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DEPORTED IN PORTLAND: MEDICAL TOURISM VIA TIGARD AND BEAVERTON

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If you need to be tough, but are a secret wussy man, bring the right back up.

I brought Jason Witten to get deported in Portland.

Not too many tougher than that.

Together we deported in Portland; both of us on just this side of crazy celebration, yet calm. [Read More…]

TIME TRAVELER

BABY BOOMERS SEE YOUR WORLD THROUGH NEW EYES

(When a facebook friend is also the first English teacher you had who improved the language, pay attention. In his words:)

‘Home.’

Quite a word.

I just traveled ‘home’ with my aging little brother up the Columbia River Gorge to Arlington/Hermiston in Oregon’s high desert.

The land remains the same (except for those humongous white windmills that dominate both sides of the river).

The Arlington cemetery overflows with friends and fellow-Wetherells.

Hermiston High School is unrecognizable to a forgotten boy who learned, laughed, loved and cried there over fifty years ago. [Read More…]

WOODEN BOATS, EARTH DAY, DEPOE BAY, OREGON CRAB. AND BEER

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What do you call fooling around with wooden boats?

Fun.

That’s what Ratty says:

“There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter.

Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it.

Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.”
– Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows [Read More…]

WHERE IS THE BABY BOOMER COUNTRY AND HOW DO YOU MOVE THERE FROM HERE

The Big Question: Then What?

Country side near Silverton Oregon

Baby Boomers heard Canned Heat sing Going Up The Country,

“I’m going up the country, babe don’t you wanna go.”

Maybe they heard John Prine sing Spanish Pipedream,

“Blow up your TV, throw away your paper,

Move to the country, build you a home…”

The dream to disconnect from city life and all it means is a powerful vision. Traffic jams, city rudeness, and time sucking necessities all go into the rear view mirror when Boomers leave the metro area.

For every cement pounding Portland baby boomer dreaming of a place where the deer and the antelope play, there’s a small town waiting.

But it’s more than that. [Read More…]

GOODBYE PORTLAND IT’S BEEN FUN

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images via DG Studios

If you leave, just say goodbye Portland. That’s all.

Portland visitor’s say goodbye Portland when they leave. Maybe they’ll be back, maybe not.

Saying goodbye Portland says it all. You came, you saw, you didn’t stay.

If you did stay, if you decided Portland was the only place in the world for you, then you need to get out more. But the city is big enough to hold converts. Just don’t over do yourself.

For others, people long on years and short on time, goodbye Portland is different.

They saw the rise of a sleepy secret of a city, a place famous for good manners and bad beer, grow into a destination of urban manners and great beer.

No more Blitz on Burnside. Hello Brewery Blocks.

They saw the inner west side spring up like wheat fields, like early corn, like Chicago after the fire. Except Portland didn’t need to burn first.

Say goodbye Portland from an eastside view balcony on the 11th floor and this is what you’ll miss. [Read More…]

SEATTLE WORKS HARD FOR THE TOP SPOT

 

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A money man gave me the short history of how important places draw the right people to them, how they work.

In the emerging Industrial Revolution world London was the center of the universe.

Anyone with dreams and aspirations of being somebody, of one day being The Man, moved to London.

Things changed with America rising as a world leader and turning the tide in WWI and WWII.

Post-war, the smart money aimed for New York City.

A new question echoes the old: New York or London.

Or?

Add another destination for ambitious millennials and over achievers of every stripe in 2017: Seattle.

Why? Because Seattle works harder for the money. [Read More…]

THE REAL WESTERN AMERICA OUT HERE IN OREGON

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An Oregon Trail

The real Western America isn’t Texas or California

Readers around the world see the American west through movies.

From John Wayne in his cowboy costume, to private eye Jack Nicholson in LA’s Chinatown, to policeman Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry franchise, they view the west through a distorted lens.

Forget about the red rocks of Colorado, the monoliths of Arizona, the geographic wonder of Utah.

The real western America doesn’t include any of those hell holes.

Why? No coastline. You need some beachfront property to be ‘In The West.’

But not California. [Read More…]

VANDERBILT DAYS AT THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN

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The front door. Image via DG Studios

You don’t need to be a Vanderbilt to fall in love with The Omni Grove Park Inn.

If you were a Vanderbilt, or a friend of the Vanderbilts, you’d stay at Biltmore House back in the day.

That day began in 1895, and you’d travel with your staff, which included someone to dress you for events like dinner.

Hard to imagine today what a dresser did, but if you were someone the Vanderbilts invited to Asheville, North Carolina, you had a dresser.

The invitation to stay at Biltmore House didn’t get lost in the mail. But don’t feel left out, no one gets those invites anymore.

Lucky for the rest of us, The Omni Grove Park Inn is only a few miles away and open for business.

The difference between the two is you. Get ready for your Vanderbilt Days. [Read More…]

How To Go Home Again Boomer Style

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image via cooswaterkeeper.org

NW Boomer, the baby boomer guide, disagrees with Thomas Wolfe.

He said, “You can’t go home again,” then wrote a huge book about it.

Maybe that works if you come from the east, but not in Oregon.

You can’t go home if home means the same thing you left for.

Dark bars and empty streets are nothing new.

Going home means changing your perspective.

Here’s how: [Read More…]

SENIOR TRAVELER, DOLLAR RENT A CAR ANGEL, AND BOOMERPDX

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Senior traveler gets an assist from Dollar Rent A Car agent.

If you’re a senior citizen, or traveled with seniors, you know how it works.

Caution is the word of the day.

Air travel makes your feet swell. Maybe your entire leg.

The airplane bathroom seems like a mile away.

Lifting carry on bags into the overhead compartments is a Herculean effort.

If Phoenix AZ is your destination be ready for the rental car shuttle.

Rookies with a senior traveler need to learn fast. This is the big leagues and you don’t want to screw up.

If your senior loses their balance and falls, the trip is over, at least that part. Instead of going where you planned, you’re going to the nearest Emergency Room.

Help too much and you become a hindrance; help too little and you end up a spectator in that ER.

In other words it’s a fine balance.

[Read More…]

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