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PORTLAND FUTURE: WHAT TO EXPECT

What I want to see happen How many times have I driven over the Willamette River and looked at the Eastside thinking of what a Portland future could be? Every time. Early morning works best, especially if you’re leaving town for a short time. When I get back I don’t expect the freeway to be […]

STATE OF OREGON GETS BEAVER IN ’69

Too cute. Best of any state? Yes, it is.

PROMOTE AMERICAN FUTURE WITH AN AXE

Without getting into the details, I’ve somehow collected about fifteen axes. I’ve become an axe repository. Along with axes for wood, I’ve found six guitars around the house. I claim one. ‘Why the axes,’ I wonder when I add them all up. Then it came to me. America was built with an axe of one […]

WHO LIES ABOUT ABANDONING NYC

I spoke to a woman recently who moved to Portland Oregon from Brooklyn New York, just casual conversation in a Safeway line. We had something in common since I moved here from the same place, though she didn’t start in North Bend Oregon. She was big city all the way with no perspective on the […]

WHAT I LEARNED BY STARTING A RANGE FIRE

Like how to put it out. During a high school sports trip a team in two vans drove through Wyoming. If memory serves, Wyoming was the closest state to Oregon selling fun fireworks like bottle rockets and firecrackers after a lifetime of sparklers and Piccolo Petes. Since we were high school guys in both vans, […]

MONUMENTAL PUBLIC WORKS: FREMONT BRIDGE

What you see in the picture is the westside offramp off the Fremont Bridge here in Portland. I was cruising north on Front Ave past the Hawthorne Bridge, my most traveled Portland span across the Willamette, past the Morrison with it’s I-5 N access. The Burnside Bridge, Steel Bridge, Big Red passed by, and finally […]

PORTLAND URBAN LIFE REVERSE HISTORY: FROM 2-17-19 TO 2-13-17

The ultimate joy of aging gracefully is the grace part. I don’t feel a need to lash out at every wrong I’ve ever felt. At the same time I can’t listen very well to others working their own lash. I mean, who really knows what brings people to act there way they do? Well, I’ve […]

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY CHICAGO, DEARBORN, EAST LANSING

Happy Valentines Day to the great American cities of midwestern love. Chicago, Dearborn, and East Lansing have all showed the love to boomerpdx recently and Valentines Day seems a good time for A SHOUT OUT. If February 14 isn’t a world wide celebration, it is here in Oregon. “Why?” you ask.

HEALTH BLOGGER ADDS WEIGHT

Weight loss isn’t a fad. It’s either a mystery that needs solving, or a goal. If loosing weight is a goal, do you know what to do? From so many ads, neither does anyone else. On the other hand, if you’re losing weight and don’t know why, get it checked. Health bloggers, writers, whatever you […]

OREGON SWERVES LEFT, SWERVES RIGHT, HOLD TIGHT

Try and recall the Oregon moment you finally understood life, or at least the sort of life you wanted to live. Remember where you were and who you were with and look around now. Are they still in the picture? Should they be?