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Spent the four-day weekend in Portland. My cousin hosted Thanksgiving dinner at her house in Beaverton for the second year in a row. My dad made it this year despite feeling poorly after the triple shock of Romney's defeat, the University of Oregon's defeat (in football), and the trip from sunny Southern California to stormy Oregon. My brother capped the day with a funny story about how our aunt and uncle took him to get baptized when we were briefly home from Yap in 1968. Much laughter all around.

On Friday I went on a pub crawl with my brother, niece, and two nephews. The younger nephew isn't 21 yet, so he was the designated driver. It's nice that in this new world of microbrew pubs, which typically have food too, underage folks can hang out with the drinkers. We went to the Green Dragon, Hair of the Dog, and Hopworks Bike Bar, and that's just barely scratching the surface of what's on tap in Portland.

On Saturday we watched the Civil War football game (Oregon vs Oregon State), then I went out on the town with Dan and Lynn Steffan. I think we spent six hours together, and Dan told one great story after another. That boy should write more of this stuff down! Lots of Corflu XXX discussion as well. I caught the light rail back into the city center around midnight, and it felt so damned European.

In fact I used rail a lot this weekend, traveling by Amtrak to and from Portland and using the lightrail in Seattle as part of my trip to and from the train station. I love the train to Portland, and it was sold out in both directions. The only fly in the ointment was that King Street Station is a total mess right now as they go through a major renovation.

I guess the other thing of note is that I used my mom's glucose meter to do a fasting glucose reading one morning and got a 102. That's at the lower end of the range of the four tests in August, so I'm hopeful that I really have brought my level down. I'll have a lab test either later this week or sometime next week and find out what the doctor's verdict is. Fingers crossed.


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Nov. 27th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
I think a fasting blood glucose reading that low during a holiday weekend is a good sign.

Also, I always like your posts about visiting your family.
Nov. 27th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'll be curious to see what the official verdict on my blood glucose level is. I'm feeling pretty good about where I'm at, but I'm trying not to be overly optimistic. It does seem that the changes I've made in diet and exercise have had a measurable effect. Let's just hope it's enough.
Dec. 11th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I don't suppose Dan intends a little information about Corflu to escape into the wider world before too long? I don't want a lot, just a list of members, whether there will be a fanthology etc.
Dec. 11th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
The plan is for me to help him produce a progress report or two, once he's got some other commitments out of the way.
Dec. 11th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
This is good to know because newsletter type stuff isn't Dan's speciality.
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