December 26th, 2008


Thankful Thursdays, Portland-Style! (a few minutes late)

1. Reading many stories and anecdotes about the kindness of strangers (especially here on damnportlanders) during the snowstorm experiece. After seeing endless amounts of complaining elsewhere (especially on local news web sites), mostly about how the weather has run counter to people's sense of self-entitlement, it is good to read those DP posts which chronicle stories of people helping others out.

2. Warm hiking boots. Thank goodness for scoring them at REI last year (right after a Forest Park hiking excursion with wuweibaby, in which I was caught daintily avoiding the muddy trails with my street shoes): I never thought that I would use them in snowy conditions, though!

3. The patience of Tri-Met bus drivers. Surely the snow has thrown a proverbial monkey wrench into their routines when transit schedules and patterns are funked up (this week has been even more interesting than unplanned service adjustments in NYC's subway system which happen from time to time), but most of the drivers have been very calm, courteous, and helpful. Surely, I have a wish list of improvements and suggestions for Tri-Met (i.e. "Could they improve the Transit Tracker so it would work in adverse weather conditions?"), but I am thankful that I am able to commute by bus to work during this week!

4. damnportlanders as a useful information source--even more so during inclement weather. Maybe I view local news sources with cynicism, but I really find useful tidbits here on DP.

5. Three complete strangers walking along SE Stark and 18th last Sunday afternoon, who pushed my stuck-in-the-snow Zipcar onto the road and got the car moving.

6. Fellow commuters with good sense of humor and patience, especially during challenging weather conditions.
  • Current Music
    Monody, "Disremembered"

Old PC games

All-knowing DP: I have an old computer, 1.5 GHz P4, 512MB RAM, and an nVidia Vanta (?) graphics card. It's going to be a while before I can get something new, so until then what are some old games I could play with this thing? Recommend something good that my stupid computer will play.

EDIT: I forgot to mention I already played the hell out of the Doom/Quake games, Starcraft, Diablo. I'm looking for something especially with an RPG or adventure or maybe turn-based strategy bent to it.

Number 75 bus?

Hello DPers!
Okay, I called Trimet and I went to the Trimet website and I can't confirm if bus #75 is finally running past Woodstock into Milwaukie down 42nd and onto Johnson Creek yet.
There has been no bus service for 4 days over here.

It looks like it is running online but I was out there for almost an hour and no bus.

If you know the answer to the question...please let me know!
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    annoyed annoyed

Snow plow for hire?

Our apartment complex has been overrun with snow (I know, I know, it's rare these days) and needs to be dug out. Deadbeat apartment manager hasn't done jack squat to maintain the parking lot since snow started 2 weeks ago.

Recs for snow removal services in the area? Quicker is better -- we had a power outage earlier this week and our family is now out of food.
drop dead fred

selling or donating a van

My mom left me a van when she left town for an extended period of time and told me I could do whatever I want with it.  I'm looking at options for selling it or donating it to a nonprofit - it's a cargo van that runs, but has a lot of miles on it and is not in amazing shape (and only the driver's seat has a seatbelt). I just realized that my mom signed the title over incorrectly - she signed it under the "buyer" section instead of the "seller".  It's in her name and is obviously a mistake where the intention is clear, but I'm wondering if this is going to make it impossible to transfer the title or prove that she relinquished ownership of the van.  Does anyone know how that works?  Any ideas of where I could sell or donate it? I don't want it and have no place to store it - it is already annoying my neighbors as it is parked on the street (although the snow actually bought me some time in that regard).  Thanks in advance for any help!
trimet LOVE


YAY the buses are coming back. I got back to SE from $BOY's in the Village via a very scary and slushy walk to Barbur for the 12 last night, but now the 44 seems to be running. Also, the 43 has MPD.

43-Taylors Ferry Rd

Alert in effect: Due to extreme weather, service is canceled.

Alert in effect: Due to a blocked roadway, no service to stops on SW Virginia or Corbett south of Boundary. Buses will be using Macadam.
Buon Appetito!

Because they're awesome

If anyone out there is looking for some good-quality, well-priced, and otherwise-hyphenated-superlative-attached Mexican food, look no further than Muchas Gracias. They just opened a new location on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. in Raleigh Hills. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend it.

