Friday, June 30, 2006

Do they have no Quality Control department?

That's right, it's a cherry pie that may contain pits. Do they think this disclaimer will save them from tooth-replacement lawsuits?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The happy couple!

For those of you who haven't heard, last week I went to Missouri (and Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas) to visit Nicole. (Yes, that Nicole, the one from the blogs.) And I have returned to Portland an absolutely changed man. Nicole is a wonderful, beautiful woman, as you can see, and I absolutely adore her!

So, don't we look great together?

(Jim, I believe this once and for all proves that Nicole is real. :) )

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At June 28, 2006 at 8:29:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

You guys are SO cute!!! Of course, in my mind it was never a question of whether Nicole was real, but rather, whether YOU were real. :)


At June 28, 2006 at 8:41:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Those are my two favorite pictures of us!

And yes, I think we look fantastic together!

Have I mentioned that I adore you, too!?!


At June 29, 2006 at 11:56:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must agree you two are quite the couple.


At June 29, 2006 at 12:12:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Jami Leigh said...

Quite the couple indeed!


At June 29, 2006 at 5:41:00 PM CDT, Blogger Meagan said...

Wow I'm confused! :-D Apparently I have not been catching the vibes shooting between your blogs!

love meagan


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And, finally, I've heard the news

I just found out that my last day of work at the power company is this Friday. I am SO not tucking in my work shirts for the rest of the week.

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At June 28, 2006 at 4:54:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

really show the b@st@rds, don't wear pants!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

This pretty much speaks for itself

Grove, Oklahoma

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At June 22, 2006 at 8:33:00 AM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Hey, I think I forgot to tell you yesterday, but thanks for the gellato! It was fun hanging out with you and your "imaginary friend." :)


At June 25, 2006 at 6:36:00 PM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

Stan, I noticed you saw "CARS", and noticed you liked it. I saw it Saturday, and loved it!


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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Keeping Portland Weird, tiny plastic horsey style

Long ago, Portland streets carried horse traffic along cobblestone streets, and the sidewalks were built with small metal rings with which to tie off one's horse. A law was passed that says that any concrete work must duplicate or replace what existed historically. So, even though people haven't really needed the rings to tie off horses for around 100 years, you can still find them installed into new sidewalks around town.

Some people have concluded that these quaint artifacts needed a greater purpose. So, a few months ago, artist Scott Wayne Indiana began to affix toy plastic ponies to the rings with cable.

Here is a group of photos on Flickr.

Man, I love this town.

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At June 16, 2006 at 10:53:00 AM CDT, Blogger Meagan said...

Hmm, I'd never known what those little rings were for!

love meagan


At June 16, 2006 at 7:08:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

surprised no one has tripped over the rings and sued the city;

more surprised that no one has tripped over the horses and sued Scott Wayne;

most surprised Stan has not superglued little cowboys and indians on the little horses.


At June 23, 2006 at 2:41:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such cynicism Jim! Yes, we encourage the inclusion of cowboys, indians, covered wagons, canoes, small water troughs, fimo carrots, hay, and whatever else horses may need or desire. Remember, keep Portland weird.

Also check out the project's website:


At June 28, 2006 at 1:00:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Ah mystery solved. I saw one of these the other day while getting a coffee and just started laughing. It was such a happy moment.


At July 2, 2006 at 7:34:00 PM CDT, Blogger K said...



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I'd like a large pizza with mushrooms and extra nomenclature

I just got back from buying a take-and-bake pizza from Papa Murphy's. When I got there, there were a couple of people picking up an order they'd called in. After they left, it was my turn to order.

Despite the fact that I was the only customer in the store, the kid behind the counter still asked for my name. I asked, "Is this in case twenty customers suddenly show up?" (The store was to close 25 minutes later.) "We always have to get a name," he explained. So I told him my name was Sergio Morgan Stanislaus Waldo Iglesias Olaf Mary Elizabeth Arthur Julius Gary Stuart Littlefield Horatio Barker Sixpence Macklin DeWitt Fancho Robbie O'Malley O'Flanagan Nguyen, MD.

By the time I was finished, my pizza was done.

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At June 16, 2006 at 7:00:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

and you really think he didn't spit in your pizza????


At June 20, 2006 at 4:57:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

I was watching pretty closely. He didn't spit, although I think he sneaked on a couple of anchovies.


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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Laughing Girl, Part 2

Big news!!! I randomly found another laughing lady today...except instead of animation, it's a real, cackling lady!

