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Horizons: broadened, I think

August 16th, 2009

Two things I don’t really understand, Thai food and BMX culture.

Thai food isn’t really exotic in Portland. It’s subsided a bit but there was a time around Y2K you couldn’t take a pee without splattering a Thai restaurant. I just don’t know much about it. But I know what I like and I likes me some PK. Wasn’t feeling particularly adventurous unlike here so I just got the pad thai and, well, I guess it was pretty good. I dug it. I went here a few times when I was working in the Pearl so I knew it was a safe bet. Wooga‘s apparently a bit pickier (or maybe more knowledgeable) about her Thai food, she told me once that some Thai restaurants put ketchup in their sauce. Yeah, WTF? Sounds lame but I bet it tricks us round eyes into digging what we think is some authentic shit. Like I heard on Wednesday there’s some corporate restaurant that puts yellow cake mix in their cornbread. Anyhoo, lunch seemed to be a great success. I ate a lot.

After that, BMX. I know, weird. My bike bears only the most superficial resemblance to a BMX (okay, it’s 90% the same in construction but not in principle) but my boys A/C & Slo Dogg are into it and I went to the premiere for the new (first?) Shola video. It had dudes doing shit with bikes. When it comes to EXTREEEEEEEEEEME sports all I know is they should keep that shit out of other peoples’ way and it’s funny as hell when they wipe out. I don’t know what’s hard and cool and what’s easy and lame. Occasionally the crowd would ooh and ahh and a few times they broke into cheers, so I’m guessing there was some bomb stuff there. My favorite section was the dude who kept wiping out trying to do a backflip down a hillside. The (way) afterparty was at Kelly’s and they ran the DVD on one of the TVs on repeat. I was sitting with some folks and pointed out my favorite section. One guy wanted to know at what point you give up. I would have packed it in after the over the handlebars face plant, but it was on a gentle grassy slope and if you’re prone to giving up you probably wouldn’t be doing back flips on a fucking BMX bike anyway. Anyway, next video: more wipeouts. I can watch those all day long.

And now I’m home. \/\/007.

Overall, good weekend. Some serious financial and dietary irresponsibility (I haven’t shopped for groceries in three weeks, I’m not sure what I’ve been eating), but fuck it.

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  1. Woogapdx
    August 16th, 2009 at 01:16 | #1

    It’s fair to say I’m a bit pickier about everything. ;) It was nummy enough I finished the leftovers for dinner. The fried tofu was better after it had been soaking in the pad thai all afternoon.

  2. Andrew
    August 16th, 2009 at 03:47 | #2

    I fucking love this review or blog or whatever. I will bump the crash dvd to the top of my list on netflix and let you know when it is here.

  3. Gloom
    August 16th, 2009 at 13:03 | #3

    People injuring themselves for my enjoyment is one of the finer things in life.

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