weekend pickthrough- disruptive holiday weekend edition.

30 05 2010

days off are nice i suppose, but holiday weekends are made of lies. sure, up front it looks like you get an extra day for lounging and merriment… but the reality is that those dangling days are fodder for family barbecues and other- though not entirely unpleasant, still mandatory time burglars.

friday, i had a busy day at work chased by an early exhaustion crash before i was able to squeeze out the weekend pickthrough. then yesterday, a fun but timesucking family party rendered my saturday limp and useless. oh, and then i ate too many faux buffalo wings and passed out in a puddle of my own drool on the couch. and so that brings us to sunday morning, where the weekend’s mostly over, and i still haven’t gotten my ass in gear to write the weekend pickthrough. the bad news is that it’s not that exciting this week.  the good news is none of you are around to read it because you’re all attending obligatory family reunions and pool parties. or if you’re really unlucky, a birthday party for a child who is way too young to appreciate it

i’ve long thought that kids these days are big fat pussies (entirely the fault of their overprotective parents). this weekend (to the horror of your neighbors), prove that your kids aren’t walking wuss-factories, and send them out to play- UNATTENDED! (shocking, i know)

portland’s resident fat bastard joe ricchio lists his top 10 eats in portland for 2010, and it’s not all fois gras and pinkies up. the man appreciates good food on the cheap from chili dogs to my beloved sicilian slab.

the most useful tutorial i’ve seen in a while. why didn’t they have youtube when i was 14!?

according to the coupons.com coupon scientists, rich (well, rich-er) people use more coupons. do wealthier people value money more? do wealthier people feel entitled to keep more of their hard earned cash? or is it some sort of insane competition to see who can get the most for the least?

in case you missed this year’s celebration, may 25th was nerd pride day. i hope you all were able to don your traditional costumes, dust off your babylon 5 figures, and engage in a rousing discussion about who would win in a fist fight between george lucas and gary gygax (r.i.p. sweet geekfather, i’d put my money on you any day).

i wish i was the kind of girl who wrote blog posts about being the kind of girl who ices her muffin. well, except the part about sticking rhinestones to my cooch.

ok, and not to end on a bummer note, but did anyone else (save for my friend michelle from fun with tofu who pointed it out to me) notice this seemingly racist cartoon in last weekend’s parade magazine? it’s seems screwed up to me that more people aren’t really pissed.

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12 responses

30 05 2010
jjdactyl

oh my god. the more people do the vajazzle thing, the more i kind of want to try…nope. fleeting. completely fleeting.

31 05 2010
bessmarvin

i would do it if it weren’t for that “waxing off all your pubes” part. i find that kind of creepy. also, i don’t entirely want rhinestones rattling around in my vag when they start to fall off.

30 05 2010
m

Too bad there’s no Portland Food Coma for people who don’t shovel as much meat into their pie holes as possible. You should start the O.G. Portland’s version of this excellent and helpful site: http://stumptownvegans.com/

31 05 2010
bessmarvin

yeah, although if he were a vegetarian, i don’t know if it would be as shocking, and thus i don’t think it would be as compelling. stumptownvegans is awesome! i fully need to give imposter portland a chance. how can it possibly be evil with some many kick ass food carts? that potato van is unbelievable. we may not have anything quite so gulttonous, but so.me. vegans recently cropped up, and they’re pretty cool. there’s hope for us yet!

31 05 2010
m

That potato cart just closed 😦 😦 😦 They were right around the block from my work AND we had them cater our lunch one day and it was amazing. Best meal I’ve had in like a year. But yeah, Portland has tons and tons of veg-friendly food carts and restaurants. It’s impossible to not be a fat.

1 06 2010
bessmarvin

that is the SADDEST thing that i have ever heard. also, i really want a baked potato right now. o.g. portland is coming around a little with the veg stuff, but it definitely has a long way to go. maybe o.g. portland needs to do an exchange program or something- to see how impostor portland embraces the veg culture.

1 06 2010
kate

Ha, I know what triggered your BBQ wing fest. And did you make your own blue cheese dressing??? Also, maybe I am not critical enough, but I don’t see why that cartoon is racist. Maybe I’m too literal. He’s a monkey… in a suit… monkeys use bananas as currency? I don’t think Parade cartoons are known for their sophistication… oh, and I love NTKOG’s blog, so thanks for giving me that.

1 06 2010
kate

All I can find through Google is a reference to the NY Post cartoon about police shooting a monkey: http://electronicvillage.blogspot.com/2009/02/racist-cartoon-infers-barack-obama-is.html

definitely racist!

1 06 2010
bessmarvin

agreed! the one from last sunday is definitely more subtle in a way that it could be viewed as being accidentally offensive. it’s just a really slippery slope if you’re portraying an anthropomorphic monkey… no tail, very humanlike face, in a board room surrounded by white people… if this cartoon appeared 50 years ago, there wouldn’t be any question about whether or not it was referring to a black person. my theory is (are you listening parade magazine?), if there is any question- DON’T DO IT!

2 06 2010
kate

yeah, they could have just picked a koala and used eucalyptus or something (haha, i couldn’t even spell that close enough to google it- i had to google ‘what do koalas eat’). 🙂

2 06 2010
bessmarvin

EXACTLY. why play with fire when you don’t have to? it could have been a fucking shark talking about how the chum market is holding up… p.s. thank you for teaching me something new about koalas today.

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