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The Pioneer Log, February 11, 2011

The Month of Chocolate: A Valentine’s Day Special
Staff Writer

In last week’s edition of the Pioneer Log, a Features article stated that the average annual salary of a garbage man is $24,000. This amount is inaccurate. The average compensation for garbage truck divers employed by Waste Management in Portland is $80,000 per year, which includes hourly base pay, optional overtime and benefits.

Portland offers a variety of options when it comes to eating, drinking, and purchasing chocolate. There is a selection of different chocolate shops, cafes and merchants in the City of Roses. Cacao is a hard act to follow, and while it is definitely in the running, Sweet Masterpiece gives it some fierce competition. To be fair, it wouldn’t have made it into the PioLog if it wasn’t worth writing about, and the wine, chocolate and coffee bar is definitely worth a mention. Located on NW Davis and 10th, right by Powell’s, “Sweet Masterpiece Inc.” sells truffles and hot drinks and makes meals such as sandwiches and salads.

The chocolate selection is very eclectic, and those who enjoy chocolate infusions may be curious to try several of their offerings. The cherry ylang-ylang chocolate was delicious; the cherry gave the chocolate a tangy sweetness, while the ylang-ylang blossoms brought a light, flowery taste that the darkness of the chocolate balanced perfectly. The truffle counter had a large variety of unique infused chocolates such as the spicy lemongrass. I tried one of the blue cheese truffles, which had a dark shell wrapped around a smooth, blue cheese and dark chocolate filling. This chocolate is definitely good quality, but the truffle was too cold, which not only made it too brittle, but also dulled the taste slightly. The other customers ranged from a young hipster couple

to two middle aged women who looked like regulars. I couldn’t help but be amused by the conversation of the pair practicing Spanish next to me (Girl/tutor: “I’ve been vegan since I was ten.” Man/student: “Are you sure you’re Spanish?” Apparently, in Portland it is indeed possible to be both a Spaniard and a vegan). While I was impressed by the variety and creativity of the infused chocolates, my employment status (or lack thereof ) makes me cringe at the thought of spending the contents of my duct tape wallet on chocolate that doesn’t blow me away. If you’re looking for something curious and unusual, this is your place; overall, though, I don’t think Sweet Masterpiece quite reaches the bar that Cacao sets so high. 922 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209

Perspectives: Kirk Reeves
A weekly look into the thoughts of people within and outside Lewis & Clark
Opinions Editor

He goes by “Working” Kirk Reeves and his business is making people smile. You will most likely see him if you head east over the Hawthorne Bridge, where you will need to come to a screeching halt at the end of the on-ramp before straining your head to the left to check for on-coming traffic. There to meet your gaze, rain or shine, will be “Working” Kirk, perched on a tall stool on a triangular peninsula amidst the whizzing cars and radiating a child-like enthusiasm. His daily attire makes him hard to miss —a white tuxedo and either a silver sequined baseball cap or Mickey Mouse ears. In the ten seconds it will take you to merge onto the bridge, Reeves will provide you with a quick trumpet tune and a flash of a comedic magic trick two of his signature moves include turning a metal square into a circle by with the flick of a wrist, and expanding and contracting a hollow plastic sphere. After moving to Portland thirty years ago from Boston, Mass. Reeves has become one of the city’s iconic figures. Over 30,000 motorists and thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists cross the Hawthorne Bridge every day. Some may choose to smile back at Reeves in appreciation while others find him a nuisance and a distraction to traffic. Either way, Reeves will be smiling at each of them with an undeterred ebullience in the face of life on the streets. Reeves’ passion is for the trumpet, which he played intermittently throughout our conversation, ending with a “Yeah!” He started playing 12 years ago after choosing to abandon his computer job for fear of Y2K. “I needed to find something that didn’t depend on computers or electronics or the grids or anything else, but that just depended on me. So what I found was an almost brand new horn at a garage sale for $25 dollars and I went like this [blows into the horn] and I said, I know that sound! That’s the sound you hear in cartoons! I’m gonna learn how to play this thing! I’m gonna learn how to play

