I’m Not A Portlander*

Last week, my friend Jess Witkins e-mailed me to let me know I had won a book she was giving away as part of a contest on her blog. I was thrilled, because One can never have too many books, and It was free. Not necessarily in that order, but then again, I’ve been outtaContinue reading “I’m Not A Portlander*”

Getting My Griswold On – Day 14: Home!!

Miles traveled today: 448.3 Total miles traveled: 5684.3 “I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” — Jack Kerouac (On the Road) Thirteen days after setting out, during which time I traveled through fourteen states, experienced four timeContinue reading “Getting My Griswold On – Day 14: Home!!”

Getting My Griswold On – Day 1: Spokane, WA

Miles traveled today: 375.3 Total miles traveled: 375.3 Entry # 1 in the chronicle of my twelve-day trek across a good portion of America kicks off in an air-conditioned Howard Johnson’s Inn in Spokane, Washington. It’s late but I’m pretty wired, having just finished dinner (a roast beef sub from a local sandwich shop calledContinue reading “Getting My Griswold On – Day 1: Spokane, WA”

Kaboom (A Somber Anniversary)

Thirty-one years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted. I was not living here at the time, and was pretty young anyway, but I remember being awestruck by the news reports. As a kid, I thought volcanoes were “cool” and used to draw pictures of them erupting molten lava into the air. Mount St. Helens claimedContinue reading “Kaboom (A Somber Anniversary)”

Mark’s Handy, Pocket-Sized Guide to the Pacific Northwest

I got a great Valentine’s Day present when I learned IFC had renewed Portlandia for a second season. I love this sketch comedy series that so perfectly skewers Portland, Oregon. So many of the skits have been dead-on hilarious it’s hard to believe Fred Armisen wasn’t born and raised here. Mayor Openly Reggae. Best lineContinue reading “Mark’s Handy, Pocket-Sized Guide to the Pacific Northwest”