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My Name's Paul, But You Can Call Me Railroad.

Posted by Nukaya , in Life, Eclecticness Oct 21 2011 · 125 views
oh my goodness what, college
I went grocery shopping today. Partially because I am hungry and partially because this is the only time during the weekdays that I can go. As I have no car and the distance from home to WalMart is not an ideally walkable distance due to headwinds both ways (which is a legitimate thing here), I take the thing that has been deemed "public transit" in this town, which is a bus that runs to several different stops once an hour that will leave you stranded if you are not precisely on time to the stop.

I'm sitting at the bus stop outside of WalMart, when this guy rolls up on a beat up black mountain bike and says, "Hey, you waiting for the bus?" I said yes, because I am. He replies with, "Cool, I'm waiting for my own ride. It's the train. I'm heading to LA."

On his bike's handlebars, he had a bunch of his possessions balanced between them in a sack. His clothes were ruffed and he looked like he hadn't showered in a while. He was overtanned, as if he'd been biking for months. A tooth was missing and had been replaced with a silver one. Based on his slight stumbling, he also appeared to be a bit tipsy. This man was clearly homeless, which put me on the slight defense.

Oregon alone has one of the highest numbers of the homeless in the nation. Being from Portland, I've grown up seeing homeless people wandering the streets with their belongings piled into shopping carts, standing on the freeway offramps with signs asking for money or food, or sitting downtown with a sign that says "I have to be honest, all I want is a beer". It's a kind of sad reality of life. The town my college is in has trains running through it all day, so it becomes a sort of pit stop for vagabonds to stop in, get some food and rest, and then head on their way.

This particular man was....something else. Usually, in my (thankfully positive) experiences with the homeless, they ask for any spare change or food you may have, accept your (often likely) rejection, and go on their way to ask the next person (though, Pat and I had a great experience with one homeless man who we shared the overflow of fries with we had gotten from a food vendor. He politely asked us for ketchup several times, thanked us for the food, and left). This one, however, did not seem to want food or money, he just wanted to talk. He said that he'd started out in Florida and had been going from place and was heading down to LA to see his two year old granddaughter for the first time. He asked me if I'd ever been to LA, and I told him I had been a few times and that it had been very nice. The train he'd be taking was going through San Fransisco, so he asked me if I recommended stopping and checking out the area there. I said that I'd also been there a few times, and it had been very nice.

Then he asked me my name.

"Maddison", I said.

"Maddison? That's nice" he said. "My name is Paul, but you can call me..."

He then pulled up his sweatshirt to show me the tattoo arching across his stomach.

"Railroad."

This wasn't just a d.y.i. tattoo someone would do in their bathroom with a bottle of ink and a sewing needle. This was a legitimate, went to a tattoo parlor, got a nice font for the letters, and slapped a considerable amount of money down tattoo. Paul, who I shall refer to as Railroad as he requested, asked where I was from. I said Portland, and he became very interested, as his train would be going through Portland as well! Would it be a good place to stop and check out? I said that I highly recommended stopping there, as it was an extremely interesting place.

At that point, Paul said goodbye and was about to depart to bike over to catch his train, when he noticed the large truck parked on the street. A man was selling apples from it. Railroad turned around to ask me if it was the taco truck he'd heard about in La Grande. I said it wasn't and that I thought it was located on the other side of town. Railroad suddenly asked "have you ever eaten sesos?" I said that I hadn't and that I didn't know what that was.

"Well, sesos is cow brain! I eat cow brain tacos all the time. They're so good and they really fill you up. I can eat one and I'll be set for the entire day. Not like those tacos they have at Taco Bell where you'll eat five of them and still be hungry."

Just around this time, the bus pulled up. I said goodbye to Railroad, and we went our separate ways.

And that was my afternoon shopping adventure. Have a safe trip getting to LA, Railroad.


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Safety Dance

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Oct 17 2011 · 787 views
andrew hussie, mspa and 2 more...
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My favourite edit.

(not mine. From elsewhere)


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I Guess I'm Floating

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness, BZPower and LEGO Oct 14 2011 · 89 views

BZPower, are you unicorn yet?

