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English Soccer Trip: How I Met a Sober Millwall Fan

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 18, 2015
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Among the great traditions of my English soccer trips is meeting friends of friends on arrival in London. My first night in London, mostly to stay awake, but also to meet some locals and maintain my sanity a bit, I went to a 12-Step meeting in Tottenham. There, I had the usual conversation — what…

English Soccer Trip: Talking Footy at UK Customs

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 18, 2015
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I’m starting to really look forward to hitting customs in the UK. Other than the excitement of arriving in my tied-for-favorite country, the U.K. Border Force is also my first chance to talk footy with English blokes. (Sometimes it’s a lady, and that’s even better of, course.) They always ask what I’ll be doing in…

English Soccer Trip: Flying Business Class

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 18, 2015
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For the first time in my life, I got to board an international flight — and turn left. At some point I think that’s really what it’s all about, that moment of ego gratification from getting to sit up front. At least it was for me, since I’d never been up there before, and I…

My MLS Cup 2015 Diary: Or, The Timbers’ Big Night in Columbus

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 9, 2015
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What is it like when your team wins the championship? Beyond description, really — but that didn’t deter me from writing this here diary of the experience of watching my Portland Timbers win the 2015 MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday 5 p.m. I finish a 12-hour shift driving a taxi, hand off the car…

Recovery Share: The Scripts in my Head

  • Paul Gerald
  • November 15, 2015
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I have recently said some things that made me uncomfortable — not in the old sense, where I’d say something and then later cringe, like some crazy shit blurted out when I was drunk. What I mean is that I had to say something which might upset somebody, or make them uncomfortable. And since, in my…

Watching Soccer in England: Big Holiday Plans

  • Paul Gerald
  • November 13, 2015
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Watching a soccer game at Burnley FC is a trip back in time.

I just love planning trips to see soccer in England. And right now I’m planning a doozy for December and January. Since people have been emailing me lately about planning their own English soccer trips, and since I have already offered some general trip-planning advice, I thought I would follow up with the details of…

Fall Colors in Portland: Hoyt Arboretum

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 29, 2015
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I love going to see fall colors in Portland, and this week I took a group up to Hoyt Arboretum for a volunteer-led tour. It’s always a nice time to visit the Arboretum, whether in spring for blooms, summer for cool shade, winter to get some exercise on their 12 miles of trails, or fall for all…

Taxi Story: Ladd’s Level III

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 26, 2015
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One of the phrases I hear most when I tell people I drive a taxi is “interesting characters.” And it’s true, I get a lot of them: nuts, cranks, drunks, hookers, johns … all sorts. And then there was probably the all-timer, the Ladd’s Addition Level III guy. But we’ll get to that. He comes…

Recovery Share: Should I Be Happier?

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 25, 2015
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The other day somebody asked me how things are going, and I told him, “Well, the job is good, I just got back from leading a tour in Italy, my relationship is terrific, I’m paying down my debt, I’ve been out hiking a little, and my health is good.” And all of that is true….