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GET OVER HERE, BOSTON: Day 02 of "American Field!"


WAKE UP, BOSTON: Day 01 of American Field starts now! Came a long way. So tired. Things you need. Evan Rose is on his way down from Burlington.


HEADING OVER TO BOSTON THIS MORNING: We've got OFFICIAL BUSINESS there this weekend, in the form of American Field! We'll be setting up a booth with a robust offering of Field Notes and DDC merch! Things you need, friends. Things like Thick Lines posters, space shuttle t-shirts, DDC action caps, every set of Field Notes in our ever-expanding line, weird shop rags, logo posters, Boston posters, pens, pencils, coin purses, creepy combs, stickers, bric-a-brac, stuff and weird plastic things.

The booth will be manned by top level Field Notes Midwest representatives, as well as Field Notes Northwest delegates. All items are priced at "Boston Only" prices, and, we'll just say it again, are "priced to move."

Like all of our traveling endeavors, we'll be offering up free advice, general conversation, weather speculation, cosmic rambling, cheap comments, uncomfortable silences, odd exchanges, hard looks, peculiar handshakes, coded language, freewheelin' threats, loose banter, small talk, spirited dickering and random outbursts. Free with purchases, and more often that not, completely unsolicited. Fun for all.

Oh yeah, there's a chance Evan Rose will be in the booth. You man enough?

Plus, we'll be "telling my whole story" Saturday night to all in attendance. Definitely bringing up the "low end" of the roster, but like all our speaking endeavors, we'll be treating the lecture as if it "was our last." We're going for broke. All the warts and moles.

We'll see you there, Boston! Saturday and Sunday! Sun-up until they clear us out.

One last time, that's "American Field," you beasts. Look it up.

September 11, 2014
Tonight, Portland!
Posted at 01:38 PM


IN A REAL MUSEUM, AROUND REAL WORKS OF ART: Us! On our best behavior. Talking about WPA era artwork from the the Portland Art Museum permanent collection. Come join the conversation, people..tonight at 6 PM: Artist Talks and Happy Hour - Aaron Draplin


STAYED UP LATE LAST NIGHT, WAY PAST MY BEDTIME: To see those Replacements pay respects to Mr. Chilton on the Jimmy Fallon show. I've read/heard a lot of chatter about them "being tired" and "bullshit cash grabs" and "not the original band" and all that, regarding their reunion tour. But, c'mon, it's Paul and Tommy! Sure, they nailed it back in the '80s, and maybe they'll nail it again? Turns out they are. Even if it is just two of 'em. I have a feeling Slim would be up there if he could. And, well, Chris Mars is doing his own thing with his painting. There's still some magic there, and I love seeing it on the tube, and would love to see them at some bullshit festival somewhere. Just to see Paul and Tommy. American classics.

You'll be 54 someday, and you should hope you'd be just a smidge as cool as these fuckers still are. Go get 'em, fellas.

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Coming Up / Brace Yerselves / Confirmed

DDC 2014 "Our Forty-First Fall" North American Tour:

01. Sept. 11, 2014, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore.
02. Sept. 13, 2014, American Field, Boston, Mass.
03. Sept. 24, 2014, St. Louis Design Week, St. Louis, Mo.
04. Sept. 30, 2014, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minn.
05. Oct. 2, 2014, AIGA Central PA, Lancaster, Penn.
06. Oct. 4, 2014, Creative Works, Memphis, Tenn. (I.C.!!!)
07. Oct. 6, 2014, Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, Calif.
08. Oct. 9, 2014, TBA Portland Design Week Event, Portland, Ore.
09. Oct. 24, 2014, Design Week Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.
10. Oct. 29, 2014, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
11. Oct. 31, 2014, AIGA West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich.
12. Nov. 6, 2014, DesignThinkers Conference, Toronto, Ont.
13. Nov. 8, 2014, ConvergeFL Conference, Jacksonville, Flor.
14. Nov. 12, 2014, O'More College of Design, Franklin, Tenn.
15. Nov. 19, 2014, HOW Interactive Design Conference, SF, Calif.

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Ski Resort Research
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(Photo courtesy of Leigh!)

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Missing Maron
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Leaving Traverse City
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Favorite Album This Summer
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