys without power earlier this morning? i heard some 30,000 people were affected.
also it sounds like trees are falling down next to me. if it wasn't daylight, the sounds would really be scaring me right now...
So is Saturday Market open today? My roommate needs a gift from there and she was like "Go ask the Damn Portlanders if Saturday Market is open."
And so I am.
KGW is reporting that ALL Alaska Airlines flights for the rest of the day are CANCELLED. This does NOT include Horizon Air flights BUT a decision on those flights will be made within an hour.
I acquired many new still in package toys to give to any program this year, and all the ones I wrote down are not answering and some have deadlines with christmas obviously so near. Dee pee'rs where can I take my toys today to make sure they get into smiling childrens hands? Any leads appreciated.
I just remembered that it's the solstice! Which means that the days are going to start getting longer! Hooray!
(Portland related because many of us need something to be cheerful about today?)
Does anyone have any idea where one could actually find snow books (child and adult size) in the inner city today?
Yea, I know..... hahahahaha..... me and the entire city of Portland are looking for that today. Is it a lost cause or is there any chance of finding that here in town? Any idea where to check? My local (Hawthorne) Fred Meyer is in serious renovation mode right now and last I checked they did away temporarily with their clothing section.
Not that anyone is able to fly out today or anytime soon... but if anyone needs TSA advice (as to like what you can and cannot fly out with in checked baggage and carry on), just ask your friendly local TSO!
... which is me.
I figured some people will be flying out for the holidays, and I've had quite a few friends calling me asking me TSA related questions, so I thought I'd post a bit here to see if any of you had a question for specifics from someone who works for TSA.
Any under 21 Karaoke places around? I need to duet The Pogues 'Fairy Tale from New York' sometime before Christmas.
Forcast is showing either 1/2 inch of ice in the form of freezing rain OR 2-6 inches of snow overnight.
I'm pulling for the snow.
So we have a flight leaving PDX tomorrow at 5:30 am (fingers crossed) and so far no joy even getting through to a cab company, or getting a car service to call us back. TriMet's not an option at that time of day, sadly. We're wondering if there are any early-rising DP-ers with chains on their cars who'd be interested in playing chauffeur for a little extra holiday cash. We're in NE, near Kworth and MLK, about 6.5 miles from the airport.
If you're interested, name your price in the comments and let's make a deal! Obviously we still don't know if our flight is even going to go out, but hope springs eternal...
It's gorgeous outside! However, when I'm not outside enjoying the serenity and purification of the snow gods above, I'm inside, intermittently reading a handful of books (or checking in on various online communities). I was *smart* enough to walk down to the library Friday and make way with some *interesting* reads.
So, I beg to ask among the recipe, shopping, transportation, contraception, snow-play posts: Is anyone reading a book or two (new, used, re-read, recommended, or even down-loaded)?
Here's my very random variety which covers near most of my daily temperaments while indoors:
Medical Apartheid (Washington 2006)
Sexual Health and Fitness (Bracy 2008)
Friends on a Rotten Day: the Astrology of Friendships (Dixon-Cooper 2008)
The Energy Effect (Ford 2006)
Art Forms in Nature (my visual read) (Haeckel 1904/1974)
These are on the waiting list:
Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them (Walsh 2007)
Think India: The Rise of the World's Next Superpower and What it Means for Every American (Rai and Simon 2007)
What about you?
I learned this morning that when reserving a Zipcar during this inclement weather (especially a Zipcar which is parked outside), the first 20 minutes of a Zipcar reservation will inevitably be spent scraping the ice off the front windshield, and the side windows (this is after the first 10 minutes spent trying to chip the ice off the windshield section where the Zipcard sensor is). And I learned that I was lucky to get 20 miles per gallon on the Toyota Prius Zipcar!
Having said that, the Zipcar that I finished using about an hour ago, at SE 18th and Stark, should have de-iced windshield and windows. :)
hey all you drinkers! Just wondering if you know if there are liquor stores open right now over near 82nd and 102nd, inbetween NE Glisan and NE Halsey.
We tried calling a few but just got busy signals so I'd love if you know about any secret ones that might be open in the Arctic Blast 2008!!!
We found that the 102nd / Burnside Liquor store is open, thanks for all your suggestions and help. Stay warm and safe!
A snow covered mail truck on the back of a flatbed truck. It's crazy!
Slim's out here in St. Johns is open and serving very potent Irish Coffees. There is a large guy with a shaggy mohawk and a PAX 05 enforcer shirt here.
