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I will be working the #portlandtattooexpo along sides @petevaca this October 10-12 taking appointments and walk ups. Email me at or call the shop at 619-200-4068 Portland friends let’s hang out! #tattoo #tattoos #portland (at Our Saviors Preschool)

There’s a good and unsurprising reason why the unemployment rate ought to be higher in Portland, too: It’s something economists call “frictional unemployment.” People are counted as unemployed when they are between jobs. Lots of people move to Portland first, and then, once here, start looking for employment. Unlike those who move—say to North Dakota—only after they’ve searched for a job, these move-first job seekers get counted as unemployed in Portland and not somewhere else. And if people want to be here, and consequently are willing to invest weeks or months to find a job, that job search is counted as “unemployment.” But rather than being a marker of economic distress, this unemployed period is really a marker of commitment to long-term value of place.

-Portland: Hardly ‘A Retirement Community for the Young’

[Photo: Dave Newman/]


Just before starting my final year of school I decided I needed to get away for a few days solo, so I decided to head down south and spend a few days in Oregon and Washington. I left without any real concrete plans, and it turned out to be a grand mini-adventure. 

First off was Portland for two nights, seeing old friends, drinking too much delicious coffee and beer, but also getting out of town for a great hike in the Columbia River Gorge. While in Portland I got a call from some friends that they had an extra ticket for Bumbershoot in Seattle so I spent a wonderful (albeit a bit blurry) of a day seeing music before I headed to the coast of Washington for a night of solo camping on the beach. More to come, but here are a few snaps from the trip.


The Portland Mercury and Action/Adventure Present:
Late Night Action w/ Alex Falcone - Season 5 Debut!
Monday, September 29 at 8:00pm, 21+
at Mississippi Studios

LNA is Portland’s best live talk show and this season is going to be bigger than ever. We’ve moved to an incredible new venue, Mississippi Studios, and that’s just the beginning. We’ve got bigger guests, bigger bands, videos, shenanigans, guest appearances, and surprises that will knock your socks off*.

For our season 5 debut we have an awesome lineup. Hutch Harris from the Thermals, writer of fine comics like Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel Kelly Sue DeConnick, Portland’s funniest person Steven Wilber, musical guest Siren & The Sea, and special guest appearance from the cast of the sketch show Bath Night. Plus all your favorite Late Night Action cast members. It’s going to be an excellent show. Buy your tickets now.

Late Night Action is a live talk show like The Tonight Show but focused on the people who make Portland awesome. It’s hosted by the quick and funny Alex Falcone (Portlandia, Live Wire! Radio) and wise-crackin’ side kick Bri Pruett (Willamette Week’s Funniest 5) and directed by Caitlin Kunkel (Second City).

*This is a metaphor. Keep your socks on, smelly.

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