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Adventures in Weirdtown ‘09!

It is only the second week of classes in the second semester of my freshman year here at LC, and already so much has happened. I spent break back home in California where it is lovely and warm, quite a contrast to the snow I had left behind in Portland in December. I was able to spend lots of time with family and friends, go camping, go to the beach, and leisure-read, a luxury I had nearly forgotten in the shell-shock that is post-finals.dsc00046.JPGn567882041_1216467_5018.jpg But, man, is it good to be back in Portland. After six months of developing a family of my own here at LC, a month is a long time to be away from all of my darling friends! Anyway, here are the happenings so far of spring semester 09:


1)    Still no rain! Upon returning, Portland was cold and sunshiny… until it decided to snow again at the beginning of this week. ckbu_25.jpg

2)    My roommate and I both got into PDX the day before the dorms opened, so we spent our first night in a hostel downtown on Hawthorne Boulevard. It was adorably eco-friendly, img_0486.JPGimg_0487.JPG and the staff and other hostelers were all very friendly and colorful. I highly recommend staying there to all you prospies if you would really like to get a taste of Portland culture.

That night I also met up with my friend Jono to see a band called Truckasaurus play at Backspace. Backspace is definitely a favorite location of mine in PDX. It has multiple functions as a café, venue, art gallery, pinball hotspot, and all-around interesting space to hang out amongst oodles of creative energy. Truckasauras hails from Seattle, WA and the show we went to was the first night of their west coast tour. They are a trio of electronic musicians, featuring a tricked out Gameboy to supply the beats. Opening for them was a Portland band called Atole, also worth checking out, who put on a really danceable, high-energy show.

3)    Amidst all the fun of reuniting with friends and starting classes, LC hosted the 5th annual concert in Watzek Library, “Watzek Rocks!” First of all, it is awesome to be really loud in a library. Also, the concert featured some fantastic local acts. The standout for me was YM, a rap group whose members included some LC students/alumni who could spit mad rhymes and, at one point, opened the flow up to the members of the audience.158.jpg

4)    Classes are awesome this semester. My reading/writing load is really heavy, but it’s all very interesting, especially my E&D. My prof is Stephen Beckham, who also teaches History of the Pacific Northwest at LC. The theme of my class is “In Search of Wild Places: American Perceptions of Wilderness”, and we are reading a lot of amazing literature about the brave souls who ventured out into the wild and discovered all kinds of things that have made the world what it is, and how the human appetite for adventure and mystery has affected the land, plants, animals, and peoples who came before.

5)    Over the weekend, I went and saw The Walkmen play with Beach House at the Wonder Ballroom. It was a super show! The Walkmen play sixties-esque rock’n’roll and the singer delivered a very charismatic performance. I really loved Beach House, though. The best way I can think to describe their music is “sparkly”… Don’t take my word for it. Check them out, and feel the sweet melodic goodness for yourself! beachhouse.jpg

6)    Getting back together with hundreds of kids from all parts of the nation means… I got sick already! On the bright side, not only am I better (thanks to my superhero lymph nodes) but that is one more virus to knock off on my immunity list.


It’s simply marvelous to be back on Palatine Hill. I hope you’ll be joining me on my spring adventure! Also, visiting prospies: do not hesitate to shoot me some electronic mail if you need someone to give you a tour of the public transportation of PDX, advice on what to wear according to the weather for your visit, or if you also love the new Animal Collective album. Peace!


29 January 2009