October 9th, 2011

Flavored Calories.

Peregrination to the wrong destination

Another sign I need mobile/just more in general Net access: I got a bug in my bonnet today to find Javier's, one of the few 24-hour eateries in Portland and one well-recommended by friends, just to say I'd found it. But I'd gotten the idea in my head that it was near the intersection of N. Lombard and N. Interstate, and hey, that's easy to get to because the Max Yellow Line goes right past there. Yes, it does, but Javier's is at N. Lombard and N. Vancouver. That's about 14 blocks east of where I was.

I would not have pulled this maneuver had I been traveling with someone. My tolerance for wild goose chases probably wouldn't match theirs.

I'd considered detouring to a library to get online there -- I was at the Wordstock festival for authors and other book-related people earlier today, and wasn't yet going to go back home where my home access is -- but I wasn't sure I'd have time to get to a library before they close at 5:00 Sunday nights. I should have. I would've had time. And knowledge.

That said, I got to ride the train, wander a neighborhood I don't usually see, read, and get south for a grocery run. Though I had the choice of two bus routes home, chose one, and found out by waiting that that line comes every hour at that time on Sunday nights while the other line, a block away, comes every half-hour. I was able to see two of those other line's buses head towards my neighborhood while I waited for the line I'd chosen. I would've known, had I had mobile Net, "Oh, it's X wait for that bus, and X*2 wait for THAT one."

I will upgrade technology -- and by "upgrade," I mean "get." So. No request for advice yet, but it's becoming more likely to happen. Even for me. (It probably won't be for work. I really don't need a cell phone for the job. Yet.)
Captain Kris W'lash

Catch up...

Anything to say about what I did this weekend? Maybe not, I'm tired, but I can say what I did this weekend.

Commentary shall be sparse:

  • Friday night, I was very, VERY impressed by the 1982 John Carpenter version of The Thing. I had never seen it before. Rare case of a Cort and Fatboy-hosted Midnight Movie being something I'd never seen. Most of the audience had never seen it on the big screen; a lot of others had never seen the film before at all. But: wow. God, when Carpenter's good, he's good.

  • I got to two days of Wordstock, the book fest that's been held at the Oregon Convention Center since 2005. My friend David Walker not only did his first public reading from his first novel, Darius Logan: Super Justice Force, he also led a workshop on his advice for how to write for teenage boys, an audience he wants to see much, much better served.

  • Thoughts from Wordstock: a lot of authors need more practice reading their books aloud. (David? He does it well.) Dialogue is tough to write well. Also? A lot of hot women are readers who were at Wordstock. Also, [note to myself about writing that I need just to tell myself, not tell anyone else]

  • Social time Saturday night! At a bar! Local podcaster and neat person Sarah X. Dylan -- former co-host of The Rick Emerson Show and now co-host of both the podcast Funemployment Radio with Greg Nibler and the Portland sports video podcast Sportlandia -- had a birthday party at the Landmark Saloon, at SE 49th and Division. I and many others were there and were happy.

  • Finally, and randomly? These were my two favorite clips of the pre-film clip show Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts showed in front of The Thing:

    The very-very-Eighties grooves of the Coupe de Villes, John Carpenter's band that did the title song to Big Trouble in Little China:



    And remember Wilford Brimley talking about diabetes? Listen to it as a rap: