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BOOK NOTES: AN UNCOMFORTABLE TASK BUT SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO IT

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What struck me when I started writing book notes were the words from who knows where I found them, but here they are, “You’d better love the the book topic because at some point you’re going to hate it.”

And it’s true, except I sort of hated it from the start since my book notes were for a cancer memoir.

My faithful readers expect a cancer post every so often, and with my 90K word manuscript undergoing another edit to go along with the other edits, I’ll post more often to push my authority.

What authority, you ask?

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UGLY BUILDING IN PRETTY CITIES, PT 1

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An ugly building grows on the people who see it every day. Living near ugly architecture doesn’t make anyone ugly, but it’s not wonderful reflection, either.

Imagine seeing the same eye sore every time you went to town. You’ve got one where you live?

There’s at least one for every city.

Portland has one, Paris has one, but what do they have in common?

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MONA LISA ON THE RUN

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Via Rick Steves: “Due to renovation works in the Louvre, the Mona Lisa has been temporarily moved to a different wing of the museum.”

Mona Lisa travels, gets a new wall, hides out.

Such a mystery.

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FOODIE vs eFOOD. WHAT TO EXPECT?

Foodie For Thought. You smelled what The ‘foodie’ Rock was cookin’? It was a metaphor, medium rare, foodie. In real life you’ve smelled food before it hits the table. You’ve sat in Portland restaurants watching plates fly by trailing a scent stronger than a pheromone cat collar. The next one’s got to be yours. Or […]

50 SHADES OF FOOD

MAKE THE CHOICES THAT GIVE BACK TO YOU WITH FEELING How does food give back? Do you get bonus points? E-dollars? New coinage? Feeling smart about your choices isn’t good enough? The right food won’t make you taller, re-grow hair, or improve your ballroom skills. It won’t get you off the wall at your next babyboomerssocialclub.com […]

PORTLAND MOLE REMOVAL

  You’ve heard about the importance of the right words at the right time?   The following is a patient review that every professional dreams of.   One day we should all be so lucky.  

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BABY BOOMER’S LIFE FLASHES BEFORE HIS EYES

Clearing Out The File Cabinet. The kid on the right is learning the ropes. He’s your gentle BoomerPdx blogger looking like he’s crying in wrestling practice. It just looks that way. Really. If I was crying it was tears of happiness for having such a great teacher like Robin Richards. Later the same year Robin […]

HOW BABY BOOMERS PUSHED WOMEN’S HEALTH

Even in 2016 women’s health is a hot button topic? 1973, the year of de-criminalized marijuana and Roe v Wade. What could go wrong? The counter culture had been rolling for years with people moving to Haight Ashbury, joining communes, going to music festivals. More than one family saw their little girl hop into a […]

AL CAPONE: THE END OF BOOMER STORIES LIKE THIS

As Told To BoomerPDX. “…My Grandpa was a baker in Chicago, you know, bread and cakes and pastries. “One of his customers had him drive to Cicero to deliver cakes. “The customer was Al Capone. My uncles told me about it at Grandpa’s funeral. “He’d take the cakes in and the gangsters would hand them […]

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HILLSDALE BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST: 41 YEARS OF THANKS

    Forty one years of the annual Hillsdale Blue Berry Pancake Breakfast speaks volumes for the community. Business owners turn out and join in the set up, the cooking, and clean up afterward.   Maybe it’s the same everywhere, but maybe not.  For a Portland neighborhood that used to be the Fulton Dairy, it’s […]

Weird Boomer Portland, Meet The Queen of Weirdness

If You Can Read This, Wave Your Hand Twice I’ve come to Portland and found the Gay Pride Parade in full march. My two sons shared the coincidence and still think it was planned. It wasn’t. A good planner always includes community events, but no plan for the parade. We remember it fondly, the kids and I. The […]

Baby Boomers And The Kid Car

So Many Choices Where are the days when you turned sixteen and your daddy handed you the keys to your new ride? The boys got a muscle car and the girls a cute pink convertible. Those days are still around somewhere. Is this what happened when you turned sixteen: “Here, honey, take the keys and […]

SILVERTON SEVEN BRIDES BREWERY FESTIVAL

It wasn’t billed as a festival for a Thursday night, but it was this time. A festival of survivability after a heart-thumping force march on the hottest day of the year. Add one of the smokiest days from Canadian fires and it felt like a heavenly Seven Brides Brewery cloud. How wonderful was this? Everyone […]

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 […]

Footprint Of Fame

Excuse Baby Boomers when it comes to fame. They were the first victims of mass hysteria. They saw Elvis and The Beatles on TV and felt the reactions. One day a kid is normal. The next he shows up in Beatle Boots and Beatle Wig. And he’s never the same, bouncing from fad to fad, […]

ELON MUSK JOINS THE SHARING ECONOMY WITH TESLA PATENTS

And Slaps George Selden’s Face In The Act. In a rare case of reverse capitalism, visionary Elon Musk gave away the farm by open sourcing Tesla electric automobile patents. He gave it away instead of using the patents to sue everyone who infringed on the technology. Now auto makers the world around have access to […]

TRAVEL ENGLAND WITH FOREVER YOUNG MILLENNIALS

  Aging in travel England Some moments remain frozen in time for better or worse. Remember when you missed middle school graduation and summer football workouts? Your parents decided to drag you around England instead. And your life was ruined. That last thing you wanted to do was be a show pony for your folks. […]

FIVE DIAMOND VIDANTA MEANS FIVE DIAMOND DAVE?

    Five Diamond Vidanta is my first five diamond resort. Until then I was a four diamond guy.   Did I need an upgrade? Who doesn’t.   I’m a basic one diamond guy in real life, but when needed I can fit in.   I explained this to my wife. She started pointing out […]

Portland Welcome Mat: How To Walk Around Downtown Portland

    One of the great things about sponsoring foreign exchange students after your own kids have been out of college for years is rolling out the welcome mat.   The Portland welcome mat. And dragging everyone possible along the Portland Trail.   My wagon train always starts with Saturday Market and the sort of […]

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