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BLANKET PARTY MANNERS MADE FRED WHITE ARMY STRONG

Blanket party invitation? Don’t go.

The guest of honor at a blanket honor is usually a surprise.

At least for them.

Everyone else knows who’s who and what to do.

After attending one, you may want to skip, or break the next one up.

The good thing about a blanket party is the inclusiveness.

Everyone gets to participate.

All races, all colors, all nationalities, all religions, all creeds, the works.

The unspoken rule is sit out and you are suspect.

If you don’t show up for a blanket party, yours might be next. [Read More…]

ARMY STRONG? FRED WHITE WAS BORN READY

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You might be Army Strong, but not from the start.

Step off the bus at the Army Receiving Station and you notice those around you.

Showing up in the dark leaves lots to see.

These are your people, the ones you’ll bond with, stay in touch with the rest of your life, and plan those big reunions when you get old.

Except it didn’t work out like that.

It never does with replacements and fill-ins, and those are the people you showed up with.

Who knew? [Read More…]

SUBURBAN DAD DEATH: THE TIMES, THE TOWNS, THE TEAMS

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Explaining suburban dad death to suburban kids

Get married, have kids, and if they’re athletes you’ll see every town within thirty miles.

The Canby Cougar will bite you.

Get ready to be mauled by a Tualatin Timberwolf.

Run from the Newberg Tiger.

Every town’s mascot sounds fierce until suburban dad death shows up.

Then you need to ask, “is one town that much different than the rest?” [Read More…]

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OREGON COAST, EARTH SCIENCE, MO’S WEST ON DAY AFTER EARTH DAY

Oregon coast part of living planet until it drops on you Earth science is easier at the Oregon coast. See the sideways tree? They don’t grow sideways on purpose. Something happened. Less theory, more practical evidence. We departed early Sunday and drove North to Newport. The first site has exposures of the early Miocene Nye […]

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

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 […]

HISTORIC MICHIE TAVERN IN VIRGINIA FOR LUNCH HISTORY

Did Thomas Jefferson have a favorite tavern? If he did, and he was a good neighbor, it would have been the Michie Tavern. Not far from his home, Monticello, Michie Tavern was right there at the bottom of the hill. Except it was moved from miles away, which doesn’t mean it wasn’t a favorite watering […]

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BABY BOOMER LIFE QUIZ FOR NOSY MILLENNIALS

Ask your parents about these life quiz situations   Life Quiz 1 Ever made to sit at the childhood dinner table until you finished everything on your plate…or fell asleep in shame? If a millennial asks their parents, and mom and dad say, “No, of course not. We weren’t raised in a gulag,” do a […]

INVENTIONS FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO AMERICA

Sharing with ancient China didn’t begin here. China invented paper money. Did they invent the safe soon after? Why don’t we hear more bank robbery stories from China? From ozy.com: Moving two tons of red stuff — Communist China adorns scarlet notes with a likeness of Mao Zedong — was hardly a one-man job, and […]

DURABLE PORTLAND CAST IRON FINDS

    Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.

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PORTLAND OREGON BLOG MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

Who reads posts and comments on a Portland Oregon blog? The weird thing about writing online is the reach. From literally around the world, readers find blogs like boomerpdx. They come in on a variety of devices, operating systems, and browsers. It’s amazing how anyone finds anything in their own house, but finding a blog […]

BAD TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SECRETS REVEALED

Find the right cluster of furniture piled behind a steel fence. If it carries an association with a famous author, all the better. Frame it in and push the button. All done, right? Photography secrets are in plain sight in this example. The fence distorts the view. The frame’s too small to read anything. It […]

ASPIRATIONAL EDUCATION GOAL CALLED THE 40-40-20 PLAN, NOT 420

  40-40-20 Plan called an Aspirational Goal, like a wish list From The Oregonian in 2012: 40 percent of the state’s adults with four-year college degrees, 40 percent with two-year degrees or the equivalent, and the remaining 20 percent with high school degrees. It would be an impressive advance, since the four-year number is now […]

MAKING SENSE TO UNRELATED MILLENNIALS

    If you can talk to your kids, will unrelated millennials listen too? You could tell he was a good guy with good manners. He answered easy questions, but still added value. Twenty four, lives at home, looking for a job. And all you asked was his age? This is part of the millennial […]

HOW TO FIND THE 18-34 DEMOGRAPHIC, aka MILLENNIALS

    What to do if they find you?   Turns out the new greatest generation visits BoomerPdx Choice more often than anyone else. Call me surprised, but not really. Those are my people, the people boomers created for the most part. How can you not love that? Baby Boomers grew up with one major […]

HOW TO EXPLAIN BOOMERPDX: PICTURE OF PIE, AND PIE

  If someone asks what you’ve been reading lately, explain Boomerpdx like this:   You’ve been reading a single author blog with over a thousand posts. Eight categories organize the posts. Why eight? In honor of Troy Aikman and Marcus Mariotta, of course. Boomer Up, all twenty four pages, includes either boomers stepping up, or […]

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