i blame them
the longest mile
my affair with a greek woman
a night on the town
my old intro: an introduction
christening naze.net: i am naze
august 31, 2002
score one for the geeks
Evidentally, I was one of thousands of geeks who wrote e-mails to the convention producer that dissed Wil Wheaton. Guess what? The convention producer listened to the geeks. Wheaton's got the gig. Nice.
oh god, naze! not another college football season!
The karma machine is running on all cylinders. Whenever I see the names Colorado football or Rick Neuheisel (aka New-weasel), I go straight back to a wet, freezing, miserable January day in Dallas. Today, Colorado State re-asserted their ownership of the Buffs with a 19-14 win. Nice. And nearly simultaneously, Michigan yanks New-weasel's heart out with a last second field goal. Poor Huskies.
Oregon plays Mississippi in a few minutes. Oregon finished an incredible 11-1 and Number 2 (arguably tied for 1) last season. Joey Harrington is now a very promising rookie with the Detroit Lions. Can the Ducks claim their third straight PAC-10 championship or perhaps contend for another national championship? Stay tuned.
august 30, 2002
"A masterless samurai. Literally, 'one adrift on the waves'." x
"Dane. I'm old. There's just some shit I don't want to remember anymore."
august 29, 2002
The trouble with rational discussion in e-mail is that the other person can always get in the last word. Whereas here...
I'm right, you're wrong, nyah-nyah-nyah.
august 27, 2002
When you talk about taking the U.S. to war, you'd better be ready to give a compelling and deeply resonant reason. Of course, I'd rather see a new regime in Iraq. Hell, a democracy would probably be a big improvement. But the Middle East is a big nasty quagmire where democracy is the exception not the rule. What do we get from ousting Saddam? What will the aftermath look like? If Bush launches us into this mess, one thing for sure is that we will be there for a very long time. Perhaps the initial engagement will be brief, but the occupation will drag on and on.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait could have been easily prevented by Bush's diplomatic corps. Our satellite intelligence alone showed that the Kuwait invasion was imminent. A quiet and forceful message that such an invasion would not stand would have kept Saddam out. Although it was preventable, after the damage was done, I supported the Gulf War.
The military interventions in Bosnia and Belgrade were unfortunately necessary and resulted in better stability and long term outlooks for the region. Without some sort of immediate or very near term threat, I can't see sending men and women from my neighborhood to Iraq.
august 25, 2002
Yesterday, me and a nice sized group from my dad's side of the family were treated to a 6 hour cruise on the Willamette River. It's funny. I've crossed the Willamette on Portland's bridges at least 6000 times, but I've only been on the surface of the river about 10 times. This water instantly commands your respect. The Willamette (we say will-AM-ette) is not a candy-ass body of water. While dams have mostly contained its wilder fluctuations, its sheer size and force remains awesome. Even as it narrows a bit at downtown Portland, I'd guess it's about 100 meters across.
We chugged along at a very leisurely pace in a friend's 37 foot Bayliner. Heading south for about a half hour, we spotted the castle-like structure built on the foundation of an old water works building. At the end of the day we turned northward back to the city after arriving at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. River traffic was stopped for the launch of a newly constructed 200 foot barge, so we were stuck waiting for the big splashdown. Four large tug boats, a fire boat, and two boats from the sheriff's department insured a safe birth for the just-christened vessel.
I don't think I've ever spent that much time on a boat before. For the next 18 hours, I felt as if I were still on the river -- the land swaying gently from side to side. It didn't make me sick, just ever so slightly dizzy with a light headache. It was worth it.
august 23, 2002
let's just say thursday was a night of conflict
"Oregon, and especially Portland and Eugene, have a long tradition of demonstrations, and many of them turn unruly. Bush's father, former President George Bush, used to refer to Portland as "Little Beirut" because of the protesters he encountered during his visits."
august 22, 2002
the smoke clears
I joined a group of comrades tonight to try to take back the leadership of an organization that I care deeply about. My only regret is not having done something sooner. The meeting ended on a very contentious note. A vote of the members was taken, but the board members did everything they could to prevent it and contend that the results aren't legal. The large board needs much better representation from those who have had direct involvement in performing the mission of the organization. Right now you have far too many well meaning people who don't understand what is happening on the front lines and who are allowing the administrative head to run the show.
"Looking at "Blue Crush," you have no trouble comprehending why surfers worship the ocean."
The Salon review of Blue Crush is dead-on. I liked the thrashed wreck of a hovel the women live in. I liked how even though the stars aren't wearing that much through most of the film, the clothes aren't about seduction, they're about surfing. These women are athletes and that's what the movie is about. Finally, I liked how it doesn't end in a fairy tale victory. It's a hard won beginning for Anne Marie to make the next step in her life. Good show. (7)
"You've got a nice town here." And then Springsteen coyly added, "I got married once here [referring to his 4 year marriage to model and Portland native, Julianne Phillips] ...what was I thinking?!"
Bruce and the E Street Band did not fail to deliver in its 2 1/2 hour Portland performance on Tuesday night. I consider myself a Springsteen fan, but not a zealot. Several of the songs from The Rising use Suzy on the electric violin or viola to conjure up Middle Eastern tonalities in a sort of musical reaching out. It's such a different sound for Bruce, and really effective. He opened the concert with the album's title track, a rock anthem that just now occurs to me is somewhat akin to Lone Justice's 'After the Flood' -- you know, a rebuilding not just of places but of spirit as well.
Bruce sang a beautiful duet with Patti (Empty Sky?), Bruce singing in a very high, almost folk/yodel ala Woody Guthrie. The Rose Garden big screens were key to making this concert work for me. We were way up in nosebleed city. The crew caught the images of band members across the stage through different cameras and then blended them on the screen. The resolution was excellent.
