Monday, March 28, 2011

Juding a Book by Its Cover...

Christian religious texts are always funny entities. Where they are the didactic tomes of Protestant philosophers, or the interpretations of scripture by quasi-scholars, there is an air of importance to these texts and a tendency for really bad titles.

Neurotics in the Church is a fine example of one of those books that is quite possibly a rational analysis of Protestant behavior within the confines of the religion. However, basically states, "People who go to church are crazy." Nuff said. 

So what is this book exactly about? Religious fanatics or Catholic guilt? Protestant work ethic or fringe holy rollers? Hard to say...But let's look at the book design. It's a little hard to make out, but the book cover features a variation on the classic Rorschach test. It is not a true ink blot test, but known well enough in popular culture to be show a psychological element of the analysis to the text.

A little searching about the book revealed that the author was a Presbyterian minister who tried to combine new techniques in psychology and theology to work with unruly church-goers..

Funny how that works. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Old Portland: The Timber Topper

I came across this piece of ephemera at an estate sale a few weeks back and forgot to post it up until now. Admittedly, I don't know much about the history of the Timber Topper. But from looking at this brochure of the restaurant, it looks like one of those lost relics of the 50s era dining experiences, where even finer establishments could have a theme to it, a la Trader Vics.

Now, if memory serves, this place was in existence up until the 80s but I may be wrong. I have vague recollection of something like this from my childhood. It was located it the Hotel Washington, or Washington Hotel (depends on Sources). Unfortunately, I cannot find the location of the hotel and this long lost restaurant for the life of me. And so we are left with this odd relic.

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Monday, March 14, 2011


The sleepy town of O'Brien, Oregon doesn't have much in it. There is a general store with a couple of restrooms off to the side...and OH MY GOD!!! THERE'S A GIANT FLY!!!

And the restrooms run on septic...or maybe they are just deluxe port-o-potties. I don't recall. BECAUSE THERE WAS A GIANT GODDAMNED FLY!

And that is about it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Not quite certain what to make of this...but well...ummm...yeah.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

This is the 400th post

So this is what the wonderful world of clutter looks like on a bad day...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Consider this a teaser...

And without any explanations, I present the following:

And that is all for now...