April 25th, 2010

History Documentaries

I'm looking for a few good documentaries on early western civilization. I'm taking a class and the instructor is very hard to follow and I'd like to supplement a little. Early Asian/African/European times, roughly 2000-0 BC. Free is great, I'd be willing to spend a nominal amount though. Thanks DPers!

Send some two-wheeled love to South Africa!

When Jenny Leonard was studying abroad in South Africa in 2008, she met Mercy, a high-school student who walked three hours one way to get to school each morning. Jenny pledged that she would send hundreds of bicycles to South Africa to alleviate the transportation burden for impoverished school children.

After a year of fund raising, she had a city-wide bike collection day yesterday at the old Washington-Monroe High School on SE 14th and SE Alder. She collected 120 bikes to send to schoolchildren in rural South Africa. That means the shipping container is 200 bikes away from being full!

She and other Bicycles for Humanity volunteers will be out there again today from 1-4 collecting used (but in good condition) mountain bikes, cruisers, hybrids, parts, tools, bike accessories, and monetary donations. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

What: Bicycle Donation Drive
Where: Blue shipping container, SE 14th & Alder (Washington-Monroe High School)
When: 1-4 today!
Why: To send a *full* shipping container of bikes to students who lack access to transportation

Find out more here: http://www.bicycles-for-humanity.org/Portland/thestory.php

Please repost! I really believe in this cause & think it would be a shame for a half-full container to be shipped when I know us damn Portlanders have bikes to spare. If you've got an old bike that your kid outgrew or you got too cool for, wheel it over!


I am getting backpacking gear ready for this summer.

What can you recommend? Any tips?

(I have a backpack and some other things, but I am looking for a tent, sleeping bag, and cooking gear right now.)

Travel agency/DJ/officiant

Tying up some loose ends for my upcoming wedding...

Recommendations for a travel agency in PDX? One specializing in cruises and/or honeymoons would be great.

We also need a DJ and an officiant. We're not huge party people, so a lower-key DJ would be ideal. We're also godless heathens, so we'd need a non-judgemental, non-denominational officiant.

And yes, I know there's Google and the Bravo wedding guide and all that, but personal experience/knowledge/recommendations are awesome.