Having Your First Video Game Party

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We all know how video games can be when it comes to keeping ourselves more physically active than usual, especially when we play sports games on a Nintendo Wii. We also know how video games can be when it comes to keeping ourselves more mentally active than usual, especially when we play strategy games on a Sony PlayStation. We even know how video games can be when it comes to keeping ourselves more socially active than usual, especially when we play simulation games on a Microsoft Xbox.

So, what’s stopping you from having your first video game party?

You see, especially in a city like Portland where books and movies are practically deemed enough to make up for its own entertainment scene, having your first video game party will certainly be something everyone in the city can remember for a very long time. Not also will it only promote friendships between locals and even tourists who may stop by while they are visiting the said lovely town, but also promote health and fitness in a social way like never before.

And you know what?

You don’t even need to set up that much inside your house or even a bigger venue like within your backyard. You only need to have a bunch of a few things: video game consoles such as Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360; video game controllers such as remotes for Nintendo Wii, handhelds for PlayStation 4, and sensors for Xbox 360; and last but not the least – plenty of chips and plenty more of beer!

And you know what?

You will always remember how it’s like to have your first party in a physically active way. You will also always remember how it’s like to have your first party in a mentally active way. You will even always remember how it’s like to have your first party in a socially active way. Because that’s what video games are truly for: to promote health, to improve fitness, and to enhance socialness – just by making people do what they love to do as much as possible: idling.

And you know what?

It works. All works. Every single time.

How about you?

Have you ever had your first video game party?

How was it for you? How was it for others? Share your experiences with us below! Share others’ experiences with us below!

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Why You Should Read Books More Often

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As much as we’d like to deny it, there seems to be a notion that only people who are interested to learn are meant to read books. As much as we’d also like to deny it, there seems to be a notion what only people who are interested to read are meant to read books.

So, why do people who are interested to learn read books? Because they want to learn more about something, just like people who want to learn more about how swordsmen turn into knights in the online game called Ragnarok Online. And so, why do people who are interested to read read books? Because they want to read more about something, just like people who want to read more about how Betty got into an accident on the recent arc of Archie Comics.

You see, everyone can be interested to learn something and read books to learn more about it. You also see, everyone can be interested to read something and read books to read more about it. It doesn’t have to be something you have to learn, so long as it interests you. It also doesn’t need to be something you need to read, so long as it interests you. Because that’s why you should read books more often: to simply learn. And because that’s why you should read books more often: to simply read.

After all, reading a book doesn’t only make you learn more about something you’re interested in. Reading a book also makes you want to become more patient, as you continue learning about something you’re interested in. And after all, reading a book doesn’t only make you read more about something you’re interested in. Reading a book also makes you want to become more determined, as you continue to read more about something you’re interested in.

And if you already noticed, those just mentioned are essentials when it comes to that thing called life. More patience means being able to wait for the best things to happen, which comes surprisingly and in due time. More determination also means being able to work for the best things to happen, which comes rewardingly and in due time.

It’s just like how a person grows into the kind of person you are meant to become. It’s also just like how a plant grows into the kind of plants they are meant to become.

And that’s why you should read books more often.

Where To Go In Portland

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Oregon’s largest city is not just known for being situated over two rivers the Columbia River and the Willamette River; hence, the Portland Oregon nickname – Bridgetown. It’s also known for its nature parks, scenic bridges, and its abundance of bicycle paths for those who are looking to get more active. It’s even known for its environmental laws, eco-friendly lifestyles, and its abundance of coffee houses for those who are looking to get more energy.

If you’re planning to visit Portland soon, here’s where to go in Portland:

Museums

Who needs a time travelling device when you could just simply visit museums in Portland to revisit history or learn more about the world as one big sphere in Milky Way? Some of the most notable museums in this city include the Oregon Historical Society Museum and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. There’s also the Portland Children’s Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Jewish Museum, and the Oregon Maritime Museum. There’s even the Portland Puppet Museum, The Faux Museum, the Pearson Air Museum, and The Zymoglyphic Museum.

Parks, Gardens, and Zoos

Aside from having an abundancy of museums, Portland also has an abundancy of parks. Stroll around, get a dose of fresh air, ride around, and more at the Portland Japanese Garden, the Forest Park, and the Washington Park. There’s also an abundancy of other nature parks, as well as gardens and zoos, such as the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Council Crest Park, the Mill Ends Park, the South Park Blocks, The Grotto, the World Forestry Center, the Leach Botanical Garden, the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Oregon Zoo, the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and more.

How about you? Have you visited Portland?

Where did you go? How was your experience?

Do you know any other places to go in Portland? Let us know in the comments section below!

