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INSULTING ENVIRONMENT CLOSES ROADS, MINDS

  Keep an open mind to insulting environment. Global warming, from either man-made pollution, or natural cycle of atmospheric anomalies and melting ice-caps, is still about the environment. You can’t hide from that old environment. It’s all over the place; we all share that one. And we’ll share the insulting environment after it changes. Whether […]

KITCHEN TABLE BEER TRAVEL: OREGON TO GERMANY

  Beer travel starts at John’s Market in Multnomah. Culturally aware types emphasize art and architecture for reasons to travel. They love the history, the land, the people. And they can’t stop talking about all the new stuff they learn. If it’s someone you know, you listen like you’re not hearing an endless variation of […]

PORTLAND MOVE REVIEW: WHERE TO LOOK

Things look different before a Portland move. The Portland move is actually a move to Portland, not the Portland of California, the Portland of the midwest, or the Portland of the South. Call it the Portland of Portland. But where do you start with someone else in the car planning a Portland move?

THOMAS WOLFE PACK PART 2

The rest of Thomas Wolfe pack part 2 begins with big shoes to fill. (Click here for Wolfe Pack One.) How big? Wolfe was six feet six inches. He didn’t prance around in ballet slippers. His sleds probably rolled to size fourteen or fifteen. Like a forty inch waist in mid-life, and shopping at the […]

CATCH PORTLAND FEVER

Once you catch Portland Fever you’re doomed. Drug stores don’t advertise shots in case you catch Portland Fever. It’s not shingles, pneumonia, or the flu. On the other hand it’s not polio, malaria, of tuberculosis. While not fatal, if you do catch Portland Fever, your life is ruined. After a few years in Portland, maybe […]

PORTLAND FEVER CHILL TONIC

What Would Tom McCall do about Portland Fever? Portland, Oregon, more than a map point, destination, or cultural reference, is an infection. And it’s spreading. Once you catch Portland Fever, you see Portland everywhere. Pop a craft beer in the middle of no where and it’s The Portland of No Where. People who’ve never been […]

THOMAS WOLFE PACK ON THE PORCH

If you don’t live in a state with a celebrated novelist, go to North Carolina and Thomas Wolfe. This is dark suited Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward Angel, not white suited Tom Wolfe, author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Same neighborhood, North Carolina and Virginia, but different eras. That Thomas Wolfe was such […]

OREGON LOVE IN THE DISTRICT

Reluctant traveler finds Oregon love on the road. The best part of traveling to the other side of North America is answering the question, “Where are you from.” The easy answer is, “Oregon.” The one that gets across is, “Portland, Oregon.” Saying anything else needs explaining, like Tigard, but since I get mail marked Portland, […]

BATHROOM RIGHTS GONE WRONG

Bathroom rights #1: Don’t fall in. North Carolina gets heat for its bathroom rights law. They lose visitors like Bruce Springsteen and events like the NBA All Star Game. No one wants anyone’s rights violated, and neither does BoomerPdx, but a scheduled trip with no refunds is a trip to take. Big money people can […]

NEW IMPORT FOR OREGON BEER FANS

Wicked Weed, Asheville, NC, for Oregon beer fans. Name a better brand for Oregon beer fans than Wicked Weed. All things considered, it’s perfect. To make it even better, Wicked Weed Brewing makes great beer, one in particular. You won’t turn into one, but Freak of Nature rises to the top of my road beer […]