That title is a total joke. I don’t have enough facial piercings to be the queen of darkness. But I have been going to a lot of metal concerts lately, which I absolutely love. People are sometimes surprised to find that … Continue reading
I’ve taken a week to recover since my graduation last weekend. My mom, grandma, dad, brother, and brother’s girlfriend came from various parts of the country (OR, VA, PA) to celebrate and buy me food. We ate at a ton of good restaurants; Wild Ginger, The Harmon, The Rock, The Parkway, Gateway to India, and Paddy Coynes. My favorite was probably Wild Ginger, but the rest were insanely delicious too.
We also checked out the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Everyday Music. I picked up Nine Types of Light, by TV on the Radio and Demon Days, by Gorillaz. They were half price in the scuff CD sale!
My actual graduation ceremony was longish and not the most exciting, considering we didn’t even get our real diplomas. The president of the university gave a good speech and I’m super glad to be done with undergrad.
Here are some photos of the big day, for your viewing pleasure!
Technically, I haven’t actually graduated yet. I still have to complete a 5 week field camp in Wyoming. Anti-climactic, eh?
There are three places we always go when we visit Portland: First Cup, Everyday Music, and Music Millennium.
First Cup Coffeehouse is so tasty, and they’ve just expanded so you can always be sure of getting a seat (inside or out). I always go for the spicy Chai tea, and the lemon ginger poppy seed scone. Ad likes the jalapeno bagel, and Hair Bender coffee.
Everyday Music and Music Millennium are both great places to go to get cheap used CDs. I’ve found Everyday Music to be a little on the cheaper side. They’ve got a huge selection of used stuff, and lots of bargain CDs that are only one or two dollars. But Music Millennium sometimes has free in-store performances (we saw The Black Angels there once), so they’ve both got their perks!
Ad and I scoured both music stores to get some cheap new tunes for our road trip back to PA at the end of July. We made the trip from PA to WA last summer w/ only one new album in the car and that was a mistake. Here’s what we got:
Weezer – Pinkerton
Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation
The Thermals – The Body The Blood The Machine
Devendra Banhart – Oh Me Oh My…
Pickin’ On Franz Ferdinand, a Bluegrass Tribute
Bill Monroe – 16 Gems
Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites
It’s an odd combination, but we’ll be on the road for days so who knows what mood we’ll find ourselves in! The rule is, we can’t listen to any of them until we start the trip. I may have already listened to Trampled by Turtles and Bill Monroe accidentally. I’m on a bluegrass/newgrass kick at the moment, so I can’t really be blamed.
Any suggestions of must have road trip music?
If you’re not listening to The Sword, you should be. I’ve already listened to this song nine times today, and I might not be done.
That’s right, I assist the elderly by day, and listen to doom metal by night. Yes, I am that cool.