I'll get to the poll, but first a little editorializing...
Cogen, to his credit, came clean when confronted—a decision helped by an apparently anonymous email circulating among county employees this week that claimed Cogen and the policy adviser, identified as Sonia Manhas, had been spotted around town in public displays of affection. And he's decided not to resign, just less than a year before his presumed primary re-election. Fine. So far. The mere act of an affair isn't enough to drive someone from office—a case in point being former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
But Cogen still has much to prove—even after denying the insinuation that, because of their relationship, he somehow helped Manhas rise through the county's ranks.
Is he lying about that? Definitively proving otherwise will require more than his assurances, as earnest as they might be. Voters need to see a credible outside investigation—maybe by the state attorney general's office. And that's as much for Manhas' sake as it is for Cogen's. Cogen's political aspirations hang in the balance, but so does Manhas' professional reputation. If Cogen's telling the truth, she deserves a clear finding that she rose through the ranks because of her own skill and accomplishment.
And then there's the question of whether Cogen ever took advantage of his position as leader of the county in coercing Manhas into prolonging or entering the affair. Cogen told the O they were two "consenting adults," but Manhas has, according to reports, declined to comment. Again, Cogen's word shouldn't be the only one we hear on that, no matter how earnest he might be.
And here's a little bit of media criticism: What's up with KATU going to Cogen's house? My Twitter feed last night blew up with opprobrium when reporters at the TV station started bragging about how they hunted him down because he ducked their cameras outside his office. Cogen's got a wife and kids who totally didn't need grandstanding TV journalists smearing one of the worst days of their lives into their faces where they sleep. Especially since Cogen had already admitted to other media what he had done. KATU's shenanigans would have added nothing to the story.
Okay. Finally. Here's the poll.
The dinner/presentation event hosted monthly at Union/Pine is coming up once again this Sunday. Portland institution the Farm Café is planning a menu of "Lamb andouille and "hunter's-style" duck sausage and olive-oil poached Oregon albacore tuna with wood-fired Romano beans, potato salad viscose [?], and sorrel pistou." These dinners combine a splurgy-but-well-priced dinner served at communal tables, but it's not only about the food. Each edition features a different person of interest giving a brief, casual talk. This month's is particularly intriguing, given that it's Katrina Scotto Di Carlo, one of the founders behind both Supportland and Portland Made.
Despite the fact that Scotto Di Carlo's usually discussing new concepts for local and communal economies, here she'll be talking about "lineage," including local roots as well as "ideas on ancestry and origin." The $65 ticket covers food and a series of paired drinks with each course, dessert, and decor touches all brought to you by small local businesses. It's not cheap, but it's more than fair for what you get, with the added bonus of interesting company and—hopefully—thought provoking conversation.
Here's a video of last month's made by Randall Garcia and Samahra Little, for visual confirmation of the words "eating" and "talking":
In Portland, we've been battered with tales about our downed economy for years.
On message boards, locals ceaselessly warn prospective Portlanders from moving to town unless they have a job lined up (good advice—trust me—but certainly not mandatory). The rapidly tiring joke the city's a place where young people go to retire, it turns out, is borne of the city's chronic underemployment. Even the state's much-improved employment numbers, we're told, are partly due to the fact some people have simply given up looking for work.
But those improved employment figures are real, nonetheless, though not something every unemployed person in the city is going to feel. It's still tough out there for a lot of qualified and smart Portlanders I know, but things are getting better. All of which is a long way of pointing you to this piece that ran on The Atlantic's website last week (yup, I linked it in Good Morning, News, too). Rather than an overly dour outlook on the city's economy, it's fairly ecstatic (and also weirdly preoccupied with calling us "weird and crunchy").
Yet Portland is also one of America's most export-oriented and globally integrated economies. Over 18 percent of its metropolitan gross product comes from exports, the third-highest export intensity in the United States among the top 100 metros and the second-fastest-growing export market among the major metros.
It goes on to laud former Mayor Sam Adams for his work to increase Portland-area exports and positioning the city as a leader in green technology, favorably comparing us to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Curitiba and Singapore.
Anyway, in case you wanted another take on our city's economic straits.
