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Howdy [20 Oct 2008|04:26pm]
While I do write the occassional public post, most of my journal entries are friends-only. So if you're just dying to read all about me, leave a comment.

Beware the ceiling cat.
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All talk, no action [08 Oct 2007|07:26am]
Several years ago when I was living in Boston I would take the T out to Sullivan Square and then catch the bus to my job. One morning, the bus driver accidentally took a wrong turn out of the T station. It was 6:45am and, as usual, I had my headphones on and was half asleep. Most other people on the bus were similarly distracted; either sleeping, reading, wearing headphones, etc. In my sleepy haze I just figured we were taking a detour. It didn't occur to me that the driver didn't know where he was going. After a few blocks he realized his mistake, apologized to the riders, and went around the block to turn around. Immediately afterwards a woman stood up and started screaming (it may have just been yelling but at 6:45am almost everything sounds like screaming) that we were all "sheep" for not saying anything. For not pointing out the driver's mistake. She continued her rant that we "all rode this damn thing every day" and knew "damn well where this bus goes to." Sheep, sheep, sheep. She went on for quite a few minutes until the bus driver asked her, way too politely in my opinion, to sit down and stop yelling before he had to ask her to leave. She sat down but continued to mumble under her breath.

Of course, she was right to a certain extent. I'm sure there were people who thought about saying something to the driver and didn't. But all I kept thinking while she was spewing all over the bus was, "Well, why didn't YOU say anything?"

I was reminded of this story last Saturday when I attended the anti-racism rally in Lent's Park. Sidebar for those who didn't hear - the Hammerskins had their annual Hammerfest event in Portland this month. The rally was in response to this group's arrival, the Hammerskins being one of the largest national groups of skinheads, and letting them know they were not welcome here. I drove out there with a couple of folks and was totally shocked to see the park barely 1/4 full. Considering there were SO many posts and re-posts about the event on Myspace, I thought we would see at least a handful, if not more, of folks we knew. However, we only ended up seeing one of J's friends as we were leaving the rally.


Maybe there were more folks and we just missed each other. I hope that's the case! But seriousy, queer community, what gives? Are you just a bunch of lip service? Do you only believe in putting energy into queer rights/events? I'm not preaching from some pulpit - I certainly don't go to tons of political rallies - but for how many folks I see bemoaning the lack of political umph in the queer community, I just keep thinking, "Well, why don't YOU say anything?"

Just sayin'.
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*vroom* [24 Sep 2007|10:29am]
I passed my motorcycle skills test on Saturday meaning I just have to pay the DMV and I'll have my motorcycle license. Getting my motorcycle endorsement has been a goal of mine for YEARS. Seriously, in Boston I looked up the classes for Bunker Hill Community College every single year but never took the plunge. I'm glad I can now put a checkmark by one of my major life goals. Sweet.

Of course my grand plans for getting a scooter in time for the school year were thwarted when my scooter of choice decided to not come in until mid-October. Originally, it was supposed to come in back in August. Then it got pushed to September. And now October. I figured it was silly to buy a scooter in the late Fall, especially being a new rider and all, right before the rainy season hits. So I bought a little Geo Metro hatchback to carry me over. I'm still hoping to get a scooter in the spring/summer of next year.

Hello, I'm 30. I just bought my first car (ever), finally got my motorcycle license, started graduate school, and just celebrated a one-year anniversary with my girlfriend. It's turning out to be a pretty damn eventful year. Awesome.
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Show tomorrow! [17 Apr 2007|09:11am]
My new band, Slim & The Competitive Eater, plays our first ever show tomorrow night. We're opening up for Bitch and Swan Island at Mississippi Pizza. Oh happy day!

Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion
Swan Island
Slim & The Competitive Eater

Wednesday, April 18th
@ Mississippi Pizza
Show starts at 8:00pm; $8 at the door

Come see Burger and I rock the hiz-ouse.
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Time to Get Schooled [05 Apr 2007|11:10am]
After years of hemming 'n hawing, hawing 'n hemming, coming up with every excuse imaginable why I couldn't do it, why I couldn't afford it, why I couldn't justify the expense, why the timing wasn't right, why I wasn't sure it was what I really wanted to do...I'm finally going to grad school this fall! Yup, for reals. Last Thursday I got accepted to Lewis & Clark's MA in Counseling Psych program with a specialization in Addictions Treatment. I'm still waiting to hear back about the app I put in for Portland State's MSW program but I've already decided on Lewis & Clark. An acceptance to PSU would just be the icing on the cake since then I could brag that I had a 100% acceptance rate for my grad school apps ;)

Lewis & Clark is spendy, I'm well aware, but I'm busting my butt applying for scholarships and hopefully this will reap some minor financial rewards. $500 here, $1,000 there...it all adds up. Plus I still have a good chunk of my Americorps education award to use.

Life is good, life is grand. The weather is beautiful, it's closing in on seven months with my awesome girlfriend, I had a super fun trip to Seattle last weekend, I'll be 30 before I know it (three months away! eek!), my newish band - Slim & The Competitive Eater - is playing our first show ever on April 18th with Bitch and Swan Island, and I'm insanely excited to be starting school again in the fall.

