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Old 09-03-06, 05:18 PM
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hmmm, doshkel, pm me. this roommate thing might be of interest.

ummm...anyone know if alpenrose is really open 24/7/365? i wanna know about that before thinking about going out there.

i get on the internet sort of sporadically these days, so i'll check back here and see what's going on. portland crew drinking and hell-raising? let's try some for next weekend. i hate making plans, but it might be good in this case.
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Originally Posted by humancongereel
hmmm, doshkel, pm me. this roommate thing might be of interest.

ummm...anyone know if alpenrose is really open 24/7/365? i wanna know about that before thinking about going out there.

i get on the internet sort of sporadically these days, so i'll check back here and see what's going on. portland crew drinking and hell-raising? let's try some for next weekend. i hate making plans, but it might be good in this case.
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Originally Posted by humancongereel
anyone know if alpenrose is really open 24/7/365?
yes. the track is just there with no fence.
you can go whenever.

however, bike rentals, classes, and (I think) locker access have hours.
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I just moved here last week and I don't know anybody. If people want to ride bikes or if there are any good shows coming up, I am down.
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Originally Posted by thelung
I just moved here last week and I don't know anybody. If people want to ride bikes or if there are any good shows coming up, I am down.
coulda gone and met people at the alleycat but no you went to the library instead
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i'm always surprised how many alleycats i find out about 2 days later.
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Don't know what the hell to expect, but "EXTREME GUITAR ORCHESTRA" performs in Pioneer Square at 6:30 this evening. This could either be a rad conceptual noise thing or it could be a hundred Steve Vias showing off their virtuostic crosshanded tapping skillz (shudder). Either way, I'll be there drinking beer out of a green Nalgene. Find me and we'll ride afterward.
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We're coming to the PEMA [Portland-Eugene Metropolitan Axis] in the second week of October on a bike-riding road trip. I've started looking for things to do [Googlin'], but most things are targeted towards families. We're looking for a place to stay for a few days, like a B 'n' B or something, close to decent pubs or places with live music.
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some of you foo's should pm me phone numbers (alex, i lost yours too), since i'm not getting on as much anymore.
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Bump for qyuality PEMA info. I'm pretty hammered...
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portland sucks. just go to eugene and get lost for a while on wild acid trips, it's what the locals do.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
We're coming to the PEMA [Portland-Eugene Metropolitan Axis] in the second week of October on a bike-riding road trip. I've started looking for things to do [Googlin'], but most things are targeted towards families. We're looking for a place to stay for a few days, like a B 'n' B or something, close to decent pubs or places with live music.
you've got time to try and get a reservation at the hawthorne hostel...on interstate there are classic motels with tacky neon signs, like the crown motel and the palms.
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I've never heard the term PEMA before. I dont know anything about eugene, but here are my suggestions for portland.

-get lights. a headlight is required and I've known people who've gotten tickets for riding without. a rear blinky is not required, but drivers are used to seeing them at night.

-free bikes maps are available at all the bike shops. get one and check it out but dont feel required to only ride only on "bike route" or "bike lane" streets.
MLK and Grand are really bike-unfriendly and I don't reccomend Sandy due to high speed traffic that's totally not paying attention. if you're used to riding in traffic, everything else is cake.

- go to the skidmore bluffs. from East Broadway, take Williams north to Skidmore.
take a left on skidmore and ride west (toward the river) until you come to the end. take a right and then an immediate left. (skidmore blvd vs. skidmore ave) at the end of the block you'll find the park.
it's an amazing overlook of the city/trainyards/forrest park. I don't think it's an official park because lots of people drink there but there are still benches and such. GREAT at sunset or at night. big bike destination. bring a tallboy and friends.

-Bridges. the broadway bridge is great. the hawthorne and burnside bridges are ok. the steel bridge directs cyclist to ride on the roadway which in my opinion is totally insane. when crossing the steel, ride on the path below or the very very narrow ped walkway. if you take the ped walkway, go slow and dont fall off because you'll die. don't use the morrison bridge even though there is a path. the fremont and marquam bridges are freeways and thus not an option. I've never crossed the sellwood bridge but I hear it's really narrow and the traffic is fast and scary. you won't need to cross the st. john's bridge, but you should ride up willamette blvd to go look at it because it's totally ****ing amazing and a great easy ride.

-eat lunch at the carts downtown. great for vegans and omnivores on a serious budget. reccomended carts are loco locos burritos and thai sky at 5th and Oak, Thai Basil at 3rd and Oak, and India Chaat House at 12th?13th? and Yamhill behind the library. the carts can get expensive in the evening, but all have awesome lunch specials. you can get stuffed for less than $5 and the food is really really good.

-speaking of food, eat a small ethiopian vegetarian platter at dalo's kitchen at williams and skidmore in north portland. it's enough for two and it only costs $5. trust me on this one. it's in the warehouse with the pink stripe and looks like nothing from the outside.

-more food. nicholas is a lebanese food place on Grand and Oak in SE. I reccomend the vegan mezza platter with some turkish coffee. again, an amazing value. the platter for one will absolutely STUFF two people and with the coffee is just over $10.

