The protests made it onto my street today. I heard the shouts and chants from inside my office, so I grabbed my camera and ran out to the street to see what was happening.

It seemed like a relatively small group, but there were so many young faces in that crowd. They chanted and held signs, but they also hugged, teased, and socialized with each other like kids always do. It felt weird to see the frustration of protest and the behaviors of everyday life alongside each other.

Then, one of my junior skaters spotted me taking photos, and ran up to me to say hello. I've only had a couple of practices with the team so far, so it feels a bit funny to call them "my" juniors, heh. But, even though I've only just started to get to know this teen, I couldn't have been prouder of her.

The group passed by quickly, so she ran off, and I called after her to stay safe. I later learned that it was a group of students from Portland Public Schools, so hopefully that fact will keep them safer.

I'm proud of the young people of my city--they're paying attention, and they're not content to sit by in apathy. But I'm afraid for them, too. I know their future hangs in the balance.



Feb. 8th, 2014 09:28 pm

Yep, we've been snowed in since Thursday. I worked from home on Thursday, and the photoshoot and bouts I had on Friday and Saturday were postponed, so other than the trip to the store I made earlier today, we've been turtling. Yesterday and today were spent playing a lot of Civilization V, doing a bit of cooking, watching movies, and enjoying the fact that I have absolutely nowhere to be.

I got it in my head earlier today to get groceries at the Hawthorne New Seasons, and after maybe 60 seconds of driving in the snow, I said Eff This and went to the much-closer Fred Meyer on 82nd. Which, as it happens, was completely out of eggs--I had to buy Egg Beaters to use for breakfast tomorrow.

There was a karaoke birthday party this evening, but the sky has shifted from snow to freezing rain, which makes me say HELLS NO to driving. I was going to be training for a new part-time job tomorrow, but it seems that's postponed, too. No idea if Oaks will be open for endurance tomorrow, either. So, it might be another day in.

I have to admit that I enjoy the snow. Not just because of the built-in excuse to not go anywhere, but because it's so calm and quiet everywhere. Empty streets, muffled sounds, a landscape that looks strangely monochrome, there's nothing but the occasional gust of wind and the soft crunching of snow under your boots. It's rare that you get to have a moment as mellow as that.

Snowy weather also means: RIDICULOUS SCARF-HAT TIME. And that always requires some muppetface. ;)


By some weird twist of fate (namely, an all-day workshop I was supposed to attend getting postponed due to the presenter being sick), I wound up having Saturday completely and totally off. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself. I didn't go to a workshop, or to the studio, or to the Hangar, or to any previously-agreed social obligation. WEIRD.

Joe was leading a walking tour of the food carts, so I spontaneously decided that this would be the day that I finally went on the danged food cart tour, which I've been wanting to do for a while. So, I tagged along and got to try food from a lovely array of food carts West of the river that I'd heard about, but never visited. One had Chinese dumplings that actually reminded me of childhood, and that is most definitely not an easy task.

There were also other, different dumplings, which were not Chinese, but were also notably delicious. And, some of the best falafel I've ever eaten. Oh, and I'd be remiss in my duties if I failed to mention the deep-fried Mars bars! Even 1/3rd of one was enough to last a while, heh.




I've done a bit more wandering around with my camera than usual over the past few weeks, but it was especially nice to be doing so on a gorgeous day like this one. Usually, when I'm shooting a lot for clients, I don't so much feel like shooting outside of a work/portfolio building context, and it was nice to still have the itch when I had some time to myself. Moments are important, even the little ones.

In other news, I went to my first "pre-tryouts" practice for travel team last week, and holy smokes, standards are high. But, they don't seem unattainable. It's a little strange to realize that the group of people whom I perceive to be better skaters than I am is actually getting smaller. There are still people on the A-team who intimidate the bejeezus out of me, but eh, I'll get over it eventually. I learned a ton from that one practice, so regardless of how tryouts actually go, I'm going to come out the other end as a bolder and better skater.

