Updated December 30, 2013 Published December 30, 2013
MARTIN CIZMAR regrets everything about a story on poisonous berries this summer, which needed more clarity to even be funny. He will never assign another story about wild edibles that doesnât include at least three interviews with experts. He also regrets the timing of his screed about Oregonâs uninspired IPAs, which hit newsstands just before the recipes for Boneyard RPM and Laurelwoodâs Workhorse were tweaked. Also, forgetting to include the review he wrote of Fire on the Mountainâs brewing operation in last yearâs Beer Guide. (On the plus side, he already has one never-before-published listing done for this yearâs guide.) He also regrets not sending former staffer Ben Waterhouse the $50 he won at the state journalism awards banquet soonerâitâs in the mail now. He also regrets leaving Pearl Jamâs Portland concert before Sleater-Kinney reunited for the first time in almost a decade to join the bandâs closer, âRockinâ in the Free World,â and not finding the giant weed tent outside the Seattle Pearl Jam concert.
REBECCA JACOBSON regrets confusing Seattle-manufactured (and thus inherently inferior) Utilikilts with locally produced Stumptown kilts favored by Roadside Attraction patrons. Sheâs grateful, though, for careful readers who catch her mistakes, and she expects an invitation to Richâs birthday party in 2014 in hopes that this yearâs costumes will be just as fabulous. She also regrets calling Mike Daisey a âweaselly talkerââheâs an outright weasel, no hedging required. She regrets nothing she wrote about Streetcar Bistro & Taproom.
MATTHEW KORFHAGE regrets leaving Pacific Pie Co. out of the Cheap Eats guide, as he considers the Anglo-Celtic meat pie one of historyâs greatest inventions. He regrets not treating Lee Danielsâ The Butler as a more lurid and interesting example of camp than heâd first taken it for. Conversely, he regrets giving a solid B to a C-plus movie, namely Woody Allenâs Blue Jasmine. He regrets not being much crueler to Old Town in the Bar Guide; friends with drinking problems sometimes need tough love, and the entire marauding suburb of Gresham is no exception. He also regrets taking part in our taste test of pumpkin beers, as it has forever damaged his relationship with nutmeg and cloves, and probably made it so he will never drink a pumpkin beer again. He does not regret killing a rabbit.
MATTHEW SINGER regrets growing up at the beach and never learning to surf. And there was that one time he couldâve gone to an Oscars viewing party at Melissa Etheridgeâs house but skipped it for some reason he canât even remember. That was definitely a mistake. And the older he gets, the more he wonders what his life would have been like if heâd gone to engineering school. Oh wait, you meant regrets for 2013 specifically? Well, drinking that dog beer was pretty gross.