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Disclaimer—I happen to be a fan of parenthetical commentary and use it way too much in my writing. I apologize in advance.

Here’s some coverage of an event that happened quite awhile ago, but it’s deserving of mention: The Platt-Howard Drag Show (I’ve got some snippets about it in the video section as well). Lewis and Clark has an annual drag show, planned and executed by the staff of the Platt-Howard residence hall. Aside from being a fun, awesome event, we raise money for SMYRC, the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center. It’s an organization in Portland (Sadly, the only organization of its kind in Oregon) that caters to the needs and hardships of sexual minority youth. It’s a great resource for people and if you’re interested in helping them out or giving them some money, check out their site. Enough with that plug. DRAG SHOW. So, as a CLA on the Platt-Howard staff, I spent a good portion of September gearing up for this event. We got some help with money and planning from Unisex, the Dean of Students, and the Office for Multicultural Affairs. One of the great things about this campus (I guess it might be like this elsewhere, but I can only really speak for my experience at LC) is that if you have an event you want to plan, you CAN find a way to get it to happen. There are so many departments with money that are generally willing to help students who approach them. Many of our bigger events here are the product of extreme collaboration, and that just makes them even more awesome. We ended up having the show in the Trail Room, a cafeteria downstairs in our student center. Tired of the more traditional drag show format of years past (yeah, I did just use “traditional” as an adjective for “drag show”), we decided to make it into a dance party as well. Liv, our CLC (aka “RD”) asked her talented DJ friend K-Money to MC the show and provide some tunes. It ended up being a really successful event–I think we raised around $550 for SMYRC, plus it was extremely fun. It’s always good when your events don’t flop.

In the week leading up to fall break, I was lucky enough to attend three concerts (and for a total of $10!). Portland is a pretty great city for shows, as they are generally pretty inexpensive. One problem you might run into is that there are a lot of 21+ venues (and some bands ONLY play 21+ venues in Portland—I’m looking at you, !!!), but most of the larger acts make sure to have all-ages shows. On Monday, I serendipitously scored tickets to the sold-out-for-months Sigur Rós concert. A friend of a friend was going to see the concert, but ended up not being able to go, so I was offered the tickets as a birthday-and-Christmas present. That concert was amazing (and I got the setlist!). Probably the second or third greatest concert I’ve ever experienced. So, anyway, went to that with some friends from school. On my way back to the car (raining, of course), I realized that I had parted with my keys at some point in the evening. That is a pretty awful feeling, by the way. I went back to the venue with my friends, begged some bouncers to let me in, then scrounged around on the floor, sifted through inches of confetti (part of the encore), and eventually gave up. From there, I called my good friend Lillie Mae who, with the help of the CLA on duty, acquired my extra car keys from my room and then drove them down to me. In the meantime, my friends and I waited in the lobby of the 4-star Heathman Hotel. We played the “movie game” (where you connect two movies together via common actors) for about 20 minutes until the security guard kicked us out for loitering. That was fine, though, because by the time we were back on the sidewalk, Lillie Mae pulled up with my keys. As I was trudging back to my car once again, I had an epiphany. I had slipped in a mud puddle earlier in the evening. With nothing to lose, I managed to locate the mud puddle (by the way, it is pretty hard to find a specific mud puddle in a large park when it’s raining) and sifted through it with my hands. Sitting at the bottom, waiting for me and probably shooting me an anthropomorphic “HAHA,” were my keys. Having found my keys, I am able to assess that I had a great night at the concert of one of my favorite bands… and have great friends who went way out of their way to help me at midnight on a school night. That made me feel pretty good. Thanks L&C.

Tuesday started out with a midterm in Introduction to International Affairs. I’m not planning to study abroad, so I need to fulfill my IA requirement by taking courses here. It’s an interesting enough subject, but I don’t really like it. Just not for me. Anyway, that midterm went pretty well-ish, I think. I had studied, but there was still one question that I felt was pretty ‘iffy’. Oh well, it’s only 15% of the grade. Hey: What’s the perfect way to celebrate the successful completion of a midterm? Punk rock with friends. Well, gypsy-punk, to be more specific. Earlier in the week, my friend/concertbuddy Dith and I won tickets from KLC, the Lewis and Clark pseudo-radio station (though it’s cool none the less), to see Gogol Bordello. The concert was loud, crazy, and a great way to unwind from a day packed with academia. It was also the worst-smelling concert audience of which I have ever been a part. I think that added to the overall ambiance of the night, though. Afterwards, my friends and I hit up The Roxy, an awesome diner on 11th and Stark downtown. It is one of the three favorite 24-hour diners of Lewis and Clark students (the other two being Banning’s Restaurant and Pie House and The Original Hotcake House across the Ross Island Bridge). The Roxy is probably the best because it has great decorations (life-size plaster Jesus with a neon halo, for example), the best Jukebox, and they serve Voodoo Doughnuts, not to mention they have a sassy waitstaff.

I’ve got a midterm in my Computer Networks class. We’ll see how that goes. Quick! What’s the HTTP status code for “OK?” If you said “200,” you are right. I could probably talk all day and night about Computer Science, by the way. Now, someone help me understand node objects in a Document Object Model.

now playing in my ears: “The Dead Flag Blues” by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

16 October 2008