Sunday, September 21, 2014

Olive~ "No more gigs today"

"let's have some lime Popsicles dipped in tequila". 



I had to remind myself, even if I haven't had any booze in almost a decade; even if a cute, half-naked clown girl invents the most playful way to fall off the wagon...I'm still an alcoholic. So no thanks Madam. Luckily she has no problem not having a problem. Apparently some people can enjoy alcohol more like a spice than a main course. At the end of the day I have nothing to complain about. I am a little bummed that I quit drinking just before beer got really good though. :)











Like what we do? Here is our virtual tip jar

Just ran into a communication breakdown at the store.

 An older Latina lady was at the service counter and the employees had no idea what she was asking for. The Seniora looked like a lot of the folks I grew up with so I stuck my nose in the fray. "What's up doc?". She said "Tea Kette Mass taa, Tea Kette Mass taa". The clerks looked perplexed. It took a second but I soon got it, "Ticket Master, she wants concert tickets." My Spanish sucks but I'm an expert at broken English

Like what we do? Here is our virtual tip jar

taco hell

Can I ask you a personal question? How much should a taco cost? We just went to a taco place. Olive wondered why I only ordered 1 taco. "It cost more than twice what I normally pay so I want to see it stand on it's own". Well..cold tortilla, grumpy looking meat and mystery goo, at least it took a long time. Not trying to diss anyone but I gotta call it fair, as I see it. The best part of lunch was the part I brought with me. The Olive was great! She was happy with her $6 beans and rice. I think what you are paying for here is to not have to eat near folks who don't have a lot to pay. I tend to prefer food trucks when I'm hungry; because food trucks are also hungry.

 lol, I don't begrudge anyone doing well, If you can charge what you want, go for it. I'm happy for them being able to set the bar. Outside of clowning I have 20 years restaurant experience and i know staying in the black is really hard sometimes. I just personally gotta fight for every dime I get so I'm hip to telling my own similar economied friends to hit up a cart or go down the street the the Whole bowl if you don't have a lotta bread for beans.

There is a difference between a Mexican, and Mexican themed. I remember the truck on Powell and 50th didn't have hardly any biz compared to Taco bell across the street. The truck had great food at reasonable prices. He would even slice some avo for you while the kids across the street are flailing calking guns full of chemicals. The truck is gone and Taco Hell still has custies lined up head to butt all day. crazy.


Like what we do? Here is our virtual tip jar

Olive asked me, "Got the keys?"

I looked around and noticed, we don't own/need anything of value. I think getting stuff taken at this point counts as "helping us move". I don't blame her, she likes her dumpster score furnishings


Like what we do? Here is our virtual tip jar

At the store. :)

Just ran into a communication breakdown at the store. An older Latina lady was at the service counter and the employees had no idea what she was asking for. The Seniora looked like a lot of the folks I grew up with so I stuck my nose in the fray. "What's up doc?". She said "Tea Kette Mass taa, Tea Kette Mass taa". The clerks looked perplexed. It took a second but I soon got it, "Ticket Master, she wants concert tickets." My Spanish sucks but I'm an expert at broken English. 


Like what we do? Here is our virtual tip jar

Monday, September 01, 2014

Share if you agree

I have some insight on the world that comes from surviving in arcane conditions and learning as much as I could about as much as I could. 
I'm adept at noticing "Tells" or hints to people's motivations.
One of the tells that I often find tragically amusing in social media is the phrase "Share if you agree".

It's such a lovely little hunk of manipulative language. It sets a trap. 

"Puppies shouldn't be kicked! share if you agree"
This is really appealing to folks who also like chain letters.
Who benefits from the traffic? No idea.

As the carnival game goes, It's worded in a way that leaves you no choice but to be manipulated...if you let it.

Usually it will have undeniable patriotic, family or religious statement and then ask it be shared.
Asking a super easy question to manipulate someone to click a link is just silly but effective for pooling folks who are easily led. 

"Share if you agree" is often a last tool to get support for out date ideas that are in the death throws of existence in the first place.

Old ideas, bad ideas, religious motivations, covert racism, and base nationalism, pride of ignorance, they are all stars of "Share if you agree" stable.

When I see that phrase I also see the words "Going out of business" as it reminds me of a single strobe light in the window of an empty restaurant that serves food nobody wants anymore.

People fall for desperate carnival tricks every day. I'm not hip to that.
Share if you agree!

like what we do?
http://oliveanddingo.blogspot.com/




Sunday, August 31, 2014

scavenger hunt Portland 2014

Fun people doing fun things.
I went back to the neighborhood where 15 years ago or so, my Portland Story began (North P-town) to volunteer at a bike event. It's scavenger hunt day! Put on by the Portland bike scouts, it was a fantastic use of an afternoon.
http://filmedbybike.org/2013/08/28/bike-scout-scavenger-hunt/

They had a flash, DIY trophy and a ton of amazing prizes.

I did a double take when I noticed where the hunt was staging. 
A long time ago, this building was just an ugly one room scrap heap with a dangerous lack of handrails. 
It was an old warehouse that we had circus practices back in the day.
Now it's a really sharp, non-profit org / brewery, wow. We loved the food and the crew was super tight too. Loved the decor.



A week ago or so, the Scouts put the word out asking for volunteers. 
When i responded they asked that I be a greeter.
Olive was stoked to join in too so we took a couple of buses up to No-Po.
We would have brought the big bikes but it was also kid day and they don't bike as fast or as far as Olive and Dingo..yet anyway. We met up with our kids and jumped right in.


I spotted our contact, the great Ayleen Crotty and her colleague Matt. They were the ringleaders of this situation...with help from Otis the dog I'm sure.

Then the teams began arriving.


 I asked my son to walk around saying "Hi I'm Bruc, can I take a picture for the internet?" Bruce was pretty good at getting the pic and the laugh. We call him Bruc because that's how he used to spell his name when he was little. He loved interacting with some of Portlands finest, bikey denizens.




 The delivery of the manifests!





Yeah so a great time was had by all. We got explore old territory and new chapters, hang out with friends and show our family how fun Portland is. Who won? No idea, We were in charge of beginnings, but Olive wants to make it a point to participate next year for the whole pickle.

                             I'm also extra stoked that we got bike scout patches for participating!!
like what we do?
http://oliveanddingo.blogspot.com/