August 23rd, 2010

Tea whores unite secretly

It's that time of the month again: Meetup!

I know I haven't posted as much this month, so I apologize! (I blame it on traveling outside of Portland and summer classes)

So that's right, this Tuesday is 4th Tuesday!

7pm @ McMenamin's Tavern and Pool
1716 Northwest 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210

If anyone is interested in trivia, leave a note! Minors are welcome at McMenamin's, so if you aren't 21, leave a message and we'll try our best to accommodate you in our plans considering trivia is 21+!
modern still life

mystery book

I'm hoping you guys can help me find a book. An old housemate had it sitting around the house for a while, and I noticed it but never wrote down its name. Now I want to find it, but have no clue what it is called and am no longer in contact with that old housemate. All I can remember is that it had to do with a boy who lives in the subway. Possibly in London?  It also may have been a children's/adult crossover book (a la Harry Potter)... that is the impression I got from the cover, somehow, anyway. Any ideas?

we all know comcast is evil ...

... but does anyone have any recs for getting a better deal with them as an existing customer? my most recent special rate has disappeared and their "best" deal is $10 off their service, which is still pretty expensive for me, being super underemployed and all. yet, i need the internet for my and my partner's job searching and work. ugh. so i am trying to find another promotion or something that i can present them with/ convince them to give me. they don't care that i am willing to leave them, but i really don't want to b/c of extra installation fees, etc. with other companies. i don't have phone or cable in a bundle either.

thanks for your help!
hayley williams and chad gilbert

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Sup, sup, DP!

I am once again restricted to my apartment due to crutches. I have nothing else to do but play on the intarwebs and crochet! I've been crocheting up a storm and was wondering if anyone around here did crafty things and would want to trade crafts? I tend to stick to making hats and scarves but I don't mind what I'd be trading for. Here's one of the hats I've made. I'm high on pain killers and looking rough, don't judge me! And another. I can do different stitches in the hats, but mostly stick to the skull cap type. Anyone interested?

On a side note, can I crochet for homeless people? Is there some kind of organization that I can drop hats and scarves off at? I can make two to four hats from a thing of yarn and I have A LOT of yarn. I was thinking I could maybe make some for people that might need them when it starts getting cold. Thanks!
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Need a damn recommendation...

I'm overwhelmed by the number of companies that do gutter cleaning and do not know where to start. Any recommendation for a reliable person or company that can clean my (house's) gutters?

I'm in SW Portland.

I'm also looking into buying a moped/scooter and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on dealerships (particularly if they have them used).

Thank you!

Free hot tub

My mom has a hot tub on her back deck that she does not want and has never used. It's been sitting there for a few years so will require some cleaning, but to our knowledge it works if you know how to set it up (we don't, and my mom does not want the water bill).

So if you have the means to pick it up, drop me an email at and I will give you the address and let her know you'll be picking it up.

EDIT: Taken.

Car selling

I'm curious, have any of you sold your car recently in a manner that didn't involve Craigslist or other forms of classifieds? How did that work out for you?

I'm finding that selling my poor car is turning in to a touch of a nightmare, and I'm wondering what other options are out there.

coast vacation rentals

After an amazing weekend on the Oregon coast, I ask you....

Does anyone know of someone who owns a house on the coast, and needs someone to come up to do repairs /cleaning/ maintenance after the weekend in exchange for free weekday night stays?

We were up last night (Sunday) and I am in amazement of how many houses were empty that night. I assume it is like that for most of the week, and everything filling up for Friday and Saturday nights.

Over the course of the next few months I plan on making this a reality. I realize that this is a longshot, but I thought I would post here and see if I can get any leads. I would like to make some sort of deal that lasts through the winter, as the coast is just beautiful in the rain as it is in the sun.

I am also willing to trade babysitting (I am an infant nanny, and have a solid resume), tutoring (my partner is a grade school teacher), pet sitting, house sitting, house cleaning, etc. for nights at a beach house. 

Rechargeable batteries?

So I'm a bit late to the Wii party, but I FINALLY got one (actually about two weeks ago). Buuuuut, I don't want to have to keep buying batteries for my Wiimote, and the instruction manual says I can only use alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Anyone know where I can find the latter, and a recharging station? I need at least two AAs. (Could have sworn I also saw something on the internet about rechargeable alkalines, as well...) Note: they cannot be lithium ion, nickel cadmium, or carbon zinc batteries.
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looking for a night out where people actually dance

Compare and contrast:
I went to a concert at the Zoo - the fellow attendees ate on the lawn, picnic blankets edge to edge. Down near the stage, on the small concrete pad, folks were jumping and clapping and generally having a great time, although we were all too close to actually dance.

I went to a concert at the Crystal Ballroom - the fellow attendees stood in front of the stage, staring at the band. Occasionally, someone swayed a little, or jumped up and down to test the goofy floor.

I went to a DJ party at the Holocene. I wore earplugs. Eventually people got up to dance to music I didn't recognize, but as soon as folks started getting into a grove - say, 20 seconds into a tune - he'd change the music. People stumbled off the dance floor in rhythmic confusion.

I'm really not into music, and can't pick out a location to head out on the town by who's playing because I don't know squat about the bands. However, if people were willing to have a good time, I could put up with synthopop with didgeridoo backup. Any ideas for locations that more often then not booty shakes and only the wallflowers stand around with their drinks?

Damn SciFi/Fantasy Nerds

Need recommendations of good fantasy books to read. I'm writing a story that involves futuristic sci fi stuff, but also fantasy & magic. Mostly, I need to absorb more magic terminology that I can use for my story. I'm much more of a sci fi geek, so my knowledge of fantasy/magic terminology is limited. Also, online resources where I can find this stuff would be helpful. Obligatory note about the inadequacy of "google-fu."

Things I have read:

-Several of Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" novels ("Legend of the Seeker"). Not good.
-Part of "Sword of Shanarra" by Terry Brooks. Also not good.
-Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. Brilliant. I love her. I will read the rest of the Earthsea series, and that's good stuff.
-Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Hilarious.

Other things I already know about/plan to read:

-Neil Gaiman (loved Neverwhere, but can't really get into much of his other stuff, unless you have a particular book of his that I absolutely have to read).
-"Wheel of Time" series (haven't read any of them but people keep telling me to read them/avoid them. Which should I do?)

So there's a lot of crap out there, but I know there's good fantasy that's just sitting there at Powells waiting for me to fall madly in love with it.

Also, these books must not involve eating meat, cheese, or babies. I can't read about eating any of those things. Reading about eating meat and cheese makes baby Jesus cry.