Portland, Oregon

August 16, 2009

Note I wrote, on August 15 2009

No great excitement getting to Portland. Good to see Oregon again, looking down at familiar terrain from the plane. Finally off, but needed to file a lost luggage report. Short version is ... to the luggage place, noting how it was thankfully in the same direction as ground transportation. I held up my lost luggage report and she said something to to effect, “I think it might be here.” I hobbled over to her luggage area, there it was, Colleen’s tassel on top. So I grabbed it and headed off to ground transportation. A shuttle to Marvin’s.

I was a bit starving, and had some pasta (fresh!) with Parmesan cheese and olive oil. A few showed up, though Marvin commented that quite a few had canceled.

Eventually broke out the Russian vodka. One or two spoke a little Russian and I toasted them in Russian, Za zdrarovye! Mildly amusing. Had some things in Marvin’s strange (to me) chocolate fountain.

Eventually crashed. I was a jet-lagged zombie, and August 14th had been a long long day, really long day, waking up in Kyoto, Japan, and finally falling asleep in Portland, Oregon. I’m sure around the International Date Line I crossed into August 13th and then back into August 14th.

Woke up sometime after 2:00 AM, day in Japan, taking some melatonin, eventually falling asleep again and waking up near 10:00 AM.

Some breakfast, ... to the Fresh Pot where I had some tea, got on the Internet, ... Marvin later walked in.

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Ahh, pestiferous, thorn-covered wild blackberry, now bearing. Non-native pest, but I can’t picture Oregon without it.

Photo I took in Portland, between my brother’s place & a The Fresh Pot, a coffee shop who had wi-fi. Still had the teeny Linux box I brought.

Portland, loosely on a map of Oregon (in reality, Portland is much larger):

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