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SENIOR TRAVELER, DOLLAR RENT A CAR ANGEL, AND BOOMERPDX

Senior traveler gets an assist from Dollar Rent A Car agent. If you’re a senior citizen, or traveled with seniors, you know how it works. Caution is the word of the day. Air travel makes your feet swell. Maybe your entire leg. The airplane bathroom seems like a mile away. Lifting carry on bags into […]

PORTLAND CELEBRATION SUNDAY

Make Portland Celebration Sunday every Sunday in Portland. Kris Krisofferson wrote a song for Portland Celebration Sunday. It probably works in other cities, too, but BoomerPdx likes Portland. On a Sunday morning sidewalk I’m wishing Lord that I was stoned ‘Cause there’s something in a Sunday That makes a body feel alone. And there’s nothin’ […]

DESTINATION PORTLAND

Once you move out, the city becomes a backdrop for Destination Portland. Oregonlive posted the story 9 Legit Reasons To Leave Portland For The Suburbs. Like millions of stories to stay in the Rose City, there’s just as many for leaving. The more questions you ask people about leaving Portland, the more you realize no […]

THE PORTLAND RIVIERA ON NORTH MISSISSIPPI

Is there such a thing as the Portland Riviera? When you hear the words French Riviera what comes to mind? Movie stars? Warm, sandy, beaches? France? How about the Spanish Riviera? It’s in the same neighborhood, same water, as the French Riviera, but not as famous. These two Rivieras don’t have signs designated at ‘clothing […]

YOU KNOW YOU MADE A WRONG TURN WHEN…

How often do we get warnings when we make the wrong turn? The #oregonstandoff took a wrong turn or two in the past month, but they’re not alone. How to respond when you learn a wrong turn could be a life saver? A wrong turn happens on foot, in cars, relationships. When things go wrong, […]

WHEN THE WRITTEN WORD IS? STOP SIGN

True story of the STOP sign: In three days I was stopped for two tickets on the road I drive every day. Every day. Same road. Three blocks apart. The first time it was cruising a stop sign. Got lit up. Pulled over. The officer looked like a frightened seventeen year old, like we’d all […]

DESERT RAIN

A poem in desert rain. Desert Rain From ice to sand the flight landed in coulds so thick the rain sounded like dirt shoveled against a window with a big shovel. All of my sun clothes stay packed until the missing weatherman crawls out of his hole and changes desert rains  to dry desert plains

PORTLAND ARCHES PORTLAND ALLEYS

Nothing says Christmas like Portland arches Portland alleys. Christmas in Old Town Portland reminds visitors of a past era. It’s not a jail, just ironwork, and Old Town Portland arches, Portland alleys is full of cast iron architecture. That’s the stuff that falls on your head during an earthquake. Iron arches covered in brick keeps […]

NYC SUBWAY CHRISTMAS FAIL

Overheard in the mall. “One Christmas fail made me frightened to ride the subway.” I borrowed a suit from a friend, sky blue, for the office Christmas party that turned into the biggest Christmas fail. The only reason it doesn’t count is I wasn’t married or had kids or lived at home. It was me […]

PORTLAND/GRESHAM SANTACON RUMBLE

If you’ve got friends who give you a Santa suit as a present, then ask you to go to SantaCon with them, there’s only one answer. Stall. When they ask the next year, stall again. If they ask to ‘borrow’ the Santa coat for someone else, then you have to go. This years real SantaCon […]