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SEATTLE WORKS HARD FOR THE TOP SPOT

    A money man gave me the short history of how important places draw the right people to them, how they work. In the emerging Industrial Revolution world London was the center of the universe. Anyone with dreams and aspirations of being somebody, of one day being The Man, moved to London. Things changed […]

SEATTLE, WHERE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BEGINS

  Few artists could paint a picture of Seattle that looks like Portland, but the comparisons never end. Get on the whine line and listen. Seattle traffic, Seattle housing, Seattle expansion. Look down the road and hear the same thing about Portland traffic, Portland housing, Portland expansion. Although more cites across America lay claim as […]

SHUT UP AND EAT: SOUTH PHILLY VIA SE PORTLAND

Geno’s or Pat’s? Or Shut Up And Eat? This cheesesteak. Or that cheesesteak. My readers know the value of cheesesteak. If I hear about a place from a reliable source, I’m there. Same for an unreliable source.

DEPORTED IN PORTLAND: MEDICAL TOURISM VIA TIGARD AND BEAVERTON

If you need to be tough, but are a secret wussy man, bring the right back up. I brought Jason Witten to get deported in Portland. Not too many tougher than that. Together we deported in Portland; both of us on just this side of crazy celebration, yet calm.

HAWTHORNE GOLD, PORTLAND BLUES, THE QUEEN

At just the right time of day the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Oregon gives up the goods. Panning for gold? Here it is during the Golden Hour. You can’t take it home, or invest, but you can put it away in case you need something extra. And who doesn’t need something extra now and then? […]

WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL OR BOOT CAMP

Five days of blues is a commitment. I signed to defend the blues by water. The Waterfront Blues Festival has nice river seating. For boats. The rest of us land locked fans see the blues flotilla as background, a tangled background combined with the Tillicum, Marquam, and Ross Island Bridges crossing their lines. When the […]

PERFECT PORTLAND BLUES NIGHT IN GOOSE CRAP

The perfect Portland Blues Festival is a camp out, a short-term camp out. Not the rainbow people gathered in eastern Oregon these campers come equipped for one day, no night. But they’re still campers staking territory, pioneers on their land claim. That’s what it felt like when I rolled out a king sized bed spread, […]

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 […]