Thursday, November 30, 2006

gaya gaya

Last night my fried David and I went to Gaya Gaya for dinner, and I ordered some sushi instead of getting the usual bento box. Gaya Gaya is an awesome Japanese restaurant on West Burnside in Portland, The food is great, but the waitresses have a definate English language barrier. It's almost comical sometimes, you ask for extra rice and they bring you a little dish of pickled ginger.




I ended up getting Nigiri style salmon and a house special called "Tears of Gaya" which was a roll of ground ahi tuna and smelt roe, among other things. I only had my phone with me to take a picture of the beautiful and tasty sushi arrangement. I almost didn't want to eat it, it was like a work of art. The spiky tower thing was made out of thinly sliced apples. I was very impressed.

David ordered a New York Strip something or other over vegetables with rice. He doesn't care for raw fish, and was pretty happy with his order. I don't think he was aware that I took this picture of him, of course he will be when he reads this blog entry. Behind David is a mirror, and if you look closely you can see me taking the picture.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Powers Marine Park




I found it odd that the hours this park is open is 5 AM to 12:01 AM. Why 12:01? What happens at 12:02? What happens if you go to the park at 4:30, do you get arrested? This is actually a nice park to mountain bike in, it's small and right over the Sellwood Bridge on the west side of Portland.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

statue of liberty visit

Before I lived in New York, I visited with a friend named Jim when I was about 18. He had been to NYC several times, and was playing the part of tour guide. I was thankful he had some knowledge of the city, because I had no memories of going there prior to this first visit when I was 18, and it seemed to be an overwhelming place.

I wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty, because I'm a tourist, and because I'm a geek, and because I wanted to say that I've been there. After being there, I can say that I was thoroughly unimpressed. I couldn't believe that the base of the statue is as big, if not bigger, then the actual statue. Another turn off about the whole Statue of Liberty experience was the long lines up the staircases, to get to the top. Imagine being trapped on a staircase, with tons of tourists, waiting for the crown hogs several steps above to become bored of the view and use up all of their film so they can decend and open some space up for us poor saps waiting below.

The waiting was more then Jim and I could endure.

At one point, we were between staircases on a small platform, where the descending staircase was. I got the bright idea that if we walked up the down staircases backwards, it would seem like we were actually leaving, and nobody would question what we were doing. If someone came down from behind us, we would stop and act like we were tying a shoe or looking for something, and after the traffic passed we continued up to the crown.

The funny thing about New Yorkers, if you're from New York City, people usually refer to the Borough they are from, i.e. I'm from Brooklyn, she's from Queens, but you don't hear many people say (admit) that they're from Staten Island. I find it funny because as soon as I meet someone out here who says there from New York City, I ask what part, and they usually reply "Richmond County" or Staten Island.

Staten Island's really not that bad if you stay away from the Fresh Kills Landfill (that's really the name, I'm not making that up).

When I was at the Statue of Liberty I didn't take any pictures, and really don't have memories of anywhere else we went that day besides the World Trade Center. I haven't spoken to Jim in 15 years, but I'm sure he's doing well. I considered him to be a really good friend of mine when I was 14 and 15, and he stuck by my side through a life changing incident.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

I have an irrational fear of pyrex baking dishes exploding after I take them out of the oven.

This fear comes from an event which occured about 15 years ago. I was about 18, and living with members of my step-family in an apartment in a complex known as Oldswood.

Oldswood was named after the town Oldsmar that I lived in, and Oldsmar was named by the guy who owned Oldsmobile. They didn't make Oldsmobiles in Oldsmar; they didn't make much of anything that I noticed, although there was a high rate of exporting washed up heavy metal dirt rockers, none of which have gone onto bigger and better things. I think besides myself, there may be a total of 6 people who actually moved out of Oldsmar and attempted to exist in a life outside of the washed-up 2 mile by 3 mile armpit of a town, nestled between Tampa and Clearwater.

Anyway, when I lived with my friends/future family in our apartment in Oldswood, we would cook family meals together. One night, after we had finished dinner, and long after the stove and burners had been shut off, we heard a loud bang in the kitchen. After investigating, the pyrex bowl that had contained left over mashed potatoes had exploded into several hundred small mashed potato covered shards which dotted the walls, covered the burners, and littered the floor. The pyrex bowl that held the potatoes wasn't the originial bowl they were cooked in; after they had cooled they were transferred to the pyrex bowl, and put on a trivet in the center of the stove.

