This Nerd Stalked "10 Things I Hate About You" So You Don't Have To

This Nerd Stalked "10 Things I Hate About You" So You Don't Have To

Sooo...I kinda have a weird thing about film sets.  I am constantly intrigued by the ability of set designers and location scouts to turn places like Vancouver B.C into a charming East Coastal town, or a charming East Coastal town into Vancouver B.C, and my god WHY not just film in the place where it's supposed to be!? <<incoherent angry sputtering>> Yes yes, tax breaks and production issues and other stuff I don't care about.  Moving on.  Every movie or TV show that I watch gets IMDB'd immediately, strictly to see where it is filmed.  And not just the city, but the house and any place visited during said movie as well.  I blame it on my innate love of travel, and lack of funding to do so.  However, due to sites like www.movie-locations.com and hookedonhouses.net, I know I'm not alone.

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Exploring the Oregon Coast

Exploring the Oregon Coast

I had hoped to include more travel posts on my blog these past few months, but sadly my bank account has prevented any wanderings so far this summer, and I have developed a bit of a twitch from feeling a bit stuck.   Luckily, my incredible in-laws have a lovely beach condo on the Oregon Coast, so we trekked the 2 hours out of Portland to the sandy shores of Lincoln City, and ohmygod just seeing the ocean and smelling salty air, redolent with the smell of rotting fish, made my heart skip a beat.

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Vineyard Vines and Teenage Angst

Vineyard Vines and Teenage Angst

While I'm not sure it can go on the record as my all-time, favorite thing in the entire world, I have to say that watching movies outdoors definitely makes the cut for one of my top ten favorite things in life.  I can even admit that I almost rented a place in Venice strictly for the potential for movie-watching on the incredible rooftop deck (however, once the landlord told us it would likely collapse if more than 10 people were on it, we had to pass).  Random, I know, but there is something about laying out a picnic with friends and watching the sunset before a good vintage flick, and one of the saddest things about moving from Venice was giving up Cinespia, the beloved weekly screening of both contemporary and classic films in the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, home of somewhat ancient mausoleums, intricately adorned gravestones, and a handful of famous dead people (and some non-famous dead people for diversity).  Once you look past the morally-ambiguous idea of feasting and imbibing over corpses, it can be a jolly good time, and if they didn't want their grave to be urinated on at some point, then they shouldn't have been buried in Hollywood.  (Don't worry, they have port-a-pottys, but I'm quite sure there have been drunk and impatient patrons over the years.)

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DIY Nautical Ship Lamp

DIY Nautical Ship Lamp

 This post revolves around one of my great loves - anything nautical.  I would kill to live on the ocean or a boat. I don't even have high expectations, a crappy boat is fine, just as long as I get to hear some obnoxious seagulls as I do the dishes, but alas, that isn't in my immediate future.  To compensate for this, I obsess over all nautical decor so I can trick myself into thinking I live on the beach.

A recent trend in the last few years is nautical tripod lamp, which has seen quite a few variations, but all are similar in the fact that they are out of my budget:

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Moving to the city of roses, bridges, and 80's nights.

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Our backyard bonfire in Venice at Halloween.  I lit myself on fire that year.

I recently moved from Venice, CA to Portland OR, due to a whole mess of things that don't need to be elaborated on.  Still transitioning, as it is June and last week it was in the mother f^&*ing 50's.  Degrees, that is.  Having been raised in California, I tried to limit my bitching during the winter months, mostly because I am getting pretty sick of people asking "how I'm adjusting."  "Oh, I'm thrilled, I just adore wearing two snuggies to bed." Also, I'm reading a book about Africa, and I feel pretty shitty whining about being chilly when people in the Congo have to worry about the worst parasites in the universe.

Despite paying over $1600 for a tiny apartment and narrowly escaping the traincrash known as Lindsey Lohan moving on my street (we moved out the month she moved in), I still get pangs of sadness for the old haunts of Venice. We lived about a block from Abbott Kinney, which, if you haven't been, you absolutely MUST.  It alleges itself as the hippie mecca of LA, and you can pretty much find a good mix of rich people with expensively distressed clothing, a handful of celebrities, and druggies.  There was one shop, a vintage shop, and one day me and the boy decided to go in.  He picked up a chipped coffee mug and asked the price.   The lady eyeballed his t-shirt with legitimate holes in it and said it was $600. (author's note: I don't remember the exact price, but it was definitely in the realm of $600-900).  As we snorted with laughter, she gave us the most supreme bitchface I have ever witnessed.  It was truly spectacular. She was like the Gwyneth Paltrow of boutique owners, and I would feel pretty confident in assuming that she sanitized everything we touched after we left the store. Anyway, you just can't get experiences like that here, and it is one of the many reasons Venice will be missed.

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It looked like this but with french writing and like it had been dropped

Anyways, now that the weather is clearing up, I actually get to enjoy Portland, even though it doesn't have the snobs to entertain me.  For someone interested in green living, it is certainly one of the best places to be in, and you can't help but love a place whose motto is "keep Portland weird."  (Fun fact: we almost moved into a place next door to a previous mayor of Portland who was a BIG proponent of the "keep Portland weird" movement, and he had a homeless man that lived on his balcony and acted as the neighborhood watch. )  One thing that I have discovered that rules the shit out of Portland is 80's nights.  Now don't get me wrong, I love me a costume party and any chance to dance to The Go-Gos, but I also have to be a big fan of some other decades, and I know I'm new to town but I am fully in favor of expanding our decade-themed party horizons.  Maybe a sock-hop?  A Flapper Festival? Am I just out of the loop and these are actually happening and I don't know about them?

I'm sure I could go on about other topics that people will care more about, but I'm going to choose to perseverate on this 80's obsession.  I'm starting to think that maybe its a matter of decoration investment, and as a designer, I can assuage your fears.  Lets take a 60's theme:

-Go to dolllar store, buy lots of white sheets and colored markers.

-Google tie dying.

-Tie dye sheets.

-Hang on walls.

-Done.

This is what the sheets will look like if you don't suck at tie-dyeing.

 I can assure you that the amount of money it will take to accomplish this will be less than what I personally spend at the bar, and if all partiers are not completely transfixed by all the colors then they have missed a crucial step in the pre-partying process for a hippie dance.   So can we get on this please?  Mcmenamin's, I'm looking at you, as you seem to be the leading abuser of the 80's night.