October 10th, 2010

Susan Tardif Jess

Looking for cheap landline phone service

My sister lost her job, and is staying with a friend for the time being. She has no income, just food stamps and job-searching enthusiasm.

Since she couldn't afford her cell phone, it's been disconnected, and it's been impossible to follow up with job inquiries. I want to get her a cheap landline for basic local service, no long distance or anything. Just basically something so that employers can call her back. Does anyone have a recommendation?

She's living off SE 28th and Holgate (zip is 97202.)

Thank you!

Recommendations for local primary care docs/nurse practitioners?

I am in the market for a new primary care provider. I only want a female, and a nurse practitioner is preferred, but not required. I want someone who is a good clinician and thorough, but also one who is kind, empathetic, non-judgmental, and takes time to listen. Blunt, straight to-the-point, lecturing types are the absolute worst. I live in SE Portland, but I'm willing to travel half an hour in any direction. Anyone have suggestions? Feel free to send me a private message if you can help. Thanks a bunch.
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randomish questions & comments

1) I recently stayed at a hotel in NH which had a pool that was available to folks not staying at the hotel for a fee - single day use for $7 but also it looked like they offered basically pool memberships.  Anyone know if there are hotels in the portland area that offer that?  I've tried googling but I'm not really coming up with anything.

2) Anyone here dabble (or more) in astrology?  My godmother's friend was big into astrology so I have an astrological chart/reading (?) she made for me when I was born.  I'm wondering if someone here might be able to help me decipher it a bit, mostly just the basic stuff like "this is your ascending sign, this is your moon sign" etc.

3) the Berlin Inn.  I have recommended this place highly in the past, but now I'm here to say, I don't know.  New management perhaps, the menu is changed - I guess the good is some vegan/vegetarian options which were pretty scarce before, but it's just slowly & somewhat oddly turning into a different restaurant, serving kale-quinoa sautee and cashew cream torte (which are fine, you know, but not very german), getting rid of the perennial favorite Salvator Dopplebock on tap (I don't even like beer but that was good stuff)...and getting more overpriced.  Last time I went in, I tried one of the new dishes, lamb with beans.  For $26 I got a huge plate of beans with two tiny medallions of lamb, smaller than I'd usually put on a kebab.  And my server had long fingernails with dirt under them which made me a little, ugh.  I wasn't the only one on DP recommending this place - anyone know what happened?  I might give them one more try but if it didn't improve I'd start giving this place a skip instead.

Happy 10/10/10 everyone.