No?

Ok.

I come back later.


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Fergie

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Apr 05 2011 · 61 views

Now I want to make a LEGO dress even more.

:(


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Strange Encounters While Running

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness, Track and sports Mar 08 2011 · 106 views

I was running on campus just a few days ago in the pouring rain when some kid jumped out of a bus stop and yelled "WAIIIIIT!"

Normally, I would have just run by, but he had a determined look on his face. I slowed down and he continued, "How would YOU like... a free donut??"

His friend pops out of nowhere holding a box of dunkin donuts like it was a briefcase loaded with cash. I told him sure and he gave his friend the nod. He opens the box and tells me take one, any one. Even though I was nearing the end of a 7 mile run I sprung for a chocolate glazed, vanilla frosted, maple syrup donut with sprinkles. So I run the last mile back to my dorm in the pouring rain with my mp3 player in my left hand and this vile creation of a donut in my right. Must have been quite the site!


I wish things like this happened to me during runs.


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Starkid

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Nov 12 2010 · 66 views

Oh man Darren Criss, at first you were just a StarKid, but you're a star for reals now, man! Good job!


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The Snape Idea

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Jun 16 2010 · 141 views

Sisen: This reminds me of my snape idea.
have you seen Up?
Nukaya: yes
Sisen: Imagine if the imaginary snipe was actually Snape.
Nukaya: omg
well, the real snipe
because kevin is a real snipe but really isn't a snipe
well, just imagine snape wearing colours like that
Sisen: Wait isn't kevin the kid?
Nukaya: kevin is the bird
even though it's a girl bird
I guess snape can sort of wear colours
ooh!
wait
this means that snape is a drag queen!
Sisen: Oh whoops. See I was thinking more of the squirrel that went to hide under the house or something from the kid, so instead of animal under the house it is snape.... Yeah your idea is waaay better and lolworthy xD
Nukaya: oh, his fan girls will go crazy over this
hee hee
Sisen: Maybe that's why everyone was really afraid of him, and why Neville saw him in his Grandma's clothes and bird hat...

How Snape wearing lots of colours equals Snape being a drag queen, I don't really know, but the idea of Snape as one is amusing to me, especially with the incident with the boggart in the third book. He really did make that stuffed vulture hat look good...

(and 48 days until BrickFair!!!!)


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Ana Ppropriet

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Jun 12 2010 · 96 views
the best thing ever, arpy and 1 more...
WHY HELLO THERE MY NAME IS ANA PPROPRIET AND I AM A SEVENTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD CAT LOVER. MY CATS ARE ALL NAMED AFTER DIFFERENT TYPES OF CORN. THEIR NAMES ARE POPCORN, SWEET CORN, SUPER SWEET CORN, FLOUR CORN, CORN FLAKE, AND BI-COLOUR CORN. THEY DON'T LIKE TO EAT CORN THOUGH. THAT IS A SHAME. I LIKE CORN. MY HUSBAND ALSO LIKES CORN. HIS NAME IS HANS OOTABULL. WE WERE MARRIED IN A CORN FIELD. EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T TAKE HIS LAST NAME WHEN WE GOT MARRIED 52 YEARS AGO, WE ARE THINKING ABOUT NOW MAYBE COMBINING OUR NAMES. MAYBE SOMETHING LIKE PPROOTABULL. THAT WOULD SOUND GOOD. MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD NAME A TYPE OF CORN AFTER OUR LAST NAME.

ANYWAY I MUST GO FIND HANS NOW. I THINK HE MAY BE LOST IN A FIELD. OR MAYBE COSTCO.

(and 52 days until BrickFair!!!!)


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Comets

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness May 23 2010 · 48 views

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He's so cool.

*coughcoughBrickfairMosaicProjectcough*

(and 72 days until BrickFair!!!!)


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I Got A Shirt

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness May 04 2010 · 73 views
star wars, may the fourth
A really cool shirt. Poor Chewie.

Also:

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And yeah. May the 4th be with you.

(and 91 days until BrickFair!!!!)






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