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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 […]

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 […]

DIN TAI FUNG FOODIE NEIGHBORHOOD

      Din Tai Fung is the foodie choice. What I expected when I first heard of Din Tai Fung: A luxurious restaurant fit for an emperor jammed into a suburban mall near a vacant Sears store. What I experienced going to Din Tai Fung? The company story printed in the menu called their […]

HUBERS HISTORY, PORTLAND HISTORY, AND THE GREAT JAMES LOUIE

    Walk into any gym with a weight room to go along with a dance studio, yoga retreat, therapy rooms, pool, hot tub, and you’ll fine exception people under the bar. Strong people, men and women who decided to build and rebuild, and continue building their bodies to meet every challenge they face. It […]

CUSTOMER SERVICE IN PORTLAND OREGON HITS A HOMER

    Customer service done right is a game changer. I’m a customer who had their game changed by great service. Twice. The first time was with Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. The second time came with Standard TV and Appliance. I’ll start with Standard.

SHAKEY GRAVES INSIDER FUN

    The last time I saw a touring musician’s guitar go wrong it was The Police and Sting broke a base string and replaced it without missing a beat in the song they played. Afterward he joked that a real band would have stopped and corrected the problem before restarting. In the history of […]

Portland Bird Flip To The Rest Of You

    The Portland bird is one thing, the Portland bird flip a whole ‘nother thing.   If it’s not this, it’s that for Portland. Close to the mountains, close to the beach, and if the pace of new building is any indicator, close to the new neighbors.   Like any city over a certain […]

Miranda Dating Rights For The New Era Of Rising STD

    Have you ever asked someone out on a date?   Probably.   Did you read them the ‘Dating Rights’ questions?   Going out on a limb here with probably not.   Why would you?

Millennial History Break: WWII-era

    It’s been a long time since history delivered WWII. A long time to learn what happened, too.   But not all are interested in the lessons of WWII, particularly the death camps where those deemed undesirable by the German authorities were warehoused until further notice.   Further notice was death for six million […]

Portland Welcome Mat: How To Walk Around Downtown Portland

    One of the great things about sponsoring foreign exchange students after your own kids have been out of college for years is rolling out the welcome mat.   The Portland welcome mat. And dragging everyone possible along the Portland Trail.   My wagon train always starts with Saturday Market and the sort of […]