I’ve been talking to friends recently and almost everyone has some sort of tradition. Something that people do with either friends or family or both around this time of year. As Thanksgiving comes around the thing I always look forward to is… Turkeybowl!
What is TurkeyBowl you ask? Turkeybowl is where my friends get together and prior to the absolutely craziness that is the holiday season and get together for some quality fun. That fun is this……
We get together at a local pizza joint. This year is Flying Pie Pizza in SE Portland. (If you’re a meat-a-terian you should try the Miss Piggy) For a little bit of irreverent pizza pie eating then its off to the Bowling alley. Where, of course, we bowl. There are 5 prizes to be had at the end of the night. Most Strikes, Most Spares, Highest Series (Which I usually win) & Lowest Series (Edit: I forgot – Best style, which is voted on at the end of the night, mind you, the later the night, the more booze that pours..).
I’m looking forward to it this year. What kind of non traditional – traditions do you and your friends/family have?
I know most people are talking about Adam Lambert’s deep throated warbling performs at the American Music Awards last night. But I’m still reeling from Lady Gaga’s amazing performance.
If you didn’t catch it. You should check it out here.
Last week I got to experience my first Ignite Portland event.
What’s Ignite Portland? Check out this helpful guide! Ignite events are quite the spectacle.
The format is this;
1: Create a presentation that is only 5 minutes long
2: Create a talk that corresponds with your presentation
3: Present your presentation at Ignite.
No, they don’t have to be in that order.
While some of the presentations were a bit geeky, even for me. I really enjoyed a few of them and since someone was nice enough to put them online. I can share them with you here. 🙂
There was: “How to capture and eat your first roadkill deer” It was pretty awesome! Watch it here: I found myself giggling the whole time. I hope you enjoyed it too!
There was: ‘Ecstatics, Zealots & Mass Hysteria : How we collectively lose our minds’ Which was one of the highlights of the evening. You think it’s going to be one thing and the next thing you know. Pow, right in the kisser.
This one: “My Bloody Epiphany” was great and a little scary all at the same time. 🙂
And if that wasn’t enough for you. “Confessions of a Dating Ninja” said what we all have thought from time to time.
Now. the next Ignite Portland is going to be 3-3-10. Wanna go?
But I do. It angers me that some people are allowed to get away with being the triumph of mediocrity when some of us really enjoy working hard and putting in an honest days’ work. Now sure, to be fair, I get to take little breaks within my day. We all need a break now and then. But when it comes to abuse and when its blatant and people don’t wish to deal with it because they avoid confrontation. That sucks ass. (Pardon my creative use of the English language.)
Now, it’s not right, I get it, to point it out to those who are in power to do something about it. However, I don’t have that mannerism that says… You shouldn’t do that. But what really irks my noodle is when you can document it with hard evidence, especially when it directly affects how you do your job and yet, nothing is done.
It’s really effing lame and it really works my teat.
I just had to vent. Thanks for listening/reading.
A little disclosure. Through the magic of Twitter and Facebook, I won the two items below.
Tickets to Joe’s Night Out:
Friday I had the opportunity to go to Joe’s Night out. Thanks to a contest on Twitter. The night was at the Newmark Theater at the Portland Center for Performing Arts. Upon arrival I was greeted by Joe himself (This joe being Joe Donlon from KGW) This was an evening chock full of uplifting songs and performances starring the likes of Julianne Johnson, Patrick Lamb, Michael Allen Harrison and The Jefferson Dancers. It truly was a magnificent evening. Here’s a a couple pictures. 🙂 If you want an interesting story, ask how I won?
You can also find my Flickr stream of photo’s and videos here. 🙂
The Second thing I won via Facebook. That was the Sweet Celebration Package at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.
King Suite, Jacuzzi and 40+ inch TV. I was set. 🙂
You can find some pictures here. It was nice, the hotel’s service was impeccable and the amenities incredible. Great for a relaxing evening.
Ahh. The power of Social Applications!
Ok. So I’m not sure if I like Glee. I know, throw me under the bus. But Really. I happened to catch the following clip, and I can’t help but compare the two. Which of these two really makes you Defy Gravity?
The Glee Cast:
Or The Original?
Listen to them both. I’m interested in your impression?
An open letter to The cities and counties of Portland, Milwaukie, Multnomah and Clackamas, Oregon.
Let first start by saying that I’m surprised. Did you know it rains in Oregon? Did you know that most of the roads flood in Portland and Milwaukie? What you may not know is that the flooding is not always caused by leaves in the storm drains, which you’d happily blame. The flooding is because for whatever reason the regional, state and federal transportation organizations haven’t figured out flood abatement. I don’t know why this is considering it rains Seven of Twelve months in Portland. Lets start looking at drainage. Particularly along Highway 84 from Troutdale to Hood River. You know, since it never rains in the Columbia Gorge? Secondly, You might want to take a look at McLoughlin Blvd, The two lanes in either direction slow to 30 miles an hour because of the constant puddle from Downtown Milwaukie to 17th avenue in Portland. Even worse, the water that is stirred up from either car in either set of lanes splashes across the “barrier” you have or across the lane, which causes ZERO visibility. Have you ever driven with your windshield wipers on full and you can’t break the stream of water? You end up getting vertigo. You think there would be some money that you’ve siphoned off the taxpayers that would allow you to create a regional study to look at standing water abatement. Why? Because it rains in Oregon. You think we’d have already taken a look at this. One final thing? Whomever decided it was a good idea to pave roads with a texture that would reflect light in the rain? Smart. The lane reflectors are not visible on McLoughlin, no wonder there are multiple injury accidents on this stretch of Oregon roads.
Photo by Aaron Hockley/Hockley Photography, used under Creative Commons licensing