Sidewalk dining at Jake's Famous Crawfish has never been boring. One evening last week, a bum walking by with his shopping cart decided to appropriate a bus tray loaded with dirty dishes. É A chef gave chase, returning several minutes later, wheeling the fully loaded tray to the cheers of the multitudes. É Stargazers Guide to P-Town: Vincent D'Onofrio, in town for the filming of 'Thumbsucker,' arriving at Bluehour in a long black limousine with a beautiful woman on his arm. Well, whaddya expect? The next night he was down at Dante's, the nightclub on West Burnside, to take in Quiet Riot. É The sign outside says: 'Come see Portland's largest piranhas eat, 7 p.m. Tuesday.' No, it's not City Hall Ñ or even one of the city's more notorious regulatory agencies Ñ but Aquariums Live, at 7983 S.E. 17th Ave.
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Wells Fargo Chairman George Passadore says I'm mistaken to suggest that moving the company's 100 phone center employees across the river to Vancouver is not a boon to the Portland economy. Why? Well, because they're part of the same 'market.' É In fact, says Passadore, since Wells Fargo is planning to expand the phone center operation in Vancouver, the move is actually 'great news' for P-town. É Now, why didn't I think of that myself? É One more reason not to run for mayor again: Nasty remarks, like the one scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk entrance to Laurelhurst Park Ñ 'Katz is the problem, not dawgz!' É Ah, politics.
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For someone who says he wants to be re-elected to Congress, David Wu seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time these days burning bridges. Jaime Lim, publisher of The Asian Reporter and once a Wu supporter, is listed as a contributor to Wu's Republican opponent, Tim Phillips. É And then there's the 'knife in the back' of fellow Democrat Earl Blumenauer Ñ detailed in the Trib's front page story this morning Ñ over the Pioneer Courthouse deal. Never was any love lost between the two of them Ñ but it's a blood feud now.
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Have the new guys at the top of the Blazer organization really turned things around? 'Before,' Blazer radio announcer Mike Rice said in an interview on the Lars Larson show, 'if we had asked whether there were going to be changes in the organization É we'd have gotten an answer that we wouldn't be able to understand. But these guys are different.' É Good. Then maybe you could ask them Ñ if the problem children are 'Sheed, Damon, Bonzi and Ruben Patterson Ñ why they've gotten rid of Scottie Pippen, Arvydas Sabonis and Antonio Daniels.
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Ron Talney fondly remembers the night in 1953 when he and two classmates from Washington High sat in the front row for Tempest Storm's act at the Capitol. 'Over the years,' he says, sounding way too expert on the subject, 'there were a number of good acts that played there, including Lili St. Cyr and Sheba.' É Nothing wrong with living in the past Ñ if you pick your spots. Next month, El Gaucho will be lowering the dinner tab to 1953 prices for one lucky table every night. Instead of $43, a porterhouse steak will cost $5. Sign me up, please. É My friend Rusty wants to get back in touch with her friend Marge Lewis, who was once married to famous P-town safecracker Billy Lewis. Do I do personals? É Why, sure, we do a little bit of everything here. Marge, call the number below.