Curse of the I-5 Corridor

Alexander Basek
A newsletter of my own thoughts about Oregon. Not a reflection on anyone else, including my employer.
Created 06 Feb 2020
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  • Return to the Mean
    19 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    The heat dome is gone, but not forgotten. It’s still hanging around other parts of the West, for one. When it came to town a few weeks ago, Portland broke all sorts of temperature records. As recently...
  • The Emmental Particles
    08 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Airline executives are pretty anodyne these days, but in the more swashbuckling era of the 90’s and early aughts, a character named Gordon Bethune led Continental. Bethune, a Texan and a Navy veteran,...
  • Nothing Doing
    26 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    A few weeks back, one of those snowstorms that sweep through these parts every four or five years hit Portland. The city got about ten inches of snow, along with a half-inch of ice. It was manageable,...
  • Fifty-Two Thoughts About 2020
    31 Dec 2020 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Surviving this year would have been impossible without pets. Did I plump up my pets to match my own quarantine weight gain? Maybe. I don’t regret it. It made it harder for them to escape my love. How ...
  • A Contribution to the MANK Discourse
    06 Dec 2020 • 1 min read
    David Fincher’s latest film, MANK, is available now on Netflix. Here’s the logline: “1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Man...
  • The Sadness of Lovers Rock
    03 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 1 0
    With Thanksgiving over, I still feel the ache of what was lost this year. Some people went right ahead and celebrated the holiday the way they always do. To those people, I firmly and authoritatively ...
  • Shouldering the Burden
    25 Nov 2020 • 3 min read
    Often when I watch a documentary, a Darren Rovell tweet comes to mind. “I feel bad for the country,” it goes, “but what tremendous content!” I inhaled City So Real, Steve James’ latest documentary abo...
  • Better Days
    18 Nov 2020 • 4 min read • 2 0
    On the edge of sleep, if you feel like you’re falling and startle yourself awake, you’ve experienced a “hypnic jerk.” The cause is not entirely known, but it’s likely a fumble in the handoff between n...
  • Pain by Numbers
    21 Oct 2020 • 3 min read
    Just last week, the Portland Police Bureau announced they would require all officers to have three-digit identification numbers at protests and that their name tags would be sewn onto their uniforms. ...
  • An Interview with the City of Portland
    02 Oct 2020 • 2 min read • 1 0
    During Tuesday’s debates, the city of Portland was mentioned numerous times by President Trump. Why is the President so focused on the City of Roses? We went right to the source, interviewing the city...