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Voting from the Middle

The mailman just delivered our property tax bill and mail-in ballots.  With my larger project well underway, this inspires me to take a pause and consider the mid-term elections.   A few years into my time working in Portland City … Continue reading

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Many Nights at the Ballpark

I have seen 21 live baseball games this season.  16 Pickles games.  4 Major League games and 1 minor league game.  The season isn’t over but I have most likely seen my last live game for the summer.  The local … Continue reading

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Where Are You From? Two Houses

  While the memory of such things can be tricky, I have lived in 14 different places.  West coast to east coast.  Up and down the Pacific coast.  I think this fluidity of movement is a very American thing.  I … Continue reading

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Why Helsinki Will End Trump’s Long Con

Watching Trump’s news conference with Putin yesterday the last lines of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” came to mind. “…you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the … Continue reading

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The Chair — How We Decide Our Politics

  Tell me where someone gets their information and I can tell you what they think.   Well, maybe not what they think, but how they think.  When you turn on the radio, what station comes on?  When you fire … Continue reading

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A Family History — In Cars

I am a gearhead.  I love cars.  I like to drive fun cars.  I like to read about cars.  I have subscriptions to 2 car magazines.  (Actual magazines.)  I like to see cars go fast.  I love the sound of … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain: The Traveling Brother I Never Met

I don’t do celebrity but I did Anthony Bourdain.  His death by suicide this morning was a gut punch.   Like most folks, I met him via his book Kitchen Confidential.  He immediately seemed like a fellow traveler.  Punk as an … Continue reading

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Mozy Revisited: Learning From Our Blind Dog

Sally and I were crushed when our golden collie mix Mozy lost her sight.  It was a strange process from thinking she had a problem with her legs to realizing her eyes were failing.  There is more than a little … Continue reading

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Nostalgia and the Typewriter

Nostalgia is tricky. You can bath in it or just feel it as a gentle rain. It can hold you and put lead in your shoes or awaken you and set you running out the door. As with any memory, … Continue reading

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When Your Heroes Die

As a kid, I didn’t read comic books.  I loved words and all those pictures meant there were fewer words.  That also meant I didn’t have any connection to the heroes and superheroes that today roar though our popular culture … Continue reading

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