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beeker

rat not an ox

Something else I found out in Portland at the Chinese garden - my zodiac animal is a rat not a cow. Seems since I was born in January and Chinese New Year is usually in early February that I can not simply go by the handy look up the year guides but was supposed to check dates too. Who knew? So I left an ox and came back a rat.

Something like this can change your whole world view.
beeker

Portland

So now I've been to Portland. The quick check list of things both seen and done:

- climbed to the top observation platform at Multinomah Falls (the little sign says 1 mi which doesn't seem like very far until you realize it's all at 15% grade! ouch)

- Powell's. Was there for 2 hours bought a dozen books, including my favorite find a hardback of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

- walking all over downtown to look at parks and fountains

- the rose garden and reading the name of all the past rose queens; there has never been a Rebecca

- hanging out at Biddy McGraws (the bar my friend owns) after hours and watching Rob dance wearing nothing but his girlfriend Erin's panties.

- waking up many hours before Ian on Sunday and watching Young Frankenstein and Ghostbusters II before he made it downstairs.

- a drunk man in a cowboy hat asking me to two-step - ummm no.

- being pulled aside at PDX to be gone over with the wand, despite the fact that when I walked through the metal check nothing beeped.
beeker

i'm going to Portland

really wiggyfish's photos were so pretty i had to try it. Actually no, I'm going to visit Ian, a college friend there. Who I last saw in person in 1995 and last spoke to around 1997, though we've done letters and email ever since. I was really nervous to call him out of nowhere and say "hey i was going to come up and visit, whaddaya think?" Even though every letter he's sent me for the past five years has included a "you should come to Portland" line. So I gathered all my courage and called and i leave in a week. It'll be an adventure.
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