...how many inches do you have? ;)
I have 8 inches in the Couve. You?
FWIW, the highway signs about 1.5 hours ago were indicating that chains were required on all vehicles traveling on "metro highways" which we took to mean "and not the metro streets" so we got ourselves off the highway to stay out of trouble. That said, the highways are fairly plowed and really don't necessitate chains while the non-highway streets are all pretty messy. I saw a good dozen or two vehicles stuck, mostly in parking lots (or on their way in/out of parking lots) but a few just at intersections and such. We were still able to circuit 82nd/woodstock-82nd/Powell-92nd/Holgate-Mall 205-82nd/Woodstock without any trouble in a 4wd jeep without snow tires or chains but we're from snowy places. And most everything is closed now so there's not much to drive to.
I need a good and EASY glaze recipe for Ham. Anyone got any good ones?
walmarts in portland, clackamas, and troutdale are sold out.
Apparently the Arco station and convenience store at Lombard & MLK is open. Read: Beer, people!
if i say, absolutely had to drive somewhere (close) tonight, and it's not IN portland but rather lake oswego/tigard, am i legally required to have chains right now?
i don't need them in my awd car, especially not where i'd be going since the drive is short, and i just discovered the chains i DO own don't fit. help me :)
edit: awesome dp-ers to the rescue already :) thanks for the website.... bookmarked!
This amused me greatly! Figured it was/is good for a laugh for all us snowed-in ppl. :D
Does anyone know what happened to that Australian themed store that was at the Saturday Market? The one in the building that they are remodeling? I was wondering if anyone knew if it had moved somewhere else. Thank you.
Does anyone know the name of the store that is next to/connected by cash wrap area to Moshi Moshi? It has toys and collectibles from old cartoons and a lot of stuff from the eighty's. Please and Thank you.
Snow related because....
Our office technically closes if the Portland School District is closed due to weather. Anyone without the ability to work from home or get to the office safely is given the time off with pay without using vacation time.I worked from home all last week even though my office was closed almost every day. I was planning on working this week and my office was supposed to be open through Wednesday. So far we have already gotten the email that we'll at least be closed tomorrow.
So here's my question, if I decide I just want to f*** off and not work (from home) tomorrow, do I need to use vacation time? Legally that is.
...and have no car! please help!
we've called bellagios, garlic jim's, pizza hut, delivered dish... all closed or not delivering. and to add insult to injury, we live in sylvan, and the streets are absolute shit. the 58 shows up when it can, but i'm not waiting an hour in the snow AGAIN to get to freddie's.
anyone know of any delivery place that has a non-wimpy delivery driver?
OK, confess you bakers - who here has already broken into a prepared cookie plate originally intended for a friend or relative, with the justification that you wouldn't be able to delivery it in this weather anyways?
*raises hand twice*
Sorry, Brown and Smith family - my survivalist instinct is in full force, and I needed my cookie fix. Your families didn't make the cut.
If anyone has any tips on getting from the airport to Beaverton/Hillsboro, I'm interested in hearing them. I've got family coming in tomorrow, they may not be able to get their rental car due to the chain requirement, and the chains we have in our car may or may not actually fit our car (not to mention I'm guessing travel time from here to the airport is probably 90 minutes or more.)
Can anyone give me a firsthand account of road conditions for N Lombard eastbound? This is 90% of my commute until I get to NE which normally wouldn't concern me, but I leave for work at 3:30am (likely earlier tomorrow). I have chains but have never actually driven in this scale of snow and ice before...:/
So, my boyfriend's jackass boss is having a fit that he can't really get to work. I don't have a car with chains or traction tires (oh, and the 3 foot drift behind my car...) and with the buses being all wonky and the MAX being frozen...
Anybody had any luck getting from Gresham (think 162nd and Halsey) on the 77 to the bus on 82nd and riding from there down to Johnson Creek? Did it take you four hours? He tried to come home the other night and had to walk 2 miles in the blizzard and subzero temperatures and was half dead when he got home. I'd rather not repeat that.
He works at the Aaron Bros down by the Home Depot. And I don't know who is going to be out buying FRAMES in the middle of an ice storm, but the boss is an idiot and hasn't actually had to leave her house- just make judgement calls on other people and their inability to come in.
Now taking bets on what the baby birthing boom will be like in September of 2009. A raw number of births or percentage increase over September 2008 will do.
i'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow to figure out if my work will close, so i'm wondering how bad the snow is in the LO/tigard/tualatin area (namely, around exit 290 near bridgeport/durham). is it as bad as it is here in portland?