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some cartoon music!”, said Reeves. As for the white tuxedo, Reeves said he modeled the look off of Cab Calloway, an African American jazz singer and big band leader of the 1930s and ‘40s. “He always came out with these white suits singing “Minnie The Moocher,” [plays trumpet] so I figured I can’t go wrong by being Cab Calloway,” said Reeves. To get the look, Reeves bought 20 white suits from the Internet for $10 apiece. Mid-way through our conversation it began to rain and I asked Reeves if he needed to pack up. “No,” he said. “This is good rain because you can see the sun. I’m thinking in about five minutes you’ll see a rainbow right over there. [Looks at clock] Yeah, the time is right, you will see a rainbow.” Sure enough, in no more than five minutes, a double rainbow appeared over the Willamette, propelling Reeves into playing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” which he repeated until the rainbow had disappeared. “There are good days playing and there are bad days playing. This looks like it might be a good day,” he said. “Because of the rainbow?” I asked. “Yeah! I love rainbows! It makes it seem like a wonderful place. I mean, a lot of people wonder why I do this. I told you I had my throat cut, I’ve see gangs, I’ve seen murders, I’ve seen drug overdoses – it’s a mean, mean world. And so, I ask myself, what can I do about this mean world? All I can do is I can go out and try to make one person or maybe two people smile. So here, I can make 30,000 people smile, and if you get a rainbow or two, well it just shows it’s not that bad of a place!” Reeves said he has always dreamed big but that it hasn’t panned out as he thought it would. “When I grew up and realized that I was alive, I realized I wanted to be rich and famous and so on. What I thought I would be, was the next great writer from the ghetto, black writer or so on. That didn’t happen. I’ve got like five unpublished novels, about 20 unpublished scripts, lots and lots and lots


Working Kirk predicted the arrival of a double rainbow and in celebration of the rare event, bursts into playing ‘‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’’ on his beloved trumpet.

of writing. The only thing that really got published is my TV show.” I asked him if he thought money could buy happiness. The question made his eyes widen. “Yeah!” he said. “If you don’t know how to buy happiness with money, you don’t know how to shop! I would be very happy with a couple million dollars, believe me!” When I asked what he would do with it, Reeves said he would publish books and make movies that show the power of an idea. He said he’s doing a little bit of that now by being a musician, performing on stage and

having a TV show. “It doesn’t show complex ideas,” Reeves said, “it shows really simple ideas: ‘a smile for the day’ or ‘I can play my horn,’ or ‘at least I’m trying.’” Reeves said his ultimate goal would be to come up with an idea that would make the world a better place. “Plus,” he added, “I want a trophy wife! So don’t worry about me spending it!” If interested in helping “Working Kirk” make a movie about the power of an idea, you can contact him by e-mail at workingkirk@yahoo.com

Last Home Swim Meet Support the swim team at their last home meet. Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion, 5 p.m.



Once Upon A Weekend Check out student run one act plays put on by PAUSE. Black Box Theatre, 10 p.m.

February 11th through 19th saturday 12



Koinonia Christian Worship Service Live contemporary Christian music provided by student-run praise band. Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 4 p.m.



Rock Your Heart Out Check out Sam Kellogg and Friends perform on Valentine’s Day. Trail Room, 8 p.m.

Rober Miller Gallery Talk Senior lecturer in art and studio head of photography, Rober Miller gives a talk. Hoffman Gallery, 12 p.m.


Dr. Henrique von Gersdorff, OHSU Synaptic Ribbons: The voice of your eyes, the vision of your ears. Howard Rm. 115, 4 p.m.

Less Is More Dance Party Return to the dancefloor once again with DJ Josue Rodriguez Trail Room, 8 p.m.


Is There a Scientific Method? Round two of E&D’s spring colloquium series. Miller Rm. 105, 3:30 p.m.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Free screening, bring your own popcorn. Council Chamber, 7 p.m and 10 p.m.