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Feb 03, 2015

New Portland Brunch: Cafe Castagna on SE Hawthorne

One of the weird things about being the Portland Breakfast Guy is that I don’t get out to eat much after noon. Even the best-known restaurants in Portland probably won’t be seeing me unless they start serving brunch. So it is that after all these years I finally made it to Castagna on SE Hawthorne Blvd. […]

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One of the more interesting messages I've seen in my short career. Note the time: 6 something a.m.
Jan 30, 2015

A report so far from the world of cab driving.

This has all been done before, and better, and from the night shift, but what the hell. I live, I roam around, and I write. You’ve got your salt of the earth bar workers, closing the place at 3, cleaning up til 4, drinking til 6, then calling for a ride home, paying in cash […]

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2015 portlandhikers.org calendar.
Jan 20, 2015

Giving Away a Portlandhikers.org Calendar

If you are into hiking near Portland, Oregon, you probably already know about portlandhikers.org. You might not know that every year they produce a really cool Portland hiking calendar. Sales of the calendar, which includes photos from users on the site, benefit Trailkeepers of Oregon, which runs the website. TKO’s mission is “to protect and […]

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Jan 08, 2015

InterUrban: Yet Another Fine Brunch on N Mississippi

Whenever I get into discussions about the best brunches in Portland, people will always complain about long lines, and they will almost always mention Gravy. For a lot of people, it’s an example of a good place with a terrible line. For me, it’s an example of a good place to start in North Portland. […]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2015 and 2016 MLS Champions!
Jan 07, 2015

Steven Gerrard Signs for LA Galaxy; Why This is More Bad News for Most of MLS

Normally, in this space, I would be writing about English soccer. But today I want to write about American soccer, and in particular the ongoing downfall of it. Wait, downfall of American soccer? How can this be? Everybody knows that soccer is booming in America! In many ways, it is. Just check any media outlet, and […]

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Jan 05, 2015

Off the Waffle: Cute New SE Portland Breakfast Place

Whenever I check out a new Portland breakfast place, I try to think about the basic thing that sets it apart, the sentence or moment or scene that defines the whole place. In the case of Off the Waffle, a new place at SE 26th and Clinton, it’s actually just one word: cute. The outside […]

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Life is like a walk in the mountains.
Jan 04, 2015

Recovery Share: When the Magic Just Isn’t There

One of my favorite metaphors for life is that it’s like a walk in the mountains: sometimes you’re going up, sometimes you’re going down. To take it a couple steps further: sometimes it’s actually hard to tell if you’re going up or down, much less what’s coming next. Sometimes we’re surprised by our progress, when […]

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Spurs and Aston Villa get ready to start things off at Villa Park.
Jan 01, 2015

A Game at Villa Park: Rain, Lines, A Great Stadium, and a Mr. Harry Kane

As it usually does, the singing started on the train. Spurs fans were singing how much they hate Arsenal, though they were about to play Aston Villa, and Villa fans were singing how much they hate Birmingham, even though they were about to host Tottenham. When we got to Aston Station, some of the Villa fans, […]

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Dec 31, 2014

My Ultimate Italian Meal, Part II: Pasta and Meats

Every year, I lead hiking and touring trips to Italy, and since this is Italy we’re talking about, one of the highlights is the food. I think Italians have the best cuisine in the world. The thing about Italian cooking, the way we eat it on our trip, is that it’s rarely fancy. It’s not […]

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... and it shall arrive.
Dec 22, 2014

On Asking for Help

There’s a pretty standard part of every recovery story, and it’s certainly a part of mine: that time when you hit bottom, realize you’re screwed, and then finally become ready to seek help. What happened to me was that I had built up a serious belief system in my head; the main message was, “This […]

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