Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Such an amazing show! Really needed some good kick ass music and kick ass friends!

Friday, September 10, 2010

This being my first ever music festival I wasn't quite sure what to expect but 10 bands, 6 venues, 5.5 hours, 2 beers and 1 food cart later I had a good preview of what the rest of the weekend holds in store.

Started the night with a trip to Wonder Ballroom to check out Ra Ra Riot. The place was packed but it might have been my least favorite of the night. Though, I didn't know that then so I was happy enough.

We left after 2 songs and shot over to Mississippi Studios just in time to catch the last couple of songs with Henry Wagons, including a wild call and respond with the audience of "Willie Nelson!" and a song about "Jail" in which he's decided he's tired of get butt raped so he better shape up his attitude so he can get out of jail. Unfortunately we only caught the last couple of songs. I say unfortunately because I think I could have been happy spending several hours listening to him talk and sing. He made me think Flight of the Conchords meets Johnny Cash... but Australian.

Since the show was over pretty quickly we hopped in the car and headed to

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A small CMN of Princess Bride and a picnic at the park followed by drinks and pestering Ms. Simik at her work, The Barley Mill.

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm not going to be numbering the Thing a Day posts from this point on. I'll still change the dates so that they show up in the right order... I'm just finding that posting stuff regularly and always in order isn't working out quite the way I expected (especially with like 1000 photos from Ohio to go through).

Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh, shut up. If you've ever attempted to keep up on a blog then you know first how how tricky it is to keep it up to date or do all the gloriously entertaining things that you promise to do. So, here are the photos from the trip. If you want the stories that go along with them... well just ask!
And now, without further ado....

Friday, July 23, 2010


July 23 - August 2
I was seriously debating whether I would consider the whole trip one TAD or give each day it's own. Well, turns out that staying in a place that had no internet and no cell service I wouldn't have to decide till after we got back. And I'm glad for that because the trip was so jammed packed with doing stuff...all...the...time... that each day easily warranted it's very own post.

It may take me a little bit to get all the photos and stories posted but I'll keep pecking away at it and post-dating them for them to show up on the correct date (as I do with many posts that I take longer than expected to get to) and in the mean time post the most recent TADs as they happen.

ready, set, OHIO!

So day one actually begins slowly... and late since G was sleeping off his birthday hangover till like noon. But up 'n at 'em because we hadn't finished doing laundry or even started packing, figuring that the plane didn't leave till 11:30pm and we'd have all day to run errands. Which we did, including buying airplane sized bottles of whiskey for the ride and discovering this is pretty much the best idea ever.

Things get a little foggy here because then we fly BACK in time and meet up with the sun just about 2 hours after take off making that the shortest night ever and arriving somewhere around 7am local time hungry enough to believe that a breakfast sandwich from a truck stop Subway was pretty damn good. But I think this all counts as day 2....

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Thursday July 22-
So for 3 weeks I planned. I lied and misdirected and kept contact with all our friends in secret to pull this off and it was perfect!

"The Plan:

NOON @ Oregon Beer Fest:
Those coming for the first big surprise you need to be at the Waterfront Park at noon sharp. Meet up with Cassie and others in front of the Oak St. Entrance which is located in the middle of the festival.

If you have questions, get lost, need directions or anything else call Cassie on her cell phone.

I will shoot Cassie a heads up message just before we get off the max and head your way which should be 12:15-12:30 depending on how hard it is to get him out of the house on time. I'd recommend you also take the max as parking will be hellish. Plus it's free, and drops you off one block from the entrance!

LATER @ Oregon Beer Fest:
If you are joining us later than the noon meeting. Go ahead and feel free to shoot a message or call me on my cell to figure out where we are at!

6PM@ Wallace Park for free Concert
Please try to get to the park as close to 6 as possible and keep an eye open for other friends that will also be showing up here and looking for you! We will be taking him to a "surprise" location via street car and hope to arrive at about 6:15ish. The location is: Wallace Park - NW 25 & Raleigh, show is 6:30-8:00 PM.

I'm sure a gathering at a bar like the RAT (Rose and Thistle Pub) will follow and everyone is welcome to join us there!"

It was truly a perfect day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday July 16- Sunday July 18-
Oh. Hell. Yes. I love camping. I don't mind sleeping on the hard ground. The bug bites are totally worth it. And coming home smelling of campfire is pretty much what I imagine heaven to be like (if there was one).

