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I spent the long weekend in Portland with my family. I may write more about it later, but for now I'll just tell an amusing anecdote. On Friday I walked to the Lloyd Center from the Pearl (where my parents' new condo is) to meet up with Dan and Lynn Steffan, and along the way I spotted a woman who looked vaguely familiar from a distance. She was walking with a guy. When I got up to them, I suddenly realized that she's a cook at the Pacific Inn pub, just down the street from my house in Seattle. All this time and I'd never learned her name or exchanged more than a friendly smile and a few words with her as she set food down in front of me, and it's always strange when you only know someone in one context to run into them outside that context.

"Fancy meeting you here," I said.

She laughed, thought for a second, and blurted out, "Chicken caesar salad!"

Which is what I usually order at the Pacific Inn.

Turned out she was in town visiting her son, who was the young guy with her. We finally exchanged names, even if we had to go to another city to do it.



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Nov. 28th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
You look less like a Chicken Caesar Salad to me and more like an Old Wooly Barleywine.

Big Time's Twitter has been posting a countdown to this year's Barleywine for the past few days. "Don't tell ME," i keep saying to it, "Tell Randy!"
Nov. 28th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Believe me, they've been telling me about it in person for the past week or two. The bartender who has been helping with bottling it has already tasted it, and she let me know because she knows I love the barleywine.
Nov. 28th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Andy's a fan of the Hopgoblin, so much so that when i told him the Twitter reported that they were all out, he yelled at me. Rumor was they had another batch coming out, but i can't remember if it was last week or this week. Drat, i might be in trouble again.

We were at a pub up in Wedgewood a few weeks ago and Andy was delighted to discover that they actually had Big Time's Hopgoblin there. Why he is too lazy to walk 3 blocks to Big Time itself, i do not know.
Nov. 28th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Well, it *is* downhill, meaning he'd have to walk *up*hill on the way back. I liked the Hopgoblin, as I recall. The Yulefest is very good this year too.
Nov. 29th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Every time we finish at either Shultzy's or College Inn Pub i curse the fact that the hill is going the wrong way. I can't remember if Andy's ever tried the Yulefest, tho' he does tend to enjoy december seasonal brews. Hmmm.
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