The Whole Shebang

35] Oh, the Times and Places You’ll Go!
February 2, 2013, 8:36 am
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By: Katie Campshure

This young woman is brilliant. I must have this book.


34] PORTLANDIA: Newspaper Bought By Blog
January 27, 2013, 1:04 am
Filed under: television

In Oct. 2012 I had the pleasure of being an extra in a Portlandia skit while interning at Willamette Week. The episode finally aired on Fri. Jan. 25, 2013. (I’m the one in the black and white blazer & glasses.)

Shortly after 3:00 pm on a moderately warm October afternoon the WW editorial office is gradually transformed into a Portlandia film set as young urbanites in their 20s and 30s fully clad in tight button-up flannel shirts with rolled up sleeves, fedoras, trucker hats, Nike’s and Chuck Taylors lug in heavy filming equipment.

By 4:30 pm set lights are turned on, the room is silenced and the frame is cleared. Enter Fred Armisen. Giggles spread across the room. “Ohhh I know that guy!” someone shouts. “We went to high school together.” After a couple minutes of mingling, Armisen walks up to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Fred. What’s your name?” he asks. As I begin to introduce myself, a woman walks in with a snack tray of fruits and cookies. A man wearing a green button-up shirt and hipster glasses approaches the snack lady. Pointing at a lush strawberry, he says that he would like just one single berry. He picks up the strawberry above his head as if to inspect it, then grins in approval before tilting back his head and taking a bite.

Scene one opens with an attempt to mock the undeniable decline of newsprint, that is expressed in a monologue delivered by George Wendt, who is best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. Wendt plays the editor of a local Portland newspaper that has just been bought out by LINX PDX, “a very successful online blog.”

Armisen and Brownstein play the role of Trudy Adler and Craig Rodriguez of LINX PDX, who emphasize that headlines are the new articles because readers tune out after the first couple sentences. [Are you still reading this? Good. Glad I was able to keep your attention.]


Here’s the best part:

In between takes, while actors, staff and extras mingled, Armisen wanted to add a little something to my notes. He wrote the following love letter (to himself):

 “Fred Armisen seems very muscular and smart. He reads books constantly — all kinds of books. There were some titles that were clearly in different languages, and he was reading them all with ease. He has nice shoulders too. So cool and nice.” 


33] Unconventional Like a Mini
January 10, 2013, 9:22 pm
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Sep 26, 2012 Mini Cooper AD. Very Cleaver.

32] A new liquor sales law in Washington is sending hordes of booze buyers into Oregon
December 15, 2012, 1:08 am
Filed under: News | Tags: , ,

For years now, the embattled Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been fighting powerful lobbyists for grocery store chains that want to end the state’s nearly 80-year monopoly on selling booze.

The argument for killing off the OLCC goes like this: Letting the private sector sell liquor—that is, allowing customers to pull into a Safeway or Whole Foods for their vodka—will be more convenient for consumers and much cheaper without a state bureaucracy setting prices.

Continue reading at Willamette Week.

31] Rose-Tu’s Baby is Actually the Property of “Have Trunk Will Travel”
December 4, 2012, 9:51 pm
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Oregon Zoo officials quietly cut a deal to give up the 2nd, 4th and 6th offspring between Rose-Tu, owned by the zoo, and Tusko, a prolific male owned by Have Trunk Will Travel.

Last week’s birth was the second offspring between the pair. And most importantly the Oregon Zoo never said they actually own the elephant. In a press conference, Director Kim Smith said she wouldn’t make that guarantee that the elephant will stay with her mother, rather the HTWT organization could claim ownership at any time.

30] Emerge Oregon:
November 21, 2012, 12:49 am
Filed under: Campaigns, Profiles | Tags: , , , ,

A group that trains Democratic women to run for office is showing success.

As a candidate for public office, Jessica Vega Pederson already had a compelling life story. She was raised in a Mexican-American family in Chicago, where her mother was politically active and Pederson got involved in Latino issues.

Now a project manager for a tech company, Pederson spent this year running for the Legislature in East Portland—and a victory she said would make her the first Latina elected to the Oregon House.

What Pederson lacked was practice in telling her story.

But this year Pederson took part in what’s become a secret weapon for Democratic women: Emerge Oregon.


29] Willamette Week’s Annual Skidmore Prize

The Skidmore Prizes celebrates the work performed in the nonprofit sector by Portlanders under the age of 36. At a celebration held at Rontom’s on Nov. 12, each of the four prize winners received a check for $4,000,in recognition of the award.


A land of mountains, forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers, Oregon is not lacking for intricately crafted hiking trails, serene camping grounds or estuarine marshes that cling to seaside cliffs. This is why Rob Klavins, a tall and husky 28-year-old, first moved here, he explains. Klavins is now wildlands and wildlife advocate for Oregon Wild, whose mission since 1974 has been to protect and restore the state’s wildlands, wildlife and water…continue reading at WW


“Gentlemen: In the locker rooms!” shouts Francisco Hernandez, as about two dozen young men sprint from the parking lot of Roosevelt High School. “If you plan on playing today: In the locker rooms!”

Hernandez, 28, is what’s known in the parlance as a Social and Support Services for Educational Success case manager, stationed at Roosevelt and Wilson high schools…continue reading at ww


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