October 2008

Happy Halloweenie!

Happy Halloween! And sorry for the delay this week, it’s been a crazy one. We usually post on Wednesdays, but this past Wednesday was my birthday! It was also the day before I had to do my first performance of a scene I have been working on in my Acting class. So Wednesday was split between frantically running through my scene with my scene partner in preparation for the next day and celebrating my birthday as well. img_0299.JPG

This birthday was made very memorable, thanks to my beautifully creative friends and family. The day got off to a good start because my earliest class, E&D, was cancelled! At lunch, my mom had conspired with my roommate JJ for the Bon to provide me with a cake, which was a slightly embarrassing but thoughtful and delicious surprise. We have been living off it for the remainder of the week. Ah, the college student’s diet. Later in the day, I walked into my room to find myself bombarded with balloons by my friends as they serenaded me, accompanied by an accordion! I was also the lucky recipient of several hilarious D.I.Y./recycled birthday cards and gifts. Some of these included a bouquet of lovely dried lavender picked down by the pool on campus by my friend Kate, a coupon for a four-hand massage from Kate and Logan, and a beautiful journal that my boyfriend, Casy, made and bound himself and sent to me in the mail! img_0313.JPGimg_03141.JPGimg_0318.JPGimg_0327.JPG

That night, a group of us took the RAZ downtown and ate dinner together at a Lebanese restaurant called Nicholas’. For those of you visiting the school, this is the first restaurant I would suggest. It’s a completely unique experience, and the food is insane, in a good way. The meal begins with a humongous, freshly baked piece of pita bread set on a platter in the middle of the table that everyone shares. If only I could begin to explain the warm bready goodness… We enjoyed a spread of baba ganoush, hummus, falafel, tabouli, and a spinach and feta pie thingy! Mmm. I definitely ate too much, but I don’t think it could have been prevented. It was too darn good. img_0320.JPGimg_0321.JPGimg_0322.JPG

Luckily, the next place we were headed was to meet up with the rest of the gang at Berbati’s Pan to dance the night away at the Yelle concert! For those who are not familiar, Yelle is a French tekktonique (French electrodancepop) artist. Passion Pit opened up for her, which was really fun to see. Picture lots of synthesizers, an electric guitar, and a gang of hyper sweaty boys onstage. www.myspace.com/passionpitjams However, nothing compared to the greatness that is Yelle because:

a)     She is adorable! She has a very distinct style of dancing that she invites everyone to join in. And who can resist, “Ah yeu ready to DANCE, Pohght-lahnd?”

b)    The amazing DJ Tepr was manning the Macbook. Such AWESOME mixing!

c)     The stereotypical shaggy haired French dude on the sparkly drum set, with purple pants provided the irresistible beats.

The venue is pretty small and it was absolutely packed. But we were near the front and, despite the many jabbing elbows and generous sharing of sweat, the show felt really intimate and engaging. It could have easily been a dance party in the Ponderosa basement! If you have not listened to Yelle and need some new music for a dance party, check out “A Cause des Garcons” and Tepr’s remix of “Ce Jeu”. www.myspace.com/iloveyelle

We emerged from the Pan at about 1 am wobbly legged from so much dancing and drenched in sweat that was probably mostly not ours. Because the RAZ only runs until 10:30 on weeknights, we divided ourselves amongst a few cabs. I had never ridden in a taxi before, and let me just say, riding in a taxi in Portland is a hysterical novelty of an experience! And, as long as you have enough people to split, it’s the most cost efficient and safe alternative late at night.

Sorry this is so long! I also wanted to mention that last night I attended a lecture on campus by Dr. Peggy McIntosh called “Waking up to White Privilege”. Dr. McIntosh’s lecture was extremely eye opening and thought provoking, and she was so funny and sweet. I highly recommend reading her articles! The lecture was packed, and today many students around campus have been discussing the concepts of racial and gender-related privilege systems ingrained in our society and the ways that we have the power to begin tipping those scales. Awesome stuff!

Okay, really, I am going to stop now. I have some pictures, so I hope those were enough of an incentive to at least skim this whole thing! Now I must go get in costume for the rest of the evening. Some friends and I are planning to go see a $2 viewing of “Pet Sematary” at PSU and then dress up as burritos to get free burritos at Chipotle. As always, please feel free to email your thoughts on French dance moves, “flesh tone” band-aids that match only a fraction of peoples’ skin, the difference between horror movies and psychological thrillers, or witty Halloween costumes! kkucera@lclark.edu img_0294.JPG 

31 October 2008

weather and a KLC promo

   Just a few more days until Halloween!  It’s going to be quite different from Halloween back in Maine.  I’m curious to see what this mischievous holiday will be like in a big city.  I did go searching for a costume, you know, a gorilla suit, or possibly some fixings to make one of the droogs from A Clockwork Orange, however it seems as though the theme at most costume stores is to jack the price up right before Halloween—go figure.  I’ll have to work something out… tomorrow.  portland
Got a chance to talk to the folks back home the other day.  Pops said that it had begun to snow a little there.  I do miss the late fall in Maine.  I’m told there won’t be too much frolicking in the snow out here in Portland; just rain.  Today, however, was yet another beautiful day.  I’m starting to think that this whole “Pacific Northwest has terrible weather” is a scam.  Unfortunately veteran Portlanders tell me otherwise.  But hey, we’re resourceful college kids, we will come up with plenty of fun and exciting things to do during the rainy season.  For example: the radio show Nate and I run.  Please tune in every Monday from 11pm to 1am Pacific Standard Time. Radio Show (www.klcradio.net click on open in iTunes)  nate at KLC
I advise everyone to try to get a radio show; they are so fun.  We don’t really play any specific music, nor do we have any theme.  We go and chat a little bit, play some good tunes and get hyphy.  If not a radio show, there are so many clubs and groups that I’m sure you’ll find something to occupy your time.
I hope everyone has a good Halloween.  Don’t eat too much candy.


