Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fall Festivals

Well, it's that time again, when school starts up, the days grow darker, and the nights are cooler! Here's a list of fun this to do for the Autumn season; (some are old, some are new).

Of course, there's the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest which begins on the second Thursday after Labor Day and runs through the following Sunday.

Then the Portland Revels has two fun things coming up, a Fall Equinox Pub Sing Sunday September 24th 6:00-8:30pm @ Old Market Pub and an Apple Cider Making Party Sunday October 1st, 1:00-6:00pm @ Parker Barn in Cedar Mill (scroll down to EVENTS for further info)

Don't forget your local Farmer's Market! If you scroll down a bit on this site, you will also find info on the Northwest Wine & Food Festival (Sept. 30th) and the Oregon Brewers Guild Fresh Hop Beer Tastival (Oct 14th). I heard rumors they might have some meade available for tasting, (although it's technically not beer), so it might be interesting to check it out!

Finally, the good ol' Verboort Sausage Festival, "always the first Saturday in November". Don't know if I'll try to make first in line again, but I'll definitely be there early!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Readers' Poll: The Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time

What guitar solo do you think is the greatest of all time? Please tell us what you think! If you like, click the title to find out the results of an "official" poll.

(Most of my picks were there, though I was a bit surprised at what took the #1 spot...)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Let Slip the Dogmas of War

And in other news...

In Afghanistan, the Taliban gave in to the demands of the hard-core Salafi/Wahabbists in Al-Qaeda and destroyed the giant, ancient Buddha carvings in Bamiyan, provoking world outrage. Now, in Canada, zealots have destroyed a massive, 1500-year-old gallery of petroglyphs believed to be the only surviving remnant of an advanced culture that was wiped out by the Inuit long ago. This time the history-cleansing fanatics are Christian. Where is the world outrage?

Meanwhile, those two Fox News reporters that were abducted in the Gaza Strip and held longer than any other abductees in that area to date have been set free. What happened? Did the U.S. give in to their demands and release prisoners? Was a ransom paid? No. The two journalists converted to Islam. I guess that takes precedence over everything else.
Terrorists: "American pig-dogs! Infidel scum! Too long has your Crusader government conspired with the Zionists to oppress and kill our people! Too long have we suffered and died! We will have justice! We will have revenge! We will have..."
Journalists: "We love Allah!"
Terrorists: "Oh, alright. Off you go!"
Logic: "I surrender!"

I wouldn't be too quick to embrace alternative religions, though. Look what happened to a Texas woman who made an altar to La Santisma Muerte (a.k.a. The Grim Reaper) in her home entertainment center. Apparently there was a malfunction in the sacred illumination mechanism (i.e. the candles started a fire), and the whole altar wound up a burnt offering...the hard way. Well, you know what they say: Play with fire, and you flirt with Death...or was that "Play with Death, and you flirt with fire"?
I'm soooo confused!!!!

Meanwhile, I've read in my newspaper that some scientists are actually worried that they might be sued by rabid astrologers upset that the recent demotion of Pluto will completely screw up their understanding of cosmic cycles.
Say, WHAT???!??

Belief can be such a crazy thing...

Okay, back to the real world!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Mooning at the Howlers

I don't really have too much to post about, so I will ramble on aimlessly just to waste your time. When considering the news, I have the same question as this guy at The Onion:

"Was JonBenet the one who shot Joey Buttafucco because he cut off the penis of Tonya Harding's husband, OJ Simpson?"

The knee is healing at nearly glacial speed. No surgery required at this point so I won't have to worry about the cautions that people proffered to me from several different circles. I can start riding my bike to the train (about 1/2 the distance to work) so that will cheer me up a bit. I am still rather bummed about my overly ambitious hiking plans being dashed though. Sigh.

I am trying to fight off interruptions at work long enough to finish this project that must absolutely be done this week (oh, and can you just make these 6 major modifications to this software over here. It shouldn't take much time.). As Emo Philips says, "Some mornings, it just doesn't pay to gnaw through those leather straps."

I can't complain too much though. My little sister got married last weekend to a great guy and their outdoor ceremony was beautiful and touching (especially my poetry reading; that always brings a few tears). The weather is beautiful and dinner was tasty. Sounds like Moody had a great trip to Oz. And Momo has the pulse of the Zeitgeist as always.

I guess I'd better get to work or my big project won't get done this week. Later dudes and dudettes.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Vulgarius World

This is long overdue because I haven't been around my home email account much recently. Our old friend and sometimes contrarian Vulgarius is serving a tour in Afghanistan. This site is a visual chronicle of some of the people in his unit.

Those of you who know him should be able to pick him out fairly easily. We wish you safety and success in your mission Vulgarius. If you come across a gentleman by the name of Bin Laden, please feel free to ventilate his skull. Come home soon!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Am I on the Wrong Side of the Planet??!?

This fun, little quiz caught my eye, and since language is my life (as well as music), I had to give it a try. Anyway, the language I should learn is:

You Should Learn Swedish

Fantastisk! You're laid back about learning a language - and about life in general.
Peaceful, beautiful Sweden is ideal for you... And you won't even have to speak perfect Swedish to get around!

(I just remembered...Snabby is of Norwegian descent. Oops!)