Monday, April 27, 2009

Things I Learned This Weekend

1. Don't Forget to Look at the Flyers

I was meandering around this past Sunday in the hot, lazy weather, wondering what I was going to do with myself for the evening. As I was coming up Chestnut St., I took a look at one of the electrical boxes outside of Dangerously Delicious Pies, and saw the beautiful Microcosm Press flyer. I saw "April 26th!" and thought "Why, That's Tonight!" I even had the event in my trusty pocket calendar, but it being the weekend and I, I hadn't really checked.

The event had a pretty low turn-out, sadly, I guess due to it having been so gorgeous all weekend, everyone was probably pretty tuckered out by 7 p.m. on a Sunday. But there was a few zine die-hards (and local press members- what's up Metro Mix ) who came out to eat some yummy vegan food, sing a sea shanty, screen print some t-shirts, and watch the new "Plan-it X" video about the DIY/punk culture which gave me a lot of food for thought about the cultural movement of it all.

I could type for hours about this event, but then I wouldn't be able to go on with my list! Anyway, my very first screen print is the photo above, and I wore the shirt to work today like a geek :D

2. Don't Forget to Look Up

Built a rain barrel at Red Clover Collective through the Heathcote Permaculture Series workshops. Then realized that our roof is covered in tar, and all our water runs off it. Collected some rainwater as a test, and there is some weird orange-y sediment. Booo. Won't use barrel until water can be tested.

Happy looking up story: Was lying in a hammock last night, and turned my head out to the side to let it hang upside down. You know, to relax. Looked up, and the Big Dipper was DIRECTLY over head. Got out into the yard to face the North Star. Very beautiful nature moment, right in the skinny backyard between the rowhouses.

3. Porches Are Great

Especially one one of the first warm days of the year. Prop up your feet, eat some lettuce out of the planter, watch the people walk by. Yum.

4. Oil is Great

O.k., not sure about this one, but according to a guy I met at a potluck, who swears by oil. Like, eating mainly raw food, and eating several tablespoons of flax, olive, safflower, and other oils. I tried to convince him of the awesomeness of vinegar. Made me wonder if certain people are built to crave certain foods, and why. Strange conversation, but interesting nonetheless.

5. Books Are Great

I really picked up a haul at the Microcosm Event. Split my purchases evenly between Atomic and Microcosm. Got some patches, a sticker for my new bike helmet,

two copies of "Smile, Hon" (one from Atomic, one from Microcosm :D,

a copy of "Make Your Place" by Raleigh Briggs (because I refer to her natural cleaning zine a lot, and really wanted this nice bound version!)

"Dreamwhip #14" by Bill Brown (if you click on the link, see the comment section for a great review by Beatbots (Bmore represent!)

"Xtra Tuf No. 5" by Moe Bowstern (an Xtra Tuf lady who became a commercial fisher in Alaska, and led us on our shanty song. "Blow boys, blow!" Luckily we didn't need to pound ice of the deck in rhythm to the song).

Aand, that's what I Learned This Weekend! I'll stop here, since it's Monday, and time to do office-y things...


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