December 24th, 2008


Sweet awesome happy people!!

So, if anyone saw a dude shoveling out a plowed-in red Jetta this afternoon at NE 42nd & Prescott, that was me!!

I had to abandon it there a couple days ago because I couldn't make it up the hill, and had quite the work cut out for me today....BUT PEOPLE ARE AWESOME AND NICE!

First, the Korean bodega owner on the corner let me use his shovel for an hour and a half, then after I got out I parked in his parking lot and bought junk food from him in return, then got stuck in an ice-rut on the way out!! Luckily, a guy in a huge-ass Ford F-950 with double back tires and flames shooting out of it gave me a mighty push and up the hill I went, past the fail-bus that couldn't.

THEN, after having a lovely glass of wine and dinner with a friend around Hawthorne, I got stuck again, just driving! (this is after the slush/happy snow had re-solidified into pure evil). So there I am, half way into like Hawthorne & 40th or so, by the Afghan resto, digging myself deep into the ice. And, you guessed it, random strangers started coming out of the woodwork! First a guy on his way to 14, then a nice couple, then a super gung-ho guy with a jeep and a strap. Jeep guy, in his Carhartt onesie & cowboy hat, pulled me out and let me rip out in 3rd (accompanied by weird transmission smells) onto Hawthorne. Sadly after all this I was too late to make it to lovemotionstory  's fantastic birthday bash (sorry!!), but I was able to safely bring the car home to its space where it shall await the great thaw, whenever that will be.

So, yeah, fuck yeah, random stranger people! If only we all were like this all the time..
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    feist - my moon my man is stuck in my head
snoopy dance

Bus newbie needs a favor! - UPDATE

Big thank yous to everyone who helped ease my mind about my bus trip earlier! I actually caught both the buses I needed to without a problem, and it didn't even take all that long. Totally a smooth trip! But the reason I wanted to post a quick update was to let those who were interested know...

...I got the job! :D :D :D

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays!!! :P
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    Van Halen - I Can't Stop Loving You
fuck you anyway.

Thank you, Portland.

My teenage sister was admitted to the ER at Adventist Hospital yesterday afternoon. I am her only family here. I have no car, the buses were all canceled or re-routed or lost or late, I had neither cab fare nor the ability to wait several hours for one to become available, and neither did I have a friend with a four-wheel-drive vehicle at their disposal to help me get around the city.

So I started walking.

At 40th and Glisan, two amazing strangers named Sarah and Kimber picked me up in their SUV, on their way to go donate blankets to their local shelter. I disembarked at 100th, then a few minutes later a nice man named Brad in a nice big warm truck picked me up and drove me straight to the hospital- dropping me off right in front of the door.

My sister was kept overnight. Today I went to the hospital pharmacy to fill her prescriptions for her while I figured out how the hell we were both going to get back to my house. While I was waiting, a man standing near me overheard my conversation with the pharmacist about how I walked and hitch-hiked to the ER. He interrupted and asked if I needed a ride today. This incredible good samaritan- John- not only stuck around for 45 minutes while I waited for the prescriptions, he brought his car around and helped my little sister in before I could even get back to the front door of the hospital. He drove us both home in the snow, then got out of his SUV and helped my sister walk up the stairs to our house.

I've seen so many people helping others, just as I've been walking around town these last few days. Portland is already a city full of nice people- it's amazing to see this shitty weather bring out the good in them even more.

I'm not much of a sap, but the kindness of strangers I've experienced in the last 24 hours is enough to make me cry. Thanks so much- Kimber, Sarah, Brad, John, and everyone else who is doing what they can to make others' lives a little less miserable right now.

Thank you.
News rags

Fearless driving or just insanity?

So Portland, what do we do with those idiots who drive 4WD cars sans chains up a hill thinking they are the almighty car of the road... and wind up getting stuck and causing an entire slew of stuck, sliding cars who could have made it up the hill if that one douche didn't decide to be bold?

I think I spent 30min trying to help a guy get out of a ditch tonight and trying to yell at cars to back up because the douche SUV without chains stopped to gander and wound up sliding...

Amusing that people are so sure they can defeat the elements, but jeez, for the people behind him who were scared shitless they were gonna get crunched by the car- causing one girl to get stuck in a ditch? Yeah... Some drivers are just too bold and 'fearless'

What interesting driving conundrums have you witnessed or been in lately oh Portland?

Tips for Drivers

I know a lot of you are not accustom to driving in snow so I thought I would offer some tips to help.
These are taken from the weather channel and tips DP's need to know if you don't already!

These are some of the most common issues I've seen & think people need tips on.....

*You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
*If you get stuck do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. USE A LIGHT TOUCH ON THE GAS, to ease your car out. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
*Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
*Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
*Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
*Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
*An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have a tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your trunk... Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack, Shovel, Jumper cables, Tow and tire chains, Bag of salt or cat litter, Tool kit

I really hope someone out there finds this helpful!!
For more tips, visit
cupcake wellies

Any ideas?

Are there commercial kitchen rentals in the Portland area? I am thinking about having a booth at a farmer's market this summer and need to use a commercial kitchen to bake all my goodies. I can't afford to open my own store front so I thought a farmer's market would be the best and easiest way to start selling my stuff.

Off-topic - according to KATU news a semi fell off I-5 by a Longview/Kelso exit. YIKES!!
welsh kimono glazed over

Need crickets!

This is a long shot, but does anyone live in the St. John's area (or anywhere along the #75 Bus Route) that has reptiles and has some LIVE CRICKETS they can spare?

OR....know of a secret hiding place for a store that sells crickets in this neighborhood that's OPEN?

I feel bad, our water dragon's getting on the hungry side and no place is open or accessible.
Animated Kitty :)

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Sorry if someone has already posted this, but I wanted to let everyone know what my trip to Roseburg was like yesterday.

1si of all, it took us over 2 hours just to get to Woodburn from downtown Portland. I found out later that ODOT had closed I-5 to de-ice it (whose idea was it to do that during rush hour traffic??). It was very slow-going all the way to Salem, I don't think we went above 5 mph until the roads cleared at that point and traffic became more spread out. There were also some very rough spots where I thought I was going to go off the road. Also, some drivers seemed to think that the highway was 4 lanes, so that was pretty awesome. It pretty much felt like I was driving on a dirt road for about 40 miles.

But, just like everyone said, it was totally clear after Salem and we went about 70-75 mph the rest of the way. I'm not so much looking forward to the drive back up on Friday or Saturday, but I guess we'll see.

Happy Holidays and be safe out there!!

work!? How are you getting there?

I live pretty close to my place of employment (I live downtown, work at OHSU). Yesterday, however, it took me a whole 45 minutes to get to the Waterfront using the streetcar. Thankfully, my employer has made it easier on me by allowing me to work from home.

DPers, how many of you are having a hard time getting to work? Are your supervisors pretty understanding and flexible? How many of you have one of those @$*&@! supervisors that are unaware of the road conditions and end up being jerks?
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    cold Helada

Camera fixin'?

So I've got this Canon digital P&S that's a couple years old, and the photos it takes don't seem nearly as sharp as they used to be, even under ideal conditions. I know the lens needs to be cleaned out, because I can see a big chunk of dust or something inside it, and if the lens needs to be cleaned, I'm guessing the sensor does as well, and for all I know the lenses are misaligned or something since the camera's a bit beat up from frequent travel in a backpack.

Anyway, is there some local place that can perform this kind of service - and can be trusted to do it right - or am I better off sending it to Canon?

ISP stuff

So, I have to get the internetz all settled at my house. I'm down to either getting anally raped by Comcast again, or trying out ClearWire. Has anyone used ClearWire before? I know how WiMax works and all the technology, but how well do they pull it off?

(no subject)

I hate my job which i'm at right now, where i live because my neighbor is insane and i'm pretty sure he's going to kill me then wear my skin like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, my family is fucking crazy and thankfully stuck on the other side of the river.

After 6pm tonight, anyone know where i can go to get a fucking awesome burger and maybe a beer? i'm downtown, don't drive, so yeah.


ATTENTION: Orphans, Scrooges, Misfits and DamnPortlanders with Insane Neighbors or Families

Boycott the family bullshit, and join us, as we celebrate the most arguably commercial day of the year tonight with vintage commercials.

We are celebrating Xmas Eve Robinson-style tonight, with an impromptu night of vintage TV commercials. Old Town Pizza decided last-minute to open up from 4-11PM for the neighborhood strays (like us) tonight. (Yay! Thank you to Adam, the owner, and Robby the manager, who will be at the helm!)

