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NOTRE DAME UPDATE FROM OREGONIAN IN PARIS

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How do they fix broken stone and burned timbers?

It looks like this:

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FRENCH TRAVEL WITH OREGON AND IOWA

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French travel started out bumpy.

I found my seat on the second plane, the long haul plane out or Minnesota.

But it was occupied. That’s no way to start.

Simple adjustment, right? But the lady had the same ticket for the same seat. At least that’s what she said.

Then we all looked at our tickets. She was in the wrong seat.

Like a gentleman I offered to take the middle seat instead of my wife. I think I offered. Either way I took the middle seat in a three seat group.

The other passenger was a thin older woman. Perfect.

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PARIS RIVER: HOW WATER MAKES THE CITY

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The Paris river divides the city like the Willamette divides Portland. But instead of an Eastside / Westside divide, Paris goes with Right Bank and Left Bank.

One method means knowing the compass, the other is much more simple.

Think of finding a place with directions that include east, west, north, and south. I’m already lost.

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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 […]

CANCER VIEW: WEED FROM THE OTHER SIDE

My cancer view had more weed hope later than sooner with DAG approved brownies. It started with a look for an alternate route for a cure instead of chemo road.   What I found was a log of death in men who’d gone the alternate route instead of chemo, then switched to the hard stuff […]

HAES AND THE NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

What is HAES? So glad you asked. Health at Every Size might sound like a New Age phenomena, but it’s not. It started in the baby boomer days of the 1960’s. If you missed it between Save The Trees and Save The Earth, others didn’t. People have always come in all sizes, however shaming is […]

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BOOMER RELATIONSHIPS: GOING FOR THE WIN-WIN

Whether husband or wife, childhood friend or college pal, you eventually get this question: “Be honest. I want to ask an important question and I’d like an honest answer. Am I a bad friend?” How you answer reveals if you’re a bad friend, or not. So give a process answer. No sense digging a hole […]

TALK WHEN THE TIME’S RIGHT, LIKE NOW

To Baby Boomers, Their Parents, And Grandparents: Talk when the time’s right. A recent read revealed the sad tale of one person wishing they had taken the time to speak to their parents more often. They wished they knew their folks better. Of course the person was a baby boomer. They had more regret than […]

PUSH YOUR ENVELOPE FOR PROOF

Go outside the box and push your envelope. Push it real good. Too often baby boomers take the good advice of slowing down, like take time to smell the roses. It’s good advice because we’re not the proverbial spring chicken anymore, but it doesn’t mean crawl into a hole and die. When is the last […]

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THE HEART OF PORTLAND

  Urban life grows more imposing the closer you get to Burnside. The pretty lights you see from I-5, the beautiful reflection off the Willamette, disappear once you park your car. Trade wheels on the road for shoes on the sidewalk and the pace slows enough for a good look around. You still see the […]

SUPERIOR ARIZONA AFTER APACHE TEARS SEARCH

    One of the most impressive rocks I’ve knocked out of a rock wall? Apache tears.   Just another rock until I held it up to the sun for my own solar eclipse.   What’s going on in there? See through rocks in Superior Arizona.

BABY BOOMER MISSION CREEP: AIR TRAVEL

You Know How To Tell Time, So Does The Airport. Air travel asks one thing: Can you be on time? Successful travel is that easy, and that complicated. After an extended road trip in a rental car you don’t want to miss the plane home. Who knows what happens if you miss that flight, but […]

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 […]

PORTLAND: THE FOG OF HISTORY

Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey. From the street under your feet to the places you walk by everyday, the untold story unfolds. Except you never see it. We live in the moment. Moving from one place to another is our goal, and it’s enough. But it’s not enough for everyone. It’s not enough for […]

PORTLAND BEER HUNT

Portland Beer Of The Year Starts Here. Do you see a beer sign? A brewery sign? Anything that says beer is near? It’s not an accident. Once you park your car it’s still a mystery. To help out, this place in across the street, maybe two streets, from the Rose Garden, Modo Center, Memorial Coliseum. […]

BOOMERPDX RIVER TOUR

 SHIPS AHOY PLANTS A BIG WET ONE ON YOU Portland, a destination of natural beauty and grand vistas. You see it every time you fly in from anywhere else. But some things still get overlooked. While every great city has a river, if you live there long enough it disappears. Think of the Fremont Bridge as a modern freeway spanning the old freeway, except the old one’s not […]

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 […]

EXTRA ROOM AIRPLANE SEATS? FOR WHO?

  From the crowds I’ve seen at airports, people have learned to negotiate the hurdles. With the hope of not being the only old and confused passenger, OCP, I pay attention.   Walk up to a screen near the airline you’re flying and key in the info you copied at home from a confirmation email […]

BOOMER STREET

    Baby boomer gets the message. We’ve heard the message all of our lives. It goes like this:   Move over little dog, the big old dog is moving in.   We were once the little dog and moved over for those who knew better. We did what we were told. The idea is […]

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