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PORTLAND PULSE = CRYSTAL BALLROOM + GERDING THEATER + OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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In one week Portland showed itself on a Sunday night, Tuesday night, and Wednesday afternoon. The show included the Crystal Ballroom on SW 14th and Burnside, Gerding Theater on NW 11th, and Oregon Historical Society on SW Park.

 

From Dan Auerbach, to Astoria Part 2, to Oregon’s birthday party, Portland lifted the curtain for a look behind the scenes.

 

The Easy Eye Sound Revue took the stage of the Crystal Ballroom with a big surprise: Old musicians, guys with gray hair. My kind of band, along with tambourines and maracas shaking it up.

 

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LAURA INGRAHAM COACHES LeBRON JAMES WIN

 

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“Throw it down, big man.” Not “shut up and dribble.”image via quiket.com

 

By now the news on Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to ‘shut up and dribble’ ought to be cooked to perfection. The Fox News superstar, by including The King in her act, broadened the platform…

 

For LeBron.

 

Laura Ingraham fouled LeBron, a hard foul, and he responded with, “Laura who?” She knows LeBron, but he doesn’t know her.

 

Should he? More important, should I know who Laura Ingraham is?

 

I know more today.

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THE LONG MARRIED SECRET? WORDS

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Long married words to repeat. via pinterest.

Too often we take wedding anniversaries for granted? Who does that? Not those married to a skunk who buys extravagant gifts to cover their stink. That’s the yearly bonus they give for looking the other way.

 

Just make sure your present is better than the one they bought the other one. That’s spells love best.

 

Like a birthday later in life, the numbers don’t make sense for baby boomers. 50? 60? 70? No way?

 

Way.

 

Stick it out and you end up married half your life. It’ll happen, but you don’t want to alarm your partner. They probably think you’ve forgotten how important anniversaries are.

 

Surprise them with this one line. Maybe two.

 

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APPLIED GUN VIOLENCE EXPLAINED

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Baby boomers have a unique perspective when it comes to gun violence. Our fathers participated in the most extreme gun violence in world history. The books call it WWII and Korea; the dads went with bad intentions.

 

Their applied gun violence saved the world from a Nazi future. Along with the horrific acts of Imperial Japan, both nations took warfare back to the stone age.

 

Extreme gun violence put more bullets out than coming in. It created an environment for unconditional surrender. First in Europe, then Japan.

 

An additional penalty for late surrendering made Japan host the closest thing to getting bombed to the stone age. During the most destructive event in human history, good men with guns prevailed. I can’t say the same about gun violence today.

 

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DEMOCRAT PARTY OFFICIAL WEBSITE PHONE CALL

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image via uoregon.edu

 

I got the call last night from the Democrat Party, and like a story that goes public after signing non-disclosure statements, I felt a sense of freedom.

 

The phone call on my land line, yes I still have a land line, was a money call. One hundred dollars was the starting point.

 

$100 is a big ask over the phone, then it got better.

 

Would I give fifty one dollars, which represents the gains needed in the House of Representatives to switch from Republican to Democrat? How about forty six dollars to show I’m ready to move past forty five?

 

Finally, would I consider a donation of thirty five dollars? I kept waiting for the Bernie Sanders democrat threshold of twenty seven dollars, but we didn’t get there.

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Sports Miracle I: Hearing

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GIVING CAREGIVING SHOWS EXTRA LIFE

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THE CHIPPER THAT SLICES AND DICES

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