You've heard about Equality House, the "symbol of equality, peace, and positive change and will serve as the resource center for all Planting Peace equality and anti-bullying initiatives" that's set up right across the street from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas:
But what you might not know, is that the organization's brand new web site, which just launched on Friday, was designed as a pro-bono project by Portland web design studio Needmore Designs, after they got inspired tracking Equality House's progress on social media—it was the obvious and crucial gift to an organization that is entirely run on donations.
If you ever make it out to Kansas to visit, you can take some hometown pride in the knowledge that your fellow Portlanders helped out the good guys on the right side of the street. Meanwhile, the Needmore team has posted a bunch of personal recollections of how queer issues and bullying have touched their lives over on their blog.
This week seems like the perfect time—post-World Naked Bike Ride, pre-Pride—to tell you about when I found a naked man in my house pawing through my things, and unlike many nude snoopers, he was a welcome and delightful guest. The man in question, Cub Ginger, is one of a team of naked male house cleaners for a Portland company called Cub Cleaners, who will swab your abode for a couple hours or a full day, all while being total nudniks. I got a trial cleaning for three hours. Was it awkward? Not nearly as much as you'd think. Was it awesome? Totally and completely. This is what it must feel like to be a rich person. So you probably have a pantsload of questions, eh? Hit the jump and I'll cover most of 'em. Yes, there's more pictorial evidence.
The staff at KBOO, Portland's left-leaning community radio station, has voted overwhelmingly to unionize in response to scuffles with management.
Earlier today, eight of the station's nine paid employees voted to unionize under the auspices of the Communications Workers of America, Local 7901, said Madelyn Elder, the union's president. One ballot was not filled out, said Elder.
Conflicts between management and labor at the station began brewing last summer, when KBOO's board began seeking changes to how it operated. Many of the controversial changes were being implemented by Lynn Fitch, who previously served as KBOO's development director, and was hired as the station's “navigator” (or station manager) by the board in July 2012.
Fitch wasn't available for comment, but in an interview titled “Lynn Fitch: Raw, Naked, and Exposed,” broadcast last week on KBOO, she said she was hired by the station's board to bring more leadership and structure to the organization, which has long had a collective decision-making process that relies heavily on input from staff and volunteers.
“My feeling about it was, the board was really looking for leadership - that they had really had frustration with the staff collective,” Fitch told interviewer Don Merrill.
Shortly after she was hired, KBOO used money from a grant from the Myer Memorial Trust to hire PayChex, a human resources firm, to evaluate the roles of the station's board and management and overhaul its personnel policy. The evaluation from PayChex paved the way for drastic changes to KBOO's employment and management policies that have rankled staff and the station's supporters.
The policies revamped KBOO's organization to a more top-down leadership structure with Fitch holding more authority. The new policies also reduced employee leave time and allowed management to terminate staff at will, a departure from requirements that they be given “just cause” for being let go. Fitch also proposed laying off the entire staff and allowing them to reapply for their old positions.
I was a little bummed when Red Cap—the queer bar across the street from the Ace/Clyde Common—went out of business, and I didn't blink an eye when Aura slipped permanently into my well of unconsciousness. Now that both are gone, it's been officially revealed (-ish) what will be taking its place: Union Way is set to be a compound of shopping, eating and drinking that will either certify the West End of downtown's crushing dominance or be the breaking point at which it becomes clear that this city can't support our own grand ambition. Either way, this description is pretty exciting:
Portland calls for a new kind of shopping experience. Its climate and culture lead us to an urban indoor/outdoor space for eating, drinking, and shopping. Union Way finds its origins in the streets and alleyways of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and serves as a counterpoint to the typical urban retail block or the suburban festival marketplace. The public promenade draws people through the building, which is bookended by Powell’s Books, a major retail destination and The Ace Hotel, an iconic contemporary hotel. Union Way houses a collection of carefully curated shops and restaurants providing an authentic and unique shopping experience while adding energy and momentum to the West End neighborhood. Since the Alley is a private walkway through the block, new types of ways to eat, drink and shop will emerge and end in an exciting symbiosis between merchants and their customers.
The photos published in the Daily Journal of Commerce help paint a picture of what the finalized space will look like and at least one of the restaurants involved, Micah Camden's Boxer Ramen, has been confirmed. As for retail, the unconfirmed rumor has it that Steven Alan is coming to town, but I'll believe it when I see it (or when they respond to my emails, which they so far have not). Another clue: Steven Alan is one of only 11 things that Union Way "likes" on Facebook. Yep. If that indicates what I think it does you might also want to keep an eye on Bridgeport vegan restaurant Morso and San Francisco clothing store Self Edge, since everything else on their "like" list already exists in the surrounding neighborhood.
