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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 […]

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS LOVE

The best thing art offers us is revelation. Last night at Tiny Beautiful Things (TBT) was no exception. The worst thing art offers us is truth after the revelation. TBT showed I lack the same empathy gene as Cheryl Strayed. And I was shocked. I love the idea of reaching out in love, of putting […]

PORTLAND JAZZ FAN? WHO KNEW

Last night I saw Mel Brown at The Vault and it was stellar. Portland jazz has a new fan. Make that three new fans. Jazz is easy, right? No it’s not. It’s key changes, tempo, and timing. And practice. Mel Brown has been a Portland jazz anchor; his group has a regular gig at the […]

LIVE WIRE RADIO PORTLAND THURSDAY NIGHT

The picture of Luke ‘Boo’ Burbank is the face of a radio smart aleck, the sort of smart aleck radio needs more of. He ran the Live Wire Radio Show Thursday night at the Alberta Theater on Portland, Oregon’s Northeast Alberta Street. Maybe you’ve heard of Alberta? It’s been part of the Portland migration. Businesses […]

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 […]

PORTLAND HUBERS TOPS CHICAGO, DEARBORN, EAST LANCING DINING EXPERIENCE

Portland’s Hubers restaurant brings out the best in it’s customers.

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.

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?

PORTLAND LIVING FOR BEGINNERS

Like real life, living in Portland doesn’t come with a guide book. A book might seem like a good idea from every new thing you read and hear about the city, but at the end of the day you’re screwed if you think living here is some kind of paint by number life. Just like […]