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PostHeaderIcon Baby, It's Cold Outside: Warming up to Tuk Tuk, TV and Fierce Fingernails.

TUCK LUCK: What is it with Thai restaurants? They multiply quicker than bunnies. Nowhere is the Thai eatery explosion more prevalent right now than in North Portland. Taking over the dining room that once was Sal’s Italian Kitchen at the corner of Greeley and Killingsworth is the aptly named Tsunami. Also riding the crest of the new Thai wave is Tuk Tuk Thai. I've just heard word the Northeast Fremont favorite is opening a new location in the space that was once a coffee shop called Trippin’ Billies. Sources say that it might be awhile before Tuk Tuk swings open its doors at the corner of Lombard and Emerald due to the fact that space is getting a huge makeover. Just as long as they have salad rolls stuffed with shrimp I don’t really care how long it takes. Now if we can get U-licious Smokehouse and Grill to open (it looks like they have stopped building and there hasn’t been any activity in it for weeks) and someone to do something about the space that once housed Big Daddy’s BBQ we might have a real, live restaurant scene in our neck of the woods. If you want to see what this neighborhood used to look like, make sure to catch the upcoming Wendy and Lucy. Starring actress Michelle Williams (and scheduled to open early next year) it’s a sad love letter to this part of the city and includes various views of the Walgreen’s parking lot at the corner of Peninsular and Lombard.

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP: I had to get “camera-ready” at around 7 am this morning so I could make an appearance on The CW’s Outlook Portland with Rick Emerson. I’ve been on the show before, but that was at least two hosts ago when Nick Fish grilled me on all sorts of pressing matters. Today, it was all about my past, my future and lots of Prop 8 stuff, which is the anti-gay marriage amendment that just passed in California. Since no one dared come on the show and talk about their non-support of gay marriage, Rick-o had me talking to Socko, the hand puppet. Let’s just say it was helluva a lot easier to talk to a hand puppet than it has been in the past talking to those who oppose full equality for glbt folks. The show also includes a frank discussion about actor James Franco who’s movie, Milk, directed by Portland's own Gus Van Sant opens today. We also chatted about loads of other stuff (including my favorite Madonna song).
Outlook Portland airs early on Sunday mornings, but I am not sure of the exact date mine will actually show up. I will make sure to let you know as soon as I do.
Speaking of Madonna, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to see Emerson put on his own eyeliner, well, today is your lucky day (yeah, it seemed a little bit gay to me, too).

Later that morning, my partner Juan and I taped a video segment for County Commish Jeff Cogen’s “holiday card.” It’s amazing to think to that it was just a few short months ago that Juan and I got domestically partnered at the County Courthouse. And we are still trying to get married.
Now I must get ready to go on K-BOO’s Out Loud show and talk about what I am thankful for (I go one about 6 pm). It might be hard to believe, but I’m pretty grateful guy (who knew?). Below is a picture of Juan, Travis Huntington (who's directing the video for Jeff and used to be Charles Lewis's campaign manager) and his assistant Savannah, who had a fierce looking leopard painted across her fingernails. Yowza. It was a good day.
Byron

 
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