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23rd-Dec-2007 07:09 pm - dsl?
Anyone know a dsl service that services the Mississippi / humbolt area? Everyone I've looked into doesn't - and I would rather not go through comcast (too expensive).
18th-Jul-2007 08:18 am - Landmark change
Just a heads up in case you're giving folks directions to where you live: they're doing the signage sort of inconsistently as they convert Portland Blvd. to Rosa Parks Blvd.

For the last few months, most signs showed both names. They're starting to remove the Portland Blvd signs now, but not particularly evenly. The I-5 northbound Portland Blvd. exit is now labeled Rosa Parks, but if you're going northbound on MLK there's still a big "Next signal: Portland Blvd" sign (even though the actual street sign says Rosa Parks.)

I live just north of Portland Blvd between MLK and Vancouver Blvd, so I usually give people directions coming both ways. It totally confused someone who isn't familiar with the area yesterday.
13th-Jun-2007 09:36 am - drug bust on albina?
Hey peeps, on my morning commute, I noticed that the cops had taped off N Simpson St. leading west from N. Albina.

Here's a map of where I'm talking about.

There were several people, all middle-aged black people, about half male and half female, sitting handcuffed on the lawn of the house on the SW corner of the intersection, and the front door looked like it had been kicked in.

My first thought: drug bust. Not because of black people in handcuffs, but because of the area. Anyone know any details?
8th-Jun-2007 07:45 pm(no subject)

A recent debate in a friend's journal got me thinking about neighborhoods, neighborliness. I'd love it if we had a conversation about this, y'know... the whole 5 of us who post here. :P  What is the state of your neighborhood? Do you know your neighbors? Do you even want to know your neighbors?

Studies show that neighborhood decline and decreased familiarity is directly attributed to social and economic capital (Temkin and Rohe, 1998). With the application of gross over-generalization, that should indicate that poor people are too damned tired just gettin by to try to powwow 'round the mailboxes. The irony here, of course, is that my life-experiences tell me that it's affluent people who are most likely to take a hostile "get away from my lawn you freak!" attitude toward attempted neighborliness.

I don't know what this all means. I wish my former neighbors (not here in Oregon) hadn't called the fire department and had our water shut off because they thought our running hose was a "ruptured water main." It was a major pain in my ass to get under the house and turn on the water when we got home in the dark of night. I think the object lesson here is that you (the generic you) must first make an effort to KNOW your neighbors before you make an attempt at guessing (and meeting) their needs.

In some cases I think this is where neighborhood watch groups fail. There is such a fine line between nosy and helpful. Helpful is not peering in my windows when you know you saw me pull into the garage not an hour ago, nor is it stealing my mail just so you can "return" it later [seriously lady, if you do that again I will totally report you]. Helpful IS calling the police when you see masked men wheeling my TV out of the house after I have left you written instructions explaining that I am out of the country. Perhaps the very act of telling your neighbors when you are leaving the country is as neighborly as we need to get.

I used to pine for the days of neighborliness. Then some neighbors who don't even know us began accusing us (erroneously) of breaking the law (in screaming tones, from across the street, on July 4th). Now I just think they are some mouthy broads and I hope they move away soon and leave us the hell alone until such time.

I don't really mean to start a neighbor bashing session (though you really should share, especially if it's funny) but I am curious. Quest for knowledge with me, y'all. Are neighbors in or out? Especially here in Portland where we at least love to name our 'hoods.

6th-Jun-2007 05:14 pm - weds nights on mississippi.....
Hello fellow NoPo'z.... I DJ every Weds night at Moloko Plus (on N. Mississippi ave right next to Fresh Pot and across from Crow bar) its the all white-walled bar, used to be Mississippi Social Club. I'll be spinning mostly old music (50's, 60's r&b, garage rock, cramps-songs, soul, blues) which varies every time. Its a laid back kinda night for hump day... non-smoking... outside patio... fancy cocktails... etc. 10pm-2am.
1st-Jun-2007 05:44 pm(no subject)
I'd like to watch the fireworks, but am not so interested in going downtown ...

Does anyone know a good vantage point from North Portland (not NE or NW)

Thank you!
16th-May-2007 12:03 pm(no subject)
Hooray for sun! I am ripping this out of the Por Que No Taqueria update because I am too lazy to re-type things! (:

Today is the start of the 2007 Interstate FARMERS MARKET!  

The market is held at Overlook Park @ 3550 N. Fremont St.  It is on the Yellow line of the Max, and parking is plentiful and free across the street at Kaiser.  

There will be Peas, Asparagus, Live Music, Olive Oil, Bread, Salt, Plants, and most important of all, a good sunny day to hang out in a great community at one of the best parks in the city!
23rd-Feb-2007 10:18 am - NoPo video
Hi all; here is a NoPo-cenetric video I found over at YouTube. Nice shot of the St. Johns Bridge at the end. Enjoy!

17th-Nov-2006 10:27 pm - Funnyqueerfunny event tomorrow night!
Tattoo supergalore pic
Gayety: Portland’s Only Queer Laughter Lounge
Saturday, November 18th, 2006 8 PM

Haven Coffee 3551 SE Division St PDX
Three buck cover

Cynthia Richards: On the Way to Comic Nirvana
Kelli Dunham: Dork Gone Wild
Lisa Leddy on trivia (complete with fabulous prizes!)
Film-maker Ross Jura with his stand up debut
JUST ADDED: superstar zinester Dexter Flowers as our featured reader!

Stand-up comedy/Spoken Word/Humorous Mayhem/Trivia with fabulous prizes/queerfunniness
Questions? Kelli@kellidunham.com OR 1.888.326.0405
Comedy just like your mom used to make. If your mom was really really quite extraordinarily gay.
1st-Oct-2006 11:23 pm - Missing pug..
One of my neighbors in North Portland has been frantically combing Arbor Lodge looking for their missing Pug.

Has anybody seen their dog? It apparently responds to the name Winston. It's a black pug.

Reply to me directly, or leave a comment and I'll pass you their contact information.
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