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Post-PDX post-Thanksgiving

I took the train to Portland for Thanksgiving weekend. Managed to proofread Chunga on the way down, but the ride was uneventful otherwise. Thanksgiving was at my cousin's house in Beaverton for the third year, and it was as fun as always to get together with my aunt's family and drink too much wine.

Friday was Civil War day -- the University of Oregon vs. Oregon State University football game. Before that I braved REI to do some shopping research as I think about getting a rainproof coat that I can use on my Olympic Peninsula hikes. Then a bunch of us hiked to Pittock Mansion up in the West Hills, which was a good climb. I actually don't think I'd ever been there before, although I vaguely thought I had. The Civil War was a close game for the first time in a few years, and Oregon won by one point on a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. After our traditional turkey noodle soup dinner, I watched Man of Steel with my eldest nephew on his laptop.

Saturday night I got together with Dan and Lynn Steffan, which has become a new Thanksgiving-weekend tradition. They took me to a couple of their favorite local bars, and I got to see Dan's cover for the next issue of Raucous Caucus. Many good tales were told and much gossip shared, and I caught a taxi back to the Pearl District at 2 in the morning.

My parents had departed for California on Saturday, and my brother and his wife left for Corvallis before I got up on Sunday. But my sister came over to the condo and we worked on a puzzle, with a break for sushi at a nearby kaiten place. A nice, quiet, rainy, blustery day. The Turkey Train (a special train for the holiday) was late getting out of Portland, but made up almost all the lateness on the way. I slept quite a bit in my damaged state, but also finished reading William Morris' fantasy novel, The Water of the Wondrous Isles. Stay tuned for a review of that, coming Real Soon Now.

Amazingly I didn't go to Powell's City of Books the whole time, although that was mostly because I'd just been there a couple of weeks ago.

2013-11-30 Great Grands
My parents eating lunch with their great granddaughter


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Dec. 2nd, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oregon won by one point


Oregon is pretty much going to win ... right?
Dec. 2nd, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
In this context, University of Oregon is shortened to Oregon, while Oregon State University is shortened to Oregon State. That same kind of abbreviation is used in other states that have both a "University of" and a "State University", including Washington and Arizona.
Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
I figured it was something prosaic like that.

I just googled it and found out that not only is there an "Illinois State University" but it's where my niece went to school.

Anyway, as always, glad to hear you had a good time and all of that.

See ya round!
Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you and Julie had a good Thanksgiving as well. Huzzah!

Now let's hope a good movie opens soon. I guess it's the Coen Bros before too long.
Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Coen Brothers! Coen Brothers! Inside Llewyn Davis!!!!!!!!

Limited release this Friday, December 6; national release December 20. My Google-Fu is weak; I haven't been able to turn up any showtimes in Seattle or Toronto (where I'll be) for Friday. Nor Boston or Chicago; just New York.

Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful. Gavi's & mine was, too.

Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I love reading your posts about Gavi. She's an incredibly impressive young woman, and I'm glad you guys got to spend some more quality time together. It's a good thing. (As is smoked turkey!)
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