Portland's fluoride fight, presumably settled tomorrow, is drawing bemused headshaking from all around the country—even up north in Seattle, where I spent a few minutes this morning talking about fluoride on KIRO-AM (710).
But let's be honest here. The polling is looking terrible for fluoride. And despite our own personal best attempts to fire people up about why fluoridation makes sense, the "anti" side has always been able to draw on a far deeper reserve of passion and vigor. (And if your mind isn't made up by now, it's probably too late. So don't worry.) So what's left to discuss? At this point, pretty much the two camps' respective ELECTION NIGHT parties.
For those who enjoy crashing such things:
CLEAN WATER PORTLAND
On Deck Sports Bar (trivia: where mayoral candidate Max Brumm once toasted his friends and loved ones)
910 NW 14th
Doors open at 7:30
HEALTHY KIDS HEALTHY PORTLAND
Curious Comedy Theater (because of the past nine months?)
5225 NE MLK
Doors open at 7
Ahem, as predicted, this week's letters section is quite the journey. In fact, we doubled the size of it in an attempt to give space to the many, many responses to our endorsement of fluoridation. Whichever side of the debate you're on, it's a colorful read. My two favorites...
TO THE MERCURY VIA VOICEMAIL—I'm a holistic health practitioner, which I know in the article says that we're based on faulty science, which is kind of amusing to me. Putting a Band-Aid on tooth corrosion while ignoring the ravages on these children's bodies from their diet, which is the main issue, is really fucking stupid. And I literally can't believe that anyone would be so fucking stupid as to think that that would help. So I would really appreciate if some people on your staff could have a more holistic perspective on health and maybe get behind some nutrition initiatives like community gardens or something where these kids can get some fucking organic vegetables.
DEAR NEWSPAPER EDITOR PERSON—Your article has inspired a small group of us who believe that Establishing Holistic Regionally Mandated Aquatic Heritage Goals is Everyone's Rightful Duty (EHRMAHGERD). EHRMAHGERD is committed to defending Portland's water not just from fluoride, but also from chlorine and ammonia. Now, you may be thinking, "Wait, if you remove all the disinfectant chemicals, then some people will contract cholera or dysentery!" Well, yes, that may be true, but the sacrifice of an unlucky few is a small price to pay for the rest of us to enjoy perfectly pure drinking water. In the next voting cycle, look for EHRMAHGERD's campaign against vaccinations. Now, again, you might be thinking, "Hey, without vaccinations, some kids will contract polio!" Well, to that we say: We never could've had FDR's New Deal without a little polio. If you'd like to join EHRMAHGERD, we'll be meeting at the bottom of Crater Lake next Tuesday.
—An under-informed, well-meaning, active citizen
A few other missives about other stuff snuck in, too. Like our interview with two of the "street kids" who inspire so much hand wringing during the warmer months. If you ever actually talk to them, you might think about cluing them into places like Outside In, since many of them are just passing through and don't know about it but could use some of this amazing facility's services. (So could their dogs.) And it would help reader and Outside In case manager Heather feel less "bummed."
Also, guys: some people think you're an asshole for holding the door open for women. Some people think you're an asshole for not. You really can't win this one.
Also, FYI, the plural of "haiku" is "haiku."
Oh, and Portland As Fuck made someone cry tears of joy. Great job, Karmel.
But otherwise, yeah: FLUORIDE
Alas, what exactly that something is? We aren't sure! The stretch of SW Third in front of the organization's newly expanded and rennovated offices—which happen to be right by the Mercury's offices—is largely blocked off. Several Klieg lights, turned on and bright even in the middle of the afternoon, are set up on the opposite side of the street from the building's entrance, near the Silverado gay bar and the Portland Outdoor Store. These lights are pointed at a stage that's being erected in the street, beneath a giant green bow that's been affixed to the building.
I asked the employees of a nearby food cart if they'd heard anything about was going on; their response, which I desperately want to believe, is that ANTONIO BANDERAS is coming to town this weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Portland's spiffed-up Scientology HQ. (Banderas isn't on this list, but he was in Interview with the Vampire with Tom Cruise... COINCIDENCE??!!)
