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Someone leaves town [Feb. 10th, 2006|08:19 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

I'm doing something I have never done before. I'm sitting in a coffee shop with the PowerBook, drinking coffee and updating my journal. I guess the transformation is complete, eh? Welcome to Portland. I've been thinking a lot about why, exactly, it is that I feel so at home here, and the best explanation I can come up with is that it's, well, homey. And I'm sort of completely in love with that.

This is arielgodwin's last week in town; despite our efforts to get him to stay, he's decided that Columbus is a better fit for him. So we took advantage of the rare sunshine last weekend to go hiking over at Powell Butte, east of where I live. For a park surrounded by suburbs on all sides, it sure felt far away from civilization. I think we got some pretty good pictures with his new camera, which I promise to share later on if I can get my hands on them.

Afterward, we went to Soup & Story at jes5199's house. It was kind of funny. This Jes fellow had friended me, and I'd seen that he also had Ariel friended, so I assumed they knew each other.

Lindsey: So after this, I thought we could go to Soup & Story at Jes's house.
Ariel: Okay!
Lindsey: Do you know where he lives?
Ariel: No.
Lindsey: Okay, we'd better stop by my house and check online before going.
Ariel: Okay.
Later still:
Lindsey: I'm not even sure if his name is actually Jes.
Ariel: Me neither.
Lindsey: Wait a second. Don't you know him?
Ariel: No, do you?
Lindsey: No, I thought you did!

Etc., etc. So we ended up looking up the address and arriving at Jes's house, slightly apprehensive but curious to find out what it was all about. It turned out to be a delightfully geeky gathering featuring food and a round of storytelling. One person read the excellent first chapter of one of Cory Doctorow's books, which alerted me to the fact that, uh, that Cory Doctorow writes books. Another person read the "candy" passage from Gravity's Rainbow, which was awesome, and someone else came through with the mandatory Hitchhiker's Guide installment. I told you it was geeky. I read a Grimm's fairy tale, which seemed to go over pretty well, but Ariel brought down the house with a Prairie Home Companion-worthy rendition of his song "Cat Custody Battle" ("I'll meet you in Van Wert/To give you back your cat/But not in Wapakoneta/That's too far"). It's funny, Ariel, because I know that two of your main reasons for going back to Columbus are better weather and better reception for your music. Yet I can't imagine either being better than they were here in Portland last weekend. I guess if it were that way all the time, you'd stay.

Come back soon. I'll be around.


[User Picture]From: geminus
2006-02-11 05:40 am (UTC)
Bicycling Magazine named Portland the best Bike Town in America for 2006.

(Chicago was the 2nd best of the big bity category)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-11 06:32 am (UTC)
That checks. I'm not much into biking, actually, but everyone else here is.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-02-11 06:03 am (UTC)
I was receptive to his music!

Dude, Portlanders should be ashamed! Letting some boring corn town like Columbus steal a musician from us!~
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-11 06:31 am (UTC)
Oh, you guys were all receptive. It was great. But he had a following in Columbus that doesn't seem to have, well, followed him here. And I'm sure he has his own reasons for going back, as well.

Anyway, let's hang out again soon! My roommate has some hours at Free Geek and wants to rack up a few more so we can get a community computer for our house, so I might be over there in the near future.

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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-02-11 09:36 am (UTC)
Awesome, I am always around. Besides when I am sitting around my house being pathetic.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-13 02:33 am (UTC)
I once read a 160-page book onscreen, but it wasn't much fun. Wasn't there an old Outland or Bloom County strip in which Opus tried to curl up in bed with a computer? It didn't work too well, as I recall.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-02-11 07:45 am (UTC)
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From: keturn
2006-02-12 08:44 pm (UTC)

What about Wapakoneta?

I've been singing that all week.

Now, I didn't get a chance to ask you the question that I've been asking anyone who admits to having something to do about podcasts: I want to listen to podcasts on the bus. I don't want to do that so badly that it's worth investing hundreds of dollars. Suggestions?

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-02-13 12:26 am (UTC)

Re: What about Wapakoneta?

I'm probably the one person on Earth who has a podcast but doesn't own an mp3 player, so I might not be a very good person to ask. Here are some mp3 players under $50, though.
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