Welcome back to The Moment, an online publication from Break North.
The Moment is about catching up with friends of Break North from all over the world to find out what they’re into right now.
We hope you enjoy our fourth installment from one of our old buddies from the Pacific Northwest.
Tasty n Alder
Where do you call home?
I live in gorgeously soggy Portland, Oregon. Stumptown. Rip City. Little Beirut.
Any hot tips for our next trip to P-Town?
Listen to your bartender. He or she usually will steer you in the direction of something fun. weird, or exciting. Also, bring outdoor gear and rent a car. The best thing about Portland is that it's located in the Pacific Wonderland of Oregon. Being able to enjoy the natural splendor of the state and then return to the city to eat at some of the best restaurants in the world is simply incredible.
What are you reading?
Oh man, where do I start?! My girlfriend got me a vintage copy of Mount Hood: A Complete History by Jack Grauer since I have designs on my first summit of the peak this spring. It's an incredibly comprehensive look at the peak from the first settlers to the first alpinists. Also, being a huge baseball fan, I've been filling the vacuum that is the off-season with literature about our national pastime. The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh is a fascinating experiment where two sabermetricians (i.e., stat-head nerds) take over an independent league team and get to put their ideas to the test. I also revisited the controversial ‘60s baseball expose Ball Four by Jim Bouton for all its nitty-gritty humor and locker room tell-all.
How about longform journalism?
Well, given the current political climate and anti-media rhetoric, I've been trying to do my best to support traditional forms, most notably my subscription to The New York Times and National Geographic. Solid journalism is going to be very important over the next four years.
New albums you’re feeling?
The new Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, was like a political salve for me. It helps remind me to keep a positive outlook in dark times.
Have you revisited any olds albums recently?
On the flip side of that, when I just want to give in to my anger, I throw on some classic metal and turn that volume knob as far to the right as it can go. Records that fill this need lately include Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power, Neurosis' In Times of Grace and Sleep's Dopesmoker.
What are you wearing?
Well, top of the list has got to be my Break North hat. I wear that thing all the time and am constantly getting comments on it. Also my Filson Scout watch. American made by the folks at Shinola in Detroit. Super classy. I'm currently repping a Mitchell and Ness throwback Arvydis Sabonis shirt when I'm at the Rose Garden cheering on my Blazers.
And your secret to staying young?
Uh, as I'm wading into my fourth decade orbiting the sun, I'm finding that youthfulness takes more effort than ever! Truth be told, don't stop being inquisitive about new things. It's easy to rely on the old standbys. There's always something fascinating to learn by taking a genuine interest in the story of a stranger.