Oh, and this morning? TOTALLY WENT TAP-DANCING. It's been over a decade since I last did that, but I still have my shoes from college, and I found a class through parks and rec that actually fits my schedule. It's a beginner-type class for adults, and I think I might be picking things up a little faster than most--it's amazing how much your body remembers even after that much time--but I had fun, regardless.

And finally, I think I just made myself throw up in my own mouth a little looking at the below, heh. It's good to have talented friends who will coax me out from behind the camera every so often. :) WUV.

batskeets: (spoon)
This morning, I was scheduled to meet with a potential studio sharer, and she'd called when I was on my way over, to say she was waiting in the coffee shop upstairs. So, I went in to catch her and show her to my studio.

When I got to the coffee shop, I tried to figure out who I was looking for, when a lady looked up from her table and asked me if I was Sarah. I said Yes, and she said, "I thought I remembered your hair being shorter," and invited me to grab myself a coffee. (I figured she must've looked at the bio page on my web site, and the photo taken when my hair was shorter) She also mentioned that she'd just talked to another person at the coffee shop, who was also waiting for a Sarah.

I grabbed my coffee, and she invited me to sit down, which seemed a little strange, but eh, maybe she wanted to chat for a minute before seeing the space? So, I sat down, and she launched into her pre-interview schpiel for some job, and involving something with kale chips. When I blinked in confusion, we realized I wasn't the Sarah she was looking for--I was the Sarah the other person was looking for.

Now, it's not shocking that there's another Sarah who was scheduled to be in my studio's 'hood this morning, because, well, there are eleventy-billion Sarahs. I *am* a bit boggled, however, that there's another Sarah, somewhere in Portland, who actually looks enough like me that her interviewer was all ready to give me her job.

Ah, the hazards of being a Sarah, folks.


Sep. 19th, 2012 11:26 pm
So, yeah, this happened: Tonight, I delivered 20 slides' and 5 minutes' worth of factoids about how to get better at roller skating, in front of a few friends, and hundreds of strangers.

(photo courtesy [ profile] matrixleap)

I submitted my talk just after the last Ignite event, wrote down a couple points in an outline, and then promptly forgot about it for the 6-or-so months following, until they e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago saying, "hey, you've been accepted!" I've spent the past 3 weeks berating myself for accepting the spot--it was nerve-wracking preparing for it, designing the slides on the short timeline they gave was incredibly stressful, and as of this morning, I thought for certain I'd crash and burn horribly.

But, as it turns out, I did okay! A glass of wine loosened me up the right amount, I didn't hurt myself getting up or down from the stage on skates, and I managed to stay on-pace and even-keeled, and keep my tongue mostly-untied throughout the talk. I even got to get a little bit nerdy about center of gravity, using wheel edges, and muscles in the human body.

Don't get me wrong--holy crap, public speaking is terrifying, and I'm certainly not good at it, as a general rule. But hey, I pulled it off this time, and it was (gasp!) actually a pretty fun experience.

So, hooray for pushing boundaries, even if it took a fair bit of nudging from an outside force. ;)
So, yeah, this happened last weekend:

Yes, my sandwich-themed superhero, Club Slamwich, won Best Hero Costume at the Alter Egos pub crawl. I think it was the sandwiches in my utility belt that sealed the deal. Yes, as in actual, edible sandwiches that I made myself.

(thanks to [ profile] matrixleap for grabbing my camera and taking this, because I completely did not expect to win)

In other news, I still suck at small talk, but it doesn't seem to stop me from having a good time. I heard Bobcat Goldthwaite utter the above quote on a podcast a few days ago, and thought, "Bobcat Goldthwaite, you understand me." Which is not to say that I plan to don a loud voice and "wacky" persona for any extended period--I certainly wasn't planning on it--but, still. Truth is there.