Those who left on Thursday found the most unbelievably awesome site waaaaaay up in the sticks outside of Zig-Zag, Oregon on the river in the shadow of Mt. Hood. I don't think I could have imagined a more awesome place. So needless to say, I see this becoming a yearly tradition. Welcome to Camp Epic!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday July 14, 2010-

Went to see Left Coast Country play at the White Eagle. It was pretty bad ass and I'm always impressed with how much the guys improve everytime we see them, even if it's only a couple weeks between shows. Took lots of photos but even 3 weeks later I still haven't had a chance to edit them all. But soooooooooon. In the meantime here are a couple I've got so far:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010
Portland is an incredible city if you like to get out and do things that are social, unique and encourage hanging out with your neighbors. Portland Parks and Rec do a fantastic job of creating active parks with their free movies, concerts and other family friendly events.

We rode our bikes out to Oregon Park, hooked up with a couple buddies to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox and enjoy an al fresco picnic dinner!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday July 12, 2010-
So some of the lovely people at Portland State University (PSU) who headup the Party in the Park (and Party Near the Park) hired me to do a logo for the events. I actually spent a couple days working on this am counting it as one TAD. Below are the logo concepts I turned in to them. I'll post the final versions in a couple days.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Sunday July 11, 2010-
That's right, world cup finals. It was a long and wild ride and I'm sad to see it go. Though, now I'm more excited than ever for PDX's very own MLS team to get their asses here and playing games for my sheer enjoyment. But mostly I'll miss having a perfectly valid reason for being at the bar at 7am and drinking.

I made a huge veggie breakfast complete with fresh veg scramble and herbed homefries. It's a good thing we had kickball later in the day to help run off some of it.
Another big deal about this TAD is that G and I celebrated 3 years together. Even though we are insanely broke right now we tried to recreate the first date of coffee>movie>bar but on the cheap. Like, REALLY cheap. We walked the neighborhood trying to find a coffee shop that was open at 8pm and with no luck opted for cold starbucks lattes from Plaid Pantry. We took our coffees home, sat on our tiny porch and read questions out of a book I've had for years called Getting To Know You. We talked for more than an hour since the book asks weird questions you'd never think to ask someone and we ended up bunny-trailing off into stories we'd never really talked about. We followed that up with rewatching Hot Fuzz, which neither of us had seen since our first date and shared a beer that we somehow scraped together enough change to buy. (Holy crap, I'm glad my paycheck came in, being THAT broke really sucks. Hard.)
All in all it was a pretty great day and I'll finish it off by posting pics from the beginning of it all >. G, you're a rad dude! Thanks for everything.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday July 10-
Portlandians LOVE anything and everything that supports the unofficial motto of "Keep Portland Weird". Zombie walks, naked bike rides, zoo bombers, amature porn festivals, Plunder-a-thon among hundreds of other happenings. TAD 23 fits happily into that definition, if you consider a small group of rag-tag theater nerds reenacting a classic episode of Star Trek in the park for free and hundreds of people coming to check it out, weird. Atomic Arts did a fantastic job of using minimal set and props and the musical score was live... and awesome!

Aside from being weirdos and general cacophonsits we like normal things too. Though it's more often than not an unnatural or unusual take on those normal things that catch our eye, we are major foodies, artists, coffee and beer connoisseurs which is why things like the Mississippi Street Fair (or really any street fair or block party) is so well attended.

Trek in the Park, along with a picnic dinner was a great way to wrap up an overly sunny and warm trip to the street fair.

Friday, July 09, 2010

July 9-
Another hot and sweaty day! Seriously loving it! Today we piled into a minivan with missing seats and bombed up to the Washougal River in Washington with about 4 other carloads of people. We stopped at a couple places along the river for natural waterslides which weren't nearly as smooth as you might hope, rock diving, beer drinking and just floating while soaking up some sun.
It's days like this that make me fall in love that much more with living here!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July 8th-
Another scorcher but it's supposed to cool down a bit. A whole gaggle of people went to Miss Eva's to work on crafts, create art, collaborate and sip wine. It was laid back but I think a lot of good connections were made.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Wednesday July 7, 2010

The last couple days have been pretty warm and this day was no exception, rather it hovered just above 100 degrees most of the day. So of course that seems like the perfect setting to get a whole bunch of friends together mid-day, have them dress in their fanciest clothes and make them run through the water fountain at Holliday Park (across from the Lloyd Center) while I take pictures.
I loved the fact that like 12 of my buddies showed up! In the middle of the day! In the middle of the week!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July 5 & 6, 2010
Nothing terribly exciting for a reader to observe but spent these two days healing from the hangover and catching up on photo editing including the ones from the 4th of July Party. I also did work stuff on the 6th but that doesn't really count for these purposes.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ah, the Fouth of July. The day when Americans commemorate the hard work and sacrifice of life given by americans who came before us by getting wasted and blowing shit up!