For ~$7, we brought home a very large container of food, some corn tortillas, and hot sauce. It was enough to fill me and my 3 year-old and still have some left over for later. Good times.
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seeking taxperson

hi folks,

i'm pretty sure i screwed up when i did my taxes last year (to the tune of several hundred bucks extra in the state of oregon's pocket--i paid state income taxes on my entire year's pay, mostly made in texas, since i only started working in oregon in late october). normally i'm a turbotax kinda guy, but rumor has it i can file some kind of amendment and maybe see some of that money back, and i'm willing to spend some money to find out, as well as see if i can write anything from my portfolio's losses off. i'm also the kind of guy who files the moment he has all his paperwork, which is not yet but hopefully by the end of january or thereabouts--that is to say, long before the rush.

so, are any of you CPA types? or do you have a friend whose skill you'd vouch for? or have someone who's done you right in the past? references solicited!

thanks in advance for your help!

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So I'm really, really sick of the epic bus ride to my dentist in Aloha when I've been living in Portland for a few years now. I need a new one.

Any recommendations? I'm in SW around Barbur and Hamilton and I'm a bus commuter (so something off the 1, 12, 43, 44, 54, or 56 or something within a 10-15 minute walk of any of those lines) or anything around PSU as I work and go to school there.
I'm looking at PSU's dental clinic which is a $25 office visit fee and a $50 cleaning/check up fee which sounds reasonable. Is that a good deal or is there something better?

Thanks in advanced.

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I decided to venture out to the store and actually drove. Main roads are pretty clear and easily driven on. My neighborhood has a hill that is pretty well covered in snow and slush, but my little 2wd 1988 Audi handled it pretty well (and cars have gotten stuck on that hill a couple times today).
I, who has never driven in snow and has no traction devices was able to make it to WaMu, Barnes and Noble, Safeway and Wholefoods in Tanasbourne. So if I can do it, anyone can!

I am pretty confident I will make it to work tomorrow without much trouble.

So damnportlanders, the worst is over (I hope). Be safe, and good luck with your returns. =P
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Is it just me?

My Television reception is much worse since I plugged in my converter box over the weekend. Could it be because I hooked it up during bad weather and there's still a lot of snow on my roof? For those using a converter box without an outside antenna, what's your reception like, and has it been worse since the Snowpocalypse began?

I can't even get 2-1, 2-2, 32-1 or 49-1 most of the time.
  • Current Music
    OPB-Plus in the background

Free events around town?


My wife and I just moved to Portland and are looking for some free or cheap things to do around town, especially now that the new Ice Age is receding. Is there a place online where I can find information about current and upcoming stuff? Things like free art exhibitions or old movies for cheap or local bands playing in some bar or other.

We lived in Athens, GA before and they have this free newspaper, Flagpole that has this type of information, plus they have it on the website. Is there anything similar in Portland?
  • marefo

iTunes and Ringtones

I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before...

I have an iPhone and I bought some songs with the hopes of making ringtones out of them.  Well I bought the songs that were on the list of ringtones so I figure everything would be peachy.

Well now my iTunes says that I can't make ringtones out of said songs. I'm really quite frustrated.

Does anyone know why this is, or has this happened to anyone before.

Many thanks.

While I'm not normally one to beg for charities...

Reversed Lens Photography is participating in the National Charity Model Search to select “America’s Cutest Kid” and to raise funds for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

We’re looking for cute children ages 18 months to 14 years old who think that they just might be the cutest face ever! The entrance/session fee is just $50, which includes a half hour model session (either location or studio, whichever would suit the model best) and one image submitted to the national gallery. Sessions must be completed by March 1st to be eligible.

Fifty cities will each choose one child to compete in the finals. Finalists will be determined by online votes. Anyone may vote. Each vote is $1, and all proceeds from votes benefit the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. ( The grand prize national winner will be determined from the 50 city finalists. Winners will be selected by photography and modeling industry experts.

If your child is selected the national winner, you’ll receive a bevy of prizes, including a $5,000 US Savings Bond and a Canon PowerShot G10 digital camera.

We'd love for your child to be the cutest face, so call to schedule your session today. You can reach Reversed Lens Photography at 503.922.1122 or e-mail us at For more information about the contest, go online to

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is a non-profit charitable organization based in Colorado. They organize photographers around the world to provide bereavement photography, free of charge, for families who have lost an infant during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
For real?

A taste sensation.

I was sitting down to eat some ice cream and had a brainstorm.  I'm sure someone somewhere has thought of this before but I think that sparkling spiced apple cider is seasonal.  Maybe they sell it somewhere year-round but I didn't see it for sale until December.

Caramel apple float

1 serving of Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche
1 bottle of Reeds spiced apple brew