Oh, and regarding the Heroes/Villains event, there are more photos on Google+. And yes, I'm linking to G+, because Facebook's photo compression makes pretty photos look at least 47% worse.
And, a rare appearance in front of the camera. Hanging out with my fellow nerds (most of whom are affiliated with the Geek Council in some way), bike-riding around in the sun, and representing my derby league isn't a bad way to spend a day.

Oh, and those most likely *are* the greatest socks I have ever owned. Just sayin'. ;)

Related: it occurs to me that I need a derby userpic. Maybe if get less busy, I can do something about that. ;p
I've been running around a lot, shooting for my homegirl Alyson, and we're finally done with the shooting portion. The theme is Shop Local, an idea I came up with knowing that we both support the cause wholeheartedly, and the idea ballooned into a multi-day shoot with a lot of our favorite local business-owning ladies, wearing her super-cute new garments for Fall.

Here's my hairstylist, who's completely adorable, and every haircut I get with her feels like going on an adventure. I didn't tell her to smile, either--I usually don't like to do that with anyone--she's just naturally that way. So freakin' cute! <3

Kira's a smiley one.

I also got to skate with the Heathers at their practice this week, and it was so, so fun. I still can't decide what team I want to be on, but they're definitely high on my list. I kind of love all of them for different reasons, though.

I have another crazypants working weekend this weekend, but the weekend after, I am not working at all, because I'll be at PAX. SO EXCITING. Damned fine way to say farewell to The Job, if you ask me. ;)
YOU GUYS. Next month, Evil Dead will be coming to Wonder Ballroom. In the form of a MUSICAL.

I am SO there. Who's coming with me? :D
I don't feel like writing at the moment, so I'm going to spam you with more photos from Saturday. Sadly, my costume seems to have gone largely undocumented, thus far. That seems to be a pretty consistent pitfall of being the photographer at an event: you take a lot of photos, and leave little other evidence that you were present. Great for weddings, not so great for random funtimes when you're dressed up in ridiculous fashion. Maybe one day, I'll figure out how to be a part of an event, and document it at the same time.

ANYHOO. Perhaps the most potent example of why villainy is awesome: one of the villains built a propane-powered flaming pitchfork!
Flame-y Goodness!

Gaze into the face of evil!:

The leader of the heroes is yelling things at us.
Heroes want you!

Dr. Manticore is very pleased to be inflicting Twister spins upon the hapless players.
Evil takes a spin

Another of the challenges was a multi-legged race, which the Villains won handily.
Too-Many-Legged Race
What was I doing this past weekend? Engaging in some rock 'n' roll, sea-creature-y supervillainy, naturally:

More when it's not 10:30pm on a work night, and when I am not at the studio still in my stank-ass derby workout wear 3 1/2 hours after practice.
batskeets: (spoon)

Seriously, it's damned gorgeous outside. I was just walking up the street for a much-needed disco coffee, and I did so in a sleeveless shirt. Spring, bitches!

Last night found us traipsing out to Karaoke From Hell, and it was awesome. <3 I wasn't really expecting anyone to come out on a work night, but both [ profile] katlyn and [ profile] marykae came, so that was happy-making! Karaoke with a live band also has a way of making you weirdly nervous--I haven't felt jittery about karaoke in ages, but last night? Yeah, I did get a dash of the wiggins. It all worked out in the end, though: I threw down a respectably rockin' rendition of We Are The Champions, and afterwards, the crazily-costumed backup singer actually asked me for a hug. XD That was pretty awesome.

It's April Fool's Day, and I think the internet may have actually cured me of my dislike for the holiday. Yeah, people still pull dumb pranks, but I've already learned to blow off half of what anyone says on this day, and I get to enjoy amusing jokes and videos from folks like Google and Hulu. Yeah, I can get into that.

Anyway, I have a ridiculously busy Friday night ahead: doing wushu, shooting at a people *and* pets fashion show, and possibly seeing the Midnight Movie at the Bagdad. Tomorrow morning is Open Scrimmage, so anyone who wants to come to Oaks and pay $5 can come and watch me hip-check some bitches.

