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BEST PORTLAND BLOGS

Portland Blogs For Baby Boomers; What Works, What Doesn’t.
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Test your Oregon smarts. Which city is nearest White Stag’s butt: Gresham, Troutdale, Mosier, Hood River, or The Dalles? No maps allowed.

The best way to know a city is by its blogs. Just make sure you read them before you arrive.

If a blog promises “Gorgeous photos of Portland’s neighborhoods, updated daily,” but you get a warning message instead, what do you do?

The choices start with emailing the owners and telling them, “Your site has a problem.” But that’s not the best choice. Busy people make quick decisions.

Move on and be grateful you didn’t catch a virus. Besides, the odds are it’s on your end and your security settings. That’s what you tell yourself when you skip a good deed. It’s like the bad break-up line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” [Read More…]

HOW TO FIND THE 18-34 DEMOGRAPHIC, aka MILLENNIALS

 

18-34 demographic

image via theodysseyonline.com

 

What to do if they find you?

 

Turns out the new greatest generation visits BoomerPdx Choice more often than anyone else.

Call me surprised, but not really.

Those are my people, the people boomers created for the most part. How can you not love that?

Baby Boomers grew up with one major fear, with major warning, for five years or more. At least in my parents’ house.

With three boys five years apart, teen pregnancy was the fear and the warning.

“Girls will trap you. They’ll say things like, ‘I know my cycle,’ or, ‘I’m on the pill.’

“These are sixteen year old girls. What do they know? I was sixteen once and didn’t know anything. I was lucky your father waited.”

And we said, “OKAY, Mom.”

“Just be careful. More than careful. Wear a …”

“Okay, Ma. I’M LEAVING NOW. THANKS FOR LETTING ME BORROW THE CAMPER ON DATE NIGHT.”

Those were the days of walking around like a loaded weapon. Look out for the loaded weapon.

Then we got married and made it real.

Today millennials are my biggest audience and I’m proud to serve. [Read More…]

THE LAST GENERATION (before the internet)

The Moment Of Internet Conception.
Easy, take it easy. Be gentle, the internet is fragile. via saigoneer.com

Easy, take it easy. Be gentle, the internet is fragile. via saigoneer.com

Being the last of anything signals a changing of the guard, but the last generation before the internet?

Is this special?

It’s not the last Civil War, or WWI, veteran. It’s not the last generation before electric lights.

If baby boomers are the last generation before the internet, then we’re the first to ask a kid a question and get this answer: “Google it.”

Of course the internet has changed life as we know it, but some things still need work.

Ask the internet to open a tight lid on a jar. Google that and see if the lid pops off on its own. [Read More…]

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PORTLAND P16 NECK CANCER VS WARRIOR WIVES

What’s the best weapon to use against Portland P16 neck cancer? A kick-ass wife. Does it take a case of cancer to know if you’ve got a warrior wife?

DOES YOUR FAMILY HATE YOU ENOUGH? GET BUSY

  Family hate means family values 0.  Are you the right gender? Check early pictures to see if you’re wearing the right clothes. If you’re a guy and your baby pictures look like a girl, relax. General Douglas MacArther wore a dress and long hair as a child. It was the fashion, and it didn’t hurt […]

TO MEN, FOR MEN, FROM MEN

  I’m posting this to men in the Toughen Up section because all the groping news seems like a medical issue, or mental health dilemma.   What goes through a man’s head in the heat of the moment, when the secret button locks the door, when you finally ask, “How much do want this part?” […]

BOOMER HEALTH RISK: UNINTENTIONAL FALL

Ask Amy gives her take on baby boomers’ unintentional fall. Her numbers are big on the unintentional fall. Ask Amy doesn’t want us to take a dive. 25,000 deaths, over two million emergency room visits, all due to an unintentional fall. The Center for Disease Control even has a page, as if an unintentional fall […]

BOOMER FOUNDATION

or, HOW MY EIGHTY SIX YEAR OLD MOTHER IN LAW OUT-WALKS YOU You’ve heard the saying “You can’t know someone until you’ve walked in their shoes.” For Portland baby boomers it might be Birkenstocks with socks, which I like. You walk in their footsteps. Or take their path. What’s it mean?

