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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

Video: Post-Hardcore Shuttle Stop

A short documentary film on Warped Tour fans at the Portland Expo Center.


It’s been exactly a decade since I last moshed with teenagers in a parking lot. I was a teenager myself back then, but even at the tender age of 19, I felt the winds of change blowing off the Cuyahoga River and onto the Vans Warped Tour. The pogo-pits and the power-pop that gave them life were quickly yielding to a rising “post-hardcore” scene tha...   More
Monday, June 17, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Remodeling My House/Van

Time to rip out the seats, buy some hangers and make this place livable.


I never considered myself to be a messy person. Sure, I had a propensity to put things in “organized piles” and shove them aside to be dealt with later, but having an entire bedroom to enable a delusion of tidiness made it work for years. It wasn’t until the bulk of my clothing, office supplies, and the French press I stupidly anticipated needing my adventure in vandwelling were lying i...   More
Friday, June 14, 2013 by 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

Vanifest Destiny: Buying My House/Van


Pete Cottell quit his job in Ohio and moved to Portland to live in a van. Read why here and follow his adventures all summer here. For some reason, I really like    More
Friday, June 7, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: How I Became a College-Educated 29-Year-Old Who is Technically Homeless

It's really not as weird as you think.


Pete Cottell quit his job in Ohio and moved to Portland to live in a van. Read why here and follow his adventures all summer here.
What do you do when you’re pushing 30 and you haven’t achi...   More
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

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

Live Review: Sasquatch! 2013


Now that the dirt and shame have been washed away and the effects of that jeffrey I accidentally smoked during the four minutes I spent watching Steve Aoki have reached manageable levels, it’s time to reflect upon a weekend of musical adventuring at the Gorge. City-slicker festivals like MFNW and    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Magic Kingdom

Does being cool matter at a competitive Magic tournament with $3,000 on the line?

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There was no stigma when I started playing Magic: The Gathering. In 1996, the game caught on like wildfire at my parochial school in Akron, Ohio.   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 PETE COTTELL

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