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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.

  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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