Trek In the Park, etc.

Trek in the Park is a very Portland thing.  A bunch of amateur actors, sponsored by some comic book shops but mostly funding out of their own pockets, put on reenactments of classic Star Trek episodes in a Portland public park.  They have the outfits, they have props, and they have a band doing the soundtrack (including a chick whose job is just to sing the really high "ooo oo o o oo oo oooo!" theme song at the start and end of the episode.)

We finally got to go on Sunday w/ homies K + T + little T.  Showing up 45 minutes early was still too late to get prime seating, but we managed to score a second-tier spot with shade, so we had little cause to complain.  The performance was awesome; it was one of those things in which a totally sincere homage to a silly, cheesy thing like the original Star Trek manages to exceed the fun factor of the original.  Also, the wine helped.

It's been a batshit month.  My "month off" has translated into a month on with a ton of family visits, house stuff, socializing, and the originally-intended purpose of working on my classes before Fall term starts.

During all of that, we have managed to check out a few new-to-us P-town spots:
  1. The Old Gold is a nice bar our old homie T works at.  It's about 1.5 blocks away from our house.
  2. Salt and Straw is a fancy ice cream joint on Alberta.  May I recommend the Strawberry Balsamic?
  3. We finally got to go to Pine State biscuits.  They know how to make a bloody mary, my friends.
Our homie S is up from San Francisco for a few days starting tomorrow.  This is very exciting; she's one of those ideal guests who makes everything easier and more fun somehow through sheer force of charisma.  Tonight, we're going to the Overlook neighborhood picnic thing, held at the Lucky Lab (located 1 block from our house.)

We're tired, but it's all in the name of fun.

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