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TIME TRAVEL WITH GUITARS TUNED GOOD AND FIRM WOMEN

 

 

TIME TRAVEL

 

 

Time travel with music happens every second of every day. A song comes across the waves and we’re back in the day we first heard it from the first beat onward.

 

Unfortunately I never hear the first song I ever played on a guitar.

 

Down In The Valley isn’t on any Top 40 List. I think it was a love song sung from jail. I learned it during lessons at Jansen’s Music in the Pony Village Mall in North Bend.

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MEMORY CUE, EVIDENCE FROM ANOTHER LIFETIME

 

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How long ago was 1979?

 

The Brooklyn Union Gas Company makes the call.

 

How often do you run across things, not your things, that remind you of a different life?

 

Then it’s your stuff and you don’t remember.

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AUTUMN LEAVES, AUTUMN DOGS, BEST TIME OF YEAR

 

 

How often do dogs change my day? Every day.

 

And it’s not always my dog.

 

A walk on a trail, a lady with two frisky hounds, and it’s a lively moment.

 

Just two middle aged people on a hillside in the wilderness. Sharing the wonder of it all.

 

Autumn leaves are like our lives. We like that they work to bring energy to big trees, but then they fall off and lay on the ground.

 

Who likes that?

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Fighting Chuck Palahniuk, And Portland Inertia

 

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I didn’t have anything to prove by fighting Chuck Palaniuk, but I did with the fight against inertia on a Sunday where the NFL was on TV and Wordstock was happening on the park blocks. It was a good day to do nothing and there was plenty to back up doing it.

 

But every citizen has a responsibility. One of mine is participation in civic events, like fighting Chuck Palaniuk.

 

How can you know your state if you don’t know the city. Shouldn’t anyone who claims to be a New Yorker know Manhattan? Oregonians ought to know Portland the same way.

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Walking Portland Memory Lane One Alley At A Time

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Memory lane or back alley?

As much as you hear about people moving to Portland, loving Portland once they get here, it’ll never be their home until they’re walking Portland on memory lane.

 

Like, “This is where I used to play basketball, where I got beat by a five foot six opponent,” didn’t ring up the oooos and ahs much. Neither did the place I got punched out on NW 21st by an even shorter guy.

 

What makes walking Portland memorable? What makes any walk a walk down memory lane?

 

It’s the people I was walking Portland with.

 

Over thirty years ago my wife was pregnant with my first kid. We were walking Portland like no one’s business.

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Travel Bans From History, Who Should Be Banned

 

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Travel bans tend to be specific in terms of where to go and where not to go.

 

Travel bans say one thing: Don’t go there, girlfriend. Stay away, pal.

 

Like a dress code in the NY disco dancing prime time of the late ’70’s, while punk rock was getting ready to spit on their loving audience, anything could be in violation of the doorman didn’t want to let you in.

 

The disco pro had it all covered. If it’s not your hair it’s your glasses or your shirt and “maybe you want to go back home to New Jersey and find another one, or even stay there.”

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Breitenbush Retreat: Advancing Forward In Peace

 

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Tell a conservative baby boomer man about a Breitenbush Retreat and expect to hear:

 

  1. Yeah, sure, we did it all back in college.
  2. Sure, it’s all about whatever.
  3. What? Oh sure.

 

The idea of a retreat is foreign to them now that they’ve hit the years that aren’t so kind.

 

You might even hear, “We thought about going to a nude beach once, but turned around once we got a good look.”

 

Are they missing the point of a Breitenbush Retreat? Completely.

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Music Fills The Air, Joy Fills The Body, Repeat

 

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image via floydcountrystore.com

 

Music in the Floyd Country Store is more than a radio station. The old time music jams on Sundays bring young and old with fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and banjos.

 

A big circle passes the song from one to another; new player, new song.

 

It’s American roots music at its finest and a treat to find when I wasn’t looking. Apparently my wife was looking and had it figured out quietly.

 

“Let’s stop in Floyd,” she said. “There’s a country store we might like.”

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Japanese Exchange Student A Perfect Portland Fit

 

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What’s better than traveling to new places and meeting the locals? Being the locals and meeting travelers. A Japanese exchange student proved the rule this summer.

 

With kids out of high school and college you’d think a couple of empty nest boomers would enjoy themselves with the usual things baby boomers get slammed with: over consumption, over explaining, self absorption.

 

Or they’d host a college Japanese exchange student. It turns out you’re on the list if you’ve done it once. The program people at Andeo International gave a call when other families dropped out. Either that or they call hosts with good ratings.

 

I need to check which is which.

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Lighten Up While You Still Can

 

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Image via Jones Studios

 

When The Eagles sing Take It Easy, the line that stands out for me is, ‘Lighten up while you still can.’ It’s the same when Jackson Browne and James Taylor sing it.

 

Baby boomers know how hard it is to lighten up better than anyone. Lighting up too, but that’s another post.

 

Lighten up isn’t about hair, let’s get that out of the way. It’s about letting go, de-stressing, doing what you can with what you’ve got where you are.

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