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OKC THUNDER AND STARBUCKS

The Coffee Man and OKC Thunder Share A Cup.

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Before they morphed into the OKC Thunder, your NBA Oklahoma City Thunder, they were the Seattle Supersonics.

Everybody knows this, or ought to. The Sonics were Portland’s best rival on the west coast. Better than the Warriors who just spanked the Blazers, better than the Kings, Clippers, and Lakers.

It was a Northwest thing.

Watching the Blazers play the Thunder with non-sports people is a golden opportunity to review what happened.

Reading former Sonics owner Howard Schultz’s recent letter to his partners on starbucks.com adds to the story.

Best of all is tying it all together with Grantland’s post on media relations between the Thunder and OKC sports writers.

Before dumping on the way the Sonics were swindled out of town, let’s agree that Starbucks billionaire Schultz is a good man with the best of intentions. [Read More…]

Boomer Years

A couple peering through their window. "Great. A biker gang. There goes the neighborhood.

SCORING THE COMPLAIN GAME

The Married’s Complain Game. How Good Is It? For the complain game to work right, you need to score early. BOB The movie starts in five minutes. We’re late. CAROL I wouldn’t be late if you remembered to call. We miss the previews? Oh boo. The movie is The Godfather. You want to see the […]

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BOOMERPDX ARCHIVE, c. 1983

1-10-83 (Monday) A former Oregon governor died last Saturday. Tom McCall breathed his last in the hospital up the street. Good Samaritan. A student nurse in my building cared for him at the end. She said he’s a great guy. Everyone says it. He seems like someone you’d like to know. Oregon history’s Tom Vaughan […]

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HOW TO: 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Look For Lots Of Portland Baby Boomers Lining Up. 1. Get married young and stay married. You’ve got a slim chance of getting to fifty on either a second marriage or a late first. Look at the obituaries and you’ll see high school sweethearts listed. Usually the husband makes the list first. What to do? […]

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LETTING GO. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

It’s Easy Until You Try. Portland baby boomers, Oregon baby boomers, or what the hell ALL baby boomers, know how to let go. We’ve doing it for years. Sometimes with help we don’t ask for. Think of the era boomers grew up in. Let go of the old and embrace the new. We were young […]

Boomer Up

Forever Young? Two Cats In The Yard, Life Used To Be So Hard? Boomers As Spring Flowers, That's Who.

WHO ARE BOOMERS?

Who-Who? Who-Who? Who Are Boomers? For starters, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, is a boomer. It’s nice being in the same group with the big dogs. The inventor of the richest company in the world? Steve Jobs, boomer. Glad to have him on board. With the numbers out of the way, and bottom line […]

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How To Choose A Baby Boomer Expert

Are They Expert Enough? Baby Boomers love classes. They teach and learn. Cooking French? Take a class. Foreign travel? Take a class. Speak Spanish? Visit a Spanish speaking country and take a class. You get the idea. There’s nothing boomers can’t learn, or at least try to learn. Blame the rush to organic food and […]

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10 WAYS OREGON GOVERNMENT RESEMBLES A BABY BOOMER COLONOSCOPY

Starting with “You won’t feel a thing.” 1. The View. Whether combing over smaller evidence with a microscope of going for a bigger picture like the Hubble Space Telescope, you want to see it all. You’d rather use one of those than invite a judge and jury to examine evidence from the inside. 2. The […]

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BOOMER MARRIAGE: INTENTIONS AND ACTION

Two Men Talk It Out Man 1: Intentions leave too much undone. If you intend to do something you might do it, you might not. Man 2: (boomerpdx reporter): Results matter? 1: That’s all that matters. Everything else is bull$hit. 2: Git ‘er done? That what you mean? 1: Either do something or not, don’t […]

Who’s Up

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OREGON PROSECUTORS AT REST

With Each Other? Office affairs, romances, attractions? Happens all the time. Single people dating each other is normal. Dinner? Drinks? Taking a walk? Growing a network and connecting the dots couldn’t be more exciting. Oregon prosecutors looking down the road need all the help they can get. By getting closer they learn more about their […]

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KITZHABER: The Movie

Casting For Kitzhaber. Recent developments in the former Oregon governor’s life scream for justice. And a movie. One thing is certain in modern times: We learn more from movies than we do from television news. Or the educational system. The Daily Show? Better than Foreign Affairs 401? If we’re expected to understand the depth and […]

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THE JEFF BAKER 500

Portland’s Old Church Organ And Jeff Baker. He’s In The Shirt. As THE book and movie reviewer of record for The Oregonian newspaper, Jeff Baker goes Against. The. Grain. Taller than expected, he worked the Old Church mic like a pro. Could have thrown in a “Take my wife…please” and got away with it. Willamette […]

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CHIP KELLY, SPORTS, AND LOYALTY

What are the Eagles doing? Ask Chip Kelly. Their coach end runs the entire organization and ends up with the final say on personnel. Chip Kelly trades or releases the sort of players other coaches pine for. And he does it more often than most. Didn’t someone explain to him that he’s a coach. He’s […]

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THE MERCY RULE: JEROME KERSEY

1. On the court, show no mercy. 2. Off the court, show kindness. Portland Got Him; He Got Portland. Jerome Kersey, Baby Boomer. Somehow that doesn’t sound right, does it? He’s not old enough. Besides, baby boomers have a different image associated with them. Maybe that will change once we see the scope of the […]

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CYLVIA HAYES MOTHER SAYS…?

From Dr. Hook To Dr. K. Cylvia Hayes Sings The Song. Like any responsible blogger I read the news. Online, cable, paper delivery. That’s being responsible. Call it part of a dying baby boomer culture but a newspaper makes real things more real. It can’t get more real than the front page of the Oregonian’s […]