DOGGY STYLE: It only makes sense that one of the most dog-friendly hotels in Oregon, Hotel Monaco, would be the joint where Snoop Dogg stayed while he was in town last week for his Roseland concert. Truth is, this is the hotel where most world-famous rappers (including Lil' Wayne) stay in Portland. Although there may've been weirdness following his appearance at the Roseland, according to one of the hotel's front desk clerks there was a more relaxed, and appreciative, vibe at the hotel. "When Snoop checked out and walked with his entourage down the walkway to the (front) doors everyone at wine hour was clapping and cheering for him," said the clerk. "I've never seen anything like it."
SUPER DUPER: The American Red Cross "Breakfast of Champions," which was held bright and early on Tuesday at the Oregon Convention Center, should really have a longer name like "Breakfast of Champions & Variety Show." Much of that has to do with the emcee for the event, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Trail Chapter of The American Red Cross, Thomas Bruner. Despite the fact that Bruner (above) has a big gig back east with the ARC, he flew in from his new post in Vermont just to do this...er..."show." That's the only word that you can use to describe this event that includes live dioramic displays of the good works the Red Cross does, including a demonstration of the proper CPR technique that had as much choreography as any Broadway show. And, well, then there was Thomas. "Is he always this peppy?" whispered Jonathan Nicholas former Oregonian columnist and current Vice President of Corporate Communications for ODS. "He has a lot of energy for this early in the morning." Which I replied to Nicholas, "yes...yes he does." After a breakfast of heart-clogging eats—bacon, eggs, and sausage—set up to look like the buffet line at a disaster site (it even came with a disclaimer that this was not the standard example of the Oregon Convention's catering company), Bruner gave out awards to several worthy "champs" including a Chihuahua named "Jack" and KOIN-TV weather cutie, Brian Miskimins, who saved a man outside a suburban gym in the middle of a snowstorm. The man, who was clearly on his way out when Miskimins found him and even described his death as being a "big, black nothing," was very happy that Miskimins "hobby" was CPR. It was that kind of morning. Who knew?
NICE DICE: On Saturday night I got lucky. That's because I was the lucky guy who emceed the Equity Foundation's Speakeasy Casino Night at the Crystal Ballroom. While good folks like City Commish Amanda Fritz, non-profit executive directors Roey Thorpe, Kendall Clawson and Michael Kaplan as well as local businessman Sho Dozono tried their luck at the tables, Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen joined me on stage to pep up the crowd who had gathered to support the Equity Foundationgood works to eradicate prejudice towards the sexual and gender minority communities of Oregon.
Other unflappable flappers out for the Prohibition-themed night included City Commish candidate Mary Volm, who said she had spent the whole day in "candidate school." She also told me that she had broke up with her "boyfriend" Jasun Wurster. This would be the same dude she worked with on the first mayoral recall campaign and who had recently given her a $5,000 donation to her campaign. "We are just really good friends," Volm told me before posing with a couple of new friends above. "Besides, I want to stay as far away as possible from what (Wurster) is doing right now." And what is Jasun doing? Working on that second mayoralrecall campaign. Hmmmm.
I helped raise a little money for Equity. I heard a little gossip. That's what I call a good night.
Peter Zuckerman is an author and all-around-cool-dude.
According to his wikipedia page his forthcoming book, Buried in the Sky, co-written with Amanda Padoan, tells the true story of the 2008 K2 disaster from the perspective of Sherpa and Pakistani climbers whom Western climbers depend on. His wiki page also includes the little known news that his book, which is being published in 2010 in the United States and Canada by WW Norton, will also be published in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand by Orion Publishing Group.
But that's all for another blog post.
This one is all about a party held in his honor (it was his birthday, after all) in his brand new digs.
And, yes, his boyfriend, Mayor Sam Adams, was there to help him blow out his candles.