Tell me about awesome things in your life. I want to hear 'em. Really.
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Nothing like a big prick [16 Jun 2006|05:27pm]
I got my septum pierced today. Finally. I've been thinking about it forever and finally just did it. Tracy at Optic Nerve is so incredibly rad. And there's nothing quite like walking down Alberta in the rain with watering eyes, snot & antiseptic pouring from my nose, and a pissed off septum. I got it done with a 12g retainer which is now shoved up my nose for two weeks.

Yay. Now I just need all those tattoos I've been wanting forever.
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The Fancy House has a fancy sale! This Saturday! [18 May 2006|12:38pm]
Hey, kids!

It's spring cleaning time at The Fancy House so it's time for a fancy garage sale! Clothes, books, household items, crafts, toys, games, that japanese sword you've always wanted...yes, we will have it all. There will also be some baked goods involved and if you're real nice to me I may even give you a PBR.

Details, details...

The Fancy House Garage Sale
Saturday, May 20th
5203 NE 24th Ave. (corner of NE Sumner & 24th, one block north of Alberta)
9:00am until whenever

Bring your pennies and buy some cool stuff you never knew you wanted. Or just come and hang out. There might be a cupcake in it for you.
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Come one, come all...homos [30 Dec 2005|08:30pm]
Last call for the New Year's party tomorrow night ya'll! Be there! My house = 5203 NE 24th Ave. Really easy to find as it's right on the corner of NE 24th & Sumner, one block north of Alberta. Karaoke, with fabulous KJ Jessie James, starts at midnight so be sure to warm up your vocal chords ahead of time.

Starts at party o' clock and ends whenever. Some cheap beer provided but bring your own fancy shit. See you there!
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Choose Your Own Theme New Year's Party! [07 Dec 2005|09:03am]
Holy crap, it's that time of year again. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2005 dressed like extras from Ferris Buellar's Day Off. This year there was much debate about a theme and I'm afraid we're at a standstill. So this year it's a Choose Your Own Theme New Year's Party at the Fancy House!

That's right...come dressed as whatever you damn well please. While humorous dress, random costumes and fancy hats are always encouraged, we just want you to show up and have a good time. There will be limited drinks provided (re: lots of free PBR) but bring the fancy stuff if that's what you prefer. Festivities start at party o' clock and end whenever you want them to. Music, dancing, Twister, karaoke and lots of hot queers. What could be better?


Choose Your Own Theme New Year's Party
@ The Fancy House
5203 NE 24th Ave. (corner of NE 24th & Sumner)
Party o' clock

Call/e-mail with any questions, comments, ideas, concerns, or offers for sexual favors.

xoxo Cort
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Always check the seat, man. [03 Nov 2005|12:32pm]
Man gets stuck to toilet seat and sues Home Depot.

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t-reXXXa CD Release Show! Tomorrow! [30 Oct 2005|11:04am]
That right, kids. It's FINALLY finished and you can FINALLY buy it for the low, low price of $10 tomorrow night at Mississippi Pizza. Here's LHB's amazing flier...sure "Halloween" is spelled wrong but nothing's perfect. And I should mention that it's $3-5 sliding scale but NO ONE TURNED AWAY!

Chewbacca joined the band.
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Ya'll should come... [14 Oct 2005|10:06am]
Good times.
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New Songs [13 Oct 2005|10:19am]
I've uploaded a few more songs from the new record onto our Myspace Page.

Check 'em out.
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*sshhhhhhhhh* t-reXXXa show tonight [30 Sep 2005|10:36am]
Yup, we're playing in a basement. Tonight. It's the end of the Sugar Shack and us and Legume will be rocking your pants off to say goodbye. As for the location, well, I'm not exactly sure. I think it's around NE 14th & Sumner, right where that weird cul-de-sac is located. You know the one. If you still have no idea, call me or e-mail me (971.222.9777 or pdxdrums@yahoo.com) and I'll find out the actual address.

Ya know, party 'o clock. I may be wearing eyeliner and horns. Hopefully someone will buy me a 40oz. It will be fun.
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New Year's Eve [27 Sep 2005|01:10pm]
Yeah, I know it's early but I'm a planner, ok? My house has decided to have another New Year's party this year. Last year was buttloads of fun so let's do it again! We're currently trying to come up with a theme. I thought of maybe a butt rock party? I dunno. I'm open to ideas so if you have any suggestions post 'em!
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Want a job? [16 Sep 2005|01:40pm]
My agency is hiring a volunteer coordinator. I'm sad to see our current V.C. leave but I know many of you work in social services so I thought I'd put it out there. I believe the minimum qualifications are either a B.A. + 1 year experience working with volunteers and supervising volunteers/staff OR a high school diploma + 3 years experience working with volunteers and supervising volunteers/staff.

I do have a complete job description & application instructions so if you or someone you know is interested, shoot me an e-mail at pdxdrums@yahoo.com.
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FYI [11 Sep 2005|01:00am]
Rough mixes of three new t-reXXXa songs are up on our myspace page. Check 'em out.
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Yup...we're chubby [08 Sep 2005|03:39pm]
Taken from this...

Topping the list of the fattest schools: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, followed by University of New Orleans, Mississippi State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Portland State University.
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Awesome [08 Sep 2005|10:43am]
What a great idea. If only more hospitals would follow suit and expand it to include more occupations...
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I could use it [02 Sep 2005|01:30pm]
One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind how great you are.
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