Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on January 31, 2006 12:20 AM. The previous post in this blog was Amy to blogosphere: Get a life. The next post in this blog is Is Vicki out?. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Feed your head

Where does it say that the City of Portland has to build OHSU an aerial tram [rim shot] or else pay huge bucks in damages? Does the rise and fall of the Swiss franc really have anything to do with the huge cost overruns on the project? Why will pay to operate the thing? Is the City Council out of its mind?

In seeking to answer these and other fascinating questions about the Gonzo Gondola, inquiring minds have been asking Commissioner Sam "the Tram" Adams to see the original documents by which this boondoggle became law. To his credit, Adams posted some of them on the web, but he complained that the complete set was so thick that he couldn't do them all.

Now a wonderfully pesky local tax gadfly, Jim Karlock, has borrowed the whole stack from Adams and posted the incriminating papers himself. If you're ready to step through the looking glass, here's where to start. Please report back on what you find digging around in there.

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m.: So far, based on a half-day's reading, no one has found the place where the city commits to deliver the tram by a set date. And readers have complained that a key document -- the Construction Fuinding Agreement -- has not been produced.

Comments (32)

To see the whole picture, you'll probably also have to check out the SoWhat Central District Development Agreement, in all its glory, here.

If somebody can point me to where these documents say the city must deliver the tram by X date or pay, I'd be grateful.

Isn't "aerial tram" redundant? By definition the thing kinda whizzes along several stories above the ground...

It appears that none of the ordinances or agreements state that the city is responsible for any damages if the tram project is cancelled. I read through the documents you provided in the links and found nothing even hinting at it.

It's out there somewhere.

I think I found a reference to the right document.

The Development Agreement ( identifies a Construction Funding Agreement that "shall detail the means and procedures for PDC, PDOT and OHSU to periodically and timely pay their respective shares of the cost of constructing the
Tram, and funding shall be available for such construction."

The 7th Amendment to the Development Agreement ( notes that the Construction Funding Agreement was begun in April 2004 and completed in May 2005.

But where oh where is that perfidious Construction Funding Agreement? It's simply nowhere to be found!

Digging through the Development Agreement yielded some other (off-topic) tidbits that are discussed at

The limit would be much like that for the obligation to make payments on revenue bonds as described in Kane v. Goldschmidt, where a judge could not order payment but the obligor would have to guage the negative consequences upon bond ratings from not paying.

That is, the limit is just the willingness of folks to "trust" the city on future deals. It is thus, by definition, in the realm of the whimsical exercise of future arbitrary power and thereby exclusive of any reliance on anything remotely identifiable as the Rule of Law. The law, rather, spells this limit out with unmistakable clarity.

The electors can always choose to disincorporate a city, which must necessarily imply the lesser included power to change any and all spending decisions in the very next budgetary cycle; inclusive of every single revenue stream that is arguably dedicated to cover any revenue bond. The same could be accomplished with equal force of law via an initiative. Homer cannot change this fact, but he can hope, I suppose. The OHSU Medical Group has less of a grip than even revenue bond buyers have through their affiliation with the officially recognized bond rating outfits. Nothing can dictate that a future vote, not yet taken, must go a certain way; lest that would convert our right to vote into property that is alienable from the electors.

Is there some hard collateral that has been pledged? Like the tram itself, where on eBay it might sell at a discount just like the tarp to cover a water reservoir.

The same wiggle room applies also to all disparity in taxation for purposes of all urban renewal zones. A court could clearly accept an argument that in the interest of uniformity of taxation that preferential taxation is incompatible with the Oregon Constitution. Or rather from an alternative procedural posture, if we wiped the slate clean in the interest of uniformity then no prior beneficiary of a special privilege or immunity could effectively object in court on the grounds of a contract, but for a pledge of hard assets in which case the inquiry turns to criminality in such prior public policy choices.

There is no shortage of tools in the lawyer's toolbox, only perhaps a shortage of will.

And a shortage of cash :). NO TRAM TO OHSU, such as remains of it, is still exploring the idea of reviving its suit against the city, since we got bounced on ripeness grounds, not on the merits of the cause.

