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A round-about shout-out!

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So today’s A&E section of the Oregonian has, as always, a little interview with a local person who is a film freak. And, oddly enough, that’s what the column is called: film freak. Apparently written by long-time local movie critic Ted Mahar.

So today’s film freak is David Craig. No, not the David Craig I know, the wonderful husband of Debbie Craig. A different David Craig. This one is heavy into documentary films, it seems.

And guess what documentary he mentions to show just how extensive Film Baby‘s collection of documentaries is: Finding Rev Phil. The exact quote: “There’s even a documentary about local icon Reverend Phil!”

How cool! How weird! He doesn’t mention actually watching it, mind you. But at least he feels better just knowing it’s there.

Oh, did I mention you can buy it here? And watch a little trailer for free?!

The Geek Gets Gorgeous!

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We finally have something to show for our work!  Come on down and check out the storefront windows at Free Geek!!

In fact, stroll through the whole facility…you’ll see a new level of orderliness, cleanliness and appreciation for the esthetic at every turn.  What the heck is going on??

If you’ve been to Free Geek, you may have noticed that for the past few years, many of the storefront picture windows have served more or less as a storage closet for plywood, cardboard, styrofoam, etc. – basically anything and everything that was completely opaque (thereby blocking all the light) and butt-ugly.  It kinda felt to me like Free Geek was mooning visitors  ;-(

Everytime I pulled up in front, my heart sank.  So I proposed we beautify the windows by making some kind of community quilt to hang along the front.  There was an initial hesitance from some quarters because there was fear it would block the light (huh??? you mean the light you haven’t ever seen???), but we assured them we could hang it in a way that would allow ample light.

We had some great old linen napkins that had been Ric’s grandmother’s that we used to create quilt square kits, handing them out to anyone who agreed to participate.  

Deborah Hubbard and Moira stepped forward and together we joined the squares that were turned in.  We loved the variety that appeared…

Of course there were penguins:

and cleverly used computer detritus:

and words that capture the Free Geek essence:

and Free Geek weirdness:

 

On Saturday, Ric (aka Call the Fixer) spent the whole day attaching wood to concrete, designing and creating little wooden thingies to put the brackets on, and getting the rods in place so we could actually get them up.  Thank you Mr. Fixer Man!!

We have a few more to hang, so it would be well worth your while to come take a look… it sounds weird when I say it out loud, but Free Geek is getting gorgeous!!!