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AMERICA: LOVE IT, LEAVE IT, OR STICK AROUND AND MAKE IT BETTER

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America, love it or leave it, is a sentiment that echoes from past decades.

The silent generation decided to speak up, finally, when their kids grew hair and talked about what America meant to them.

Hippies decided to try and make it better by going to the country, going organic, macrobiotic, and talking it up.

“Clean air,” they said to go along with, “clean water.”

Some of them were met with, “you’re too young to understand, son, get back in line.”

Tell a twenty one year old what to do and brace for a response.

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HPV16 CANCER, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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Getting to know hpv16 cancer up close and personal the way Brent King and I have exposes the best intentions from some of the best people.

They offer wisdom and sympathy; they’re sorry; they do their best to show they care.

Sometimes the caring part is unfamiliar territory, so it gets awkward.

I heard it was important to do whatever it took to get through the harshest cancer treatment done on people, according to a nurse and we all trust nurses, but I never asked someone to leave if they stopped by my house.

If I had it would have been keeping with ‘doing whatever it takes.’

But I didn’t because I felt people had something to gain by stopping even if I didn’t.

On the other hand ideas like the following also showed up and continue to show up:

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Dave Mustaine: NECK CANCER

A facebook page for a blog, like boomerpdx, is a little confusing. Why not leave it all on the blog? Because good advice says reach out.
Then the question is how far?


No one reads blogs is the word, any blogs, so a blogger with low traffic is just one of millions. That makes everything okay, except when some blogger shows up to explain why it’s worth working on a blog in spite of traffic.
For anyone who has tried to stage an event, you know how hard it is to get things organized and on time, especially with a group. And you’re the leader.

A blog has one leader, one voice, so that’s not such an issue, but the audience is fluid. John Prine sang, “That’s the way the world goes round, you’re up one day the next you’re down, half an inch of water and you think you’ll drown, that’s the way the world goes round.”


Was he right about the half inch?


I’ve loaded up content according to what’s happening that needs an extra look. Getting hpv16 cancer provided plenty of new topics. Then reading about Dave Mustaine getting a diagnosis for the same thing sort of upped the ante.


Would he help his fans understand how he got it and how they can avoid it? So far he’s sticking to the basic throat cancer. I can help here.

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PERFECT FATHER’S DAY PORTLAND PRIDE PARADE

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A Portland pride parade shows the city like no other parade on the schedule.

Rose Festival parade, Twilight parade, I’ve seen them. Chinese New Year parade? I’ve walked with the dragons twice.

I’m kind of a Portland parade guy. I like walking in the streets without having to watch for cars. The wife and I share the same sense of fun, and no parade is more fun, and funnier, than the Portland Pride parade.

Why? Because it’s more than a parade, you silly goose.

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BON JOVI TABLE vs BAND TABLE

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Bon Jovi table versus the band table had a nice feel to it, like the Sharks and Jets in Westside Story, except without the dancing.

One table is all in for one of the sexiest rockers to ever take the stage. Women love him, men want to be him.

The other table worked the moment to help their band keep driving the sound, knew how to listen to live music, and got the right kind of rowdy.

They were all spoiling for a fight, switchblade fingers ready to point. One question remains: Why Bon Jovi?

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BOOMER SUMMER SKIN CARE

Higher Temperatures Call For Baby Boomer Summer Skin Care. Skin is a living organ. It’s stuff that continually regenerates itself. If that’s hard to believe, scratch your arm over something dark. Look, you’re exfoliating and didn’t even know it. New skin sounds pretty good, like no maintenance. Baby boomers know better. We’ve been outside in […]

REI – 24hr – New Seasons: The Triple Crown

Discreet shelf top lighting once showed the goods on drug store aisles. This was before the modern installation of overhead search light bulbs. Food aisles at the SW Barrows Road New Seasons feels the same as old school drug stores. Shelf lighting instead of sun lamps. Comfort food from comforting shelves. Ahhhhh. What is New […]

President Bill Clinton On Sports And Fitness

A good look at the media-tagged Explainer-in-Chief shows a slim man in good shape. And he should be. Bill Clinton had a big turn around after his heart surgery. He’s never looked better after finding the vegan diet. If he lived in Portland he’d probably consult the Happy Cow Healthy Eating Guide. Does this make him […]

