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Vanifest Destiny: Rolling Roomies

A freeway breakdown and a new friend.


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I expect the gas station to be empty. It’s 11 pm on a Sunday night, and I’m out on the border of Gresham to check on my broken-down van and maybe slip inside for shuteye. Instead, I see some   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: The Shower Scene

The logistical challenges of waking up without a place to piss.


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It’s 8:30 in the morning and I have to pee. This is a common problem, I know. For most people, it is easily solvable. For most of my own life, it was easily solvable. But now that I live in a    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Stealth Bomber

First rule of vandwelling: Don’t let anyone see you vandwelling.


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The cops may be on to me. It’s 10:30 on Monday night and I’m walking “home” to the van where I’ve lived for a week. I’ve got one eye on a police cruiser as a black-and-white Radio Cab    More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pass The Sniff Test

If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm.


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All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Troll Ride 2013

Come along as culture staffers revisit controversial stories from the past year.


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Pedalpalooza is Portland’s greatest celebration of bike culture. Starting June 6 and continuing through the rest of the month, cyclists will get together to make new friends while taking costume   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 WW Staff

Vanifest Destiny: When In Roam

Why I left a comfy job and sweet apartment in Ohio to live in a van in Portland.


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I’m lying on the backseat of a busted old conversion van that reeks of oil and cigar smoke in the parking lot of a Space Age gas station near the Portland-Gresham border. It’s not quite 6 am,    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Who Lives in That Van?


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Look down your street. Even if you live in the West Hills, there’s a good chance you’ve got a van or two parked nearby. Vans are everywhere in Cascadia—and some of them double as houses. VO   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Stagged in the Back

Portland’s pro Ultimate Frisbee team struggles with credibility and the defection of a local star to rival Seattle.


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There’s a roar from the stands at the Roosevelt High School football field—the kind usually heard only on those brisk fall nights when the Roughriders take the turf. A player dives, arms out   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AP KRYZA

Puttering Around

Taking a swing at Portland’s putt-putt courses.


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Miniature golf is still wholesome. Unlike kickball, dodgeball, roller skating or pinball, it’s still mostly played sober, fueled by ice cream and the sweaty palms of teenage romance. Among the   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 WW Staff

Softer Than Prozac

Despite celebrity status, a local therapy llama continues his charitable work.


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Animal therapy is big and getting bigger. Veterans returning from the Bush Wars are raising dogs to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, and recent studies show that animals reduce anxiety    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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