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SEATTLE, WHERE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BEGINS

  Few artists could paint a picture of Seattle that looks like Portland, but the comparisons never end. Get on the whine line and listen. Seattle traffic, Seattle housing, Seattle expansion. Look down the road and hear the same thing about Portland traffic, Portland housing, Portland expansion. Although more cites across America lay claim as […]

TRAVEL BUG KEEPS BITING FACEBOOK

Travel Idea Look around your place and imagine the changes you’d make, then find a place that’s already made the changes. It’s like buying a new guitar. Play the expensive ones, find the right sound, adjust your wallet accordingly. Go to the place with the changes you want to see. How were they done and […]

PORTLAND BORN, PORTLAND WED, PORTLAND WORLD pt 2

Every marriage has a beginning. This is one of them. Portland Born, Portland Wed. I met my wife in early 80’s NW Portland. She was a new professional starting her first practice next to my apartment building. I should say my studio apartment, a sort of mini-pad that’s all the rage with the kids these […]

EXPLAINING PORTLAND ON THE ROAD

Once you leave Oregon and meet others in your travels they’ll ask where you’re from. When you say Portland, two things happen. 1. The questioner takes a deep breath. 2. They smile. To outsiders Portland is magic. It’s Portlandia, the Portland Building, Bridge City. It’s hipsters, craft beer, coffee. It’s food carts, vintage clothes, Powells […]

BOOMER DENIABILITY: WE DIDN’T LIGHT THE FIRE

We Know Where The Matches Are Though. Believable generational research relies on strong academic studies, insurance statistics, and the federal census. This triumvirate of detailed minutia creates a colorless picture of the past. Instead of men in grey flannel suits, it looks like grey men in flannel, lines of them. Baby Boomer research is the […]

PORTLAND, WHERE THE DREAM OF AMERICA STILL LIVES

The hit show Portlandia tells America where the dream of the 90’s still lives, but why stop there? Why not the Portland where the dream of the 60’s still floats in the air? Better yet: Portland, where the dream of the 70’s never died. The 60’s work better because it was the first time an […]

YELP REVIEWS OR YELP WHINES

Is There A Difference? What drives people to write yelp reviews? Great service and food brings out the positive. Anything less? Forget about it. If you’re not spending money on being pampered, do you need to ¬†complain you’re not being pampered? Find a hair in your food while you’re out and jump on yelp with, […]

GWYNETH PALTROW SAVES BABY BOOMER DATING

She was married to an English rocker for ten years. That’s a lot of tea and ¬†crumpets for an American girl. Probably a lot of Coldplay music, too. That alone might send you off screaming, but there’s still the time factor. Ten years is a good stretch. If there were any mistakes along the way, […]

A GREATER DIVIDE: URBAN PLANNING

No Matter Which Side Of The Street You Live, Aging Makes Us More Alike. One look at the Sunday obituaries and you’ll see it. Older people resemble each other. It’s a good message for those who still dye their hair. You won’t be an autumn brown at ninety. What you will be doing is living […]

#1 With A Bullet? Portland And Boomerpdx

Portland Baby Boomers need to pay attention to Money Journal at moneyjournal.com. They just named Portland the top of their top ten most liked U.S. cities. While that’s not news to the region, it’s still good to show the rest of the country how it’s done. The only drawback is Money Journal called it Portlandia. […]