Columbia River Gorge Model Railroad Club

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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.

Day 9

Closed Restaurants

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

Jury Duty

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. 

Life List *updated 2019

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.

  • Visit a pile of US States (Alaska & Montana)
  • Bike ride in Glacier National Park
  • Piano Lessons for 6 months
  • Horseback ride
  • Snorkel in a tropical paradise
  • Climb Kings Peak in Utah
  • Tour Timpanogos Cave
  • Take a long distance train ride
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Complete a 365 project
  • Own a motorcycle
  • Visit Denmark
  • Go whale watching
  • Sleep in a treehouse that I built

In all I’ve accomplished 24 of the 60 original list. I kept or modified 14 of the remaining 36.

  1. Visit all SOME US States (AL, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, IA, LA, MN, MS, NM, NV, NY, OR, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY) BEING HONEST HERE I THINK I’M REALLY JUST INTERESTED IN ALASKA & MONTANA AT THIS POINT 
  2. Learn to play all hymns on piano LEARN TO PLAY SOMETHING ON THE PIANO
  3. Hike through a Brazilian jungle to a secluded beach *July 2003
  4. Bungee jump REALLY NOT INTERESTED IN THIS ANYMORE
  5. Zip line through a forest *October 2012
  6. Horseback ride COULD BE FUN?
  7. Donkey ride in Grand Canyon NOPE.
  8. Skydive MAYBE LATER WHEN I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE
  9. Snorkel OK
  10. Scuba Dive NOT THAT INTERESTED
  11. Ride a Camel *September 2012
  12. Rock climbing on faux wall I DON’T REALLY THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK
  13. Rock climbing on real rocks I THINK I JUST MEAN BOULDERING & I’VE DONE THAT, LOTS
  14. Fluent in Portuguese * August 2003
  15. Fluent in German I COULD SEE HOW USEFUL THIS WOULD BE IF & WHEN WE LIVE THERE
  16. Fluent in Spanish CAN’T I JUST STUDY PORTUGUESE & CALL IT GOOD?
  17. Current passport 2015
  18. Climb Kings Peak, Utah YES. I GUESS. IS THIS A LIFE LIST OR VACATION PLANNING?
  19. Tour Timpanogos Cave SURE THING. I LIKE CAVES.
  20. Visit South Africa PROBABLY NOT
  21. Visit Australia (& New Zealand) I DOUBT I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN
  22. African Safari MY WHITE PEOPLE DREAM
  23. Blacksmith  May 2013
  24. 1 Pull up THIS MAKES ME FEEL PATHETIC
  25. 1 Chin up NOT INCLUDING THIS EITHER
  26. 5k every year for 5 years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 YAY! I AM LEGITIMATELY PROUD THAT I DID THIS
  27. 1/2 mile swim, bike 12 miles, run 5k-individually and then together (triathlon) & THIS IS WHERE I STOPPED EDITING FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH
  28. Hike a peak to see a sunrise *June 2001
  29. Attend a ball wearing a ball gown I DON’T THINK I’D ACTUALLY ENJOY THIS
  30. Take a long distance train ride YES!
  31. Volunteer at the Library *April 2012
  32. Ride a hot air balloon  *September 2013
  33. Bachelor’s Degree YES!
  34. Complete a 365 project YES PLEASE!
  35. Service countdown to my birthday * September/October 2012
  36. Own a motorcycle CAN’T GIVE UP ON THIS ONE YET.
  37. Visit Denmark (Find graves of ancestors) YET ANOTHER VACATION DESTINATION
  38. Serve a full time LDS mission *February 2002-September 2003 
  39. Have & maintain a working home library *January 2018
  40. Go on a cruise PROBABLY TO ALASKA? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE
  41. Buy a house * September 2009 SUPER PROUD OF THIS, SUCH A GOOD INVESTMENT
  42. Become a mother *January 2018 I DID IT! BEST KID EVER.
  43. Learn to play the guitar PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
  44. Play the guitar & sing sitting by a campfire PLEASE LET’S NOT
  45. Learn to ride a motorcycle *October 2010
  46. Visit Canada *November 2015
  47. Drive a wave-runner *August 2004
  48. Go Berry picking *August 2013
  49. Dye my hair blonde *2011
  50. Dye my hair black *2010
  51. Pet a dolphin NAH THANKS ANYWAY
  52. Donate my hair for cancer patient wigs *October 2012
  53. Go whale watching FROM THE SHORE?
  54. Sleep in a treehouse (that you built) YES, I CAN SEE THE APPEAL
  55. Host 50 “fancy” dinner parties FANCY? HOW ABOUT JUST HAVE PEOPLE OVER
  56. Learn to play the stand up bass like you wanted to in 6th grade AGAIN, NO.
  57. Host a “tea” party I’M REALLY TRYING TO SEE HOW THIS WOULD WORK SINCE I’M NOT A FAN OF TEA
  58. Ski lessons REALLY NO
  59. Stay in a yurt * April 2014
  60. Watch in person or be on The Price is Right *October 2017

Wrong Card

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.”

All the stress

  • New challenging calling
  • Not pregnant, two months of rage humiliating procedures
  • Expensive Smart car repair
  • Smart Car towed
  • Bought new car
  • Insulting emails about “positive” new car purchase
  • Received new car 4 days later
  • Repair new car
  • Exchange student fail
  • Gained weight
  • Two .five weeks front room disaster
  • Christmas tree falls
  • Two Random ward visits
  • Released from calling
  • Flood under house
  • No heat for two days
  • Office disaster
  • Exhausted workout
  • Two new leaks on the ceiling
  • Hose doesn’t reach street
  • Home depot dude fest
  • Cut off by same dude twice
  • Grannie & grandchild bathroom fiasco
  • When I come out of the bathroom cart is gone

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