Archive for December, 2006

Portland’s Professional Media

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Originally uploaded by ahockley.

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New Years with Federale

You probably already have your night planned, but if you don’t, or want to head out early, head over to ACME in SE to see Federale. Federale is a local band who plays soundtrack music to westerns in the 60s Italian style which do not exist. Kinda spaghetti western or “The Good, the bad and the Ugly.” We saw Federale for the first time about a year ago and then again at a bbq this past summer. The guys put on a great show and are scheduled to release some work shortly. The best part? They have a whistler. Yup? No lead singer, but a lead whistler – Collin Hegna. Here’s a video of one of their performances last summer.

Federale @ ACME Bar and Grill
9pm, New Years Eve
$3 before 10pm, Clowns free
SE 8th and Main

There’s no reason to drink and drive tonight

Let me amend that – there’s never a valid reason for drinking and then driving. But New Year’s Eve has a way of persuading normally sane people that they really haven’t had that much to drink; they’ll be able to manage “just this once.” After surveying Portland’s streets last night, I have just one piece of advice: DON’T

I went out last night with friends; I was the driver when we started our excursion. But after I noted the generous pour (not to mention the reasonable price) in my bourbon glass while we waited for a dinner table – well, I pulled my keys out with a flourish and handed them over to my companion, who doesn’t drink at all.

I didn’t use it as an excuse to tie one on – but after a second drink with dinner and a long day that started at 7 am, I was also clearly in no condition to drive, especially amongst all the other crazies out there (some people don’t need the excuse of alcohol to drive like morons 24/7, you know.) So I got to ride shotgun and observe instead.

In the next 40 minutes or so (from inner SE to downtown to a few points in NE), I counted at least five police cars trolling for unsafe drivers – including at least one who followed us for a brief distance. And I watched at least one or two cars get detained.

So, if you were thinking of driving tonight? Why not catch MAX instead – it runs until 3 am; and is free after 8 or 9. Or carpool with a designated driver – most places will be more than happy to take care of your driver with free non-alcoholic beverages. And do carry your cell phone and cab numbers, just in case.

I’d like to see you back here next year, please…

Seen – Save me


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Originally uploaded by dieselboi.

Walking down 5th avenue in NW, I spotted this little graffiti on the corner. See, I call the spray painting by utilities and the like as legal tagging. This one caught my eye because it appears the whole corner will be torn out and someone wants to save the plaque. Pretty cool.
Save

Saddam Hussein Dead!

Was it worth it? Tonight, at 7pm, according to major news networks, Saddam Hussein was executed in Iraq. It’s interesting. I only know because I’m online and clicked on CNN. Yeah, we had watched the local news that stated the execution was eminent, yet @ 7pm, on came Extra with the latest in celebrity gossip. I’m surprised that back in November, there was a kerfuffle because Jonash commented that his favorite shows were interrupted by local political hacks giving concession speeches. Yet tonight, after 3000 US soldiers are dead and 10,000+ injured, along with over 100,000 Iraqi’s dead, not a peep. No break-in, no rolling newsbar, nothing. Kinda makes you wonder about our country’s ambitions. Makes one wonder about the media. Was it worth it?

Pause for a moment

Yesterday was a beautiful, albeit cold, winter day. It started out foggy, yet by afternoon, the sun was shining. We decided to venture out for a walk to lunch in the hood. A new place has opened up – Pause – on N. Interstate in the location where WAX use to be. (WAX was an all ages dj club that never got off the ground.) I have read a few reviews of Pause out there on the interweb and knew I would love it. AltPortland dubbed it as comfort food. (hitup the link for an actual food review) I agree with that, yet my first thought when I see “comfort” food is to bill it as unhealthy and greasy and simple. The menu is more extensive than that and I love that. I had a Cuban sandwich which had pulled pork and ham with pickles. It was perfect for such a day. My partner in crime had roasted cauliflower soup and a yummy salad with crimini mushrooms and chopped celery root. YUMM! We were both extremely satisfied with our vacation lunch. They also have a full bar, about 10+ taps with micros, wine and happy hour.
What I loved most about the space was how they kept it simple. They aren’t going for a scene or a theme. It may evolve with the neighborhood or the clientele over the next few years (I hope.) I love that it is so close, has a great menu, has a good beer selection. Has enough room so one doesn’t feel cramped. I love that someone took one of the empty buildings on N. Interstate and turned it into something the neighborhood can embrace and enjoy. Welcome to the hood Pause.
Pause
5201 N. Interstate
(971) 230-0705
Open for lunch, dinner, and late night

Things to leave behind in 2006…

Due to mind-numbing overexposure and/or the stench of ‘done to death’-ness that’s starting to smoke out the local blog scene, I hereby resolve to NOT blog about the following topics/people/places in 2007.

