Reminder: Portland meetup Today!! 1 pm

at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne.

I'll be the white-haired dude, green shirt. So far we've got two confirmed! Maybe three! So if you're around we'd love to see you.

Cassiodorus will be there, talking about his book. I'll be there, explaining bitterly why I think it's hopeless, all the while thinking I'm saying something original. It'll be great!

Portland meetup? Who's coming?

Since the weather was less than great for the last one, we're looking to have another with Cassiodorus, March 30th.

If you think you can make it let us know soon. It'll make a difference where we meet. If 5 are coming then we can meet in a coffeehouse that serves sandwiches. If there are 10 then we'll go to a brewpub or restaurant.

So...March 30, Saturday around 1 pm. Somewhere in Portland!

PDX Meet Up New Location

On February 10th, please join us for a C99 gathering at Pure Spice Chinese restaurant at 1:00 p.m. It is on the NE corner of SE Division and 87th Ave in Portland. The address is 2446 SE 87th Ave., 97216. They have a web site- purespicerestaurant.com

They have a large banquet room. I think we'll be comfortable in a corner of it.

Portland Area C99 Meetup Tomorrow!

Just wanted to drop a quick reminder and invitation to the membership

Tomorrow at Noon, at the "Lucky Lab" in Portland


We're probably going to be meeting at the back patio again, unless it gets insanely hot, in which case I'll be standing on the back patio and directing folks inside.

We had a real blast with about 10 folks last time, and I look forward to seeing everybody again!

Portland Area C99 Meetup Announcement.

There have been a bunch of people who have said that the start of this month isn't going to be enough time, so with that in mind, I'd like to announce the 2nd PAC meetup. (The "SuperPAC" to mock a horrid political idea)

It will be on the 20th of August, at the Lucky Lab in Portland, OR at 12 Noon.


915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

1st C99 Portland Area Meetup! (Updated with Confirmed Date, Place and Time)

Hey folks, this one's going to be fairly quick and fun. I've been talking with Portland area folks about a meet up for a while, and I think it's time that we finally took the steps to actually start organizing one.

The sparrow on Good Friday with Bernie

Bernie Sanders had an omen of significance as a humble sparrow landed in front of Bernie on his podium while addressing a Portland, Oregon audience on Good Friday, 25 March, the last of the 3 holy days before Easter this year 2016.bernie and sparrow1.jpeg

Sparrows may have some symbolism, I don't know for sure, perhaps it means a triumph after a period of suffering.

One might think she's the most fearsome creature in America

 photo Lucy_zpss1gjege0.jpgYou should meet Lucy Tidd. She is 8. It is unusual for such a young child to be scaring the bejeezus out of adults across the land.

Because looking at the behavior of those adults...adults who enough people judged to be sufficiently mentally competent that they elected them to public office, you'd think she was a serial killer.

It was the first day of third grade and 8-year-old Lucy was sitting in the principal’s office with her parents, crying her heart out. She was terrified. Mark and I sat with her and said: ‘This is your journey. We will go and do whatever you want.’ She had this blue bunny and she just held onto that and sobbed and sobbed. And then Mark carried her to the classroom.

--Briget Tidd

The scariest thing is that nobody knew except for the teachers. The kids saw Benjamin walk into school dressed like a girl, and they were like, ‘Hey, Benji.’ They were confused, but there was no malicious intent.

--Mark Tidd

Lucy didn’t relax until recess, when her mother helped a group of curious girls understand what was happening.

I said to them, ‘This is the same person you played with last year, that you played four square with, that you played jump rope with, that you ran around and played ball with. This is the same exact person.’ Only now, Benji wants to be just like you...like a girl.

--Briget Tidd

“I said, ‘Do you think that we can let her be herself and do this?’ ” Bridget asked the girls, who nodded in agreement. “Then the next thing I know they took her hand and they ran and that was it.”

I stood there with tears in my eyes, trusting that the rest of the day would be OK, and I let her go. And at that moment she was completely free, and we’ve never turned back.