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THE ELEVEN TIGERS OF 6A FOOTBALL

The 6A Football Semi-Final. “Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.” That was Grantland Rice in 1924 writing about college football. “In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of […]

PORTLAND, BOOMER PORTLAND

BoomerPdx contributor Paul M. says visit Boomer Portland, but be aware. (Editorial comments in italics.) Traditions aren’t always convenient, but once you make them, keep them. Sharing traditions with others makes them strong. Living near Boomer Portland helps. From Paul: Last night, Friday 11/11/2016, was ‘neighbor dinner’ night, an event we try and make happen […]

PORTLAND MOVE REVIEW: WHERE TO LOOK

Things look different before a Portland move. The Portland move is actually a move to Portland, not the Portland of California, the Portland of the midwest, or the Portland of the South. Call it the Portland of Portland. But where do you start with someone else in the car planning a Portland move?

TIGARD LIBRARY LAST RETURN

Tigard Library fans? One of the biggest just checked out. Thomas Jefferson said he couldn’t live without books. Life without books? TJ sold his library to Congress after a bad fire. Turns out America couldn’t live without a Library of Congress, couldn’t live without books, like Jefferson. Joan Hensey couldn’t live without books, either; she […]

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MOTHERS IN LAW DRINK

At Tigard’s Tapphoria good things happen when mothers in law drink. The first time I met the lady in white she was fifty years old and climbing out of ’69 Mustang fastback. Wearing black leather. Could have been Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullet. She and her second husband drove up from LA to see her […]

OREGON LOVE IN THE DISTRICT

Reluctant traveler finds Oregon love on the road. The best part of traveling to the other side of North America is answering the question, “Where are you from.” The easy answer is, “Oregon.” The one that gets across is, “Portland, Oregon.” Saying anything else needs explaining, like Tigard, but since I get mail marked Portland, […]

PORTLAND TAPROOMS: NINE COMMANDMENTS

A cry for beer opened Portland taprooms, but suburban taprooms like Tigard’s Tapphoria make our day. An ocean of new beer flooded Oregon in the 1980’s. The original Portland Brewing next to the old Acapulco’s Gold on NW 14th and Flanders was enough to make beer lovers cry. Then things changed when small batch beer […]

TIGARD POLICE EVENT AFTERMATH

From the bloodless Tigard Police event. I stopped in the local market for a few cold Beck’s Bombers. A Tigard police rig sat in the parking lot. Should I stop, or should I go. I stopped. I stopped in, bought a few Beck’s Bombers since my regular place had a few warm ones last time, […]

TIGARD POLICE EVENT: NEIGHBOR RELATIONS, PT3

Are you good at neighbor relations? Want to be better? After talking to the Tigard police and the woman who owns the house the Tigard police event centered on, what’s next? One of the men who drives a diesel farm truck up and down the quiet roads sat in his rig while I mowed my […]

TIGARD POLICE EVENT: HOW NOT TO GET SHOT, pt2

 A helpful conversation after Tigard Police Event. Open communication can help reduce tension. I kept that in mind before starting a conversation about the Tigard Police event in my front yard. The owner of a house with loads of traffic caught me cruising the cul-de-sac. She parked in the middle of the road and came […]