It made no sense that the bowl exploded, and freaked all of us out. We eventually came to the conclusion that the apartment was haunted, or a member of our household was haunted and followed by a michevious ghost. Some of the haunting stores can be elaborated upon in a different blog entry, but the exploding pyrex bowl has scared me of all future handling of pyrex bowls and baking dishes. I feel like I should have safety glasses on when cooking with pyrex. I wince whenever I take the pyrex dishes out of the oven and place on the stove or countertop, bracing myself for the worst case scenario.

Oldswood has long since been bulldozed, and a Wal-Mart now stands in it's place. My step-brothers joke that our old living room is in the Sporting Goods department.

Nice, America.

a whole new era of landfill material

Monday, November 20, 2006

bad analogy

I was talking to my boss earlier about the company's driving policy, and a couple of things related to driving infractions. My boss believes that all accidents are caused by the 2% of bad drivers, and one of the worst infractions you would get a ticket for is "faliure to obey a traffic control device." That basically means you went through a red light. I explained circumstances other then running a red light that might be classified as "failure to obey a traffic control device," when in mid thought I realized that all my examples are bad. I made an analogy regarding my poor examples, and said, "Well, weather someone kills you with a screwdriver, or if they kill you with a machine gun, you're still dead."

My boss just laughed at me, which I prefer to him regarding me strangely and asking me to leave.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

k-fed = fed-ex

ric and I had some free time the other night, so we hopped on the internet and researched Kevin Federline's music. We then took turns rapping to and dramatically acting out the lyrics in both western and English accents.

ric thinks that I am obsessed with kevin federline. I'm actually obsessed with what a jackass he makes of himself. I know Britany isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least her ignorance is bliss. K-fed's ignorance is painful.

Yea Boyee.

Monday, November 13, 2006

sellwood and bridge views

picture taken from the center of the Sellwood Bridge, looking north .


...Looking south





Sunday, November 12, 2006

aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper



more pictures of autumn

Here's more pictures I took of some of the trees downtown, turning autumn colors. These pictures are taken at the same time the footage for the first movie was shot.





Saturday, November 11, 2006

wah wah wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

oooooooh....so sorry. thanks for playing!


Autumn Afternoon

Well, I've made and posted another video on YouTube; I embedded it below. It's titled "Autumn Afternoon" (notice a seasonal theme here?) Sorry if the autumn thing is getting old, in another month or two I'll be making nothing but winter movies.

To record my movies, I'm using the movie making feature on my Fuju FinePix camera, and taking several short 5 to 30 second shots of things while I'm walking around. After I get home, I upload the movies, and arrange a storyboard using Windows Movie Maker. My brother recommeneded "Adobe After Effects," which I am going to look into. I find that Windows Movie Maker seems pretty limited.

The final step I take is use a program called "Blaze Media Pro" to reformat my movie from a .wmv to a .mpeg or .mov format. I'm now wishing I had a better quality camera to shoot footage with. Not that I need to start another hobby or anything.

I have a site on YouTube, that can be viewed by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/fwickafwee.


I also have a site on Flickr, a photo viewing/sharing web community thing. My friend Jahat recommended it to me, and she has some awesome pictures up there as well. My Flickr site can be viewed by visiting http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwickafwee/.

I posted the entire set of "closed for the season" pictures up there.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

another earthquake!

We had another earthquake Sunday night, it lasted about 2 seconds long and the epicenter was about 10 blocks from where I live. It was a small one, maybe 2.2 or something on the Richter scale. It happened about 7:30 PM, Ric and I were listening to the radio at a high volume and having a conversation over the radio. I felt the tremor, the whole couch shook, and I just thought one of our neighbors were pounding on the wall or something because we were too loud.

I found out on Monday that it was an earthquake, not my neighbor, who I also met yesterday. Her name is Kate, and she seems pretty normal and really nice.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

rainy november day in Portland -- the movie.

I think I finally did it. Here's my second movie, which I made using a couple of different video editing programs. I like it, but I think there will be marked improvements with each movie I make. It's about 2 minutes long, and the embedded video feature in my blog was made possible using YouTube.


rainy november day in Portland

I made another movie, but I'm still working on the upload format. I used a couple of video editors, which put together a really nice montage of movie footage complete with background music, but unfortunatley I'm still troubleshooting the format for YouTube. I also have started a Flickr account to post my pictures--often times I post only a select few from a bunch of pictures onto my blog. My Flickr account can be viewed by visiting http://www.flickr.com/people/fwickafwee/.

I'm in a warm and toasty coffee shop, listening to P.J. Havery and Tool (not at the same time). I'm also listening to some guy named Timothy pick up the woman who's working behind the counter. I'm drinking Stumptown Hairbender, and I think it's almost time for me to head back home and get ready for another week at work. Thankfully I have Friday off, which will be nice because I've been doing nothing but work or think about work lately.

Take care.

Thursday, November 02, 2006