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This blog was in active operation from July 6, 2002 to April 5, 2013, with a brief outage in July and August of 2004. It has now gone on indefinite hiatus. We're taking a year or more off to work on a major writing project in our professional life. This site will remain in place as an archive, but no new content will be added. We are grateful to our readers and advertisers for 10-plus great years. We'll re-evaluate this site when the writing project is done. -- Jack Bogdanski

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- Last Thursday shooting: Salt & Straw owner is heartbroken, reflects on tragedy from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Mouse Tails from the Crypt from Dingleberry Gazette
- Two Cale America executives on leave pending investigation of Portland parking-meter emails from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Ellis McCoy's going to prison; what were meter makers told? Take 3 for Politics (video) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland approves $485 million general fund spending plan, with roads at the center from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland OKs higher development fees for parks from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- It just got easier to fight Portland City Hall, and City Council is thrilled from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- A $100 monthly utility bill in Portland? Almost from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland parking meter scandal: A timeline of key events from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland parking meter scandal: Cale executive was privy to emails from disgraced distributor from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Tabor reservoirs: Portland closes balcony, limiting access to council meeting from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- The Central Question: Portland's plan for 20 years of growth inches forward from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales hosting Twitter Town Hall to discuss bicycling issues from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Propane export terminal could still get a shot at city zoning approval from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- What are Steve Novick's top accomplishments as a Portland city commissioner? (video) from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Why Portland is giving developers a reprieve on fee hikes from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- With Mount Tabor reservoirs vote looming, Portland officials say 'bully tactics' won't be allowed from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Oregon Supreme Court case may alter landscape of historic preservation from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- How much does Portland love dog parks? Try 8 times more than national average, report says from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland's emergency management chief talks earthquakes, evacuations, food in Reddit AMA from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- Portland officer shoots knife-toting man who broke into home from OregonLive.com: Portland City Hall
- This Old House from Dingleberry Gazette
- Fair Warning from Dingleberry Gazette
- Ten Years Gone from Dingleberry Gazette
- Welcome To Bartertown! from Dingleberry Gazette
- Steve Duin: Terry Stotts goes full cycle from Steve Duin
- Board of Trustees to hold closed session on UO’s union bargaining proposals from UO Matters
- Bill Harbaugh (Economics) to run for UO Senate President-Elect from UO Matters
- Reductions in FY16 Library Collections Purchases from UO Matters
- Around the O’s Jen McCulley reports on unanimous Senate vote for NCAA reform from UO Matters
- UO is not broke: AAUP’s Howard Bunsis dissects UO admins budget claims from UO Matters
- UO files $8.5M lawsuit over alleged Global Scholars Hall defects from UO Matters
- Bargaining XIII: UO administration proposes to cut the faculty’s real wages from UO Matters
- Another brave sexual assault survivor, and more UO institutional betrayal from UO Matters
- UO Matters to cease publication, halt incessant public records requests & snark from UO Matters
- New Pres Mike Schill takes UO’s General Counsel bull by the horns from UO Matters
- Steve Duin blog: Kurt Higgins selling his Happy Valley home from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: In Bandon, let's make a deal with Mike Keiser from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Parents and children, together again from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Kurt Higgins arraigned in Happy Valley voyeurism case from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Kurt Higgins to be charged in Happy Valley hidden-camera case from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Ted Wheeler vs. Charlie Hales? Bring it on from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: 'The Dream is Alive' at Rosemary Anderson prom from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Schrader curtly shreds the EPA from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Corvallis-Kathmandu connection brings relief to Nepal from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Obama met by buckets of Portland love from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: When he looked back, Sarah Crunelle was gone from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: Opportunity, obligation and David Rubenstein from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: The day the music died from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Memory and moral suicide in Happy Valley from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: The $155,000 - and counting - Portland Schools board race from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: No love for tennis at Portland Parks & Rec from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Addiction, jail beds and the limits of damage control from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin blog: 'Daredevil' on Netflix is vicious, vacuous from Steve Duin
- Steve Duin: Cutting the new Franklin High down to size from Steve Duin
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In Vino Veritas

Lugana, San Benedetto 2013
Canoe Ridge, Cabernet, Horse Heaven Hills 2011
Arcangelo, Negroamaro Rosato
Vale do Bomfim, Douro 2012
Portuga, Branco 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Kristina's Reserve 2010
Rodney Strong, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 28, 2012
Coppola, Sofia, Rose 2014
Kirkland, Napa Cabernet 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve, Napa Meritage 2011
Kramer, Chardonnay Estate 2012
Forlorn Hope, Que Saudade 2013
Ramos, Premium Tinto, Alentejano 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve, Rutherford Cabernet 2012
Bottego Vinaia, Pinot Grigio Trentino 2013
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2011
Pete's Mountain, Elijah's Reserve Cabernet, 2007
Beaulieu, George Latour Cabernet 1998
Januik, Merlot 2011
Torricino, Campania Falanghina 2013
Edmunds St. John, Heart of Gold 2012
Chloe, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige 2013
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2013
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio, Friuli 2013
St. Francis, Red Splash 2011
Rodney Strong, Canernet, Alexander Valley 2011
Erath, Pinot Blanc 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Porto 2007
Portuga, Rose 2013
Domaine Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny, Vielles Vignes Les Premieres 2008
Locations, F Red Blend
El Perro Verde, Rueda 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red 2010
Chloe, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige 2013
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2013
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio, Friuli 2013
St. Francis, Red Splash 2011
Rodney Strong, Canernet, Alexander Valley 2011
Erath, Pinot Blanc 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Porto 2007
Portuga, Rose 2013
Domaine Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny, Vielles Vignes Les Premieres 2008
Locations, F Red Blend
El Perro Verde, Rueda 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red 2
If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011

The Occasional Book

Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 114
At this date last year: 156
Total run in 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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