Let it never be said that the PAPSEK crew ever failed to take advantage of ANY occasion to dress up in costume!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Kept it local tonight and made some tasty ass 4-bean enchiladas. I don't use recipes very often but it's actually pretty great. Except for when we end up eating left overs for 3 days because I made a recipe to serve 10 with just the 2 of us. Ah well at least they were good and make great breakfast scrambles.

Friday, July 02, 2010

There were some epically rad pics from the Player Haters Ball and I just couldn't help but have a little fun with them. Surprisingly, design this bad is actually much harder than you'd think... which I suppose says something good for all my schooling.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 30
One of the many awesome things about PDX's summers are the incredible abundance of FREE stuff to do around town. Being as insanely broke as we are this summer, this is a huge plus about living here. You could honestly probably do something around town every single day of the week all summer long and never spend a single dime if you have a bike and a small cooler.

We went to check out Portland Center for the Performing Arts' free outdoor summer concert series
call Music on Main St. We checked out a band we hadn't heard before called Pancake Breakfast and were pleasantly surprised by their wide range of styles throughout the show.

We followed the show up by walking a block to eat a 'picnic' dinner of cold leftover pizza in the park blocks and people watch then hopped the max home. Happiness!

Monday and Tuesday this week were a fail as far a getting Thing a days done. Mostly spent my time at home catching up on all the bills and other random stuff that needed to be updated, checked on or otherwise resolved. Tuesday I went in to the office on campus to work and meet with the new Department head (who seems to be a super rad lady) and I'm stoked to see how this new team moves the Center into Department status.

On another note I took a low res snap shot of my first QUOTES drawing that I did sitting around during art walk last week. It was something my niece realized last year at age 2 and was really excited to share with me. I've got a lot of those that I imagine will make it into the series by the time I'm done.


Sunday June 27

A great day full of kickball, sunshine, friends, beer, shotgunning, flip cup and some weird wine bag slapping "game" called Slap the Bag where you take the bag of wine out of the box, slap it, then drink it. I didn't understand the point but it was somehow still really funny.Even though today isn't a usual Thing-a-day type day (creating, experiencing, drawing, learning etc). I'm still counting it as one because of it's utter perfection as a laid back time with good friends and it can be hard to get everyone together in one place at the same time.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Friday June 25
So being broke (as many of us often are during the summer without financial aid checks to help cover costs) G and I have been trying to get creative with ways to do the cool stuff we want to do. Can't afford all of Portland's many brew festivals? Try volunteering! We signed up and worked a 2-6pm shift, met cool people and learned the finer points of how to work the beer fest system (apparently you should try to get on the first shift of the weekend so that you can try all the unique beers while there are still kegs of it left and also the last shift of the weekend so that you get to attend the after party where the volunteers and brewers kill off what's left of all the tapped kegs from the festival)

We weren't able to stay for too long afterwards because of the need to get home and prepare Cheesy Movie Night at out house. This week was the childhood summertime classic The Sandlot. But mostly people just got really drunk and visited.


Do you ever get so busy that you can't even recall what you did earlier that same week? That explains pretty well my last 9 days.
Last weekend was father's day, spent in Eugene with the parents. I'm sure something happened on Monday but I've been racking my brain to remember and have come out empty handed or minded as it were.

Tuesday June 22
The troops were called out to meet up for an impromptu evening at the park which ended up with a 20 player game of Ultimate Frisbee. Fun, but there's a hell of a lot more running in UF than kickball. At least the way we play.

Wednesday June 23
The troops rally at the venue Mt. Tabor Theater to see friend Gabe's new project Wy' East play.

Thursday June 24
Walked to Alberta Street for the Last Thursday Art Walk. Hung out in the booth with Cassie (selling Honey Bijou jewlery) and Natalie (selling her Budding Homemaker- the cutest aprons you've ever seen)