In spite of The Rising's successes, it is a pretty uneven album. But somehow weak tracks like Mary's Place and Waitin' On a Sunny Day came alive as Bruce stretched and played with them. But nothing could really save Waitin' On a Miracle.
I would have to agree with some of the people on the discussion group I linked to above (and I give a great deal of credit to The Boss for hosting discussion groups on his own site) that the Portland crowd was a little less animated than I would have liked (my shouts of Bbbrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuucccceee were not always welcomed by the spouse). But I have no use for those on the discussion cutting Portland for not selling out the arena (it looked like we were about 20,000 strong -- that's not exactly chopped liver) and for not standing and screaming the entire 2 1/2 hours. As one even-handed person put it, people have different ways of appreciating music. It's not some kind of test of true faith.
Springsteen remains a true rock and roll warrior. He demonstrated a musical intensity over 2 1/2 hours straight that is simply superhuman. He's 50-something now, so I'm glad we caught 'em on this tour.
My favorite Springsteen albums in descending order: The River, Tunnel of Love, The Ghost of Tom Joad [wrote a ton of essays to this album], Nebraska [just finished listening to this now], Born in the USA, The Rising, Lucky Town, Darkness on the Edge of Town.
august 20, 2002
on my way to e street
We're headed out to see Bruce Springsteen over at the Rose Garden. The last Bruce concert I took Cathy to was the Tunnel of Love (a highly under-rated album in my opinion) Tour about a million years ago in Tacoma. The venue really sucked. We're sitting pretty high this time, but I understand that both acoustically and visually the Rose Garden is a much better hall. Keeping my fingers crossed...
august 18, 2002
welcome to the 1982 class of mark morris high
Rob and Scott flew up from California to their 20th high school reunion at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington. I went to school with them in junior high from 1977-79. I would have graduated with them if my mother hadn't moved me and my brother to Scappoose (about 30 minutes south, on the Oregon side of the Columbia) in the summer of '79. (I made a bunch of new friends and had many adventures as a result of the move to Scappoose, so things turned out okay in the end. Our 20th reunion is coming up here in a few weeks.)
We all had lunch today in Portland at the Bread & Ink Cafe and I learned a little bit about who was doing what and how similar or different they are from the old days. Rob directed a number of my old friends and classmates from Longview to this site, so if you are one of them, welcome. You'll find many, many stories of my adventures here -- I hope you enjoy them. I would be grateful if you would reciprocate by taking a minute to drop me an e-mail: christopher at naze dot net.
(Rob pointed out that I have been remiss in including him in my hall of infamy -- Spawn of '64. As promised, I've added him in a place of honor: right between Brad Pitt and Hideko Masaka.)
Oregon alumnus Joey Harrington is is already showing flashes of brilliance in just his 2nd pre-season game. Which is really cool but also a little scary. Rookie QB's who are not given time and room to grow into the NFL game pay a terrible price.
"Rookie quarterbacks get beat up," [Detroit Lions Coach Mornhinwheg] said. "Go look up the stats. Look at Troy Aikman. He went 0-11 as a rookie and that year took years off his career." It sounds like Coach will take care of him.
august 15, 2002
i couldn't stop reading this
Hacking Las Vegas [via kottke]
the pragmatic approach to good manners
"Impoliteness...markes you as a fool, for it takes away from you an advantage and gives you none in return."
From a wonderful book: The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard.
august 13, 2002
2 monster links via haughey
1) The George W. Bush Scorecard of Evil
2) Information wants to be free. Now those that used the free information to get rich want to put it into a vault and keep it for themselves forever. (You choose a fascinating flash presention - a very large file - or the smaller audio only version.) If you care about democracy, this is worth the download time and your attention.
august 10, 2002
The Cockybastard Does Portland
I talked with John Halcyon Styn on the phone yesterday. He's in town to see family. We thought we might be able to catch up with each other in meat space (i.e. face-to-face), but between parenthood and class schedules and his family activities, it doesn't look likely, which is too bad.
It's his first time in the Rose City: "It's so green!" Which made me smile a little.
august 9, 2002
the best question in the world
I overheard David in the kitchen asking Cathy, "Mom, what's the best question in the whole world?"
I thought to myself for a moment and silently concluded that "who are you?" is a pretty hard to beat. (Perhaps more poetic than the overly blunt "what's your story?")
august 8, 2002
at the park today with my kids
Gentle summer afternoon. Not too hot. Enormous maple trees for shade.
Met a Korean War veteran with his wife and great-grandchild. He served on a tender ship in 1952 that carried the bodies of dead soldiers in their freezer hold to be taken back home. He had a triple bypass just last week and looked pretty damn good.
The kids had various levels of success climbing a western red cedar. Elizabeth ran up to a woman in a FedEx truck who was taking a break. The driver has a 2 year old of her own. We talked parenthood and then she gave the kids styrofoam cutout FedEx planes.
A woman sunbathed in a bikini next to the community garden as her golden retriever frolicked nearby.
august 5, 2002
I did my first gyotaku today! I bought a small gyotaku about 10 years ago on a whim. The key is learning exactly how much paint to apply to the fish and to be gentle in applying pressure to the rice paper. I'll try to get a scan of it later this week so you can see.
august 3, 2002
Have you ever caught someone looking at you and then you look at them and then they see you seeing them and then they smile really big? Well, sometimes that look is for you and sometimes it's for someone they actually know that looks a lot like you. Don't get me wrong -- it's nice to get the big smile but it's funny to get that look from someone you don't know. Like some kind of law of nature has been erased.
christopher at naze.net
when you are doing
what you said,
but they will never forget
-Carl W. Buehner