I visited my 'second home' from when I was an undergrad today. I used to be the Program Manager for a resource center on the campus of my school. Since I graduated, they have remodeled the space. I remember goofy, comfy chairs... movie nights, laughing with my friends as I tried to learn various languages... my boss at the time was so kind to let me experiment with various events and programs to get people involved and talking about their cultures... I packed a room with 103 college students on a Friday night who just wanted to watch Amelie... popcorn... Friday 4-6 coffee socials... For 4 years I made great friends, world connections and found out that I truly love to plan things. I am getting all flustered remembering how much fun I had.
Today I walked up those stairs and entered a room of a different sort. No smiling faces... no laughing language groups... no big screen with the faint smell of popcorn in the air... my boss is no longer there behind her desk with her fantastic African art pieces... no goofy, comfy chairs. No more film festivals or international art shows... stark and cold.
Things change I guess...
Tonight I will look up and just remember the good. Magid, Anne, Siska, Emily, Alex, Kaz, Sarah and Michael... I miss you guys! Thanks for the memories.
I love 80's music. I was a bit young to experience it when it came around the first time but I swear I was just born at the wrong time. For those of you who missed my earlier post, you will be glad to know that Laser Retro was a hoot. They played 2 of my favorite songs (Message in a Bottle - Sting and Just Like Heaven - The Cure), we had a good time and we ate Pop Rocks and Pez. I actually bought the Pez 'cause it looked like Planet of the Apes but it turns out to be some recent squirrel-like character from some lame cartoon. Pshaw.
The Science Factory had such good turn out for the shows that they might bring them back in September/November... If you are looking for a way to contribute to your community? Do something, anything, for the Science Factory. I know we can't compare it to OMSI but...
On another note, I found this pic (move slider to the right to see the night time color shot) on Photo a Day from Planet Earth and wow. I would love to see this in person.
This week was the much anticipated topic of "What's Love Got To Do With It: Sex for Social Bonding in Bonobos" presented by Dr. Frances White. First off, she is a fantastic speaker. Very knowledgeable and a PowerPoint presentation that doesn't suck. It actually fit in the screen with no weird overlap and boxes. (jeesh, take time to look at your own presentations. If you are giving a presentation, I don't care if it is ugly and boring, don't have weird inconsistent font and overlapping boxes.)
I did take most of my Anthropology classes (including Dr. White's class on the Evolution of Human Sexuality) a while ago so I was a bit nervous about the trivia. We (my peeps) have just been trying for a prize for a while with no luck. Wednesday was a good night though. The food at Adam's/Luna was great, the wait staff good, the crowd polite, Amanda had good screens and working equipment (totally typical for equipment to not work when you need it to so we don't blame her at all), AND I finally answered enough trivia for a prize!!! 8 of 10 right. The questions I missed... How many words does Kanzi have in his vocab? Answer: 500. I guessed 350. How frequently do bonobos have offspring? Answer: Every 2 years. I don't know why but I thought 5 years.
I know some really fantastic people. We care about each other, check in during rough times and get a good laugh out of each other (hopefully) during the good times. I have moved around a lot in my life and never before have I been apart of a network of people I could count on as much as my friends here.
As everyone moves, changes jobs and focus, or just stays the same, just knowing you are but an email away makes me smile.
A big hug to you all. I wouldn't trade you for all the glitter pens in the world.
I'll drink coffee. Specific coffee. Stumptown. My Stumptown first was at 3rd and Stark. Today was a great Monday because I discovered that they now use Stumptown in the Market of Choice on Franklin. Seriously.
My next knitting pattern is working itself out in my brain. Something small, for summer, intricate... we'll see.