Sometime last year I watched an Episode of Oregon field guide & they had a segment all about the Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club. Watch it here. (Starting at minute 20.) The Club has a website with some great video.
It was super interesting & since we enjoyed Miniature World in Victoria, BC so much I put their show dates in the calendar for the next year. (Saturdays & Sundays, November 2019)
The year rolls by & I have a Saturday morning free, which is unusual so I pack up the family for a “surprise” adventure over in East Portland. As soon as we got out of the car it starting raining big drops & we stood outside in line for 10 minutes or so in it. It was the morning of the very first show of the year & it was pretty packed, although everyone was kind & polite.
We slowly made our way around the beautiful scenes & they were very well done & detailed. The things I liked a lot (some of them) were, the hot air balloon, the painting of Mount Hood, the TARDIS & the Daleks, the drive in movie playing actual movies, the lumber mill, the trolleys & the tiny Made in Oregon sign. They even took 5 minutes or so to turn everything into a nighttime scene, dimming the lights slowly & changing the colors. The tiny old fashioned cars were delightful. You would have to enjoy it all in person, hopefully with less of a crowd.
The club has been around since 1947.
Not a comprehensive list of closures in no particular order, enjoy!
First tragedy: TGIFridays
Tara (formerly Williams) Toraya took me to my first TGIFridays in Utah just off 106th South by South Town Mall. I fell in love with the Jack Daniel’s steak sauce & as Aaron & I started dating we went there regularly. A few years ago on his birthday Aaron wanted steak & we headed over to the location nearest to us here in Oregon just outside Washington Square Mall. We saw the sign on the door & it had closed in September 2009. The last time we went to a TGI Fridays was in Louisiana & it was not a good experience. The server joked about shanking, to us. Ironically the location has finally been bulldozed & is becoming a Jaguar Land Rover dealership. PamplinMedia.com
A few years ago Aaron’s work, where he was incredible unhappy took all the employees to Hall Street Grill for their Christmas party. I tried to make an effort, but it was painfully obvious that we had no intention of being with the company even until the next Christmas party. Aaron loved the steak there. We had intended to go back on our own, but driving past it one day there was a closed sign. Nothing has taken over the building since & it’s been at least 3+ years at this point. Closed February 2017. PDX.Eater.com
Ruby Tuesday’s was a gem we found in South Beaverton right on the pond. Aaron often went for the steak & I actually enjoyed their “Garden Bar”, but really we went for the cheese biscuits. I was also a big fan of their grilled zucchini & mashed potatoes. We took Aaron’s parents & his cousin there once & shortly after that it closed in August 2016. PamplinMedia.com
Bridgeport Brewpub became a favorite after years of Tuesday evening date nights & Aaron getting his lunch there often. It was only a couple of blocks from his work, easy walking distance. Aaron would go for their mac & cheese, which came in it’s own cast iron pan with little bits of crispy, delicious cheese around the edges. I will mention he frequently had to send it back to the kitchen because even with the edges bubbling & crispy, the middle was often cold. OPB.org
Chevy’s was one of our favorite places. We’d go there once a month. I loved their table side guacamole & their fajita chicken salad, which they originally made table side as well. The best part of that salad was the Apple Chipotle vinaigrette, I would always take home extras of that. Over time Aaron tried it & loved it also, he would end up ordering his own side of it. Normally he would go for the steak nachos. For the longest time we would go to the Chevy’s in Tanasborne. One night we decided to go to the Chevy’s in Lake Oswego & as I routed us there it said they were permanently closed. We didn’t believe it & drove all the way out there to see it dark & empty. I really am genuinely sad about this one, because the food was great & we went there often. BizJournals.com
Henry’s Tavern: The Ultimate Tragedy
I legitimately cried over this one. We had taken piles of friends & family to this place over the years. It was in a delightful old brick building & they served Gorgonzola Cheese fries. Aaron actually loved those, amazingly enough. When we first started going there Aaron would get their mac & cheese, & I tried their bangers & mash, but regretted it. I fell solidly into their Pear Walnut & Prosciutto salad. Sliced pears, pickled peppers, goat cheese, prosciutto, thickly shaved parmesan, candied walnuts, red onion, over shredded romaine, arugula with basil & a jalapeño-pear vinaigrette that was perfect. Dessert, which we only had room for a couple of times, was their ice cream sandwiches made in house. The cookies were still soft & the ice cream was firm, delicious. We had parked our car & walked up to the front entrance for our spontaneous lunch date & it was only when Aaron pulled on the door handle & it was locked, did we realize anything was wrong. Closed September 2019. OregonLive.com
Thursday, October 19, 2019 10:30AM
Even though I had been registered to vote in Utah for about 10 years, I had never received Jury Summons. Since being registered to vote in Oregon for about 10 years I’ve received Jury Summons twice.
The first time I went to a different room & the survey was probably 5 pages long & I think I was home just after lunchtime. At least I think so. It’s funny the things you don’t bother to remember. Today I was nearly 15 minutes late & I completely blame Aaron for seducing me this morning. We’re in the basement this morning & they had an earthquake drill.
They read off a pile of Jury numbers (40?) for a trial that potentially could run into next week. My number was not called. They played a short film about Jury Duty & it’s importance, which was a good reminder. Each of us, & collectively as a group we are providing justice. We are giving a person a chance at a fair & speedy trial. If we don’t show up that can’t happen.
They are playing Apollo 13 (which came out in 1995, with Tom Hanks) on the two screens at the front now.
I thought I’d give a little update on life & the projects I’m working on. Last week was my birthday & I worked a shift at the Branch that evening. It was probably a mistake, I was pretty cranky. I felt obligated to work Wednesday since I wouldn’t work on Saturday. Aaron surprised me with a trip to Southern Oregon. We drove down to Eugene & had a delicious lunch with Laurie Evans. She gave me a beautiful, soft blue scarf she knitted herself & a favorite book of hers. Aaron took Rowan for a couple of walks while I got to chat with my favorite Author, (Laurie).
We made it to Grants Pass & had dinner at The Black Bear Diner. I got pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy & cornbread muffins, all of which made me extremely happy. I loved mashed potatoes & gravy.
It was a beautiful sunset, & shortly after we hit a skunk. Aaron had borrowed a work vehicle & it was a lovely drive, but he had to do it all himself. The skunk smell really came up into the car & I was afraid we’d have to go back into town & get a car wash. (We didn’t.) We had Rowan’s seat in the middle of the backseat & he was so patient for such a long drive. Sleeping, playing with his lock board & flipping through books. There was a point where we just had to play music & sing along to help him.
We got to the treehouse just after sunset & they were all lit up & looked fantastical.
A few years ago in 2013 I posted a Life List (which I had originally created the year before) & since then the years have rolled on, all 6 of them. I’ve accomplished many of the things I listed & many have turned out to be silly, & such silliness/accomplishments calls for an update.
*I have to point out that my birthday is in less than 2 months & A-Aron needs some inspiration on my birthday surprise.
I’ve included the official, updated, new & improved, pretty Life List 2019 first & then the crazy edited/snarky commented version (for fun) down below.
In all I’ve accomplished 24 of the 60 original list. I kept or modified 14 of the remaining 36.
Often when I ask patrons for their library card they will have to search through a stack of various cards in their wallet or purse before they come across the right one.
Tonight I was helping a man check out a book & he searched for his library card (see above) coming up with a white card that said, “Costco” instead of a while card saying “Washington County Cooperative Library Services.” Helpfully I said, “Almost!” Trying to be funny I added, “We are pretty much Costco.” The man smiled at my joke, & then he handed me the correct card & replied, “They have a better return policy.”
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