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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 […]

MOST HISTORIC LUNCH COUNTER IN AMERICA

When you claim your place it becomes an historic lunch counter. This historic lunch counter is big history, and big history goes into the Smithsonian. The American History section shows the Greensboro historic lunch counter in its full glory. Put yourself in the same place and wonder what you’d do.

HISTORY ROAD CHALLENGES FROM BOOMERPDX

The current state of history road challenges. Westies, people living beyond the Mississippi, and beyond the Great Divide in the Rockies, live with problems of modern America, along with the rash of chain stores you can’t escape. If a town like Staunton, Virginia, like most towns in Virginia, have centuries of history behind them, why […]

FIRE ON THE CAROLINA MOUNTAIN

A sunset walk on Sunset Trail, and Marshall Tucker. Fire on the mountain Lightning in the air Gold in them hills Waiting for me there