  • Anything that smacks of picking on the Trail Blazers**. See, I’m kinda liking Brandon Roy and Martell Webster, – not to mention that ‘spanish chocolate’ kid.
  • Blog vs. Blog. (“I’m first.” “No, I was first, damn it”) Blog vs. Not-a-Blog. Blog vs. MSM (including any derivation of the whole ‘they don’t get it’ theme.) Can’t we all just get along?
  • “Kill the Restaurant’eur Michael Hebberoy. Yes, he’s pretentious as all get-out. Sure, he took a bunch of people for a long carnival ride. But he’s also so last year, no?
  • Emilie Boyles. Yes, really. (For me, the dueling thongs put it over the top…)

What’s on your list today? What’d I miss?

** Caveat – I’ll kick this resolution totally to the curb should a) Darius Miles ever wear a Blazer uniform again, and b) do something stupid while wearing said uniform.

A Day Called X

Google Video has a video up that’s apparently a documentary. A Day Called X is narrated by Glenn Ford (known to most people my age as Jonathan Kent in the first Superman film) and it talks about Civil Defense “in a typical American city-like Portland Oregon”. Portland Oregon! It’s about half an hour’s worth of video so get comfy and then get ready to kick it old school: According to IMDb this film is from 1957. Seeing as it’s almost 2007, if nothing else you should watch this with the sound off to see Stumptown fifty years ago.

Things I’ve seen so far:
* A newscaster on KOIN radio (yes, RADIO)
* A few beautiful shots of Portland
* Some fascinating footage of old PDX
* Kids in cars not wearing seatbelts
* It says these are all people portraying themselves, so the 1957 City Council
* Mayor Terry D Schrunk (wow! Google says he’s shady!)
* Someone who doesn’t live here pronouncing Oregon and Oregonian correctly.

What an interesting program! Make with the clicky already-you aren’t doing anything productive this afternoon anyway, right?

Shooting in North Portland – updated

I hate, HATE, being woken up with police lights flashing in my bedroom. It has happened enough in my neighborhood that I immediately know something is up. This morning @ around 4:30am was one of those times. And again, yes again, it is a result of the 4plex across the street. Imagine looking out, thinking it may be a simple traffic stop and seeing one car blocking your street to the north, one car to the south and 2 cars, one block away preventing any access down the cross street (N. Skidmore/Maryland). And inbetween is the Portland Police RV. You know it is something big when the RV is here.
I walked out and spoke with an officer who stated there had indeed been a shooting in one of the apartments around 1am. I asked if there were injuries and he stated no. I plan on talking with the Portland Police North Precinct to confirm that. I can’t imagine there are this many police without injuries.
I say this isn’t new because about 4 years ago, we were awoken by concussion grenades 3 times @ 5:00am over the course of 2 weeks as a result of SERT teams going into this 4plex. One can’t get back to sleep when there are Police snipers on your neighbor’s porch and a tank rolling down the street. Oh how I love my neighborhood.

Updated 5:25am:
From KATU (via email. Thank you.):

NEW THIS MORNING… A POLICE STANDOFF IN NORTH PORTLAND ENDED AFTER AN OFFICER FIRED A SHOT

SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT… A MAN THREATENED A WOMAN WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE A GUN… ON NORTH MISSISSIPPI AND SKIDMORE.
SHE CALLED 9-1-1… AND POLICE CLEARED THE SUSPECT’S APARTMENT COMPLEX.
HE SAW POLICE, CAME OUT WITH HIS WEAPON, AND ONE OFFICER FIRED A SHOT AT THE MAN.
THAT SHOT DID NOT HIT ANYONE.
THE MAN RETREATED INSIDE AND LATER SURRENDERED PEACEFULLY.
DETECTIVES ARE NOW SEARCHING HIS APARTMENT TO FIND THE WEAPON, AND SEE WHETHER IT’S A REAL GUN.

Wasn’t Meant to Be

At least not yet. According to the O – the transformation of a huge mobile home park on NE Killingsworth into condos is not going to happen. And although it would be better for me personally if it did occur – I’m glad for those people that it did not. As I drive by on a pretty regular basis and see the homes there, the people walking in or out of the park to catch the bus, I figure I have it pretty easy compared to them – and this was a Christmas gift that they deserved. We all talk a lot about helping others at this time of year – and at least for the time being these folks have been helped. The neighborhood could still use some cleaning up – but simply getting rid of peoples homes can’t be the answer.

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