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Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA |

The Laramie Project at the Pentacle Theater

The Laramie Project at the Pentacle Theater

“Have you ever been bashed?” The question hung in the air before one man answered quietly, “No, but my late partner was several times.” Another man spoke about being beaten in the street and how his friend (an award-winning actor on Broadway) was hospitalized for ten days after an attack. The third man, given the highest military award for service to his country, lost his  career and family support when someone outed him as being a homosexual. I was in the car with three gay men and we were on our way back to Portland after watching The Laramie Project at the Pentacle Theater in Salem, Oregon. The play was about Matthew Shepard, the gay university student who was tied to a fence and brutally beaten to death in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. His story is told through the voices of dozens of Laramie townspeople who were interviewed by the Tectonic Theater company in the years following the tragedy. The whole town was shaken by the murder that shocked...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA, Travel |

Love, Seattle

Love, Seattle

Dear Samantha, Your three-day stay was short, but somehow I feel like we got to know each other. I could tell you were relieved to see  my mountain views and water after weeks in the desert. Some might say a coffee shop and used bookstore on nearly every corner is a bit much, but I could tell you welcomed this quirk of mine with open arms. I am glad you noticed that I have a vibrant entrepreneur community and that you got to attend a launch party and a Hub Seattle event in their brand new impressive co-working space. It’s obvious you love ferries…I think your choice to visit Bainbridge Island was a good one. I don’t want to move too fast, but…I think you kinda’ dig me. Yes, it is true that my citizens have to contend with rain, cold, and grey weather. But the incredible summers, constant green, and endless urban possibilities make up for this, right? And admit it, you loved my hipster vibe with a...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA |

It’s Boise, not “Boyzee”

It’s Boise, not “Boyzee”

Dad and I drive through the sun-swept Idaho foothills on a gravel road for over an hour when he says, “Eventually we’ll see something I recognize…it just hasn’t happened yet.” He pauses, then a moment later exclaims, “I see the mountain we are headed for!” I look in the distance where he is pointing and reserve both hope and skepticism. Sure enough, we reach a paved road about fifteen minutes later after weaving around two bulls in the center of the road. We conclude our adventure with a visit to the site where my parents are building a log cabin and then hike a few miles on the rail trail by the Wieser River (it’s ‘weezer’, not ‘wiser’, I’m told), noting deer tracks and bear scat as we go along. Never one for the city, Dad and I pass our time together in the country and the next day we visit a few wineries and watch billowing clouds roll over the Snake River Valley while Mom is competing with...

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