- ride down to ladd's addition in SE. use a map or you will get lost. it's the only part of portland that isn't a grid and will throw you off really quickly. check out the rose gardens, and chill with friends in the big circles.
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p.s.

-willamette rhymes with goddamnit. (will-lamb-it) say it correctly or get laughed at.

-watch out for the MAX/streetcar tracks! everyone I know has eaten **** on them, regardless of their level of skill on a bike. they got me last spring up by lloyd center when I tried to ride parallel to them. I still have marks on my knees from that spill. they get really really slippery when it's wet. I've even heard of people eating it on them when crossing almost straight across them.

-don't even try to ride on first downtown. it's nothing but max tracks, manhole covers, trench plates, and red bricks/cobblestones. even the messengers are seen riding on the sidewalks on that street.

I'm sure I'll think of more.

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couch is said "cooch", and no, i'm not joking. there's another one.
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he means couch street.
we don't call our sofas "cooches".
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Originally Posted by tacks
he means couch street.
we don't call our sofas "cooches".
wait, you don't?
oops....
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yeah, sorry. couch street.

i don't really ride on first much. every now and then, but the cobblestones are a pain in the ass. the max tracks there are easy to get around, though. the cobblestones end at morrison and it's fine from there, so if it's only a block or two to morrison, i'll take first...

i hate ladd's addition...i had to take some crap (xrays, i think) to a house in ladd's addition the other day with a rush going back downtown in my bag and it sucked...i hate ladd's addition.

thai basil is on 2nd and oak. the ash street saloon (ash between 2nd and 3rd) has good food prices during happy hour, but not amazing food. but not bad food either. the hot dog cart at 4th and main (by the courthouse) is bomb if you're really on a budget. for 2.50 you can get a polish sausage with so many toppings you can barely find the sausage. it's a ****ing great deal. i also like rovente pizza on 4th and washington. sushi takahashi is fun, and you can always pop in for a plate or two and end up paying 2 or 3 bucks, so you can have a cheap snack there. capt. ankeny's well on 3rd and ash has decent pizza and 2.50 for all beers on tap on wednesday (and 1.50 cheese slices). they have a lot of microbrews and local goodness on tap, so it's a good deal.

you'll have to cross the river to get tall cans or 40s. you can't get them downtown. wait, i lie. a store on 6th and glisan (i think) has them.

+1,000,000,000,000 on the skidmore bluffs. there are also spots along the river on the east side esplanade where there's cover for drinking, but not so much you can't see the skyling and sunset. there are some cool areas where freight trains pass that you can also sit by. explore.
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one thing i've learned about portland: there is always something to do, every day

weedstock was bull**** though, with all those high hippies you'd think there'd be free food!
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big yes on sushi takahashi. I've heard it reffered to as "hipster sushi" but I think more along the lines of "gigantic avocado nigiri for $1 sushi" it has weird hours. I think it's closed in the middle of the day or something. it's on Broadway and West Burnside.

tube, a bar on 3rd and west burnside has a vegan happy hour from 5-10 that is $2 BIG appetizers (think light meals) which are totally awesome, obviously cheap, and before you talk **** about the hipsterism, realize that it's owned by a 29 year old punk community member who rides a bike and doesn't own a car not some fat middle aged suburban dude raking in the bucks for our beers.

the eastbank esplanade is a pretty and really easy ride. great for taking pictures. lots of joggers though. can get kinda crowded on the weekend.
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cathedral park under the st. johns bridge is awesome. it's a nice ride on willamette over there, and the bridge is probably the nicest lookin' one in the whole city. bring your dog and your beer and maybe your fishing pole. uhh.. just don't eat what you catch.
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tube's all right. i don't like their drink prices, though. dollar pints of pbr at the ash = more like it.

there's a gay bar tucked away right next to takahashi that has 2.50 wells (1.50 at happy hour...and it's not ember's)...so...whiskey for a buck fifty at some times. niiiiice. i'd go there more, but the fact that it's a gay bar always seems to freak out my guy friends. i don't see what the big deal is...i can say "no" if i need to, i don't know why one should be freaked out to go to a gay bar to score cheapass drinks.
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tube's all right. i don't like their drink prices, though. dollar pints of pbr at the ash = more like it.
yeah, you'll notice I didnt say anything about the drink prices. the happy hour food deal rules though.
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Originally Posted by tacks
p.s.

-willamette rhymes with goddamnit. (will-lamb-it) say it correctly or get laughed at.

-watch out for the MAX/streetcar tracks! everyone I know has eaten **** on them, regardless of their level of skill on a bike. they got me last spring up by lloyd center when I tried to ride parallel to them. I still have marks on my knees from that spill. they get really really slippery when it's wet. I've even heard of people eating it on them when crossing almost straight across them.

-don't even try to ride on first downtown. it's nothing but max tracks, manhole covers, trench plates, and red bricks/cobblestones. even the messengers are seen riding on the sidewalks on that street.

I'm sure I'll think of more.
I live on the goddam streetcar tracks, you'd think I'd know better, but they still get me every couple months. Usually when wet, or when I'm not paying attention and get my wheel stuck in one. I don't even bother truing it anymore...
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