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BAD TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY SECRETS REVEALED

Find the right cluster of furniture piled behind a steel fence. If it carries an association with a famous author, all the better. Frame it in and push the button. All done, right? Photography secrets are in plain sight in this example. The fence distorts the view. The frame’s too small to read anything. It […]

BILTMORE: BIG MONEY BUILDS A BIG HOUSE

    Sneaking up on the big Biltmore House The first question is appearance. Not the house, you. What do you wear if you’re visiting the biggest privately owned house in America? This isn’t Disneyland and Sleeping Beauty Castle, so shorts and flip flops aren’t good enough? If that’s true, you’ll find dress code violations […]

ONE POINT LOSS ENDS OREGON DUCK SEASON

    The last game of the year turns Oregon Duck season sour at Final Four Get to the Final Four and lose, and you’re a loser. Get to the championship game and lose? You’re still a loser. If you don’t defend your championship the next season you’re a loser. See how often you can […]

OREGON vs CAROLINA FINAL FOUR: THE CITIES

    Sports show off the cities when teams meet on the biggest stage. And who doesn’t like learning about new places? A game like an Oregon vs Carolina Final Four gives fans a chance to play Would You Rather. Would you rather live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or live in Eugene, Oregon? A […]

JORDAN BELL: OREGON DUCKS’ BILL RUSSELL

  6’9″ Jordan Bell, same size as Bill Russell. Wiki quote from Bill Russell: “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.” Either Kansas had a bad shooting night, or Jordan Bell had a great game. (Bell’s Elite Eight stat line: […]

LOOK HOMEWARD HILLBILLY ANGEL, LOOK HARD

What does a hillbilly see when they look homeward?   From all appearances I’m not the only blogger with a Thomas Wolfe fixation. Yet anyone who takes the time to look homeward as an adult, especially an adult writer with a Thomas Wolfe problem, sees the past in new light. Hard reading does that, which […]

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 […]

NEUTRAL BIAS BEER TASTER

A Beer Taster needs a clear palate, a neutral bias. If you agree a good beer, a great beer, is equal to the breath of life, then how can you tell if someone explaining a new beer shares your view? The breath of life part comes from CPR and the first puff of air you […]

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 […]

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 […]