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Je suis en retard!

Bonjour! You know some days feel more like “college” than others. Today is one of those days. This morning my alarm clock mysteriously didn’t sound, (though I distinctly remember setting it last night) and I woke up at 8:44. This would not have been an unreasonable time except that I have Exploration and Discovery at 9:10. Coincidentally, I also happened to have a midterm in that class today. Needless to say, I rushed through my daily routine and, thankfully, made it on time. I was double relieved when my heart rate slowed to a normal pace and I succeeded in writing a coherent essay. After lunch, I also had to meet with my French professor for an oral midterm exam, which went really well! I am going to a meeting on Friday to get some info on a potential double major in SOAN and French…

My bikeandrew & deannaLiam, Logan, and KedwardNow I am sitting in Maggie’s (the café on campus) listening to Andrew Bird and reflecting on my wonderful Fall Break. I finally had the chance to take my bike out on the town. Some friends and I biked down to Sellwood (a neighborhood in Portland). We hit up Sellwood Bikes, where I purchased yellow handle bar tape. My friends Logan and Deanna also have blue bikes with yellow tape, so we are in the process of creating a bike brigade. Any logo ideas? We also went to the Goodwill where you pay by the pound and loaded up on sweaters and boots for the cold season, which is fast approaching! Before heading back, we got bagels and hummus at a coffee shop called The Ugly Mug. The coffee was great but the light switch for the bathroom is located outside the bathroom, which was a great source of confusion and subsequent humiliation. Thus I am conflicted about saying it is a new favorite coffee shop. The Willamette River

The Show!That night we took the MAX to north Portland to go to a show. The venue was called The Coop, and it’s basically a communal-living house that the tenants open up as a venue for indie and punk rock shows. The inside is very eclectic: multi-colored walls, record players, funky art, mismatched furniture, a pool table, Chinese lanterns- it looked like a very lived-in art gallery. There were tons of people so it was pretty packed, but the show was so great! We were seeing Paul Baribeau, a folk-punk singer-songwriter (http://www.myspace.com/paulbaribeau), along with two local bands: Hey Tiger!, a trio featuring a saw-player, a guitar, and a glockenspiel (http://www.myspace.com/heytigerband); and Destroy Nate Allen, a punk-rock husband and wife who made everyone form a circle around them as they danced in the middle, playing a guitar and a tambourine and singing punk-rock songs about loving each other, being uncool, and social justice. (http://www.myspace.com/destroynateallen) It was a very intimate and interactive show, and I hope to return to the venue soon.Destroy Nate Allen

With two midterms under my belt, and yet another week of dry skies, I’m feeling good. I need to get to work on my Cultural Anthropology paper before my Self Defense for Women class tonight, so here is where we part, mes amis. Feel free to shoot me an email to ask about the joys of celebrating holidays at alternate dates, riding your bike without mittens, working your angles, or to share anecdotes about sleeping in the airport.

kkucera@lclark.edu

15 October 2008