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BOOMER ROCK HISTORY IN FIVE SONGS, pt. 1

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

1. I FOUGHT THE LAW by the Bobby Fuller Four.

This is what you listen to after you’re banned from the biggest shopping center on the coast between Seattle and San Francisco.

When a misunderstanding about how ‘that’ got into your pocket results in going home while your friends go to the mall, the only mall, the words “I fought the law and the law won” has deeper meaning.

The law won then, the law wins now, but the fight continues.

2. PANCHO AND LEFTY by Townes Van Zandt.

Best friends forever, BFF, until…

From a certain age we can look back and see where friendships started, and where some ended.

“The day they laid old Pancho low, Lefty he split for Ohio, where he got the dough to go, ain’t one ever know.”

The mystery of broken relationships still haunt the dream of a perfect world.

Lefty did what he had to do? Do you do what you have to do, too? [Read More...]

Boomer Years

Board Of Education via 360-edu.com

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: TWO BABY BOOMERS TALK ABOUT IT

The last question you want to ask a combat vet is, “Did you kill anyone?” Just figure they did and if they want you to know, they’ll tell you. The last thing you want to ask a boomer is, “Did your parents and teachers physically abuse you as a child?” We come from an era […]

via David Gillaspie

TOO OLD TO RETIRE YOUNG?

Sixty Is The New Sixty In The Garden. The dream used to be make a million before you’re thirty and retire. You’ve seen these people, these young retirees? They travel, learn new languages, stay in shape. In other words they’re bored to death and need to keep finding challenges before their brains shut down completely. […]

Portland's South Park Blocks Looking North. via oregonlive.com

HIKING BABY BOOMER PORTLAND, pt 1

Not one to miss a chance to reflect positively, I strolled Portland’s upper west side from 11th and PSU to the Central Library. It makes sense on the first Tuesday of each month. That’s when Willamette Writers, the largest writing organization in the state, holds its month meeting. I head down early on those days […]

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A MILLENNIAL EAGLE IN THE SKY

Score For Boomer Music…Again. Wednesday night the Eagles played the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon. Rock Royalty came to town to play the hits from a long career, but they are a different breed than most royals. First off, they’re not English, so they could care less about royalty. The Rolling […]

Boomer Blogger

via David Gillaspie

VENTURE PORTLAND, A HUG FOR THE CITY

More Than Business As Usual For 36 Districts. Portland began with an 1845 coin flip. At least that’s the official story. But Portland was Portland before two Easties, one from Portland Maine, the other from Boston, made their call. The clearing that became Portland was already an early business district for tribal trade. A land […]

Over This Way.

A WEEK OF SEARCHING FOR HERE

What Brought Blog Fans To Boomerpdx? Like tea leaves in a cup, a blogger’s future rests on patterns. Search patterns Instead of Oolong, it’s Google. No credit given, or taken, for spelling.

Easy, take it easy. Be gentle, the internet is fragile. via saigoneer.com

THE LAST GENERATION (before the internet)

The Moment Of Internet Conception. Being the last of anything signals a changing of the guard, but the last generation before the internet? Is this special? It’s not the last Civil War, or WWI, veteran. It’s not the last generation before electric lights. If baby boomers are the last generation before the internet, then we’re […]

Part Of Portland Culture via movingtoportland.net

PORTLAND, WHERE THE DREAM OF AMERICA STILL LIVES

The hit show Portlandia tells America where the dream of the 90’s still lives, but why stop there? Why not the Portland where the dream of the 60’s still floats in the air? Better yet: Portland, where the dream of the 70’s never died. The 60’s work better because it was the first time an […]

Sports

via David Gillaspie

USE SPORTS EARLY TO CURB ABUSE LATER

But Which Sport? Early sportswriters didn’t write about sports as we know them. Those were desperate times of high mortality. Humans didn’t seem as far up the food chain then. If we believe wiki, sprinting and wrestling made it onto the first sports page/cave painting 17,000 years ago. Say, “for your life,” after each sport […]

via David Gillaspie

A BOOMER DADDY TALK FOR ADRIAN PETERSON

A Walk In The Woods Full Of Switches. My name is David and I’m a father ¬†Adrian Peterson is a father also. Me and Adrian.¬†He’s got sons, I’ve got sons. After that we’re not much alike as parents, and the news on Peterson gets worse. First he’s up on charges for caning a four year […]

Chef Hercules Prepares The Next Pre-game Meal. via David Gillaspie

A CLASSIC OREGON DUCK EXPLOSION

Oregon vs Michigan State Had A Familiar Feel. Football has so many gut references it’s no wonder fans gorge like there’s no tomorrow on game days. A couple of the gut basics: Punch in the gut. When the offense runs through the defense on an important drive. Gut check? That’s what a team does after […]

"Hey Man, See You In Philadelphia. It's Great There." via zimbio

OREGON DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE

No matter how the Oregon Ducks’ football season turns out this year, I’m making a request for next year. It’s not too early, not after watching Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota’s 2014 debut where he showed us what to expect from a focus player. Mariota isn’t the only good Duck. The media makes it sound that […]