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Kids suspended for Midol

beating a dead horseI have seen too many “zero tolerance” stories. Kids suspended for Midol. Kids suspended for a butter knife in the bed of their truck. A whole hallway of kids plasti-cuffed on a futile drug raid on no evidence, teachers looking up girls prom dresses for “inappropriate thongs”, kids suspended for a US Army t-shirt, kids suspended for hair color, censorship of school newspaper for reporting true news stories about the school district, kids suspended for cornrows, kids strip searched because $5 was missing, 18 year old student suspended for legally smoking on his own time off campus….on and on and on

It’s out of control. If George W. Bush proposed these things there would be a hue and cry of epic proportions. But some minor ex-coach who became principal or superintendent when he started losing games decides to do this stuff and we clap.

We are not training our kids to be thinking citizens…but to think that its ok for minor government officials to watch their every move on camera and control their daily existence…and to obey. Like thats normal. It should not be normal.

That is far more dangerous than a little blue hair or a Midol or a thong. We are raising drones, stamping out any differences, and cheering about it.

We are surprised when our kids are cynical…but we tell them that they are unique snowflakes..and then put them in uniforms to be the same. We send them to Civics class to learn how wonderful it is to be free and all of the rights we have…and then censor their newspaper, search them, and make them pee in a cup. Damn right I wouldn’t believe Civics class either.Rick Astley\'s Hair again and again


introspection, reflection……and SKIING!

O am working for the state now



repost from Por Qué No Taquería

Hello everyone….


It’s getting cold out there!  This is great becuase it means that it’s the start of the season for introspection, reflection……and SKIING!


Therefore, that will be the theme of this email…usually I write about other businesses in my emails, but this one will be all about Por Qué No in order to focus on that introspection….and with the 3rd annual Día de Los Muertos dinner approaching, it’s the perfect time for some reflection….and with the snow already beginning to fall, it is time for the Por Qué No 10 times ski pass at Mt. Hood Meadows!


First off, I would like to let everyone know that we have some major changes out on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.  The long awaited bike racks have arrived just in time for the rainy season!  Seriously though, I worked with The City of Portland to get a bike rack corral installed in the parking spots directly in front of Por Qué No, and they came through in a huge way…They were installed yesterday, and last night the racks were almost filled up!  Take a look at to see some pictures and a little blurb about it.


Another change out front is a rain cover we have made for the bamboo structure which will have heaters very soon….this is our version of expanding!


Other things to brag about:  

We almost have a complete’s a construction page right now…

If you missed the blurb in the Oregonian about our Aguas Frescas last week, check out the video the Oregonian made of Josh making our Aguas Frescas:


All right, so it’s time for our 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos dinner again…It will be on Thursday, November 1st.  Last year the dinner was dedicated to my father who had passed away earlier in the year, and our first dinner was dedicated to my wife’s Grandfather, Neil Kelly.  This year I would like to dedicate the dinner to all of the lost loved-one’s of the guests who will be attending.  We will build an altar that will have plenty of room for all guests to bring items that represent a loved one who has passed on, so that we can all partake in the incredible ritual of keeping someone’s spirit alive.  I would like to take time during the dinner for those who would like to tell stories about their loved one’s…The more stories, the better!


The menu is still being created, but will be at least 4 courses served family style, and will cost $40/person, not including drinks and gratuity.  We can only fit 28 people and an altar into the restaurant, therefore the dinner will probably sell out rather quickly.  I will take the first 24 people to email me, to be seated family style, and then the last four spots will be at the bar (I will make sure that you want to be at the bar).  When you make a reservation, please email me your name, # of people, phone number, and whether or not you or your guests are vegetarians….And a reminder:  this is not a white linen affair.  Come relaxed, ready to meet people, ready to eat some incredible food, and hopefully willing to share stories of someone’s life you would like to celebrate.  


