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LEARNING FROM WHERE YOU LIVE, PT2: BABY BOOMER ERA

    The baby boomer era state of mind.   What is there to learn from the baby boomer era? Every passing year the nostalgia grows stronger, but that doesn’t change history. Consider the boomer time line from 1946-1964. The oldest boomers were twenty year olds in 1966. The youngest were twenty in 1984. My […]

LEARNING FROM WHERE YOU LIVE, PT.1: NORTH BEND

    Ask the North Bend question. In a reflective moment that soon passed, I asked my Dad which of us grew up in a rougher town. I felt certain he’d say his town, Ryderwood. Ryderwood was a logging camp town, a company town with a company store. The one thing all logging company towns […]

6 STEPS OF EUROPEAN TRAVEL AFTER THE FIRST STEP

  Step One: Admit you’ve been bored to death since your last trip.   You miss making connections, new train stations, airports. The miracle of being on time. Like a caged animal, your travel bug paces. Every Sunday it rattles the gate. That’s when Rick Steves shows up. With a dish. Travel bugs feast on […]

2 PROBLEMS WITH THIRD PARTY HOTEL BOOKING

    Hotel booking in Los Angeles is easy. Fly in for sun and fun, then…   What’s not to love about an LA trip. You’ve got the weather, the beaches, the beach town. Don’t forget the palm trees. Palm tree lined streets just scream LA in a a touristy way. For the locals it’s […]

PORTLAND SUCKS? TELL US MORE ABOUT THOSE FEELINGS

Say Portland sucks and you might be right, but why ruin it for the rest of us.   If Portland sucks for you, that may be just the tip of your iceberg. Blame the city for what? Your attitude, your entitlement, your butt-hurt life? Why not? You don’t know what you want and it bugs […]

ASTORIA BOOKS, ASTORIA DOCUMENTARY, ASTORIA PLAY

Call it Little Big Astoria?   No one doubts the importance of Astoria in Oregon history. Little Big Astoria looms in the imagination from early sea captains challenging the Columbia Bar, to Lewis and Clark showing up overland, to today. The fish packing, lumber mills, and ebb and flow of new people keep Astoria current. […]

WHERE IS TOO FAR? YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE

Trust only those who’ve gone too far. And come back.   Does it hurt to fall down? If you’ve never had the experience you could say falling looks painful. So does the getting back up part after falling. Whether falling down on the ground, falling down on the job, or falling down on the family, […]

TWO MARRIED GUYS MAP DATE LIFE

What else would two married guys do? The beauty of public transportation comes with the people you meet. Two old men waited at a Portland bus stop. Late afternoon drizzle fell on the city through fading light. The sun made little effort to split the clouds over the Willamette River. Man 1: It felt like […]

LONESOME VALLEY? WALK IT BY MYSELF? WHAAAT?

  The Carter Family has a map of the lonesome valley. Everybody knows the way on the lonesome valley. Your mother’s gonna walk it. Your daddy’s gonna walk it. Those sinners got to walk it. And they all walk it alone. That’s what the Carter Family says. Everybody’s got to walk this lonesome valley We’ve […]

BUNKUM STONE FINALLY DEBUNKED BY LOAD OF BUNK

Good luck and gifts of Bunkum Stone? ‘Tis the Season to talk it out. The gift of ‘loquacity?’ Gift? The incessant jabbering of the loquacious is a gift, not the reason earplugs were invented? Now you know. Now you know even more. From dictionary.com: Word Origin and History for loquacity n. c.1200, from Latin loquacitatem […]