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PORTLAND TIME, OREGON LINES: TIME TRAVEL IF YOU NEVER LEAVE

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Portland time changed from 1804 to 1904. Again from 1904 to 2004. To round things up, today is in the year 2017.

 

From Lewis and Clark in 1804 to the Lewis and Clark Expo in 1904, give or take, to Big Pink, the changes show.

 

On a calendar it measures here to there if I count by hundreds. 213 by ones. But numbers are not stories. They’re part of history, but not the fun part, the exciting part.

 

Numbers are the measuring cups and spoons of the regional recipe. The citizens and fans of a city are the ingredients of greatness who measure Portland time.

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OREGON LINE TO CROSS: NO KITTY GENOVESE ON NW 21st

 

Oregon line

Showing off a couple of Oregon lines: arm and nose category. c.1980

 

Like every city in every state, the Oregon line is ‘Think before acting on street violence.’ Always a good idea. If you see something going wrong, someone getting hurt, call 911.

 

Professionals know how do calm things down better than I do, maybe you too. However, if you believe in civic duty like I believe in civic duty, how could I walk past a situation that looked bad and heading for worse?

 

Maybe it wasn’t really happening? Just go home and let them figure it out? If it’s as bad as it could be I’ll read about in the paper, or watch for it on the news?

 

I could have done that, pretended not to notice the street fight. Maybe should have? But it was the woman’s voice that turned the tables one day coming out of Cinema 21 on NW 21st.

 

It was a perfect ending to a day that felt like something out of James Joyce’s Ulysses, a compressed time frame in real life. Here’s the short version:

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literary swag? BOOK PICTURES WORTH ONE THOUSAND WORDS? #literaryswag

literaryswag

 

 

Selfies with a book? Had me at selfie.

 

Then book. Literary swag? Not so much, but it sounds like it could be big, like the cover of the New Yorker showing a reader with a book lit by their smart phone.

 

Nerd cartoon perfection. But what do readers really need?

 

Better books, more books, any book. And here’s why:

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Toughen Up

MICHAEL BECKER WALKS WITH PURPOSE

I like people who channel their problems constructively. They’re effective in making me feel like the whiner I’ve always taken pride in.   Michael Becker channels his problems constructively, and he’s a big boost. I found him in a search of cancer memoirs. We’ve exchanged pleasant emails. Have I told him I’m scouting for my […]

CANCER MEMOIR FROM SMART GUY WITH HPV CANCER, AND IT’S NOT ME

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CANCER STORIES: FEEDING PUBLIC FEAR AND PRIVATE WOE

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TO MEN, FOR MEN, FROM MEN

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CANCER VIEW: WEED FROM THE OTHER SIDE

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AMERICAN WAY TO WRAP YOURSELF IN A FLAG

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ONE GOOD GAGA HOPE TATTOO FOR THE HEART

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HOW A BOOMER HEART BREAKS

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GENERATION BOOMER AND THE DAMAGE DONE

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YOUNG EAGLES FLYING HIGH

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Baby Boomer Travel, pt 1

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THOMAS WOLFE PACK PART 2

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Packing For Portland. What Will Boomer Do?

Will baby boomers flock to the siren call of urban density? If they do, get ready to log them into convenient categories. The down-sizer. The empty nester. The adventurous. The lateral transfer from other cities. Come on down. Which one are you? Down Sizing If boomer has room, they fill it up. If you’re a […]

Breitenbush Retreat: Advancing Forward In Peace

    Tell a conservative baby boomer man about a Breitenbush Retreat and expect to hear:   Yeah, sure, we did it all back in college. Sure, it’s all about whatever. What? Oh sure.   The idea of a retreat is foreign to them now that they’ve hit the years that aren’t so kind.   […]

OREGON NIGHT LIGHT NECKLACE FOR CAUTIOUS SEA CAPTAINS, AND YOU

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PORTLAND CHRISTMAS SEIZURE

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10 THINGS THE SEDONA VORTEX WON’T DO

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Footprint Of Fame

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