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Eugene Celebration - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Sep. 21st, 2003

12:37 am - Eugene Celebration

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I can NOT believe that I didn't bring my Camera with me today for my first day of partying in Eugene. It just so happens that I picked the weekend of Eugene Celebration for my trip. So there's about two to three times as many people here in Eugene and their huge ass FEST was about 30-40 times cooler than stuff that Chambana does. We have got to get some critical mass of cool stuff going on in downtown Urbana. At this fest there were like 6 stages of music all day long, there was a huge free outdoor market thing with it's own music stage that apparently happens every week. At the farmers market they have a rule that no one can sell anything they either they or their immediate relative didn't make themselves. The fest had a whole 3 blocks devotes to alternative medicine/natural health stuff. There were dozens of street theater performers scattered all over the place. The whole fest took up like 8 city blocks. And then lots of local clubs and other local businesses had their own extra stuff going it. So there was a centralized fest but then a very decentralized extended citywide party going on.

We saw these awesome belly dancers dancing with this band called Americanistan that played a combination of eastern eupopean and middle eastern instruments, african drums, and cello.

We saw cool art. I learned about the AWESOME City Repair Project. I really want to find their stuff in Portland.

I think I imbibed more omega-three fatty acids (huge plate o' calamari, hemp seed energy balls, hemp milk shake smoothie) than I ever thought possible. I'm going to be so smart. Later in the week...Sushi! It's been like 2 months since I had Sushi every day for a week...I'm finally ready to have it again!

Tonight we saw Tony Furtado and his band headline at the fest. That guy is AWESOME. I was thinking it's be so cool to have Tony Furtado, Hammel on Trial, Melissa Ferrick, and Richard Thompson all play at the same fest someday.

Last night we hung out around a big pretty fire with a bunch of quiet people who I later found out were all tripping. I'm sorry our raucous selves came in and probably ruined their quiet enjoyment of strangeness. But it was a great laid back start to the vacation. And the first food I ate in Eugene was smoked salmon made from a fish that a guy at the party had caught himself. Awesome.

Amtrak was awesome all the way to Seattle but that Cascades train from Seattle to Eugene was ASS. The seats were specifically designed to NOT RECLINE. Who rides ANYTHING for 6 hours without reclining? The worst part was that the seats had a little dummy button that SEEMED like it made the seats recline but it didn't. It looked like they'd retrofitted the seats with a device to stop them from reclining. We saw Bruce, Almighty on the train and although it was pretty lame I laughed my ass off. Stupid cheap jokes.

But I slept QUITE well on Jared and Rose's futon. Ahh to be able to lay flat! Such a luxury.

Tomorrow herbivorous is giving a big talk about herby stuff. I'm very much looking forward to it. I bought all kinds of herby things from her today. Relaxing tea, massage oil, and this crazy oil+salt+herbs scrub stuff for the shower that you mix up and rub yourself down with and it's like that Apricot Scrub stuff on CRACK. I can't wait to try it.

I bought a CD from some random chick with a guitar (Johanna) who had an AWESOME voice.

Heard a bit of a random blues band. Thought, again, about getting the balls to buy and wear a skirt but didn't find one that I liked. Maybe tomorrow. Saw some cool art at a local gallery, including a whole display of miniture books all made from single sheets of folded paper. The artist had all their friends make little mini haiku-like stories in them and encouraged the viewers to add more to the collection. Checked out Eugene's version of Prairienet.

Lots and lots of stuff absorbed today. Eugene's a cool place. Urbana will get there, I'm sure of it. We just gotta keep kicking more ass more. :)

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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:September 21st, 2003 05:45 am (UTC)
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Alice and I were in eugene two years ago. It was strange how much it reminded me of CU, only orders of magnitude cooler. It has everything CU is missing: brewpubs, good coffee, topography, and nice weather.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
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The locals tell me that we in C-U get a hell of a lot more national and international cultural stuff (on it's way to Chicago) than they get here. So although they have lots of cool local stuff it isn't a PERFECT city.

Plus it doesn't have a nearby metropolis like Chicago, which is something I really like having.

But yah. It kicks ass here. I plan to visit often.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:September 23rd, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
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Portland doesn't scratch the metropolis itch?
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From:aletheis
Date:September 21st, 2003 07:01 am (UTC)
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Zach! That sounds awesome! Where is Eugene and is there a college nearby? ;)

You will have to show off all your new acquisitions when you get home...
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From:szasz
Date:September 21st, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
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University of Oregon, dude!

And it's a neato city. I have a niece and, um, brother-in-law? sorta? that live there.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Send email to Rose (newt (at) imsa.edu) if you'd like to learn more about UofO at Eugene. She's working on her Psych Ph.D.

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From:folkyboy
Date:September 21st, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
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ooh does Johanna have a website? i love street folkies
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From:zarfmouse
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Yes she does.
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From:kateorama
Date:September 21st, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC)

eugene, saturday market, utilikilt, country fair

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Hey, Zach -- Glad you enjoyed Eugene. Did you by any chance meet a groovy long-haired dude named Ray or a groovy 15-yr-old named Sequoia? They are always at Saturday Market and they know everybody (it seems) in the arty/hippie set out there. Anyway, that's my niece and ex-brother-in-common-law.

Re: skirts -- you need a utilikilt! Lotsa guys in Seattle have 'em, and it's a good transitional thing until you find the right kind of skirt. Plus they have pockets/loops for your hammer and stuff. And, Charley recalls, "modesty snaps" in case you don't want your unit hanging out. I think they're at utilikilt.com or something, but you can google it.

Finally -- the Oregon Country Fair, happens sometime in mid-July outside of Eugene; related to Ken Kesey, Rainbow Gathering, Grateful Dead type things. S'posed to be really great. I'm hoping to go next year, maybe. You should check it out; I know they have a website somewhere.

See you soon I hope! Biking?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:33 pm (UTC)

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I actually bought a really awesome long girl skirt yesterday. I've been wearing it all day today hiking around at the coast. I love it. Really all the build up of "someday I'll have the balls to wear a skirt" was bullshit. No big, buy one, put it on, it's comfy.

I've seen the utilikilts too, I might get one someday.

Biking! Yes.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:55 pm (UTC)

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I forgot to mention, I didn't meet your people and my UofO friend doesn't know them but perhaps my herb shop running friend knows them. I'll ask next time I see her.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:September 23rd, 2003 05:44 am (UTC)

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I've never understood the attraction of skirts. I've wear kilts several times a summer, and it's nowhere near as comfy as shorts or jeans.
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