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PORTLAND HOLIDAY HURLING SEASON

Somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas you’ll find Portland Holiday Hurling Season. (Overheard at Portland Saturday Market.) I love this time of year. That’s right, as corny as it sounds, I love it. Family and friends and toasts and food. What’s not to love. Even the one time I took an early out on an evening’s […]

SELF CONTROL INTERVIEW BEFORE ASSAULT RIFLE PURCHASE

  What do we need to know before another assault rifle purchase?   In the short days before the next mass shooting, gun shops need to start an interview process for those making their first assault rifle purchase.   Besides the usual questions on the background check and ATF Form 4473, add a short interview […]

WINTER REFLECTIONS, TIME PASSING

  Can we still complain if the snow doesn’t last for months and turn a nasty brown?

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FIRST IMPRESSION, YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE

  My first impression on the Germanic Front Street of Leavenworth, Washington? I met a guy from Poland. He said he was from Poland. I knew he was from somewhere else with his styling appearance. He comes to Leavenworth every year so I asked him about the most authentic German food in town, expecting some […]

WHERE IS THE BABY BOOMER COUNTRY AND HOW DO YOU MOVE THERE FROM HERE

The Big Question: Then What? Baby Boomers heard Canned Heat sing Going Up The Country, “I’m going up the country, babe don’t you wanna go.” Maybe they heard John Prine sing Spanish Pipedream, “Blow up your TV, throw away your paper, Move to the country, build you a home…” The dream to disconnect from city […]

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SUSHI

When a birthday dinner turns to Shakespeare and Midsummer Night’s sushi. Imagine if you will a birthday dinner, but not just a regular birthday dinner for a regular birthday. Instead, it’s a milestone birthday dinner, a biggie, so you plan and time and schedule and connect. Because it is an older birthday, one idea is […]

BOOMERPDX ON ICE

One Man’s Chilling Journey ICE stand for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Who knew? (It also stands for an In Case of Emergency number on your cell phone, but that’s another post.) A ICE story landed on the BoomerPDX desk, a story of concern. ICE is a hard time for hard core people who need to leave […]

A LIKE FOR OREGON

What Brings You To A State Isn’t The Same As What Keeps You There. Take Oregon and New York for example. You stay around Portland for different reasons than people stick around NYC. Size is important. For hundreds of miles around Manhattan people won’t leave, never think of leaving, because of the island. “Oh, we […]

Continental Divide: A Place Not An Attitude

  Since I was in the neighborhood I kept a look out for this sign: Continental Divide.   It goes one way or the other. Water follows the path of least resistance? That’s the story.   One side drains to the east, the other to the west. That’s lots of drainage and it starts with […]

MANHATTAN STATES OF MIND ACROSS AMERICA

    Does anyone see a Manhattan sunrise and feel the power of the Big Apple, the urge to go out and take a big bite? Or a Manhattan sunset at the end of another satisfying day sorting chicken and chicken sh!t.   Manhattan promised you could make it anywhere if you could make it […]

PERFECT PORTLAND BLUES NIGHT IN GOOSE CRAP

The perfect Portland Blues Festival is a camp out, a short-term camp out. Not the rainbow people gathered in eastern Oregon these campers come equipped for one day, no night. But they’re still campers staking territory, pioneers on their land claim. That’s what it felt like when I rolled out a king sized bed spread, […]

The Perfect Baby Boomer Ride

or The Perfect Garage Meditation Take a 1972 Scrambler 350. Find a seat in front of the picture. Turn on a fan. You’re in baby boomer blogger heaven. Of course you could crank it up and take it out, but that mountain road is too good to pass up. “I don’t want a pickle. just […]

LA FREEWAY OR NYC SUBWAY: WHERE WILD THINGS ROAM

The BoomerPdx Transportation Award Goes To… Ask a New York City native how they get around without a car and they’ll say they know at least three ways to get where they need to go without hailing a cab. 1. Walk. 2. Bus. 3. Subway. When a New Yorker talks about the subway they make […]

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