We are planning on starting around 6PM, and going until we run out of reels/the staff kicks us out/whichever comes first.

Old Town Pizza
5201 NE MLK (in Vanport Square Center)
#6 and #72 bus, ample free parking
Free as always, in the back restaurant/bar area.

shut up brain

Can't find it- the leg lamp cookie post

Ok... I've been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to find the post with the pictures of the Christmas Story cookies because I think that's the post that people were sharing their fave holiday cookie recipes. I'm looking for the one that uses a box of brownie mix, a stick of butter, an egg and ??? I can't remember if that's all.

Can one of you direct me to it?

The kids and I are going to start making what we have lovingly dubbed "Christmas Booger Cookies" because my son had so many runny nose issues when he was littler, and well, gross but true. At least I could tell people- "oh, no don't eat those ones, they are the booger cookies".

Which reminds me of last year- when we didn't get around to making booger cookies because we were traveling so much. On the way home from visiting family on Christmas Eve, we decided Grandma Betty's homemade fudge would be the treat we'd leave out for Santa. My daughter accidentally sat on it, and my then 6 year old son said, with total sincere concern, "OH NO! Now all we'll have to leave out for Santa is BUTT FUDGE!!"
Aurora - streak

Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Quiche Recipe???

A few years ago I was at a friend's house and she made a delicious sun dried tomato and goat cheese quiche. I always meant to get the recipe from her, but either never did or have long since lost it. As I recall it was in the NEW Joy of Cooking cookbook. Any chance that anyone out there possess a copy and would be willing to send me a copy of the recipe so I can whip one up for dinner tomorrow???

Much thanks in advance!!!! =)
duck butt

[BST] The Reason Behind the Weather?

I am just waiting for some religious whack-job to attribute the record snowstorm (and many inconveniences it has caused) as a God's punishment to Portland for its tolerance of "heathens", and its promotion and proliferation of "ungodly" activities. Maybe people's Christmas shopping plans were ruined, because we're being punished for leading immoral lives!

Maybe we should protest the City Hall.... ;o

*drinks and eats soy*
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owned - domokun

Open letters, Christmas Eve edition

To the owner of the silver Jeep SUV parked on SW 10th at Stark, today around 4:30: YOU FAIL AT IT (it is parking. Specifically, parking so as to not be obstructing the streetcar tracks). I don't think your vehicle suffered any damage as a result; but, snakes on a plane, right?

To the half-dozen folks who helped shove the Jeep out of the way of the streetcar: That was excellent! We should do that once a week.

Happy Hannukah, muthaf@ckas.
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I'm heading up to Meadows tomorrow early and will be back in plenty of time to go to my 4pm Christmas dinner.

Anyone want a ride up? I plan to bust out a bunch of runs and get out of there early. I'm near Sellwood and can pick up if it is reasonable to do so.

I'll quote from the NOAA weather page:

"Total nighttime snow accumulation of 13 to 19 inches possible."

I've got all-wheel drive, great tires and chains if needed. Comment or message me if you are interested.
Charlotte Martin

bucking the system

So, I've only ever purchased tickets to concerts through Ticketmaster. They have a seat I want at kd lang for 43.50 - which is fine, I'll pay it - but after all their ridiculous convenience fees and processing fees that seat is going to cost me 57 bucks. Ugh.

I've always wondered - if I buy the ticket at the venue, do I just pay the price of the seat? I'd gladly trek out to the Schnitz to avoid paying 14 bucks to Ticketmaster.

Thanks in advance!
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    curious curious
  • thiebes

Stores open?

Oops. Yeah Xmas is here and all the business owners are off praying that their original sin will be washed away by eating the flesh of Mary's boy. I'd just like to go pick up some butter from the store and I failed to take all this into account. Any ideas?

Update: Plaid is open! Thanks everyone for the double penetration that I know I can count on from this community!
  • kengwen

anything open?

Merry Christmas to all...anyone know if there are restaurants open in outer SE (I'm near 205 and Foster road).  Bonus for places that might serve: a burger and/or soup especially if it is spicy and some variety of asian.  My best friend just wandered over and is under the weather and doesn't want any of the food I have in my house.  And I don't mind getting out after all these days of being snowbound.

Edit: we couldn't wait, just drove around till we found something.  If anyone's still wondering, Vien Huong on 82nd between Powell and Holgate I think is open till 11:30.