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CHICKEN DINNER: WHEN CHICKENS TALK

 

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Too often we let days go by without notice. One chicken dinner blends into the next.

 

June barbecued chicken turns into November roasters and it feels like a long weekend. It’s a sign we’re losing touch. At least that’s what we hear if we mention time passing at breakneck speed.

 

If we want to slow it down a little, get a ‘stop and smell the roses’ moment, start with a chicken dinner.

 

Consider the chicken’s point of view.

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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

 

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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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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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WINTER REFLECTIONS, TIME PASSING

  Can we still complain if the snow doesn’t last for months and turn a nasty brown?

THE DAY DRUGS STOPPED WORKING? NEVER

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TALK WHEN THE TIME’S RIGHT, LIKE NOW

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NEIL GOLDSCHMIDT HISTORY CLUB

From Salem To An Unknown Location, Neil Goldschmidt’s Long Strange Trip. The first thing you learn about the History Club is you never talk about it. Replace History Club with museum storage and you still don’t talk about it. Those were rules broken only if you wanted to be an ex-employee of the Oregon Historical […]

WIFE BOSS FROM 1950 TO 2016

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BOOMER ON

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PORTLAND STREETS WITH BOOMERPDX, pt 1: THE BIKE

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BOOMER TRAVEL: THE ROAD TO UPPER SEDONA

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LEARNING TO LEARN PORTLAND BIG AND SMALL

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BOOMERPDX RIVER TOUR

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PORTLAND BLOGS: TOP TEN ACCORDING TO RANKER.COM

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PORTLAND FEVER CHILL TONIC

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10 THINGS THE SEDONA VORTEX WON’T DO

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