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Right-wing talkers go for the gold – POLITICO.com Print View

Gartman said that many of the coin-selling firms that have increased their television advertising this year as the price of gold has soared which stood near a record $1,200-an-ounce at the end of last week, have a markup “so egregiously high the only thing you can call them is shysters.”

via Right-wing talkers go for the gold – POLITICO.com Print View.

Portland Pirates

The city of Portland, OR does love it’s pirates. On any given day you are likely to see one walking down the street. But, on September 20th, at the annual Pirate Festival the city showed the world just how much it loves pirates, by breaking the Guinness Book world record for the most pirates gathered in one place.
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“The current record for the most people dressed as pirates is 1,140, set at Heide-Park, in Germany, on 6/2/2007. Portland Pirate Festival draws enough scallywags decked out in Pirate finery, will be sure to break the record for the most people d…ressed as pirates gathered in one location.”

Lauren signing in to be counted

Lauren signing in to be counted


THE CURRENT RECORD IS NOW BROKEN!! 1655 pirates (including Lauren and Hannah) at the Portland Pirate Fest 9/20/2009 Arrr matties!

The weather was beautiful and the festival had such a warm friendly atmosphere, it made for a perfect day.
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It was a family friendly event with lots of kid-centric activities.
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And top notch entertainment

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Music!
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Kiddie Shows!
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And dancing!

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All my photos from the festival can be see here, Spidersart Studio – Pirate Fest

Trimet Green Line Opening

Today was the opening day for the Green Line train in Portland, OR public transportation system.
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It is a big deal here. Especially for anyone who rides the 72 bus on a regular basis.
The 72 is the bus line that services 82nd Ave. 82nd is a very busy shopping and business route, and even with the buses running every 15 minutes, it has been over crowed for a long time.
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The Green Line is an electric train which will run on brand new tracks parallel to both 82nd Ave and highway 205, from the Clackamas Town Center Mall. At the Gateway Transit center the new track connects with the old and the Green Line will be on the same route with the Red and Blue lines running into downtown. At the transit Center downtown, the Green will again pick up on new tracks running over to Portland State University. They have included plenty of free parking at each stop, which is really great.
Portland is a city never to shy away from a reason to party, and today was no exception. Trimet offered free rides all day. There were big organized events all day at five of the stops along the route. the biggest being held at the Clackamas Town Center,
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and at Pioneer Square.
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We went to Clackamas Town Center, enjoyed the music
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and the many booths,
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and rode the Green Line downtown. Trimet has estimated that over 40,000 people rode the Green Line today, and I have to say a good time was had by all.
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More of my photographs from today can be seen here. Spidersart Studio

Iron Tribe Promo Video

As I attempt to get more online content posted and cataloged I will be adding links and information here. This is a short video I created for use on the web for promoting the bi-annual Iron Tribe Exhibition at New Mexico Highlands University, in 2005.

Iron Tribe is the brainchild of David Lobdell. It is a three day, fine art foundry event which includes; production pours, performance pours and lectures. The Iron Tribe exhibits were a forerunner to the formation of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance in 2008, composed of higher education arts professors. Lobdell co-founded the alliance and serves as its president.

Rashomon

I need to find some place to rent this film and watch it again. It is the story of a story of murder. In 12 century Japan, a witness and two suspects each describe the events with three distinct and differing sets of details. The truth is further complicated by the version told by the dead man, through a medium. IMDB plot summary

What is truth? Is truth absolute, or based in perception?

The film made by Akira Kurosawa,(Seven Samurai)

in 1950, leaves the truth to be determined by the viewer.

Available on Amazon and through Criterion Collection

Beware – Falling Cows Zone


Thanks to roadetripamerica.com for my biggest chuckle of the week.

With a little research, I discovered that falling cows can be a driving hazard. A couple from Michigan, celebrating their anniversary with a trip to Washington state, were enjoying a drive along scenic Highway 150, until a 600 pound cow landed on the hood of their car.

According to the Wenatechee World, Posted November 05, 2007: MANSON — A cow fell about 200 feet off a cliff Sunday and landed on the hood of a minivan passing by Rocky Point about one mile east of Manson, officials said.

Charles Everson, Jr. and his wife Linda escaped injury.

“It was just ‘bam’— you just saw something come down and hit the hood,” Charles Everson said this morning from his hotel room in Manson.

A follow up article posted Nov 08, 2007, can be found here, The cow heard around the world

Fireworks on the 4th, on Mt. Tabor

Mt Tabor is one of the many beautiful city parks in Portland, OR (info on Mt. Tabor park). It is a mountain, or specifically an extinct volcanic cinder cone right in the city proper.

The above photo is the view of Mt. Tabor from the Ross Island Bridge.

In 1894 the city built the first two of four open water reservoirs on Mt Tabor.

On the fourth, we watched the city fireworks from the top of Mt. Tabor. There is a road and parking right near the top, with a short, but uphill walk to get to a vantage point looking down Hawthorn Ave., straight to the river, where the fireworks are shot off from a barge.

It is a mountain forest escape right in the city. We had a nice picnic before the fireworks show, and afterwards, while we waited for the traffic to clear out, Lauren and Hannah showed off their mad crazy hooping skills.

Click here to see more photos from Mt. Tabor