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LONESOME VALLEY? WALK IT BY MYSELF? WHAAAT?

  The Carter Family has a map of the lonesome valley. Everybody knows the way on the lonesome valley. Your mother’s gonna walk it. Your daddy’s gonna walk it. Those sinners got to walk it. And they all walk it alone. That’s what the Carter Family says. Everybody’s got to walk this lonesome valley We’ve […]

LUMINEERS PLAY PORTLAND

Once you’ve seen a Lumineers concert your baby boomer brain starts working. It might happen with others, too. If so, leave a comment. Are the players in Lumineers channeling their inner Grateful Dead? Phish? Who do they sound like? At some point all bands share a common note, a thread of recognition. Then they played […]

HOW NOT TO PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD

It started with two drunk men on the second shuffleboard. “It don’t matter. How can you not get that?” When you hear drunk guys asking emphatic questions, stand back. “Okay. You’re okay. Let’s play.” When one of them is agitated and the other just wants to play shuffleboard, that table is set for bad news. […]

HEMP HYPE FROM A GANJA GANGSTER

What Is Hemp Hype? The Oregonian showed up with a front page above the fold image of someone about to roll a pile of weed into a single zigzag sheet. It’s an inflammatory image geared to race the hearts of the anti-hemp crowd. Baby boomers know this scene. They’ve either lived it or left the […]

Boomer College. Smart, Smarter, and You

When old dropouts run out of excuses. Baby Boomers return to college to ‘Close Old Chapters.’ Or, ‘Open New Horizons.’ Most of all they’re tired of hearing about it. Any resolution from ‘Move Forward With My Life’ to ‘Finish Unfinished Business’ means the same thing: show up and finish. Returning Boomer wants to finish what they started, […]

JOE QUEENAN’S KIDS AND YOUR KIDS

When it comes to helping millennials move out on their own, ask Joe Queenan how it’s done. He writes in the Wall Street Journal: “A large part of the problem is that young adults (millennials are 18 to 31 years old) don’t hate their parents the way baby boomers hated theirs; a lot of us […]

BOOMER ROOTS

MAKE A TRIBE OR JOIN ONE AND IT’S YOURS You don’t need to register to belong. No forms to fill out. Go to your tribe convention? Get a tribe tattoo? Maybe a piercing for tribe jewelry? No extra blood-letting required. That covers most Portland baby boomers with enough tats and holes they weren’t born with, but […]