Another year wraps up, hard to believe! Looking back it was a very tough 365 days for many. The economy is much worse than the media hounds report. When I see a daily long line of hungry families wrapped around the block at "The Sunshine Pantry" you know there are dark days for many. My goal for 2012 is to donate a morning of my time at The Pantry. If you ever want to witness a REAL charity without leased cars, vacations to Disney World or ridiculous salaries, take a drive over to see Sharon the Angel at Sunshine Pantry. www.sunshinepantry.org (those little things that you think are big things will be non existent)
We had some real standouts in 11, such as the best little restaurant that has ever opened in this berg, owned by Chef Patrick Warner, SCRATCH should be on the top of your list next year. Scratch is located on the main drag running through Lake Oswego. Say hi to Senator Packwood, he is a frequent visitor. The movies had a tough year with box office sales, but one film really blew me away and that was "Drive".....Best book of the year was "Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard.....Looking forward to The Taco House opening their new restaurant in Vancouver. Nothing compares to Nate Waddles Taco House......Best business lunch goes to Steve McClain at Hall Street in Beaverton and best breakfast still rules at The By-Ways Cafe on 12th & Glisan....Best morning show on the radio goes to Mike & Amy (99.9 Wolf FM) where radio with imagination lives....It's hard to believe that a format change is not in the works at 97.1 FM where they call it Charlie. This was the station where the owners blew up Kisn to make the change. In all the years of Portland radio, this ranks as the worst audio ever that screams out of a speaker....Best print reporting goes to Tom Hallman Jr. at the Oregonian. His features are rare but worth reading every word. Hallman and Duin could both work at any top 3 newspaper in the country along with Jack Ohman's creative cartoon mind.....Best costume of the year of course goes to David Wu....Best station to listen on line goes to www.radioparadise.com (until Kisn comes back)
Kisn will make a big splash in February with the original line up of DJ's, all the retro jingles and imaging and the biggest oldies playlist in the world, and we are not just saying that. The music director, Dirty Dave the Record Slave has built a collection of over 100,000 titles and we will be playing them all. Bookmark it now, as I'm giving Kisn another shameless plug www.goodguyradio.com
I see in my crystal ball big changes coming to KEX, an anchor spot at Koin Tv, Blazer ownership late in the year and yes a bigger I-Phone. Speaking of Apple, the Jobs book is a must to read. Oh, so you want my White House prediction? Romney by a nudge.
A yearly wrap up would not be complete without best Coffee Shop and Burger...Best cup of java goes to Blue Moon in Lake Oswego www.bluemoonlo.com and best burger goes to Rachel's in Hillsboro www.rachelsclassicburger.com
Have a better 2012.