Paul Gerald's Posts

English Soccer Tour: That “Back on the Road” Feeling

What is that feeling of arriving in a foreign place? It’s excitement, touched with fear, but anticipation through and through. It’s giddy, it’s happy, and it’s freeing. Whatever was back there is just … back there. Left. Escaped? Avoided? Maybe, but not here anyway. That "back on the road...

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English Soccer: Touring Craven Cottage at Fulham FC

Ever since I started my English soccer project, I have been aware of many things that I think Americans will love about watching soccer in England. Among them are small stadiums in the middle of big cities, local rivalries, and a chance to experience sport like we remember it as kids: without so much...

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Best Spring Waterfall Hikes Near Portland

Everybody is rightly excited about Spring and what it means for hiking near Portland: sunshine, wildflowers, and rising snow lines. But there is still rain, and when it combines with that melting snow, the waterfalls near Portland go berserk. So here are some suggestions for the best waterfall hikes...

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Please Help Me Fund My Breakfast Book

Today I write to you as the Portland Breakfast Guy. I'll be back soon as the English soccer guy, the Portland hikes guy, and/or the recovery guy. I am hard at work on producing books, which partly explains the lack of posts lately, both here and at BreakfastinBridgetown.com. (Stay tuned, though, for a report...

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Portland Hiking News, Conditions and Outings for March 8-9

Welcome to the 2014 Hiking Season! .... and my (more or less) weekly updates on news, conditions, and hiking suggestions. Sure, some of you may have been hiking all winter, but for me, it starts in March, with the first reports of wildflowers blooming in the Columbia River Gorge and the possibility,...

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A Sad, Wet, Fun Night with West Ham United at Upton Park

I find it absolutely remarkable that West Ham United are currently climbing up the Premier League table – no doubt their fans do, too. When I saw them play at home in January, both the team and the fans, as well as the weather, were strictly miserable. And yet, it was one of the more entertaining evenings...

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Recovery Share: On Obsessive Thoughts and “Spinning Wheels”

Most of us in recovery have heard about The Committee. It’s the constant stream of voices running in our head, giving us advice and shit and maybe, on occasion, encouragement. Most people focus on the negative aspect, like how the Committee tells us we’re fools or we’re ugly or whatever. In fact,...

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A Guide to the Leagues and Cups of English Football

  The leagues and cups of English football were utterly mysterious to me for years. And they may still be for many Americans. Recently I heard a TV announcer from Britain say something that you would never hear an American announcer say: that a team (in this case Manchester City) play their...

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Classic Portland Hike: Marquam Trail to Council Crest

Marquam Trail is a pleasant path through a wooded gulch just minutes from downtown, and it leads to the highest point in Portland, a park where you can take in a view of four volcanoes. What a city we live in! Why You Should Go Council Crest, the tiptop of Portland at 1,071 feet above sea level,...

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Recovery Share: On Deserving Happiness

When I started smoking pot as a teenager, I was looking for fun, adventure, and a sense of belonging. But now, looking back, I realize I was also looking for escape, and to “check out” from the discomfort of living. And why was I so uncomfortable? Well, for one thing I was a teenager! But I was also...

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