Invincible Summer

by NJG

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Car Shopping Sucks

Today i ventured forth into the world known as Beaverton; in particular, Car Dealerships, with faithful Amanda, my friend who is in possession of two things specific to this voyage that I am at a loss for:
1. money
2. a trade in.
I was tagging along for fact-finding purposes, as my current car (the volvo 164, as pictured above only much more decrepit and a different color) is incapable of taking me to my suburban teaching engagements, and thus forces me to beg from friends with working vehicles.
Nobody likes to beg, and so here we are. In Beaverton thinking "i check my email from a neighbor's broken-down car to get a wifi signal because i can't afford internet at my own house.... and now i'm going to try and get a car loan.... alright."
I would like to mention the state of repair that the Volvo is in. Before work yesterday, I was eating raisin bran and listening to the radio. I could hear the cackles of Click and Clack over the sound of my chewing, and I serendipitously heard a woman caller describe the same problem that my car has been diagnosed with.
"It sounds like an amorous donkey" she said. more chuckling, she described said donkey noise (and how she came to have this in her mental catalog) and received the response that it was most definitely a ball joint, and , pay attention here in particular: "You Need to Get That Fixed , And Fast Lady, Because If That Goes Out, You're A GONER!" ha ha ha ha ha! (that's the trademark hysterical laughter of car talk).
so. i'm a goner. I got into my car and went to work, hoping that Beija as a talisman would keep me safe and lucky. Sorry Beija.
my friends have never described my car as an Amorous Donkey, but it has been called a Creaky Bedspring.
I went with Amanda to a Subaru dealership today, where she couldn't help but explode with her favorite joke upon meeting our salesman: "We're a couple of cheap lesbians looking to find a Subaru. I'll bet you don't see that every day,,,, Ha!" oh brother. The Salesman, Doug, who pranced towards us down the aisle, knocking on a car and kicking up his heels as he approached, realized we were yucksters and decided that though this joke tapped into his PC reservoir of patience ("I mean, You Both Seem Like REALLY NICE PEOPLE") , we were an opportune couple of lesbians to try his latest gags on. He was of course thinking all this as He gave an uncomfortable laugh and sat me down in a dirty old subaru, bragging that it had a tape player "for me".
as an after-thought, Fuck Him. Fuck that Guy. He literally was trying to sell me on the fact that it had a TAPE PLAYER. do i own an i-pod or other mp3 player? no. do i listen to tapes in my car? yes! HOWEVER, who is he to assume this about me? he should be APOLOGIZING that it's so out of date. anyway.
"Doug" sat himself in the back and we went into the harsh sunlight of TV Highway, him using a really bad fake gay man voice to describe things as he chuckled to himself about what a card he must be. "Oh Thathhh Grrrreeattt!" (<- gay voice). "Ith really nithe". He led us literally through woods and up winding roads before we found ourselves in another used car lot , this one complete with fresh balloons bobbing from antennas of overpriced wagons way out of my league.
Thanks Doug.
I haven't written, i don't know how, how intensely annoying this guy's sense of humor was. It was sort of a combination of a Krusty the Clown Laugh, a Crystal Meth addiction, and a Used Car Salesman Radio Commercial all wrapped up in a goateed , berkenstock boot wearing package. this was my salesman.
as he drove us back into the original subaru lot, he decided to rev the engine really fast, and drive straight at the attendant who stood in the driveway. "Hey Miguel, didn't know you could jump that fast! HEYYOOO!! " he'd only moments before narrowly missed a woman with a baby carriage trying to cross the street as he pulled an illegal right turn : "Jeez, thanks for the Stink Eye, Lady." HEH HEH! (<-- krusty laugh)
i did not buy a car from doug.
out of spite.
Amanda and I went to another dealership, took a test drive, and then called it a day over greasy Panda Express.

p.s. should i have called this "Uthed Car Shopping Thuckthhh!"

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

everyone's wearin overalls n shit

what you can't see, because of my inability to master this poor-man's-photoshop-knock-off that i got with my scanner, is a word bubble with his follow-up quote, which was:

"I'll bet you feel like a baller when you go back to Kansas and everyone's wearing overalls and shit..."

it's probably better this way

as a bit of relaxation before the opening of my misogyny-themed art show, i donned a man-disguise and went with neighbor Sven (fka chelsey) to Gaycation, a queer dance night. sven and i purchased moustaches and were greeted by Jesus (fka beth magee), whose thuggish alter-ego charm and cockiness i was immediately drawn to.
it's probably best that i was born in a more womanly gender.
everyone said i looked like a pervert.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Ghost Wolves: One week of madness

Dear Readers,
Sunday evening found me frantic, having sketched hard all day (if there is such a thing) at work in preparation for Ghost Wolves: What one recluse can do in One Week of Insanity.
The show, which is actually more about misogyny and trauma in lesbian cultures, earned it's Insanity Tag after being moved from FEBRUARY to JANUARY at the last minute, leaving me ONE WEEK to compose an entire art show.
There are a few pieces left from my Veganopolis world of animals show which found their way into this, but mainly every single other thing was created this week between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m., my working hours.
Here is a BEFORE photo, in between work and Fresh Pot, having starved myself all day as i floated outside of my body, and now stopping at burgerville and feeling quite foul.

and , after hanging the show with Katie Greenhoot, a feeling of relief washes over me and i am less nasty.

you can see the show in it's entirety at the Fresh Pot on mississippi and shaver in North Portland.
The Reception is January 10th, Thursday, from 7-9 p.m.

Thank you and good night.

p.s. i was left to make small talk with beija all week, at times feeling her harsh judgement as i sang songs from The Sound of Music to keep my hopes up (ex: I Have Confidence In Sunshine! I Have Confidence In Rain. I Have Confidence That Spring Will Come Again, But Most of What You See is I Have Confidence In Me.)