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Monday, August 8, 2005

The Portland Zine Symposium just finished up. Joshua came over from Hermistand on Friday and we did a workshop on cookbook/zines. I think the fair should be just one day of tabling and one day of workshops. There wasn't enough browsers and coming in three days (one of which the a/c wasn't working) was exhausting. Doubly, I'm sure, for the organizers. There were lots of great zines and people and the workshops were interesting although I ended up only making it to the Gocco (sp?) Japanese screen printing one. We had free donuts from Voodoo, free tea from Tao, free bagels from who knows where (I accidently put pb and j on a pepper one - ug!) I feel bad because I was a kinda lousy host to Joshua, getting my period on Sat and going to an outdoor movie without him on Friday (he didn't want to watch Ghostbusters...)Ari and Phil drove all the way from San Diego to table!
My room is all set up now and I love it. Never was so excited about my room before. I'll post pics soon.
Emily has left and it is very sad. Now i have no one to go to shows with. My house is kind of the old school punks who don't attend punk shows anymore, but i guess still like music and maybe see indie stuff. Emily and I went to the beach one day where in PDX it was 91 degrees but the beach (an hour and half away) was 56! It sucked! But it was still neat because the fog was incredibly thick, never seen anything like it, and there were crazy gross creatures in the sand... We had a much more fruitful bathing time at Blue Lake, about 20 min outside of downtown, where by 2pm the water was super warm and I was a happy camper!
On Tuesday we went to the Vita Cafe and the Avalon Arcade. The Vita has nothing on my (stolen) fish and chips recipe. But their cheesecake kicks the fuck ass! Me and Joe ordered a peanutbutter but the waitress gave us something else. When we inquired she left the first and brang the PB one over as well. So we ate two. Wow............. The arcade was super silly and I wasted lots of nickles on House of the Dead, of course. Ski ball is always fun however, and air hockey. I got a silly scull keychain that I lost out on in Sept. and Emily picked up a super ridiculous flashing rubber frog ring. (all from the tickets we won from games) On the way back we saw and picked up Jon's friend Josh who I had seen at a bus stop just the day before as well. He was sitting there with a bike tire and it all made sense... He did not seem impressed with the frog ring at all...
On thursday Marc, Emily, Joe and I went blackberry picking in the alleys and saw Sleeper in a parking garage downtown. I haven't seen that Woody Allen movie since I was about 11. I think it was my first and I appreciate it much better now. All those political jokes just went over my head. We got burritos at the place Brian calls Stripper Burritos or something. It was around the corner from a strip bar. Didn't seem too odd to me until i went to use the bathroom. It takes you to the strip bar bathroom! It was hilarious!
Jonathan and I use to talk about being a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond. Even tho Portland is small, I feel like a little fish. I can't even make any in roads being a vegan baker/cook book author. Because everyone and their dog does vegan baking. Everyone's a pierced tattooed punked out vegan who does baking. And their stuff is good to fabulous. Everyone belongs to a collective, activist group, art thing, media outlet etc. Someone from P-town once told me they had never met anyone like me. I see siusan moffat clones running around here all day (albeit they are not 31 year old sxe punks who like old things and say the word "gams".)
Driving here SUX ASS. Emily had a car so to leave the city or to get to hard to reach places (SE portland is quite from North, where I am). It's way worse that Toronto and even worse than L.A! The hiways are always fucking busy! Getting downtown and finding parking is a pain in the ass because of all the one ways and the festival things going on all the time (ie. brewers fest, art shite etc.) Biking and transit actually seem faster...
It's still up in the air if I will do moving image archiving at the Oregon Historical Society, but there is a position for me at the stills desk which I am happy about.
Sean has left Microcosm so it looks like i might take over.
Now that the zine symposium is over and my room is together I will have a lot of time on my hands. I have to spend a lot of it doing cookbook stuff if I want this damn thing to come out in 2006. I think I will approach Arsenal again, just for the hell of it...
The salsa band plays across the street every tuesday or wed. It's pretty fucking great. Last week they had brass.
toodles for now...
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missruckus
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mystery holiday?
hey siue, your map has a point in the pacific ocean - where'd you go??

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