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Bummer…Joe’s Sports headed for liquidation

Posted by bunchgrasser on April 8, 2009

It is a sad day in Stumptown for GI Joes customers. I just read Laura Gunderson’s article  on Oregonlive.com. Not that we didn’t see this coming, but it is always sad watching a venerable institution fade away. I’ve spent uncountable hours walking the aisles of GI Joes in my 42 years, and I consider it near the top of my list of favorite stores to buy from. So many memorable camping, fishing & hunting trips began with a quick trip to Joe’s for necessary supplies.

What a shame…

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Palin Returns to Alaska to Chants of ‘2012!’ – Uh, yeah…right…

Posted by bunchgrasser on November 6, 2008

sarah-palinSeveral months ago I promised myself that I wouldn’t post anything political on this blog. Sure, I have my own opinions on weighty topics such as politics & religion. However, I just haven’t felt any strong desire to espouse said opinions publically, preferring to focus my posts on personal interests like running, wine, & beer. Mmm…beer.

Now that election day has come and we have a new president-elect, I don’t see any harm in sharing my opinion on this comical note. I was perusing the Foxnews site this morning and saw this article…(chuckle). Enough said…

(Photo: sloomis08, Creative Commons, Flickr)

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Red Bull Flugtag in Portland

Posted by bunchgrasser on August 1, 2008

For the first time since 2004, the Red Bull Flugtag event is coming back to Portland. Join thousands of other Portlanders at Tom McCall Waterfront Park this Saturday August 2nd, 1:00pm for the festivities. If you like watching homemade contraptions take to the sky…uh, well in a matter of speaking – then this is the event for you.

As an added bonus, I have a special sneak preview picture of the Yakima “Super Trike” entry. My office is directly across the street from yakima and I’ve been watching them put the finishing touches on their entry all week.

Best of luck to the Yakima team!


(Post Edit)

I heard that the Yakima team took first place! Well done and congratulations!

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Deschutes flows in the Pearl

Posted by bunchgrasser on April 21, 2008

For a beer lover, having some of the best craft breweries in the world at your doorstep is, well…dangerous. But it’s also one of the many things that make Portland such a sweet place to reside. In just a few short days, Portlanders can welcome yet another world-class brewery to the area. Deschutes brewery and restaurant is scheduled to open their $5 million pub on May 2nd. Check out John Foyston’s full story here. I’ll see you there for a pint of Armory XPA.


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Could the U.S. learn from Taiwan’s universal health care system?

Posted by bunchgrasser on April 18, 2008

I heard this story on NPR in my car the other day. I’m not necessarily for or against universal healthcare for us here in the United States. But I do know this much…the average American spends way too much of their paycheck on healthcare costs. Whenever I look at my own paystub, it’s difficult not to imagine better uses for that large deduction every pay period.

Many countries enjoy tolerate universal healthcare, and I’m sure some programs are better than others. I think the U.S. can learn from nations like Taiwan, that recognized a problem and worked together to resolve it. There are many good ideas and programs that have been implemented and are working well. Granted the U.S. is a very different nation than Taiwan – but other large nations like Canada, Germany, and the U.K have been doing this for years.

I read somewhere that the United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that doesn’t provide universal health care. Why is that? My own opinion is that our problem is deeply rooted in politics and large, “for-profit” healthcare companies. As long as healthcare companies are publicly-traded, for-profit entities, always focusing on the bottom line – this conflict of interest will impede any significant progress in healthcare reform.



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