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 achieved much of anything beyond getting a bachelor’s degree from a monolithic land grant university?Well, some people go back to school to delay the inevitable, tossing more debt on the heap in hopes that ...   More
Thursday, June 6, 2013 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.

Culture Features
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

President of Beers: #32

Dortmunder Gold, Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, Ohio


Food & Drink
We're drinking the flagship craft beer from every state in the Union, counting down from 50-1, to find which is home to the President of Beers.#32 Dortmunder Gold, Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OhioState: Ohio, the birthplace of hamburgers, rock and roll, airplanes, seven presidents, the first college to allow blacks and women, breakfast cereal, the first man to orbit the earth, the guy who ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Toledo Cops Claiming 'Blue Flu'

As Portland this year enters another round of contract negotiations with its police union, this story popped out today from my old hometown rag The Toledo Blade. After Mayor Mike Bell re-opened Toledo cops' contract midway through due to a city budget crisis, half of the police scheduled to work last night called in sick. It's illegal for cops to officially declare a strike, and so this type ...   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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