I also really need to fix my bike tire, seeing as I got a flat while I was riding home from work on Monday. Blehhhh. I need to bike in this weather!

Okay, disco coffee. Do your thing. I don't want to be tired right now!
So, HEY. I won a spelling bee last night! My winning word was "droitural." Apparently, LJ's spell-checker doesn't even think that's a correctly spelled word, even though it is, so I guess that's pretty impressive. $10 of free noms for my trouble, hot damn.

Last weekend was eventful. In the land of derby, I fell spectacularly during a drill, the notable part of this being that my knee pad slipped partway off during the fall. I toughed it out and was okay for the rest of practice, but upon waking up on Sunday? Cue ugly swelling and bruising, and incredible stiffness when trying to move my leg. Eeep. I bowed out on Sunday practice, and have been taking it easy since, and I got the knee checked out today.

A lot of the pain I'm feeling is, apparently, due to the incredible amount of bruising on the muscle in that area--it's swollen enough to be obstructive and hurty when I bend my leg past a certain point--so that'll go away as the bruise does. I lucked out on the joint side of things, though: I have, at worst, a level 1 MCL sprain, and 2 of the 3 tests the doctor did on the joint didn't cause me any pain, so it's very minor. I actually *should* keep moving the joint, too, or it'll stiffen up again. Lots of ice, plus laying off of running and skating for a bit should have me feeling good again. I'm hoping to sit out at practice again on Thursday, and be okay in time for open scrimmage on Saturday.

Saturday night had me dressing up somewhere between "fancy" and "ridiculous," and taking in a Geek Burlesque show. We were one of the last few people to get in the door, and they apparently had to turn away 100+ people, so it was quite the success. Portland geeks make me proud, heh.

Anyhoo, I enjoyed the show quite a bit, especially considering boobs don't exactly do it for me, and there were some very creative and amusing acts. The Super Mario Bros. routine was easily my favorite, due to the sheer hilarity and showmanship, but I'll totally admit that I squeed when the Sailor Jupiter act took the stage. Damn you, magical girl anime! ;) 

After deciding to bow out of skating on Sunday, I realized I had exactly nowhere to be for the entire day! So, I gave myself the day off, watched a few episodes of Arrested Development, bought some groceries, and spent 5-or-so hours romping around Denerim, doing side quests and macking on Alistair, heh. I was sorely tempted, both yesterday *and* today, to skip out on work and play more video games, but responsibility won that fight. I've promised myself to make some Asian lettuce wraps for dinner tonight, but that might be a fight that video games could win.

Also: Venture Bros. is pretty damned hilarious. The End. <3

...okay, seriously. If you haven't seen Wild Zero, you really should. It's an experience. XD Hell, I may even set up a viewing prior to the show, if I can get my act together on the social planning end of things.

(and yes, I am absolutely going to that show. Juuuuust sayin'.)
There's something pretty excellent about walking out to the car, seeing snow, and then responding to that by spending the 10-or-so minutes following A) joking about everyone in Portland freaking out over the mere threat of a 1/4 inch of snow, and B) making ridiculously awful snow puns.

Half of me is looking forward to derby practice tonight, because I had a good run of it on Sunday. The other half is praying that Oaks closes and subsequently cancels practice, because OMJESUS I'M STILL TIRED. The latter doesn't seem too likely, though, so cross your fingers that I don't die.

I did get some very lovely sleep the past two nights, though. So hey, there's that.


Nov. 21st, 2010 09:27 am
I think I may officially be Too Old For This Shit. The BarFly Bus was most certainly a good time, and it was so, so fantastic to hang out with [ profile] circeramone, [ profile] sarapada, [ profile] triskelmoon, and the rest of the posse. But, OWWWW. Head hurts.

Serenading a friend on her birthday remains one of my favorite things. God bless karaoke.

Also: Bunk Sandwiches. Pork belly, cheddar, and apple. If you haven't already, look into it.

