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This last week has been so good! One of my best friends in the entire universe, Star was in town over the weekend for Stumptown Comics Fest and we did our best to make up for lost time. We try to get together at least once a year and have zig-zagged the U.S. between New York, LA and Portland to make it happen.
When we’re together, the running joke is that we turn into a two-headed monster known as Stubby. Our mutual friend Kaebel of Sequential Art took us on a mini tour of Portland and we discovered a photo booth at Backspace.
Last Friday when I was staying at the Jupiter, Star stopped by and we proceeded to have a late night dinner (1 AM, holla!) at the Doug Fir. It was her first time there and is still one of my favorite places to take visitors.
Some seemingly innocent snapshots of Rocky came out more like modeling head shots. Time to put that boy to work! Dog food and designer sweaters aren’t cheap!
I was pretty excited to go to Portland’s outpost of the Beauty Bar with my friend Pam this week. I’ve been to some of the others that are scattered across the U.S. but this one was the best by far. The paint colors, decor and cute drinks merged perfectly. So cute!
I’m not much of a comics buff myself but a lot of my friends are so I try to make it to Stumptown every year to support them. I ended up spending a few hours on Saturday snuggled up next to Star and John C. Worsley. Notice how we all had grumpy faces at first and had to put on a little show for the camera. Really, we only play friends on the interwebz!
My favorite discovery at Stumptown was a comic about homeless dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves put on a pretty convincing act, holding signs that read “THE END IS NEAR. I WAS RIGHT 65 MILLION YEARS AGO, TOO” and “LOST MY JOB. IT TAKES 7 GALLONS OF BOOZE TO GET ME DRUNK. PLEASE HELP.” I was sold.
Until next week,
When people write me and ask what they should do while visiting Portland, the inevitable question of where to stay usually arises. Since I live in the city and 15 minutes or less from most of the hotels I like, I’ve never really had a reason to stay overnight. Until now.
The Jupiter Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel with a mid-century modern feel. Formerly a motor inn, the Jupiter is next door to the Doug Fir, one of my favorite places in town to grab a drink and dinner. I’ve sat around the Doug Fir’s fire pit out back and watched massive parties go down at The Jupiter – it’s definitely earned a reputation of being the ‘rock and roll hotel’ of Portland.
Awhile back, the Jupiter kindly offered me a room for review – I knew the basics but before recommending it to my readers, I wanted to experience it firsthand for myself. On Friday night, we packed our bags, sent out invites to some of our closest Portland friends and drove over to our temporary digs.
The Jupiter provided us with their most popular room, The Metro. According to their site, “The Metro has space to spread out and get creative. These rooms feature 32” flat-screen TVs and modern Tomita Design desks in addition to our standard amenities: Chalkboard door, free WiFi, private bath with eco-bath amenities, queen pillow-top platform beds, down comforters and pillows, and speakers for your notebook or MP3 player.” Nice.
Star poses in front of our handiwork. In case you were wondering, I’m responsible for the drippy boobs and drumstick.
Isn’t the desk and work area cute?
Erin and I met on our first day of high school in 1995. Still goin’ strong!
Brent, Katie and Erin joined us for the festivities.
Joey and Jason also stopped by….
Star and I compare legwear at 2 AM.
You may be asking yourself…what are some qualities that make the Jupiter unique?
• Each of the 81 rooms feature a unique theme / wall mural. Mine had a floor-to-ceiling portrait of Buddha.
• The Jupiter is very green and uses low-voltage lighting, provides guest room recycling and cleans with environmentally-friendly products.
• Besides having the Doug Fir next door, an on-site hair salon called Wack is perfect for a quick cut and massage.
• There are pet friendly rooms! Read more about the LexiDog Metro.
• The Jupiter is barely a few minutes from downtown and surrounded by a plethora of independent businesses and indie boutiques.
Overall, I was very satisfied with my stay. The room was larger than I’d expected; I loved the modern decor and huge window. And, the convenience is unparalleled since the entertainment is right next door at the Doug Fir, where you can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner and a show all in one stop! If you are hip, love to party and aren’t offended by obscenities scrawled across people’s doors in chalk, this is your place. If you’re old, stuffy and lack a sense of humor, there’s a dumpy Thriftlodge down the road.
To find out more about the Jupiter or to book a room, please visit the website. Last but not least, I should mention that there’s an after midnight $59.00 special if you’re needing a last minute place to crash!
Just in case you’re wondering, that’s not a Black AmEx…more like a Bank of America debit card. No Barney’s shopping sprees for you, Auntie Nubs! This week has consisted of errand running, photo booth fun and sorting through piles of tax receipts. I need to remind myself this year to sort the receipts by month as I go so I’m not up until 3 a.m. breaking a sweat. All those plane tickets and lattes do add up, though!
On my way to the coffee shop this weekend, I noticed this car parked in someone’s side yard. Pretty charming. Though, I’d hate to parallel park that baby.
Of course, a stop at The Ace isn’t complete without a few sittings in the photo booth. Since it takes debit cards, I always go a little overboard…and then wake up, log in to my checking account and wonder what multiple $4.00 charges are from.
This week, I had a total first. You may remember that I designed some custom racing numbers for my friend Jason’s son a few months ago. One day, I received a text from him, mentioning that he was going to get them tattooed across his chest. I just figured that he was drunk…but he was dead serious. He just invited me along to take photos. Go, Jason!
Auntie Nubs and I have been on a roll. I think it’s time for us to make another trip to New York to visit our ‘long lost relatives.’
One of Joey’s art shows just came down and as I was moving a stack of canvases, I decided that Shirley fit quite nicely in the corner of the black room.
I cannot believe that it’s already April! Do you have any big plans?
Until next week,
Always and forever and ever. Another week, more of the same. Busy, work-packed, everything hitting all at once, multitasking to the max. April equals a vacation for sure. Vegas?
Last Friday, my dad took me out to the famous Dan & Louis Oyster Bar which was literally like stepping 100 years back in time. I was in awe of the walls covered in collector plates. A definite must-visit if you’re ever in Portland!
In Portland, it really is true that anything goes. Having goats roaming through your front yard in the middle of the city? Totally cool. I’d prefer a llama, but that’s another topic for another time.
I am finally getting around to posting the painting that Joey surprised me with for Valentine’s Day. I definitely wasn’t expecting a portrait of myself and the fact that it’s composed of five separate pieces forming a red cross made it that much more special.
Until next week,