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Mt. St. Helens, east Portland.

Overheard: Moving to Memphis

By     |    Jul 10, 2013
Posted in: Oregon     |    2 Comments

Overheard this exchange in a bar the other day: “Memphis? Didn’t you get the memo?” “I know, I know. I’m supposed to be moving to Portland.” “Everybody that moves away from here moves to Portland!” “There’s no music scene in Portland. It’s much better in Memphis.” “Really? Most people here are under the impression that everything is better in Portland.” Fittingly, I’m reading A Good Place to Live: America’s Last […]

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Google Fiber’s Next, Next Stop: Portland, Oregon

By     |    Apr 18, 2013
Posted in: Oregon, Texas, Utah     |    No Comments

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a bit of a nerd, so I read about things like Google Fiber. The big news lately has been about its expansion to Austin, TX, a city we didn’t exactly fall in love with. Now the news is that it’s expanding to Provo, UT as well. We were even less fond of Provo. There’s a pattern here and I can read it […]

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Goodbye, [not] cruel [at all] Oregon. Even the bridges here are cool.

Leaving Oregon

By     |    Aug 7, 2012
Posted in: Oregon     |    5 Comments

I’m going to miss Oregon. The full-service gasoline, the protected coastline, the strict development zones of its cities. California is coming. Fucking California. California is like Texas but filled with things I like. I like the wine, I like the weather, I like the geography … but there’s something about California that rubs me the wrong way. It’s like a vibe of entitlement, the stench of those that consider themselves blessed. Maybe […]

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Zooming in on a dory off Pacific City, Oregon.

Looking for a Pacific City Dory

By     |    Aug 7, 2012
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I always grab the local newspaper. Always. You never know what you’ll find. You may be passing through a tiny town with a really awesome boat tradition and totally miss it without the local paper. With a little local news luck, we headed into Pacific City, Oregon hoping to see some dory fishing boats. They land them on the beach here — there’s no pier. Our timing was good and […]

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In Pacific City.

The Wonderful Oregon Coast

By     |    Aug 6, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

The Oregon coast is special. In 1967, Oregon passed a bill making the ENTIRE coast public land. Like any legislation, it’s complicated, but Wikipedia sums it up well: The Oregon Beach Bill allows free beach access to everyone. This Bill allows private beach landowners to retain certain beach land rights, but it removes the property tax obligation of the beach landowner. In exchange, the beach landowner grants an easement passage to pedestrians. […]

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Stealthy in Seattle.

The Stealth Night

By     |    Aug 3, 2012
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When we originally selected our trip vehicle, we were going for inconspicuousness. Just in case…just in case we got in a bind and needed to sleep on a street or at a rest area. Just in case we needed to blend in — in case we needed to go stealth. This was a worst-case scenario for me, something to be avoided at all costs — but something I had to […]

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Everybody drives these and they all have the same stickers.

Portland’s Evangelical Hipster Fundamentalists

By     |    Aug 2, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

In Salt Lake City, we found ourselves surrounded by believers, unsure what to do. Same thing happened in Portland. But instead of religious peeps, we were surrounded by hipsters, evangelical hipster fundamentalists. Beards, thick-rimmed glasses, skinny jeans, single-speed bicycles … oh my! Like in SLC, we were unsure of what to do. We had two things we had to do: mail Lisa’s old computer to its happy new owner (thanks, […]

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Mt. St. Helens, east Portland.

How Portland made me feel like an old lady.

By     |    Aug 1, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    6 Comments

I should have known better than to get my hopes up. I had really high hopes for Portland, but Portland didn’t return my compliments. Instead, Portland made me feel old, boring, dreadfully normal! Maybe I should thank Portland for giving me a preview of how I’ll feel everywhere in twenty or thirty years. Don’t get me wrong, Portland made me happy too. Portland made me happy at Powell’s City of […]

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You killed a deer!

Oregon Trail: Grueling Speed

By     |    Jul 10, 2012
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My knowledge of the Oregon Trail is almost entirely gleaned from the Apple IIe game of my childhood. Whenever I see The Dalles on the map, I recall my fictitious children dying of dysentery, my successful (and unsuccessful) attempts at fording rivers, my ability to kill an entire buffalo with a single shot but only being strong enough to carry 100 pounds of meat. I loved that game. Leaving Boise, […]

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