Paul Gerald's Posts

Watching Soccer in England: What Does it Cost?

Lately I’ve gotten one particular question quite a bit: How can I afford to go to England and watch all these soccer games? I get it so often that I thought I’d take a shot at answering it here. The short and honest answer is, I really can’t. I am obsessed, and I have long been hooked on travel....

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Recovery Share: Oh, Those Character Defects

I was in a meeting the other night where Step 6 was the topic, and when the book came around, this is what I got to read: In reality, many of our lives were full of strife. It felt like life was a war—us against them. There was a fierce competition for power, wealth, ideas, and love. We were afraid...

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Premier League Game Day: Leicester City at Stoke

The thing about traveling around watching soccer games in England is that every game, and every city, brings surprises. Take my trip to Stoke to see them play Leicester City. Most English people I told about this looked at me with real confusion, as if choosing to go to Stoke made as much sense...

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Me and My Skeptic

The only thing I remember from my first 12-step meeting is a feeling. Before the meeting, I was scared, confused, embarrassed, and depressed. But in the meeting, I felt that I was in the right place. There really was no thought associated with it, other than “These people are like me, and they are sober,...

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Best Fall Colors Hikes Near Portland

It's that time of year again when the temperatures drop, the leaves turn, and we start thinking about the best fall colors hikes near Portland. It's also the time of year when, every year, I remember that October is actually my favorite hiking month of the year: cool air, clear days, no bugs, few people,...

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How to Buy Tickets for English Soccer – What I Have Learned So Far

In my quest to visit all 92 league soccer stadiums (aka football grounds) of England, I have picked up a few things about how to buy tickets for the Premier League and other games. I am by no means any kind of guru, but I have managed in 2014 to see 14 games at 13 grounds, including games at Arsenal,...

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Portland Heritage Tree #2: The Farrell Sycamore

I like to think that folks were tougher back in Pioneer days. I don't really know if that's true, but it feels right. Consider the people who built Portland; just to get here, they had to travel by boat or train, hack down a mighty forest, then start all over on the edge of a wilderness. So it seems...

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Recovery Share: When Pills Really are the Answer

Even before I got into recovery, I always had a serious aversion to taking pills. I can’t say exactly what it was about, considering all the other toxic crap I put into my system. All I know is that pills, along with needles and anything that went up my nose, always freaked me out – and I’m...

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Hiking in Tuscany: The Pania di Corfino

What is it like to go hiking in Tuscany? You start in dense forest, with occasional views of tree-covered slopes stretching to the horizon. You climb higher to see bald-topped mountains in the distance and tile-roofed villages dotting the hillsides. You emerge in a cluster of houses as quaint as the hobbits’...

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Watching Soccer in England – When to Go

What's the best time to go watch soccer in England? As I sit here planning my trips to watch soccer in England during the upcoming season, I find myself thinking there are two ways to approach this thing. One way is to say, “When can I go, and what games will be happening while I’m there?”...

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