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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 […]

BOOMERPDX HALLOWEEN PARTY GUIDE

You Hear It Every Year. Too Old To Dress Up. Nobody Trick Or Treats The House. You Need A BoomerPdx Halloween Party Guide. A Halloween party is more than you chugging a twelve pack and handing out candy. First it’s too much sugar; you know you’ll dip into the candy bowl a few times. If […]

Wild Life And Life In The Wild Not The Same

  Wild life is what you might see on a safari, or a drive from Portland to Bend. Or your front yard if you live in the woods where deer come to the door.   Living a wild life is not the same. Living wild takes so much energy. Being wild is a tiring option […]

LIFE LONG LEARNING STARTS EARLY

Baby Boomers do life long learning out of habit. What’s your excuse? Yes, I’m certified for leadership. At least that’s what the Fort Ord Leadership Academy says. What does a 21 Hour Leader Preparation Program do? In the wrong hands it turns a decent person into a tyrant. In the right hands it makes for […]

GILLASPIE LOVESEAT TO HONOR AMERICA. IT’S FRAGILE

    Who hasn’t been accused of making last minute presents? My specialty is carving names in oak with a router.   It takes practice, at least more than a last minute panic to produce something meaningful on Christmas morning.   I’ve been the object of such accusations, and while correct, there is a bigger […]

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LEARNING TO LEARN PORTLAND BIG AND SMALL

  Life long learners need classes to learn Portland?   A New York man moved to Portland in his fifties. He returns to The City every year to find something new. “Just walk around the financial district in lower Manhattan and you can read the history of the area on the sidewalk,” he said. “I […]

2 PROBLEMS WITH THIRD PARTY HOTEL BOOKING

    Hotel booking in Los Angeles is easy. Fly in for sun and fun, then…   What’s not to love about an LA trip. You’ve got the weather, the beaches, the beach town. Don’t forget the palm trees. Palm tree lined streets just scream LA in a a touristy way. For the locals it’s […]

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 […]

YOU KNOW YOU MADE A WRONG TURN WHEN…

How often do we get warnings when we make the wrong turn? The #oregonstandoff took a wrong turn or two in the past month, but they’re not alone. How to respond when you learn a wrong turn could be a life saver? A wrong turn happens on foot, in cars, relationships. When things go wrong, […]

MEXICO TRAVEL: PUERTO VALLARTA PERFECTION, pt1

    Where the heck is Puerto Vallarta? Find a good map book.   Look about two thousand miles south of Portland and you’re close.   West coast of Mexico below the Gulf of California.

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 […]

HIKING BABY BOOMER PORTLAND, pt. 2

An incredible part of the city is feeling like you’re never far from the woods. There’s always a clearing, a trail to follow. And it feels safe enough to dive right in there. On a Friday I stopped on SW Terwilliger in between appointments. This is the road on the side of the hill below […]

SENIOR TRAVELER, DOLLAR RENT A CAR ANGEL, AND BOOMERPDX

Senior traveler gets an assist from Dollar Rent A Car agent. If you’re a senior citizen, or traveled with seniors, you know how it works. Caution is the word of the day. Air travel makes your feet swell. Maybe your entire leg. The airplane bathroom seems like a mile away. Lifting carry on bags into […]

SHARING EARTH WITH LIVING THINGS, EVEN THE CREEPY ONES

    “Quick, where’s my camera?” he said. “What?” she said. “Birds.” “Camera? Here it is.” “These birds are huge. Look at that formation.” “What are they?” “Birds. Really big birds. What are they?” “I don’t know.” “You don’t know these birds? Since when would you even admit it?”

PORTLAND 1980: HOW TO SETTLE IN A NEW TOWN

    One song stuck with me on the bus ride from NYC to Portland 1980: The second verse of Lodi, by Creedence Clearwater:   I rode in on the Greyhound I’ll be walkin’ out if I go I was just passin’ through Must be seven seven months or more Ran out of time and […]

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