What about Bruce Jenner

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So I’m standing in the checkout line at a North Portland grocery.  And not one of the expensive, organic, hipster ones. It’s that post-work rush so the line is crowded.

“So I guess Bruce Jenner is a woman now.”

“Is he–I mean, she?I missed that.When did that happen?”

“I dunno,”he says, “but that’s what it says there,” and he gestures at the now infamous InStyle magazine cover.

“What’s the big deal?” asks someone else, “he looks fine to me.”

“Like I wouldn’t know if I saw him walking down the street that he ever wasn’t a woman,” adds another.

“Because he looks comfortable with it.”

“Yeah.”

“Dunno why it’s a big deal.”

“Well,maybe his wife thinks its a big deal,”points out the first gentleman, pointing out the subtitle on the magazine.

“I’d be fine with my husband doing that,”points out a middle-aged woman, “as long as he really acted like a woman, you know, and picked up his clothes and stuff off the bathroom floor.”

(Ok, that one–I’m not sure if she was kidding or not.)

“Hey,” the guy says to the cashier as we advance up in line, “Did you know Bruce Jenner is a woman now.”

“Cool,” says the young man checking out or groceries. That was all he had to say about the matter.

So there you go. I’m not sure if this is a reflection about how the whole country really feels about Bruce’s gender choices and there are just a few journalists and celebrities out there blowing it all up into another “controversy,” or if it’s just a Portland thing.

But really, that’s all we have to say about Bruce.

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N Interstate Avenue, 1963

My old neighborhood. I spent New Years Eve at the Alibi while pregnant and didn’t miss the alcohol at all. Best party in the whole city.

Vintage Portland

N Interstate Avenue at N Shaver Street, looking north in 1963. It provides a great view of The Alibi, which is still in business.

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