September 28th, 2009

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portland ground ... to a halt?

I dunno how many of you enjoy the local urban photography provided by Miles Hochstein at the PortlandGround photoblog (it's also syndicated on LJ at portlandground), but I've noticed a real decrease in activity there lately. Anyone know what's up?

Also, can anyone recommend any other Portland- (or even Oregon-) centric photoblogs? Not talking the various LJ coms such as pdxpix and such, but other blogs by solo photographers?

(Along these lines, Ed Book / edbook is a great NW photographer, focusing mainly on nature photography; I'm looking for urban stuff.)

Deep Freezer for sale!

Anyone want a huge deep freezer? My boyfriend and I bought one a bit ago for our place, but our new place has three flights of stairs and very little room xx; so we need it out of our garage. We were in the process of spray painting it bronze and wanted to have a steampunk freezer, but hopefully someone awesome will be happy to give it a new home. $35 OBO

I'm out at Beaverton, Quatama Station.

free entertainment book coupons

hey dp -

i have a ton of extra entertainment book coupons that expire in the next month, so i figured i'd offer some to anyone who wants them for free. comment here or pm me if you're interested.

i have: 
2 x free Regal movie admission on your birthday - you need to bring a driver's license or birth cert. with the coupon to the box office to use it on your bday. valid through 11/1/09.

2 x buy 1 get 1 free admission to the Chinese Garden. valid through 11/1/09.

2 x buy 1 get 1 free admission to the Japanese Garden. valid through 11/1/09.

4 x buy 1 get 1 free admission to Wunderland Game Room. valid through 11/1/09.

2 x b1g1 free admission to Portland Children's Museum. valid through 11/1/09.

36 x Regal movie tickets (up to 2 per coupon) for $6.50 (new releases/ IMAX/ 3-D for $8). valid through 11/1/09.

4 x b1g1 free Orange Julius Premium Fruit Smoothie. valid through 11/1/09.

Tillamook sexual assault and subsequent cover-up?

Dear DP.

Apparently, there was this big hubbub in 2008 about the sexual intimidation of this lady (Liz Classen) in Tillamook by a Tillamook dairy board inspector (Bryan Gibson) . One time, her neighbours/friends/co-farmer, Xavier Avila, got involved and told the guy to fuck off and leave her alone.  As a result, Avila's contract was terminated with the Tillamook creamery without cause. A spokesperson for the Tillamook Creamery Board says it was a "personal matter", and it had nothing to do with the quality of his milk (which sounds like they basically corroberated this story). 

The intimidation happened in 2001, she got a restraining order against him and then she apparently settled out of court in 2008.
I think Avila has since left OR and now apparently lives in CA. The creamery refuses to talk about things openly, gives no real comment and they put out form letters dissing the KATU report after reports of people boycotting their products. This form letter doesn't specify what the errors are in the report, nor have they ever agreed to sit down with KATU.

Sounds fishy to me (or cheesy, rather). Does anyone know more about this? Which leads me to the next question: SHOULD I boycott Tillamook? I'm tempted to say YES. Based on the evidence before me and their shady stance towards speaking I'm tempted to say they're guilty as fuck. Also, as far as I'm concerned, settling generally means a veiled admission of guilt SOMEWHERE.

My lady and I pay extra for this local cheesy goodness. I don't believe in supporting asshole companies, especially not if they're local. I need to know this information. I have emailed KATU and am awaiting their response. (initial report) (update)

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Thrill the World: Portland! Zombie Dancers, join us!

It is a Saturday morning in late fall. People from all over the city are smearing on makeup in ghoulish styles, ripping their clothes, and smudging themselves with dirt. Once it’s obvious they’ve recently risen from the grave, they converge on a public plaza - and fall to the floor. At precisely 5:30 pm, music ascends from speakers and as one corps, the zombie-dancers and break into a tightly choreographed dance…

This scene will emerge on October 24th, 2009 as Thrill the World, a worldwide project that coordinates local dancers to perform the zombie-dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, performs its dance extravaganza in Portland for the third year in a row. All proceeds from Thrill the World: Portland benefit the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), a local organization that provides services and a drop-in center for queer youth.

Aw, that's the intro to our letter asking for 'sponsors' and bigwig donors. But we want you to come dance and be a kick-ass thriller-zombie!

Here's the info on thriller dance practices, and the dance itself, this year:


These practices will be at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont in Portland (we'll teach you the dance!):

  • Sunday, October 4th, 3-5 pm
  • Sunday, October 11th, 6-8 pm
  • Friday, October 16th, 6-8 pm
  • Sunday, October 18th, 3-5 pm
  • Friday, October 23rd, 6-8 pm
The last practice will be on the day of the dance, 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Conduit Dance Studio, 918 SW Yamhill #418.

We'll have info on the location of the dance very soon!

And a video of last year's performance:

Thanks, y'all. This year is in memory of MJ, and we're out to break records and have the best time ever. For more info -- email us at ! 

Alan & Kate

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From the day I started smoking cloves, I was warned (or told??) that eventually, I would wake up some day hacking up blood. So I kept smoking cloves. However, six years later? No hacks, no blood. I am a bit disappointed.

Is this another clove smoking myth, such as the whole fiberglass lies?

Have any of ye fellow clove smoking brethren been plagued by this blood hacking? Am I smoking wrong? Are my lungs made of metal and stone?

Also, thanks to whomever posted that cloves will no longer be sold. This enabled me to stockpile. Much appreciated.
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The East Coast

Dear Damn Pootlanders:

There is no such thing as the East coast. People here talk about "the East coast" all the time, but they never include, say, the Georgia coast in their discussion about what "the East coast" is. The East coast is not a monolithic city of people who walk too fast, talk too fast, and get things done on time. The East coast is not where every "type A" personality in the world is from. Really. It's true. So next time you start to say some stereotype about the East coast, or start to talk about how much you miss the East Coast when you really mean New England or New York City, just stop and think about what you really want to say.

I'm just about ready to go back to live on theeastcoast, where we're too busy being neurotic and walking quickly everywhere to even care that Oregon exists, much less make up ridiculous stereotypes about thewestcoast and repeat them all day.

Miffed Southeasterner

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I'm thinking about going to the Portland Tattoo Convention the weekend after next. Has anyone ever gone? Is it pretty cool?

Also, do you know a source in town where I could buy the DVD Repo: The Genetic Opera? Thanks, DP!