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OREGON v ARIZONA PT 1: STATE FACE OFF SERIES

Despite news fakery to the contrary, the sun does shine in Oregon. It’s an elusive beam natives flock to like mosquitoes to a zapper. Not the same in Arizona where people hide in shade half the year, and no mosquitoes. The trade off is a raincoat or sunscreen, the smart gear every Snowbird packs in […]

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DEFINES SHADOW AND LIGHT IN ARIZONA

Look to Frank Lloyd Wright when the world grows too tight. Mr. Wright didn’t plan for jet contrails to cross over his compound in Arizona, did he? If heaven makes plans, and he gets a say, it couldn’t have worked out better during an inspection tour of Taliesin West.  Why else would the white lines in […]

PEARL TAVERN, JOEY HARRINGTON, GERDING THEATER

What makes a baby boomer date night better than the Pearl Tavern, Joey Harrington, and a play at the Gerding Theater? Not much. At least you’ll start out knowing one of the three is a good bet. All boomers love looking back and remembering the good old days. Since we already see Joey Harrington in […]

PORTLAND MOVEABLE FEAST: COMMUNITY

    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Would Hemingway say the same about a Portland moveable feast? He would if he booked Eastburn for dinner. Try […]

OVER-POPULATED PORTLAND? STOP COMPLAINING

    Just blame the Doug Fir Lounge, Tevor Sensor, and The Family Crest. Feeling better? You will. In a furnace showcase for a venue ten times the size, The Family Crest torched East Burnside from the Doug Fir Lounge. They added a new twist to performance art in their show. Trombone, cello, violin, and […]

LIFE REBOOT IN OREGON STARTS WITH A COLD SHOWER

      Finding water for an Oregon life reboot cold shower is not problem. Fourth biggest river, rains half a year, and this stuff cascading down cliffs. If you need a life reboot, be chill.

GREAT WRITERS ON GREAT LAKE TAHOE FIND THEIR VOICE

  “To breathe the same air as the angels, you must go to Tahoe” -Mark Twain Emerald Bay, CA side   That’s how it feels on the wild side in the time of Twain. Readers will have a much deeper appreciation for Mark Twain and the Lake Tahoe region, a place where he found his […]

BEST SELF HELP? DRIVE PORTLAND TO LAKE TAHOE

  If you need the best self help run in America, take a drive I hear you asking now, “But, Dave, where do we go?” Not Europe. Save that for family and get blamed for museum and cathedral nightmares. For this episode of Get Lost, you only need two words: Lake. Tahoe. Or three words: […]

OREGON NIGHT LIGHT NECKLACE FOR CAUTIOUS SEA CAPTAINS, AND YOU

One picture doesn’t do the Oregon Night Light Necklace justice But here it is according to a State Park sign. Click the pics for full size. It’s a cool light house map on a big screen. Now imagine yourself on a wooden sailboat exploring another poorly mapped coast line. Another chance to crash on the […]

OREGON HISTORY, EXCITING AND DEADLY FROM THE BEGINNING

Don’t mistake real Oregon History for polite/academic Oregon History The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. This is the sort of Oregon history you get from Wiki. It’s nice and […]