About six months ago my wife and I purchased a used Wii. All for the kids, of course! When I heard about the new Xbox One release… it suddenly dawned on me: We use our Wii almost every day, not for games, but to watch movies on Netflix, Amazon and YouTube (in addition to Tiger Woods golf). Truly, our dated Wii has become a home entertainment hub of sorts.
Boy, does the new Xbox One take the home entertainment approach to a whole new level. Consequentially, I told my wife we must have one for Christmas. Not for the games, of course, but to help the family bond together!
I’m a true Seattle guy. Born and raised in Washington State, I’ve lived in the city and country, and everywhere in between. That’s what made the trip down to Portland to film this edition of City Skinny so much fun. Portland Uptown really rocks (and reminds me of home).
If you haven’t spent quality time in Portland, I highly recommend making a trip. The people, including George 'Bing' Sheldon, an acclaimed Portland architect, come across informed, considerate and highly invested in their communities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the highlights of the trip and what you will see in the video.
It’s amazing how being a parent changes a person. I can still remember the exasperating feeling I had as a kid when my Mom talked to me about safety before trick-or-treating. “Ah, c’mon Mom. Don’t worry about it. Everything will be fine.”
Yes, everything went fine indeed. But parents should always provide the ground rules and safety instructions before sending their children out. Here are some good reminders:
We live in a complex world. People are crammed with obligations and pressed for time. Even buying coffee has become complicated. “Um, yes, I’ll have a tall half-skinny half-1 percent extra hot split quad shot (two shots decaf, two shots regular) latte with whip.”
Don’t you long for the days when life was simple? You know, before cell phones, television sets and even electricity? Back when families spent quality time together and living off the land was the norm? (Wait, no Monday Night Football or The Voice episodes? Maybe that’s not so fun, but you get the idea.)
It was an early Wednesday morning. A slight layer of fog masked the sunlight waiting to burst through. I was en route to Queen Anne to film a couple interviews of locals for the next City Skinny edition. Having lived in the area for a couple years, I looked forward to heading back to my old stomping grounds.