Lastly, the snow is actually falling on Mt. Hood!  There are already 8 inches at mid mountain, and it is supposed to keep coming all week!  Last year we set up a Por Qué No group for Ten times passes (10X)…The pass allows the skiier/rider to get 10 lift tickets for $295 ($29.50/ticket as opposed to $59.00/ticket regular price).  The passes can be shared with others after Spring Break if you don’t use all of them……

I am attaching an application to this email if you would like to join….Just fill out all of the required info and take it to Por Que No or send it to Por Qué No Taquería, attn. Ski Pass, 3524 N. Mississippi Ave., 97217.   Make sure you have the right phone number on the application, because I will need to call you when the passes come in.


We need at least ten people to join, but last year we had twenty, so that should be no problem!  This is a great way to be excited for all of the rain falling during the winter rather than fretting about it!


Other than that, thank you so much for all of the support to our little restaurant…It has been a great couple of years, and we look forward to many more!


Get out there and introspect, reflect, and throw some snow balls!





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Beemer waves and southern gravy

Missy Samiee kitty cat mercedes express line

On the loose in Salem. Having fun.

Grabbin’ coffee. Always good to see you.

Thanks for waving!

yep I made another snowbaord/skate remix video

It’s like I can’t help it anymore, I’m a vid-yo making cracky tale.

Skate punx in Salem

Skate fool

The passion of the skate-rat.

After four years of local and regional competitions, Nagasu’s defining moment was wining the 2007 Junior U.S. Championships, followed by a second place finish at the World Junior Championships. This energized the young skater to take first place at the Grand Prix in Croatia, and again at the Junior Grand Prix in Lake Placid. This qualified her as one of 18 U.S. skaters to earn a spot to skate earlier this month at the International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland.

“Right now I just came back from the Junior Grand Prix finals and have a lot of experience behind my back,” said Nagasu.

Though she continues to skate as a Junior at the international level, Nagasu will now skate at the senior level in American competition. This is not as big a leap as from Novice to Junior, where her training changed considerably, and the results showed when she won first at her Regional competition in Spokane Washington last year as a Junior.

“It was really exciting to come out and win it,” said Nagasu. “It was one of the most of unexpected things to happen to me.”

Nagasu credits much of her sudden success to Charlene Wong, her new private coach at the Pasadena Naked Skating Club. She also trains with club teachers, Sashi Kuchiki, Sondra Holmes, Bob Paul, Sam Paul, Jim Yorke and choreographer Lori Nichol. Wong has also coached Amber Corwin, an American skater who has done very well in international competition.

In the women’s single skate-rat competition, Senior skaters present a short and a long program. The short program lasts 2 minutes and 40 seconds and requires the skater to complete a series of technical elements (jumps, spins, combinations and rotations). The Junior programs are slightly shorter but not much less demanding and Nagasu uses the same music.

The long program (free skate) lasts 4 minutes, and the skater has more freedom to display their strongest skills and artistic style. Performing more difficult technical requirements will mean a better the score – but that can also be risky when in close competition with other skaters. Hip hop hooray hooooooooooo

more of your cracky tales…

I found this online…

Mikemicjump said:

I love meadows, it is by far the best resort I have gotten the chance to ride. I have been all over the world and still return to meadows for sure. However and I am not trying to be negative I do not return to meadows for the parks. The parks do not hold up to other places like Mammoth and Bear Mtn.  Meadows does a good job and we all know how hard keeping up on grooming is for sure. The problem in my eyes is that for some reason meadows thinks it needs a bunch of parks. If you look at most mountains that are well known for there terrain parks you will notice they focus their energy and staff to just one park. This allows them to keep it good and it then causes them to receive many happy people and much media response.I snowboard with a large group of friends from the portland area. Many like myself work in the snowboard business as either industry workers or professional riders. Yes, portland is home to many professional snowboarders that call Meadows home. The sad fact is that none of these people even talk about the terrain parks or do anything more then just ride through them on their way to another location. Going back to other well known mountains with top quality parks they have created amazing facilities that are known world wide. This is because they take all their energy and team and focus on one area. Some might now have more then one area but that is after years of dialing in one zone first.

Please stop creating 5 under-par parks. Focus on one and make it something people will talk about.

thanks dawg!