The first thought I had about this big production is that it might be related to Scientology's practice of setting up the "Ideal Orgs" that former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega has written about:
As [Scientology leader David] Miscavige has pushed his followers to raise money in extreme quantities to buy up these large buildings and renovate them, there's been a real question about their purpose. Church membership itself hasn't been growing, and the Ideal Orgs are replacing smaller facilities that weren't out of space.
That info seems to match with Portland's previous, far more humble Scientology offices, which were always sparsely populated whenever I'd walk by. But back to Ortega: While he notes that openings of such buildings come only after "local Scientologists... are encouraged to mortgage their homes and max out their credit cards in donations so the church can buy a historic property in their area that needs renovation," Scientology's PR department focuses on the dramatic impact those buildings can have—particularly their grand openings, which "are attended by thousands of parishioners, guests and dignitaries from across the social spectrum."
Which leads to something else interesting, this time from Ortega's dedicated Scientology site: A recent story headlined "Scientology is Staking Everything On Portland Like It Actually Matters." That post takes a look at information gathered by former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, with particular interest paid to this Portland-centric flyer that calls Portland "The First Scientology City."
A call to that number from the Mercury office has yet to be returned.
So now, my fellow Portland residents, we are left with one very important QUESTION:
• Will ANTONIO BANDERAS be in Portland this weekend???
As you may have heard, Portland continued its uncanny televised streak a couple weeks ago by having yet another apparel design representative win Project Runway, which—while there's no getting around the fact that it's reality TV, and all that comes with that—does necessitate an actual skill. Prior hometown winners have taken the money and run to New York to establish themselves in a bigger market, but I think it's interesting that Michelle Lesniak Franklin has chosen instead to invest her money in the local economy, with plans to hire in-house production workers and commitments to participate in at least three upcoming fashion shows in the next six months.
In this week's paper I interviewed Michelle about the mind tricks of reality TV (which she dealt with remarkably well) and plans for further design domination. You may not have heard of her prior to the show's season but get ready for her name to come up often.
A couple weeks ago we introduced new writer Ronald Quiroga and his real estate-centric column over on MOD, and today he's back with his first specimen.
If you were to split up the personalities of prospective homeowners, some would be the type who love big old houses with personality and weird details that need a shit-ton of work (me!). Then there are the smart people, who are looking for move-in ready, brand new everything, no pending problems or DIY money pits in sight. House #1 is for the latter mindset, one of those new craftsman-style houses that have been popping up all over town and, I think, doing a decent job of blending in with the existing architecture.
It's also amazingly priced, and while it does cross the 82nd-avenue "line of fire" for some people, it's half a block off Glisan, which is snap. And as someone currently typing this with flecks of oil based primer all over her hands, I can tell you that the fact that everything's done has its advantages.
Did someone lose their dope? It's in this tin seen on SW Ash & 3rd. (AND NO, I DIDN'T SMOKE IT.)
So maybe my excitement led me to get a little out of hand with the subject tags of this post, but that's only because Sword + Fern—the gem of a shop helmed by Emily Baker, who makes jewelry but also stocks local apothecary, art, clothing, vintage nicknacks, books, and more—just keeps becoming a better and more rounded nexus of all these things.
After closing for a few months for renovations, Sword + Fern will be back in the First Friday swing of it this week, debuting the first in their new series of curatorial collaborations/art installations, "DISCOVERe'verer," with Plane/Air, to be followed by a roster of participants that includes Claudia Meza, Anna Korte, Helmy Membreno, Valentine Freeman, and more. Plus they've just announced that S+F will be the pickup spot for produce from Thistle Top Farm, and a forthcoming clothing line collaboration with Portland Garment Factory(!!). Swing by this Friday from 6-9 for a look at the reconfigured space and a high five for Baker's expanded venture.
Do you lay awake at night because someone might "force" something "poisonous" on your water? Or that "wingnuts" will shout loudest and drown out "sane science"? Do you give a shit about Metro's ability to manage open spaces? Or how about our city's continuing commitment to helping disadvantaged children thrive?
Of course you do! So pay attention and do exactly what I say: REGISTER TO VOTE. The deadline to sign up for a ballot in the May 21 election is today. TODAY. AS IN, THIS IS AN OFFER THAT EXPIRES PROMPTLY AT 12 MIDNIGHT.
