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ROSE FESTIVAL BAR FLY RULES

The Rose Festival Parade Always Starts With The Right Intentions. If the sun’s out on parade day, Portland looks better than ever. Big Pink grows out of yellowed brick if you find the right parking place. The right parking place for Rose Festival is a big deal. Park in the wrong place and you get […]

BOOMER TRAVEL: GO IT ALONE?

The Benefits Of Single Boomer Travel Are Many, Even If You’re Married? Good reasons to travel as a couple include shared experience above all. There’s a bond that occurs between a husband and wife traveling together. Pictures and video don’t tell the story. Neither does a diary or a narrative recounting. The glee and spirit […]

PORTLAND: THE FOG OF HISTORY

Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey. From the street under your feet to the places you walk by everyday, the untold story unfolds. Except you never see it. We live in the moment. Moving from one place to another is our goal, and it’s enough. But it’s not enough for everyone. It’s not enough for […]

HOW TO WIN THE STARLIGHT PARADE

Answer 5 Questions To Win The Starlight Parade From The Suburbs. 1. You traveled to the Starlight Parade by: A. Bus, of course. I live my life by Tri-met. My vacations are all Tri-met vacations. Nothing beats a Tri-met schedule. We all feel the same here. B. Drove to the train. I enjoy public transportation […]

BECK’S IN PORTLAND BEER CITY

A Euro-problem For Portland Beer? Or Just Me. In the beginning there was Blitz, the baby boomer’s original Portland beer. You can still see the remains of that other urban brewery around NW 12th and Burnside’s Brewery Blocks. It’s a nice re-use of an area instead of complete tear down. What isn’t around is the […]

PORTLAND’S EASTSIDE ALIVE

An Outsider Guide To Portland’s Eastside ‘Neighbourhood.’ When Virgin Atlantic blogs about your city expect a few things to be off. Not wrong exactly, just not quite the same as it looks. Portland’s eastside has an Artisan Quarter. Artisan? Quarter? I’ve heard Paris has a French Quarter but this is the first I’ve heard of […]

PORTLAND BEER HUNT

Portland Beer Of The Year Starts Here. Do you see a beer sign? A brewery sign? Anything that says beer is near? It’s not an accident. Once you park your car it’s still a mystery. To help out, this place in across the street, maybe two streets, from the Rose Garden, Modo Center, Memorial Coliseum. […]

EXPLAINING PORTLAND ON THE ROAD

Once you leave Oregon and meet others in your travels they’ll ask where you’re from. When you say Portland, two things happen. 1. The questioner takes a deep breath. 2. They smile. To outsiders Portland is magic. It’s Portlandia, the Portland Building, Bridge City. It’s hipsters, craft beer, coffee. It’s food carts, vintage clothes, Powells […]

THE OREGON SECRET, part 1

Finally Exposed: Portland Street Car Suspicions… Read the transportation editorial on the Oregonian’s Opinion front page, the sort of benchmark work a newspaper of record addresses online and hard copy. In other words, try and stay awake. No thwarted world terror plans to reflect on. No national shootings of note. Just an honest request to […]

BABY BOOMER MISSION CREEP: AIR TRAVEL

You Know How To Tell Time, So Does The Airport. Air travel asks one thing: Can you be on time? Successful travel is that easy, and that complicated. After an extended road trip in a rental car you don’t want to miss the plane home. Who knows what happens if you miss that flight, but […]