But then I saw Bruce Springsteen at the Rose Garden Wednesday night. Wow. He opened with ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’ and closed it out three hours later with ‘10th Avenue Freeze-Out.’ No break, no intermission, no fancy stage or pyrotechnics like U-2, just three hours of pure music and fan interaction.
I’d never seen Bruce in concert, and honestly tried not get my expectations up. But by the third song in, when he threw himself into the audience for some ‘crowd surfing,’ I knew I was in for something special. No security followed the Boss as he made his way through the Rose Garden. In fact, the thing I felt all night was trust. He trusted his fans, and his fans trusted Springsteen to put on a great show. He did. He brought everything with him for that performance…and make no mistake, that’s what it was, a performance.
When some of my co-workers here heard I was going, they kidded me I was seeing an ‘oldies’ act. Springsteen may be getting up in years ‘I’m on old man’ he said during the show, ‘but I’ve got a job to do.’ And boy did he do it. Thanks for a wonderful night.
The holidays are upon us and we all know what that means: chaos. The holidays are a great time to bring family and friends together but it’s important to make sure everyone is safe—especially children. Travel, trees, decorations, fireplaces and new toys will all place our kids at risk. The newest post on Doernbecher’s Healthy Families blog explains how the OHSU effect can mitigate holiday hazards.
With Hurricane Sandy on everyone’s minds, it’s a good time to
look locally at how we are prepared for an unfortunate event such as a natural
disaster. Not only is it important to make sure our friends and family are
prepared, it’s important that our hospitals are prepared for a crisis as well.
While we may not get hurricanes in Portland, we are still at risk for adverse
weather, earthquakes, and biological crises that we need to be ready for.
"I guess that's progress." A grocery checker said that the other day while I was in line at the store. A group of checkers was standing a few feet from us appearing as though they were receiving some sort of training.
"What's that?" I asked the checker. She said the group was being taught how to operate machines that will allow customers to check their own groceries. Self-serve checking hadn't come to this store until now.
I'm usually among the first to appreciate how technology makes our lives easier. The checker told me the store will have to let six people go-- all replaced by a machine.
Airlines have been doing this kind of thing for years. They want you to electronically check-in instead of talking to a ticket agent. They want you to use their website to book flights and vacations and in some cases, they'll even charge you fees to talk to someone on the phone when you can't get the website to work.
So, should we feel sorry that 6 grocery store clerks are losing their job. Maybe not but when we think of them as symbols to our society, it begs our attention.
Is this progress? Are we just being old fuddy duddies? What do you think?
~Steve and Rebecca (currently your live morning show anchors.)