The easiest way: Hit up the Multnomah County Elections Office's website. You can download a registration form and find answers to questions like, "If I'm already registered, but moved since the last election, do I have to register again?" (Yes please!) Or? Go right to the cleverly named oregonvotes.org website maintained by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
Or... if you're a Luddite who shuns fire and electricity and pirated wireless, show up at 1040 SE Morrison or call 503-988-3720. Copies of registration forms are also in phonebooks, and in post offices, libraries, schools, and DMV offices. So long as the postmark has today's date, you're golden.
Any Oregonian 17 or older is eligible (provided you'll be 18 on or before Election Day). And no one should feel left out if they're currently houseless. List the place you sleep most often as your residence—be as detailed as possible, providing details like cross streets—and then use a friend's place, a shelter, a PO box, or even the county elections office as a mailing address where your ballot will be sent.
Now hurry up, get out there, and fart in the general direction of history!
The goal of Portland Made is just broad enough that it takes a minute to wrap your head around. It's an online hub that ultimately aims to include every single product that is manufactured in Portland (not just tea towels and stationary but mattresses, bikes, and eventually food products), where visitors to the site can browse maker profiles, connect with retailers, and even purchase items for later pickup. It's also a quasi-social networking service for its makers, designers, retails, and manufacturers to ask and field questions, pool resources, and form mutually beneficial partnerships. Created jointly by Supportland and ADX, you know the ambition doesn't stop there. One of the most exciting things they are doing is pairing with researchers at PSU to create metrics tracking the job creation powers of local manufacturing, creating numbers that they can then bring to decision-makers in local and state government, with the idea of collecting evidence for the argument that the economic health of our community doesn't just live and die at the hands of biggies like Vestas and Adidas.
I spoke at length this week about the project, and tonight's official launch party, with ADX's Kelley Roy for this week's Sold Out column, but if you're more of a visual person, check out the official launch video by Will Nelson of Megamouth below, and stop by ADX tonight at 7 for speeches by the mayor, State Representative Jules Bailey, dancin', drinkin', and more!
This morning on MOD we published the inaugural blog post of new contributor Ronald Quiroga, who's bringing his experience as a real estate journalist to the blog, with sneak peeks at properties that come to market. Some of them might be reasonable a first-time buyer to consider, some of them might just be cool/amazing/weird. But if you're anything like me (going to open houses is your idea of a good time), you'll want to look out for 'em. First up he introduces us to Erin Lolcama of Exit Realty with some basic advice on what to do and consider if you're thinking of taking the plunge. (Lolcama sold me my house last summer, and the woman can break some truth across your brain.) Go check it out.
Before the current issue disappears into the horizon and sails away, I'd like to encourage you to take note that in addition to our lengthy feature on mayor Charlie Hales, I devoted my little fashion column to his wife, and Portland's first lady, Nancy Hales, which sort of makes this the unofficial Hales Issue.
I didn't really think anything of the fact that he was married when Hales first took office. In the 15+ years that I've lived here Portland never had a "first lady" in any impactful way, so expectations were pretty nonexistent. It was actually Tito Chowdhury, Executive Producer of FASHIONxt who first alerted me to her in his contribution for our 2013 style predictions at the new year:
Our new mayor's wife, who's well traveled, outward looking in her professional capacity, and a fashion enthusiast, may play a visible role in promoting style. Unless the underachieving, vocal majority of Portlanders don't break her spirit just because she's showing fashion awareness, [since] that threatens their frumpy looks and living.
Man, I almost forgot how jerky he got at the end there. Anyway, it was enough to make me curious, and to notice when she kept being photographed wearing Portland-designed pieces. I was just excited to have someone in a visible role who was stylish—we could use a little glamour, guys, and I will never forget the time a supportive but hapless Sam Adams made his opening remarks at Portland Fashion Week wearing a tee-shirt and baseball cap (ugh, so embarrassing). And I was delighted to find out that her interest is more than just for show. She has a fascinating job in her own right, running the First Stop Portland program at PSU, acting as an ambassador of the city for international delegations coming to visit and study Portland for a variety of reasons, and it was through this work that she started to unpeel what the local industry has been doing, and she understands its significance within the overall culture of the city and its famous "livability."
Anyway, I think she's rather fantastic, and maybe represents the potential for more support and/or recognition from people in decision-making positions. Read it!