When I have the time, I would be very interested in poring over those documents -- thank you very much, Jim Karlock, for posting them, and thank you Jack for directing us to them.

Yes indeed good work by Jim Karlock. Perhaps Adams will help out Jim with a city grant for his work. Or how about a PDC consultant fee?

Having the easy access Jim provided may help the PDC staff bone up.
That way they can go to the next Urband Renewal Advisroy Committee meeting and tell the panel they were wrong in the two previous meetings when they said the swiss franc exchange rate contributed to the rising cost of the Tram [rim shot].

Additional funding should be made avaialable to Karlock and others who are doing the job of paid city staff.

Bravo, Mr. Karlock.

This is a great service, and I'm grateful that the intellectuals who visit your site are on the case.
As for me, I have now discovered - by looking at these papers - a second great name for a musical group. First there was the Vital Linchpins, and now there is another:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Zone D Band.

What I've always wondered is: why a tram? Would it really make it easier for people at OHSU? Are they really going to be running up and down the hill all day? Does that make any sense? I mean wouldn't it take like a half hour out of your day to use it? Doesn't seem like an effective use of any one's time except as a commute from your Condo Penthouse to your office back to your Penthouse.

Or is the tram (rimshot) really just a straw keep our attention off the real scam of the SoWhat development and the sweetheart deals for the very powerful families who own the land?

Just wondering...

Oh man... what is everyone going to do with themselves once this thing gets resolved? It seems like a borderline obsession for a few folks.

Guys... it's too easy to beat this dying horse. Your passion and investigative prowess is needed elsewhere.

I will never blame anyone for passionately speaking out about one issue or another, but there seems to be a lot plaguing the NW, Oregon, and the nation at-large. Pick and choose your battles, I guess. So... since you guys have this one covered, maybe I'll start fretting about our inept state legislature. Or the countless, moneyed Sizemore clones who work tirelessly to undermine our tax and land-use system, at the expense of everything we love about Oregon. Battles where billions may be at stake each YEAR, not just $30M overruns.

I don't mean to rain on the parade, but there's a bigger downpour on the next street.


"...countless, moneyed Sizemore clones who work tirelessly to undermine our tax and land-use system, at the expense of everything we love about Oregon."

This can be shortened to "Sizemorons".

BTW, the Swiss Franc has only been seriously devalued once since its introduction in 1850, and that was during the depression. It is the dollar that has gone as limp and wriggly as Dubya's handshake over the last six years.


Beginning with p. 751 of the Karlock papers is the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and OHSU. This IGA is the "Construction Funding Agreement" (p. 753). Under the IGA:

- PDC is obligated to contribute up to $3.5 million to the Tram project.

- The budget for the Tram is $40 million.

The IGA references the Development Agreement (DA). The DA states that PDC is in default of the DA if it breaches any the DA's provisions. The other parties to the DA may recover from PDC "all monetary damages (except for punitive or exemplary damages) and pursue all other remedies allowed at law or in equity arising out of, or related to, or caused by the uncured default."

My take is that PDC is on the hook for only $3.5 million it committed in the DA and the IGA. They don't need to pull the plug, but OHSU & Co. shouldn't expect a penny more from the City or PDC.

Garage, we're being told that the city's obligation is much more than that. Somewhere it supposedly says that the city must in fact cause the tram to be up and operational by a certain date, or else pay damages to OHSU. If that's not true, the public is being gravely misled.

Let me make it simple.... The public IS being gravely mislead.

What are the penalties if OHSU defaults?

What are the penalties if PATI defaults?

I suspect that when the tram construction is not on schedule, there will be finger-pointing of the Boss Tweed level.

In my opinion, if there was really something in writing that proved there was no turning back, the Council would have brought it out weeks ago just to shut everybody up. Instead there was a bunch of quotes saying it was a done deal – virtually unstoppable without paying catastrophic penalties – but the written part proving that was not brought to our attention. So it’s time for the pro-tram officials to prove they haven’t been misleading the public. I bet they can’t.


The horse ain't dead yet, but I suspect that folks here intend to keep kicking it until it is.