29 October 2008

now i am better at the library of congress classification system

Midterms midterms midterms.

This is just going to be a quick update because I am mid-study and have been all week.  Tomorrow I’ve got tests in my Computer Graphics class and my International Affairs class, plus a paper for Old Testament due on Friday.

The weekend should be pretty nice though; not only will I be done with my tests, but there’re some Halloween festivities planned for the 31st and 1st.  There’s a (hopefully awesome) dance party/costume contest in the Trail Room, there are scary movies shown in Tamarack, and Hartzfeld is going to turn the dorm into a haunted house.  I think the latter part will be really tricky, but I have faith that they can pull it off.   I’m in charge of the playlist for the dance party.  Not so certain that I can make that work, but we’ll see.  I hope the attendees share my opinion that Electric Light Orchestra belongs on every playlist, no matter the context >_>.

On Saturday, LC Music Coalition is hosting Portland bands Alpaca! and NIAYH for an evening concert.

I’d love to dwell on the weekend, but I think I’ll dwell on the next 36 hours first.

I’m working on a quick video, in all honesty my studies are top on my mind right now though… it’ll get up ASAP, perhaps Saturday at the latest.

currently playing in my ears: “The Revolution Is Never Coming” by The Red Paintings

29 October 2008

Out and about

     The great thing about living near downtown Portland is the proximity to basically anything fun you might want to do. It opens up so many opportunities and adventures, being able to get off campus. During the crew season I get to be on the river every morning, and that in itself makes my campus experience so much larger. My parents came down this weekend to watch our races, and therefore I got a free lunch on Sunday! We went to the OG (Olive Garden), and I’m sure you can all attest to the fact that the breadsticks are one of the best things in life. That same night some friends and I went out to dinner for a friend’s 20th birthday. This particular friend is from the great state (or country) of Texas, and all she has been craving for a couple of weeks is a really good steak. Thus, her mom paid for all five of us to get steak dinners at the Chart House. The restaurant is situated on the hill and overlooks the river and the Sellwood area. All I can say is that it was pretty much an amazing meal with some fantastic friends. Eating out is one of the better reasons to get off campus for me. It doesn’t take all day, but it’s a good change of pace from the usual dining. This weekend my friends and I are planning to drive to George Fox for the LC volleyball game. My roommate is on the team, and they are doing so well that we figured it would be fun to go cheer them on. I will try to post pictures from the game next week. Though I do enjoy campus life, it’s always nice to mix it up a little and go on some adventures. It’s not just limited to upperclassmen with cars though; transportation in Portland affords a good opportunity for getting off campus. Between the RAZ, the MAX, streetcars, and many walking accessible venues there is no way that you couldn’t find something fun to do downtown.

     As mentioned earlier, I had some crew races this weekend. We finished up our weekend with two back to back regattas, the Charlie Brown (hosted by LC) and the Portland Fall Classic, in which juniors, masters and collegiate teams all competed. Each of these were approximately 5k in length. Both Saturday and Sunday our team represented L&C very well. Our novice rowers proved that, yes, they are in fact bad asses, by winning multiple races. Our varsity teams also faired quite well both days and held our own against some larger crews. This means that we are going to have some great depth and competition this spring! For more detailed info about the team and its happenings from our head coach, visit the Pio Crew Blog 

     Here’s a picture of our varsity women’s four from the Sunday’s Portland Fall Classic. Though it was windy and the water was choppy, we still ended up finishing first! All in all it was a really fun race and we had an awesome time out on the water.

Women’s Varsity 4+

Later, Jess

29 October 2008

quick update

Hi folks.  Not too much has been happening lately; just the usual shenanigans and buffoonery.  There have been a lot of papers due and midterms going on this week, so studying has been a priority.  I did get to take advantage of the good weather last Friday.  I meandered over to south campus (grad school area) and enjoyed the grassy knoll with some friends.  Joey brought his ghetto blaster, which really livened things up.  South campus is a nice place to go and relax, maybe throw a Frisbee around, or just chill with some friends.
One of my friends parents were in town this week, so I did have the pleasure of getting some free food in town.  We went to Apizza Scholls on Hawthorne and had the best pizza in Portland.  Everything was scrumptious, and the best par was, I didn’t have to pay!  Whenever your friends’ parents come out to visit, and they offer to take you into town for dinner, you should definitely go.  Don’t get me wrong the Bon has good food; it just gets a little repetitive.
Well, its that time of year when we start to think about classes for next semester.  I think registration is only a few weeks away.  The dilemma with choosing classes is there are so many really awesome classes, but there isn’t enough time to do all of them in one semester.  There’s a scuba diving class, which sound so ill, but I think I’m going to take the rock climbing class instead.
Well I have a big ol’ biology midterm tomorrow, so I’m off to hit the books.


23 October 2008