Guys! For those of you who bemoan the lack of celebs that come to Portland, prepare for a minor SQUEE! Filming has started in Portland for a new untitled TNT series starring Geena Davis and Scott Bakula! WAIT! And Veronica Mars' dad Enrico Colantoni?? HOLY SHIT, WE'RE AT LEVEL THREE SQUEEEEEE, PEOPLE!
Here's what we know about the plot thus far:
“Inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green, the drama stars Davis as Mackenzie “Mack” Green, an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business.”
Oh, you bounty hunters with your unusual tactics and eccentric personalities! The O reported they shot some scenes last week in Milwaukie (just south of Sellwood) and we've had reports they are filming today in Ankeny Alley right behind our offices, so I guess you know where I'll be all day! Okay, Blogtown Cub Reporters! You know what to do... SEND US YOUR CELEB PICS AND SIGHTINGS!
Weirdly, there isn't a single screencap or vid of his performance on the entire internet (unless you're one of those pirate people), but you can catch it online when Fox unlocks the episode in a week. Don't miss it! In the meantime, the internet blogger reviews are in, and here's what they're saying about Ron's performance:
Eventually, Schmidt and Winston start brainstorming about the worst thing they’ve ever experienced on a date, and that’s when it becomes clear that they’re not going to make it anywhere near the restaurant. Winston and a girl were once serenaded by a shirtless, overweight homeless guy singing George Michael’s “Father Figure.”
Okay, that didn't really reveal much about his performance. How about this review from The Two Cents:
Fueled by a fear that their friendship is nothing without him, Schmidt and Winston decide to ruin Nick’s big date. Send in the shirtless singing hobo!
Better... but... how about one from Den of Geek:
Because Winston’s worst date was when a random homeless man marched up to his table and danced and sang 80s love ballads for the entire time. Yes, we get a flashback. Yes, it is hilarious. Yes, I wanted that scene to just keep going. Sadly, the rest of the episode had to happen.
That's more like it! And here's an even better one from The Loop:
The flashback that followed may be the funniest scene in New Girl history. In short, we watched a fat, shirtless homeless man sing George Michael’s “Father Figure” to Winston’s date while grinding the air. Whoever came up with that bit clearly has a inside track on what tickles my fickle funny bone. I must have rewatched it eight times in a row and I still couldn’t stop giggling like Ron Swanson in the presence of a free steak dinner.
And finally, someone who actually recognized Ron! From Hollywood.com:
...and the other homeless guy who serenaded Winston against his will to George Michael's "Father Figure." (By the way, that guy was played by an incredibly talented stand-up comedian named Ronald Funches. Do yourself a favor, next time he's in town, check out his act. You won't be sorry).
Again, congrats Ron, and we hope to be seeing more (not necessarily naked) of you on TV soon!
Whatever you were doing yesterday afternoon was probably more boring, and most likely safer, than this:
That's Thor Drake up in there air, there, co-owner of See See Motor Coffee Co. and probably Portland's most popular and well-documented motorcycle stuntman (see: every photo or music video filmed here involving motorcycles ever). I think that probably sans cape and mass human peril, this is just a typical afternoon for Drake, but in this case the jump was a reward for donations for a forthcoming book documenting the past two years of the One Motorcycle Show. Or, according to MotoLady:
…for science! Or… for the love of moto! Or simply because it’s fun to do things that aren’t maybe the best idea. Either way, Thor raised $50,000 to bring some amazing books to print… two years of the One Motorcycle Show. To entice investors, he said he’d jump over them for another 10k. He got it. Today, he jumped ‘em.
I'm glad that A) he followed through on his Kickstarter reward promise, and B) everyone lived.
Look, I'm no Portland newby; I've lived here a long time and have paid my dues and then some. But like many of you, I didn't grow up here, and only really found out about Portland because of reasons that can ultimately be traced back to Courtney Love.
In addition to these periodic publishings, Streckert (whose day job is as a Portland tour guide, appropriately) has been holding casual seminars at the Jack London Bar to continue the education of his audience, like tonight's focus on Portland TV personalities (which kicks off at 7:30). That is exactly the sort of shit I, and chances are you, missed out on by being born in a different state. He tells of "Clowns. Cowboys. A man with too many buttons. Buzz-cutted retailers. News anchors. An actual, real whale. Puppets." And... I've heard of the whale. Should it even be noted that you can relieve yourself of ignorance while hurting your brain with alcohol at the same time? It's all about balance.
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