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Stripclubs & Rock History


Her First Guitar

The lead singer of Hole, Courtney Love, started out dancing for her music.

From the Instagram of Mary’s Club, Portland, Oregon:

Inscription on card: “I boght my first guitar showing my teeny little titties here. Y’all were very nice to me. ❤ thanx Courtney Love”

Memento: Courtney Love at Mary's Club, PDX.
Memento: Courtney Love at Mary’s Club, PDX.
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Riding in the dark

Get A Light

I went on a bike ride last night along the Pdx Willamette River waterfront. It was great to see the city that way but while heading back over Steel Bridge a female cyclist with a helmet, proper lights and other safety gear on her bike yelled at me angrily, “Get a light, man!,” as we passed going in opposite directions.

I like riding in the dark at night. The streets are usually pretty well lit anyway, you’re more in-tune with your environment and it keeps your night vision intact. But it was the second time a female bike rider yelled at me for breaking the rules while riding here; the other time was after the NBR last weekend when I jumped a red light even though no cars were coming. The women are really vocal in this town apparently.

So I guess I better find a bike store tomorrow or buy a light at Walmart before any more night rides. Portlanders take their pedal transporstion seriously.

Steel Bridge bike ride, PDX.
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Reviewer TV: Gorge Performance surf shop, Portland, Oregon.

[Reviewer TV]

Finding An Actual Surf Shop in PDX

video interview by Reviewer Rob

I went to Portland over the Halloween weekend to finish up getting a thousand copies of issue 50 up in Oregon and while driving around the West side of the Willamette River valley I drove by a hand painted sign that said a surf shop was open. Surf shops are shrine-like outposts to waveriding anywhere you find them in the world so they’re all very similar but there was no way I expected to see one way up here and this far inland in the Northwest, so I immediately made a u-turn and pulled into the dirt parking lot to see what manner of trickery this was.

I have to admit it was the real deal. Dozens of hot boards lined the racks inside the shop (not shown in the video where we’re it’s out in the front yard and in the ding repair shed) and Matt Spencer who worked there was friendly enough to do a quick video interview for Reviewer TV.

I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised. Oregon attracts extreme action sports types, it seems. Many years ago i first heard the Gerry Lopez, Mister Pipeline himself, had left his Oahu home and moved to Bend to take up residence near the slops where snowboarding is the call of the wild.

Willamette River Valley.
Willamette River Valley.

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Workhorse IPA, a local brew

in Portland, the Northwest Beer and Stripper Capitol

by Reviewer Rob

So I’m waiting to fly out of Portland at PDX and having only my second beer during this trip. The other was at The Kit Kat Club next to VG Donuts over the weekend. It was a mild amber IPA from Laurelwood, a local brewery, just like this one here right now. It was only 7.5 ABV and smooth and sweet. I looked closely at the pull handle tab this time and read the name of the beer. It was “Workhorse” but I had to adjust my glasses and squint my eyes from across the bar to look a second time harder at the small writing because at first I read it as “Whorehouse IPA”.

Go Portland Beavers.

#pdx #localbeer #laurelwoodbrewery

Workhose IPA, from Laurelwood Brewery, PDX. It's not "Whorehouse IPA".
Workhose IPA, from Laurelwood Brewery, PDX. It’s not “Whorehouse IPA”.