"""""""The horse ain't dead yet, but I suspect that folks here intend to keep kicking it until it is.""""""

This ain't about "A" horse.

The Tram is being perpetrated exactly the same way as the airport MAX/Cascade Station and the Port of Portland shipyards/drydocks giveaway.

SoWa is far worse than the Tram.

The upcoming convention center hotel, transit mall and 205 light rail will make the Tram seem like child's play.

The tactics and methods utilized by the COP, Port, Metro and TriMet to do what they choose
have momentum with little or no resistance.

Only through the publicizing of their ways and means, as Jim has done, will anything change.


Is the increase in 2% for Art a done deal, or is it still awaiting a final vote?

That one really burns my butt. I find it difficult to understand how they could even whisper the idea of spending MO MONEY on plop art in this budgetary environment.

What about THE CHILDREN?

It will be interesting at North Macadam URAC's next meeting if PDC/PDOT staff will address the issues being brought up about the Tram Agreement and its relationship to the NM Agreement. And if the committee itself will discuss these points about the Agreement. Our URAC committees ( 12 for all our Urban Renewal Districts) should be diligent in looking out for the public's interests.

The public should attend the next NM URAC meeting and ask the obvious questions. The tram is just one of several cases where there is a misuse of the intent of Urban Renewal as defined by State Statute.

I now have printed ONE paper copy of the entire 792 page document set.

It is available for someone to borrow if they prefer paper to electronic, but you need to promise to look it over in a day or two so the next person can look at it.

(I live in NE Portland)

Hey Lee - great idea. Where can one see a schedule of upcoming meetings?

The ordinances and resolutions all seem to be emergencies so as not to violate a contract, even the August 14, 2003, claim of an emergency due to liability based on an PDC negotiated agreement that was not signed until August 22, 2003. Call it mystical liability.

The document for Ordinance 178675, August 18, 2004, is quite illuminating.

The characterization of the private tram for the private use of the Pill Hill commercial enterprise as a public transportation is the linchpin of lots of deals, private and public. Compare: If Nike built a tram from Beaverton to Nike City, would we call it a "public" transportation project? Could we redeclare the tram as a private transportation project, to conform to the facts?

Could one surmise that the height adjustments granted to non-OHSU-affiliated folks were made only by reason of the temporary and incorrect characterization of the tram as public? Could the OHSU folks seek to claim some benefit to other private folks that was derived from such height adjustments, as they would not have been granted but for the City's temporary tram dealings? This would focus any legal debate to conform to the real private dealings behind the scenes. The role of the City has been that of a passive accommodater (as in a complex private real estate exchange) of such private deals and has been acting sort of like an escrow agent and only in conformance with the private escrow instructions. It would at least be useful to visualize all the affected property owners as going to one private bank to act as an accommodater, quite apart from the City, and then examine the City's actions that would be at variance to that of the power of a private bank accommodater on behalf of purely private parties.

As any one familiar with real estate deals knows, a deal is not done until it is closed, and even then it can sometimes be undone. An initiative, in simplest terms, could declare that the City is prohibited from any further action as the private escrow agent on behalf of the private dealings between and among OHSU and the property owners within the South Waterfront zone. The private parties could then take their spat back to court, just as if the City had never participated, other than to apply general laws in a uniform fashion. The private parties could hardly compel the city, at the outset, to act as their escrow agent against its will, or to object to later refusal by the City to offer further private escrow services.

(I can send CD-ROM with Jim's tram docs to first ten to email request to YOU TOO can get tired eyes.)

The international tram design competition mentioned in these docs still makes me wonder of some knucklehead actually wanted to shape the tram like a hand.

New report puts Tram at $55 million

Here is where Schopp got the New Tram Cost:
At this time, the best available estimate of the final project cost is $50,000,000, plus a contingency of $5,000,000, for a total of 55,000,000. We believe that the $55,000,000 budget will be adequate, if the recommendations in this report are followed. The budget excludes:
1. The cost for the pedestrian bridge over I-5, the public plaza, and other public improvements underway in North Macadam, which are all separate projects.
2. Unanticipated project delays of more than three weeks past the forecast completion date of December 1, 2006.
3. Possible changes requested by the Tram operator after they are retained. These could include better security at the Lower Station and improved rain and wind protection at both stations.
4. The possible consequences of late completion that affect the use of Building One.

