I don’t really fit in here. Portland, that is. It’s a strange city with political and cultural leanings that just don’t jibe with me. But it’s my home and I love it. I’ve owned and operated a bar and restaurant here for almost 18 years after fleeing the corporate world at an age when that type of rebellion was still acceptable. Yet I remain, and I’m therefore living in an ongoing sociological study of human behavior that more times than not runs counter to my traditional upbringing. The perspective from which I see this underworld, and how national politics and events shape it, is both a blessing and a burden. But I do what I can to help. The need to write about it was going to boil over eventually.