Friday, March 11, 2011
This summer, I finally broke down and bought not one, but TWO of those laminated fold-out Portland maps. One for each car. Now, no matter what car I’m in, we’ll always have one of those laminated fold-out Portland maps.
Now, in theory, if I ever get lost in Portland, I’ll be able to pull over, try to assess where I am, find that on the map, and then try to find my destination, and then safely proceed.
The problem is, that whenever I head into Portland, I never seem to have, oh, I don’t know, an actual list of names and addresses of the places that I might want to go.
Like the other weekend, we were sure we were near the Lucky Lab bar, so we tried to find it.
It took us 25 minutes and I had to ask directions twice, but we made it. And come to think of it, we didn’t even use the laminated fold-out Portland map.
But I’ll tell you what, those laminated fold-out maps shouldn’t have street names and landmarks and highways and by-ways.
What they need to indicate is PARKING SPACES. Especially ones that are EMPTY.
I really could have used a map like that last week.
As the Laugh More Tour continued, I headed to Portland to a new destination - McMenamin’s Mission Theater, and, I swear, there was not an open parking space for about a 5-mile radius.
I arrived at the theater remarkably on time. It was about 6:45 p.m., but by the time 7:15 hit, I was still driving around looking for a spot. I even tried to park in this somewhat questionable looking industrial area nearby – you know, you think you kind of see an available space, but you’re not quite sure if it is a space, and you still can’t judge if your car will actually fit into that space anyway?
Well, as I was trying to finagle my car into that space, a HUGE tow truck rumbled by, and I think the driver was texting my position into his GPS unit.
I finally gave up, and drove across I-405 to the Pearl District, drove a few blocks, and pulled into a pay lot.
I think it cost about 6 bucks.
It wasn’t a terribly long walk to the theater, but, sheesh, why can’t this town have more parking? What the heck would a disabled person ever do if THEY were on a comedy tour?
So I finally get to the theater, and I’m standing outside, taking a picture of the marquee sign that’s lighted up on the building wall, you know, for the scrapbook.
And I look around.
And I realize, that what I’m standing in, is basically an empty parking lot.
And I mean, empty.
And then I look at the signs on the wall behind me.
“Theater Parking Only after 7 p.m.”
Mission Theater, Portland
Oct. 2, 2010
How was this show? Well, she’s single, she’s a striking blonde, she’s brash, sometimes a bit crude, not afraid to speak her mind and she’s had starring roles in movies like American Pie, Legally Blonde One and Two, A Mighty Wind, and possibly one of the greatest movies of all time — “Best in Show.”
So I’m pretty sure, when I get around to re-watching those movies, I’m probably going to have a better appreciation for the supporting actress role.
(Lady GaGa song blaring as an intro)
Opening Joke: “Wow, Portland, Gee, I didn’t know what to expect: I thought there’d be a few horses in the audience”
The Real Reason I’m Late
My Dress is 4 sizes too small
It must be nice here, to be able to pick mushrooms from your front lawn
I’m trying to get out of LA
I was Born Too Tired to Listen to Anyone
What Country is Helsinki really in?
Let me Impress you with My Knowledge of Your Culture
Attracting men with the Avatar Video Game
They made me audition for the Musical version of Legally Blonde
An edited scene from Brokeback Mountain (and why I didn’t like that movie)
German Strudel Shop Girl Scene (I needed a Pastry break anyway)
A New Kind of Diet
New Techniques for Dealing with Hecklers
How I get the Weird Best Friend Roles
Impressions of supermodel Giselle
What You Need to be J-Lo’s Best Friend
Paris Hilton Dialog on Ellen
Kim K backstage at a Carl’s Jr. Commercial
An Amazing Business Woman’s Strategy
This diet beats Jenny Craig any day
Rene’s audition for Bridget Jones
Why my boyfriend left me this year
I won’t date short guys anymore
Alone with a Pet Monkey on a Rainy Night
You Look Great from a Distance
Never book a room on the 14th Floor
When Celebrities Lie
Raquel Welch does Shakespeare
Touring Scotland’s Dungeons
What it feels like to almost die
Being embarrassed in a Gift Shop with my Australian boyfriend
My Mom told me to Wear Underwear
Phil Spector would like my house
Ripley's Believe it Or Not
Real Life Dating Advice
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
Have a PC (Penelope Cruz) Year
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