We're sure lucky to have Commissioner Adams hot on the trail of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.

His campaign blog ( says:

Upon assuming the responsibility of transportation commissioner in July 2005, Adams consistently has sought to reduce project costs through value engineering. To date, total estimated savings obtained through value engineering are $9,622,389.

Very artful word play: the "estimated savings" have no "start date" and are probably cumulative. Having placed the sentence directly after " July 2005" it conveys the impression that $9.6 million worth of savings would not have occured without Sam's timely intervention in July 2005. A sprinkle of plausible deniability (oh no, we weren't trying to take credit for that $9.6 milion). Sure they weren't.

It reminds me of Mr. Castorini, in Moonstruck:

There are three kinds of Tram. There is what you have, which is garbage and you can see where thats gotten you. There is the PDC Tram, which is very good as long as nothing goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. And then there's Sam's Tram, which is the only Tram I'll use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves you money.

It ain't done yet.

Structural steel hasn't even been started yet. The footings are still being prepared. Remember, on most projects of this scale, the cost overruns start _after_ construction begins.

Additionally, since this thing is "scheduled" to be operational in September 2006, the contractor is running 24/7 at the job site. That's gotta be expensive in terms of overtime. I still have my doubts as to whether the completion will be on schedule.

Then, there's the whole operational beginnings, too. How many shutdowns, complete with trapped riders suspended in mid-air will we see? Has the city, or OHSU, funded, staffed and trained the specialized personnel needed to make mid-air rescues?

My bet: If the tram *rimshot* _is_ built, the costs will continue to spiral up...only it will be operational and maintenance costs.

Then, it looks to me that the City has been placed to be the fall guy if anything goes technologically wrong with the entire project. The City DoT is the construction manager, right? They don't have the necessary qualifications to be doing that, right? Result: Oops... something went wrong! IT'S THE CITY'S FAULT!

Not only do we need to not spend more taxpayer dollars on this, we need to remove the city presence entirely from this financial catastrophe waiting to happen.


You couldn't be more right. I was thinking, since OHSU is so proud to have built all their facilities on time and on budget, and the tram [rimshot] is their tram[rimshot], despite its moniker, then why on earth is the City managing the project? They're the least experienced and the smallest stakeholder, monetarily.

At least the Council could claim some level of competence by handing the blueprints over to OHSU. Oh, wait, the campaign's heating up. I'm guessing Weiner/Kaufman will be advising Dan Saltzman to propose just that when he feels he's getting some competition. You heard it here first. Dan Saltzman will begin to talk about turning project responsibility over to OHSU in about two weeks.

They set aside $500k in contingency funds to cover any currency (Swiss Franc) or steel related price changes, based on the $9.938 million dollar Tram Contract. I found no discussion of what would happen if the $500k was exhausted.

Today's WSJ shows the Swiss Franc (CHF)@$1.2853 per USD, so we have actually benefitted from an INCREASE in the value of the USD (one dollar previously "bought" CHF$1.21, but now it will buy CHF$1.29). They included a similar cost adjustment formula on the price of steel (page 9).

Contract 35825 (page 8-9):

The cost of the Work identified in Exhibit A is based on an exchange rate of 1.21 Swiss Francs/US Dollar.

Upon execution of the Agreement by all the parties, the Cost of the Work will be adjusted based on the previous day's closing exchange rate for Swiss Francs/US Dollars, as published in the Wall Street Journal. The Schedule of Values will be updated proportionally to account for any increase or decrease in the Cost of the Work, the decrease shall be added to the Risk/Contingency Allowance (US$500,000). Should the exchange rate calculation result in an increase in the Cost of the Work, the increase shall be deducted from the Risk/Contengency allowance and added to the Cost of the Work.


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
MarchigĂĽe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
GascĂłn, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
MarchigĂĽe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
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 DermoČ—t - 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: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
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

Clicky Web Analytics