Saturday, May 8, 2021

When Was Tie Dye Introduced To Portland?


When I first arrived in the 1980s to Portland, Saturday Market and tie dye clothing were traditions already firmly established. Today that tradition is stronger than ever with several booths selling tie dyes in the current iteration of the COVID -restricted Saturday Market.

Popular culture would tell us that Ken Kesey brought tie dyes to Portland, and the nation, sometime in the 1960s.

This question is where the academics and serious amateurs are sorely needed.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Driving Practice Brings Us To New Pants

 

The kid wanted to drive and purchase a new pair of rugged cargo pants. So we went to the Duluth Trading Co. in Jantzen Beach.

The orientation of the store was to big men, so I was happily surprised to find 28 inch waist, 32 inch inseam pants for the skinny kid. He now has two pairs of pants with so many pockets that he will not need a backpack. Ever.

An older gentleman was checking out ahead of us with a big order of several hundred dollars. He took out bills and paid in cash, finding the coins for exact change as well.

Ten years ago, that might have been me purchasing a small item. I can’t remember the last time I paid for something in cash – certainly not an order worth a significant amount of money.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Driving Practice Took Us To Lake Oswego


The kid had no recollection of what Lake Oswego, Oregon was like. So we went to this tony suburb of Portland and looked for hair metal bands and BMWs.

What we found instead were chain stores and a lot of SUVs – but the houses looked nice and nobody yelled at us.

I remembered good times from college with a great friend who grew up there.

Stoke!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Big Lebowski Enjoyed By New Generation


I taunted the kid last night by saying I created a meme that had cultural references he could not comprehend.

The result was a family viewing of “The Big Lebowski.” A good time was had by all.

Now I can say, “I don’t roll on Shabbos” and everyone can roll their eyes. 



 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Should Resign





Today the centrist-right newspaper “The Oregonian” published an op-ed titled “Havoc Stems From Upholding Supremacy, Not Dumpster Fires.”

The piece was written by a guest columnist but the fact it appeared at all shows a softening on this issue for Portland. A quote:

Definitions of “violence” are contentious, but surely, we can agree there is a significant difference between broken windows and a 46-year-old man shot dead by police while in a city park, the latest person to be killed by Portland Police. There is no moral equivalency between dumpster fires in the street and murder. It is disingenuous to condemn property destruction while ignoring the relentless violence of Portland police, who used force a documented 6,000 times last year alone against citizens expressing their opinions on the value of Black lives. The overwhelming majority of violence against people occurring during protests is committed by Portland police, not by protestors.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Things Are Not Normal In Portland

 



There is an on-going civic discussion about the Portland police. The mayor and the police keep announcing new measures to crack down on protesters who vandalize and set fires.

One of the protesters’ main points of contention is that the police use excessive force, especially during the volatile summer of 2020. Also, they only arrest leftist suspects, giving gun-toting white supremacists a pass.

The police will never beat the protesters into submission. This just isn’t going to happen in 2021 in Portland. The protest season is just starting and if the police want to use every last dollar on overtime they can test this hypothesis all they want.

The police should arrest all who vandalize and show they are a little bit fair-minded by refraining from violence with peaceful protestors and arresting white supremacists who menace people with guns and break the law. Until they do, they will have trouble winning a majority of public support.