Portland Literary Attractions for Book Lovers

Powells Bookstore

Portland has a lot of interesting things going for it — craft beers, nature scenery, bike-friendly infrastructures, theatre pubs, and vibrant film scene to name a few. But what may come as a surprise for many who are still unfamiliar with the city is that it also boasts of bookish attractions. It has even produced authors like Beverly Cleary and Jean M. Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear) as well as poet and novelist Walt Curtis. From bookstores to literary-inspired public art, here are some of the city’s top literary attractions for book lovers.

Central Library
The Central Library is part of the extensive Multnomah County Library system. It is housed in a beautiful building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts of an impressive collection of works and provides an excellent place for book lovers and the curious alike to browse and read. The tree sculpture in the children’s room is an eye-catching and stunning piece of work that features literary-inspired messages from well-loved books like The Wizard of Oz and many others.

Heathman Hotel
While technically not a tourist attraction, guests of the Heathman Hotel can take at its library that contains a wide selection of books. The library’s impressive collection includes signed copies from authors who have previously stayed at the hotel.

Powell’s City of Books
Powell’s City of Books is Portland’s iconic bookstore and a tourist attraction in its own right. The bookstore is a bibliophile’s haven with hundreds of thousands of books arranged and displayed on its numerous shelves. It features a Rare Books Room and an Espresso Book Machine.

The TARDIS Room
As its name suggests, The TARDIS Room is Doctor Who-inspired bar where guests can enjoy food selections from the restaurant which houses it or grab a drink at the bar itself.

Tin House Summer Workshop
If you want to learn or polish your writing skills, you can sign up for the Tin House Summer Workshop at Reed College. Its “Craft Intensives” include a wide array of activities like reading and writing activities among others.

Title Wave Used Bookstore
Run by the Multnomah County Library, Title Wave Used Bookstore is a great place to find a wide array of books at bargain prices. You can take your pick of titles from the used books and other items like CD’s and DVD’s from the MCL system.

Tugboat Brewing Company
Beer and books may not be the usual pairings you hear about, but there is a place in Portland where you can enjoy both. Tugboat Brewing offers brews like Cask Stout, Czech bitter, Extra Special Bitter, Hop Red, and India Pale Al in a pub with cozy interiors complete with books stacked neatly on its wood-paneled walls.

Wordstock Festival
This literary event draws hundreds of writers not to mention the thousands of readers who can enjoy the wide array of activities that include writing workshops.

8 of Portland’s Best Movie Theatres

For a city that boasts of a vibrant film scene, Portland has a wide array of movie theatres to enjoy your flick of choice of second-run movies to the latest releases and everything in between. But if you think it will just be another run-of-the-mill experience, think again! Portland has succeeded in marrying its two prides – craft beer and passion for film – to bring guests a taste of the best brews and good food while enjoying the movies.

Academy Theater
Location: 7818 SE Stark Street
Go for: Three screens, stadium seating, second run movies; and your choice of microbrews, pizza from Flying Pie, wine, sushi place next door, babysitting service

Avalon Theatre
Avalon Theatre
Location: 3451 SE Belmont Street
Go for: Oldest operating movie theatre in the city, second-run films, arcade games, great place for kids and kids at heart

Bagdad Theater
Bagdad Theater
Location: 3702 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Go for: Beautiful interior, first-run movies, comfortable seating, good quality equipment, theatre and pub with food selection that include fresh pizza

Cinema 21
Cinema 21
Location: 616 Northwest 21st Avenue
Go for: Historical and independent art house movie theatre, features a wide range of films including indie, foreign, and classic, offers a selection of beer and wine, food like pizza to go with the brews

Clinton Street Theater
Clinton Street Theater
Location: 2522 Southeast Clinton Street
Go for: One of the oldest operating movie theatres in Portland, weekly feature of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, film festival premiers, concert movies, documentaries, indie films, and more

Hollywood Theatre
Hollywood Theatre
Location: 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard
Go for: Vintage theatre that has undergone upgrades for improved viewing experience, indie films, second-run movies, Sound + Vision and Kung Fu Theater series, beer from local breweries and wine, pizza

Laurelhurst Theater
Laurelhurst Theater
Location: 2735 E Burnside St
Go for: A landmark in its own right, features second-run movies, screenings of cult favorites, local brews, Pizzicato pizza, and a foodie row nearby

Living Room Theaters
Location: 341 Southwest 10th Ave
Go for: Art house movie theatre, indie films, foreign movies, cozy atmosphere with its 20-seater theatres, full bar and menu, food delivery service at your seat, live jazz performances on certain nights