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18 Years a Portlander: A Little Roadtrip Reminiscing

This particular Halloween, I find myself in London, enjoying a pause in the middle of another soccer run -- this time seeing nine games in 13 nights. But on this day 18 years ago, I arrived in my new hometown of Portland, Oregon. I will never forget it being Halloween, since I walked out of the Greyhound...

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Watching a Match at Burnley FC: A Trip Back in Time

The first thing I heard about watching a game at Burnley FC was from a Sunderland fan – and it wasn’t completely positive. I had just told her, during a game at The Stadium of Light, that I like the old grounds, such as Everton’s Goodison Park, and she said, “Yeah, that’s like going back...

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English Soccer Tour: Game Day in Sunderland

My English soccer tour has always been mostly about people. There are the people I meet, of course, and the people who read the stuff I write. Ultimately, there will be people reading the book and having their own experiences – maybe even coming on tours with me. My relationship with Sunderland...

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Fulham’s Craven Cottage: A Proper Civilized Football Ground

Going to a game at Fulham is among the more civilized experiences I’ve had on my English soccer tour. First, it’s in a lovely and posh area of West London, and to get there from the nearest tube station you actually walk through a park along the River Thames. Second, the ground, Craven Cottage,...

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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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