Really, you should take a look at this lady's blog (vlog). It's devoted to showing videos of her laughing. It's the whole purpose of the blog (vlog)! Her blog (vlog) is called Laugh Practice! This may just be the greatest blog (vlog) ever. Sorry, Jim.

She looks and sounds like she could be the twin sister of "Seinfeld's" Newman. I haven't seen her snort, yet.

No kidding, this is only a fraction of her laughing videos.

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At June 10, 2006 at 8:12:00 PM CDT, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Peep this:

I'm referring to it mostly because just as I was watching the laughing lady's picture load in my RSS reader, This photo just so happened to have loaded in a StumbleUpon blog I happened to be reading at that very moment.

Way ironic.


At June 10, 2006 at 9:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger stan said...

Nice! Here it is, in Easy-Linky™ form:

Horse Smile


At June 12, 2006 at 7:42:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

I can appreciate anyone who validates the fact that it's ok to be a fruitcake. Nice!


At June 15, 2006 at 9:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Seriously? She has a site full of laughing videos? I'm a little disturbed by this.


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Sunday, June 04, 2006

It's the Starlight Parade!

You know, I didn't think I'd even see the parade this year, but I was already downtown to see a movie, and the movie was over right before the parade started.

The movie, by the way, was District B13, and it was amazing (while at the same time mindless). It's basically a showcase for acrobatic fighting and running around, in the style of parkour (jumping), with some crappy "story" surrounding it. Visually, it's exciting to watch. Plotwise, not so much—but who cares!

So the parade, or at least the TV broadcast of the parade, must have decided to wait until I was ready to watch it, because it literally started right in front of me. I was at the corner of SW Broadway and Taylor St., which is right in front of the Hilton, and right in front of the bright lights and multiple cameras of Channel 8. (I could tell when the station went to a commercial because whoever was next in line would have to wait for two minutes or so before proceeding.)

(Photo from the 2005 Starlight Parade)

Toward the very beginning of the parade, traditionally, is the large ensemble known as the One More Time Around Again Marching Band, which, according to their website, is believed to be the largest permanent marching band in the world. Seriously, folks, this is one massive marching band. Over 500 members ranging in age from 18 to 85, all of whom marched in high school, college or perhaps military bands. There's nothing in the world like hearing "Louie, Louie" as played by dozens upon dozens of horns. They were amazing.

Other band highlights include the Kell's Irish Pipes and Drums, the Regiment of Syncopated Drummers (BOOM-ba-ba-boom-BOOM!) and a couple of decent high school bands. The Regiment makes me want to watch Drumline again.

Oddly, there were one or two high school bands that seemed to have their volume turned way down—I could barely hear them. Were they asthmatic brass players?

Then there were the floats. I'm not going to describe any of them, because I am not really into floats, and so none of them really impressed me at all. However, there was one truck preceding a float that caught my attention simply for the sheer awesome of it:

By golly, it's a giant hamburger. This alone makes the Starlight Parade the best parade ever.

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At June 4, 2006 at 5:53:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a member of the One More Time Around Again Marching Band...thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!!


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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Laughing Girl

Created by Will Reinhardt

I just can't stop watching this animation. It's weird and pointless. Yet it's funny. It's like watching a train wreck over and over...a weirdly funny train wreck.

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At June 3, 2006 at 3:37:00 PM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

The snorting is the best part.
Where do you find this stuff??


At June 3, 2006 at 11:38:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Will said...

Hey there, I'm the guy that created Laughing Girl. Thank you for your nice comments and for linking to it!
Rock on,


At June 10, 2006 at 12:37:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

I snort when I laugh sometimes... I hope this isn't what I look like when I get going. Sadly it probably is. Pretty fun!


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Friday, June 02, 2006

Rock on, Scranton!

Perhaps the greatest TV theme music of all time is that of NBC's "The Office".

Here it is.

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At June 2, 2006 at 8:09:00 AM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Nice. Is that the theme song?


At June 2, 2006 at 9:04:00 AM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

I must say that's one of the better shows on T.V., along with "My Name is Earl".


At June 2, 2006 at 12:39:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gereat theme! I can play it on my accordion!
Guess who!


At June 3, 2006 at 2:43:00 AM CDT, Blogger Pixie said...

Great theme, but the Uk version of the show is much funnier ;)


At June 10, 2006 at 12:23:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

I watched the Office this week. I've had a hard time loving it after getting the British version on DVD a year or so ago. But I gave it another try and I was just cracking up. I so know those people at work, totally clueless.


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