Big Damn Wedding Vendor Show today should be fun, and hopefully my laid-back, pint-clanking date afterwards will be equally so. Assuming I don't pass out face-first into my first (and likely only) pint of chocolate stout, that is.
Question: Where is your favorite place for Indian food in PDX? I have been challenged to come up with a good Indian restaurant by Saturday, and I've only been to one place in town, thus far. I *could* probably find it again if I wanted to, but I don't even remember the name of it, so I figure there has to be something around that'd make more of a positive impression.

In other news, I went to the Scissor Sisters show after wushu last night, and it. Was. AWESOME. They sounded great, they knew how to perform and had a great flair for the dramatic, AND they got the whole crowd dancing like crazy by the end of it. Portland shows seem to have a way of being very sedate, so I was prepared to be all disappointed if this completely danceable set didn't get their booties shakin'. But, much to my surprise and pleasure, PDX stepped up. So, so fun.

I also went to a Run and Yoga class yesterday morning, at this place near 43rd and Hawthorne, and I *loved* it. I've been spotty with keeping up on running, and I've been meaning to get back into doing yoga at least semi-regularly, so this kills two birds with one stone! And, ~45 minutes of stretching and restoring after a solid stretch of running is basically the best idea ever.

My shoulders and upper-back are still wicked sore, though. I think spending all of PAX weekend with various bags over my shoulder didn't do me any favors. :/ But, I'm starting to feel better mentally, at least.

And finally, this day of the meme is lame, but here it is:

Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

1. XD
2. :o

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

Day Ten: One confession.

Holy crap

Aug. 31st, 2010 12:20 pm

Adding to my list of insane PAX ideas: rolling around the Convention Center on my skates. It would be just like derby! Except that I'd be bobbing and weaving through 60,000 nerds, instead of half-a-dozen-or-so derby girls. And nobody else would be on skates.

...okay, so this probably won't happen. But I *am* tempted to bring my skates and at least roll around on the streets of Seattle on Thursday night. Cancelled derby practice last weekend, and not being in town for practice this weekend equals too much time away from my skates.

Anyhoo, my free weekend was so, so necessary, and I can't complain about it at all. I did get a monster headache on Saturday which took me down for the count for a while, but other than that, I got to goof off and laptop party with Alyson, Carolyn, and Alicia during the day, hit up a graduation party late in the evening, clank an extra pint with [ profile] katlyn and [ profile] daemonwise, sleep until 11am for two days in a row (!), camp out at Backspace for some relaxed-and-groovy work time, and go on a spontaneous urban hike all by my lonesome.

Being hyper-social has been an effective reminder of how wonderful it is to be by myself. The balance I struck between social and anti-social this weekend was pretty darned perfect. And wow, I haven't enjoyed an aimless stroll that much in ages.

I love this town, and the people in it.
In the past month or so, I have:

A) met a friend-of-friend, only to later learn that I was briefly her sister's roommate, back in Eugene
B) encountered a friend's brother, whom I had never previously met, while shooting for The Job
C) encountered another friend's brother, whom I had also never previously met (I'm amazed I recognized this one, because that friend and I haven't really talked in ages)
D) been "matched" via OkCupid with at least four people I already know, one of them being an ex-boyfriend (this is after years of never encountering a familiar face on that site)
E) learned that another friend currently works with a girl I know whose photography web site I designed several years ago.

This town is suddenly feeling very, very small. XD


Jul. 30th, 2010 03:03 pm
Random tangent of conversation in the car with [ profile] daemonwise the other day, that could benefit from exposure to a wider circle:

Nicknames for Portland Suburbs (mostly of the at least quasi-derogatory variety)
Beaverton = The 'Tron
Hillsboro = Hillsburrito
Vancouver = Vantucky
Troutdale = The Trout
EDIT: Lake Oswego = Lake No-Negro
Gresham = Greshamphetamine

We were shocked to realize that Lake Oswego doesn't seem to have a derogatory nickname--at least, not that we'd ever heard--because IT TOTALLY DESERVES ONE.

Got anything to throw into the pot?

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