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Latest “Breakfast Bulletin”: Hiking in the Gorge,
Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 24, 2017
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    Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

Every few weeks I send out a newsletter that I call the Breakfast Bulletin, a nod to my former days as the Portland Breakfast Guy. The last issue was mostly about my English soccer project, and this one touches on that, as well. But mainly, this one is all about hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. It…

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…

Taxi Stories: Sometimes you just don’t want to know …

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 16, 2015
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Often I make small talk with my passengers: How’s your day going, what are you up to, what line of work are you in, etc. And sometimes I don’t. Here are three times I didn’t say a word after “Where are you headed?” I pick up a guy, 4:45 a.m., at the EconoLodge, MLK and Columbia….

Giving Away a Portlandhikers.org Calendar

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 20, 2015
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2015 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…

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

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 7, 2015
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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…

18 Years a Portlander: A Little Roadtrip Reminiscing

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 31, 2014
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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…

Hiking in Tuscany: The Pania di Corfino

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 25, 2014
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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’ Shire, where you…