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COMFORT ZONE AND BIG SNAKES? GET. OUT.

      If you’ve ever seen a snake wrangler in their comfort zone, they probably don’t look like this. There I was in a lovely Santa Monica apartment with nice people in Los Angeles.   They seemed like nice people, then I saw the snake in a cage.   “Do you like snakes?” someone […]

ROLLING STONE AND PLAYBOY BOTH DIED IN 1980. WHO NOTICED?

  Growing up in the shadow of the sixties, I turned sixteen in 1970, two magazines ruled the media rack: Rolling Stone and Playboy.   Ten years later in 1980 two icons from each were murdered. John Lennon and Dorothy Stratten were both shot down in tragic style.   Rolling Stone and Playboy did a […]

Man Married At Age Thirty One Sees Image Thirty One Years Later

    The saying ‘Like a deer in the headlights’ must have been coined at a wedding. My wedding.   Things changed that day.   We’re going through a phase, call it the non-hoarding phase, and this came up in an album.

Way Back When Turning Thirty Was Old Age

    I asked a fifty year old man what turning thirty really meant. I was twenty nine at the time.   He said, “It’s easier wearing a shirt and tie without feeling like a fraud.”   Fraud? That’s it? Shirt and tie?   Way back when turning thirty was old age I asked old […]

Men’s Poll Question: Your Wife’s Old ‘Friend’ Calls To Catch Up?

What’s the best approach is the question of the boomerpdx Men’s Poll Question?   When one of your wife’s college day boyfriends calls to catch up after a couple of decades, and she tells you about it, then what?   MAN #1   I wouldn’t think the question would ever come up since my wife […]

NO KITTY GENOVESE FOR YOU

Would an Oregonian save Kitty Genovese? A few years back a little boy in Portland, Oregon was accidentally left on a train platform. He made it home safely with his dad. A young woman stayed with him until his father returned, just a bystander who saw what happened and took time to care. Those few minutes ended happily; it […]

FAILING MEMORIES, ENHANCED THOUGHT, BOOMER BRAIN

Failing memories include a list of golden moments that show up online more often than it should. They’re supposed to invoke a better time, but for the wrong reasons. Someone needs to set it straight, but who? Could be you if you saw the television shows first hand, been alive for events, and remember. The […]

WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKED LIKE TO NEW PARENTS

  New families are the future of life on earth? Agree? Who doesn’t hope such a broad statement is true with kids in the house? Instead of feeling trapped by the needs of someone other than yourself, feel the power. Do it right and they grow up to make the sort of decisions that promote […]

FAT SHAME, FIT SHAME, SHAME SHAME

From one side of the health debate to the other there’s no shortage of shamers. A forty year old man, six feet tall, weighing 186 lbs wore a sauna belt. In a sauna. With men and women. He was after those excess three pounds that showed up the day before. Did he understand the shame […]

FATHERS DAY MILLENNIALS LEARN THE ROPES FROM OLD DADS

Fathers Day millennials start with a walk in the forest. The Oregon Forest. Dark, green, and deep. The ‘find a park’ map is dotted nearly solid around here. This forest stuff is all over the place. But it is Oregon, you expect trees. What you also expect is no snakes, bugs, bats, or wild animals […]