Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Haven't Gotten into Too Much Trouble

I love my family.

Last night, Kirsten and I went to the welcome dinner for my cousin Andy's wedding. This is the first time I have seen him in 12 years. His brother Chip I haven't seen since my wedding 17 years ago. We got to see several others that I've seen more recently, but it was nice to get to catch up and hear what everyone has been up to.

The wedding is this afternoon. After running non-stop for three days, Kirsten and I have decided to take it easy for today. We are hanging out in the hotel room and only leaving to get food. Since we walked all over Downtown Portland yesterday, spent 8 hours in the car driving along the coast the day before, and checking out all the little shops on our first day, we are tired and out feet are sore. We will hit the town again tomorrow.

Here are some of the interesting things I have found:

Like Illinois, there are smoking laws here. People are not permitted to smoke within 10 feet of the entrance to a business.

These signs are beside every entrance to the hotel and are accompanied by an ashtray. However, they are right next to the door. Smoking is not allowed with 10 feet, but you have to walk up to the door that you are not permitted to approach in order to use the ashtray. Is it just me or does this seem like entrapment?

I could never be a street performer.
I don't have the wardrobe for it.

Despite the repeated warnings, Kirsten got too close
to one of the carnivorous trees. I almost lost her.
Don't tell her mother.

I never even learned her name.
After preventing a man from tripping and tumbling off the side of the mountain he gave me his wife. It took me less than thirty minutes to discover why he was so eager to get rid of her. I later traded her to a Japanese family to repay them for knocking their lunch and youngest child off the ledge.

They were not satisfied initially, but I explained that it was the law in America. Since I had replaced the lost child with another person they could not prosecute. I then bought them all corn dogs despite the fact that I had only cost them one lunch. I'm generous like that.


I'm looking for my contact lens.

Gotta love Oregon!


28 comments:

  1. Hey! Where's all the stuff about your meeting with Jen??? I'm waiting anxiously to live vicariously through you!! Jen mentioned she met you and Kirsten, and I told her we have a 6 degrees situation going on . . . I've met Red and she's met you, so it's almost like we've met each other through osmosis.

    Glad you are enjoying your time in crazy P-town!!

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    1. Small world, isn't it.

      I met Jen briefly during her lunch break on Wednesday. We are going to her church this morning.

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  2. I do love Oregon, for thirty years now.

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    1. It's beautiful out here. I can see why.

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  3. Incredibly jealous of that woman with you at Multnomah Falls. It's a good thing you gave her away or I'd have to get angry.

    "...and you don't want me to get angry!" (so saith everyone's favorite green-eyed monster.)

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    1. I didn't have her for long. Couldn't wait to pass her off to someone else.

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  4. I don't think people are warned enough about the dangers of carnivorous trees. Good job spreading the word!

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    1. They come out of no where. Don't take the candy they offer.

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  5. Is it just me, or does that street performer look like Keanu Reeves?

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    1. I didn't notice before, but he does.

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    2. Thank you! It was freaking me out how the street performer reminded me of someone.

      But yes, Mr Whoa himself

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  6. Oregon is great...equal parts quirky characters and beautiful scenery.

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    1. The people here are great. Kirsten and I have spent more than one day just people watching.

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    2. Hey! Who are you callin' quirky, Kianwi? ;)

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  7. Yay for travels! Looking forward to reading about your meeting with Jen~!

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    1. We went to church together yesterday. I will cover it in my next post.

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  8. Love the pic of your daughter being eaten by the tree. From her big smile, she seems happy about being sacrificed.

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    1. She's willing to do anything for the benefit of nature.

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  9. Love this! I enjoyed my visit to Oregon years ago.

    Can't wait to hear more!

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    1. Thank you. I am heading home tomorrow. I will cover more when I get there.

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    1. Thank you. She later regretted it because her feet got muddy crawling into the tree.

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  11. You have such great adventures wherever you go! Great pics!

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    1. We try to have adventures. It makes the trip more fun. Thank you.

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  12. Hey, I just passed an award onto you, if you want to accept it. (=

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    1. Thank you. I'll be right over to check it out.

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  13. I really expected alot more trouble. Were you mellowed by Hemp City?

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    1. Really no crazy adventures on this trip. I plan to give it a full write up this evening.

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