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OREGON HISTORY, EXCITING AND DEADLY FROM THE BEGINNING

Don’t mistake real Oregon History for polite/academic Oregon History The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. This is the sort of Oregon history you get from Wiki. It’s nice and […]

KEN KESEY, SOMETIMES A GREAT OREGON IN KERNVILLE

Kernville house for Ken Kesey’s Sometimes A Great Notion In some parts of America I balk at driving the back roads. I drive on, but carefully. Those roads show more about a shared history if you look hard enough. The Siletz Highway, OR 229 headed east off of 101 north of Depoe Bay, is one […]

DEVILS PUNCH BOWL HAM HOCK STIRS IN OREGON FLAVOR

From the top of Otter Crest Loop looking south to Devils Punch Bowl Newport lies further south, Depoe Bay a little north. Oregon tourists need to feel a part of the big show to get the most out of their trip. Climb a mountain. Run a Hood To Coast. Stand in the Devils Punch Bowl […]

WOODEN BOATS, EARTH DAY, DEPOE BAY, OREGON CRAB. AND BEER

What do you call fooling around with wooden boats? Fun. That’s what Ratty says: “There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or […]

PORTLAND OREGON BLOG MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

Who reads posts and comments on a Portland Oregon blog? The weird thing about writing online is the reach. From literally around the world, readers find blogs like boomerpdx. They come in on a variety of devices, operating systems, and browsers. It’s amazing how anyone finds anything in their own house, but finding a blog […]

SAVE OREGON, MOVE TO PORTLAND

Moving to Portland for the food and music? Or to save Oregon? It’s not Austin, Texas, but you’re heading the right direction. The Southwest here is a part of town, not part of the country. Food cart walk ups, innovative menus, and don’t forget the river. Without the Willamette River what would Portland be? It […]

THE REAL WESTERN AMERICA OUT HERE IN OREGON

The real Western America isn’t Texas or California Readers around the world see the American west through movies. From John Wayne in his cowboy costume, to private eye Jack Nicholson in LA’s Chinatown, to policeman Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry franchise, they view the west through a distorted lens. Forget about the red rocks of Colorado, […]

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 […]

BEAVERTON, PORTLAND’S EASTSIDE FOR ADULTS

  Beaverton sees Portland as a necessity of suburban life. They need a city nearby But it doesn’t work the other way around. Portland sees Beaverton in the same lot as Tigard, Lake Oswego, Gresham, even Vancouver. Suburbs feeding off the urban tube. You can defend any town, but a suburb takes more thought. Start […]

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 […]