Other stuff happened too. Here's Portland by Number.
Days after we decided fer sure: 2; decided fer sure on Wednesday 12/1, booked a hotel, and left on 12/3.
Days gone: 3; 2 nights in Portland, 2 full days of travel.
Hours travelled each way: 14; includes stops.
Miles travelled: 1600+.
Transformer movies watched: 2 too many.
E-mail updates to Jessica and Megan: 11ish.
Songs listened to: 253; via mePod on shuffle, some listed to entirely, others not-so-much.
Songs skipped due to language: 8 or 9.
Conference addresses: 4; almost enough to make up for the 8 or 9 with bad words.
Liters of Mountain Dew: 3; drunk by Spouse.
Lil' Debbie cream pies: 9.
Hats made: 6 via crochet; 4 going, 2 coming back, in American Fork's black, red, and white colors.
Minutes of Oblivion played: Couple hundred?
Snow storms: 1; a big and long one.
Semi trucks jack-knifed or tipped over: 9; one fatality.
Miles in the densest fog ever: 100+; from Treemonton to Lehi, I was driving. Slowly. And with giant eyes.
Columbia Rivers seen: The one and only.
Downtown homeless persons: 10-12; Yahoos had their first taste of a real "downtown" when we walked by the Salvation Army to get to a restaurant.
F-Words heard: Hundreds; by homeless guy yelling at empty space. Now I can say they didn't hear that one from me for reals.
"I'm scared" expressions heard by Yahoo #1: At least 5; Yahoos don't like "the city."Oysters eaten: 3; at Dan and Louis Oyster bar.
Jokes told to Yahoos by waiter: 3; mostly juvenile.
Jokes told to waiter by Yahoos: 3; mostly potty-humor knock-knock.
Riddles relayed by waiter: 3; mostly from Lord of the Rings, stumped all but Spouse.
Voodoo Doughnuts eaten: 12, but we wish it were more; might make a trip just for the Voodoo. "Good things come in pink boxes" and "The magic is in the hole."
GPS used on mePhone: Always.
Pro Cyclists seen in Elevator: 4; one being Teal Stetson-Lee.
Cyclocross races watched: 0; overlapped the cross country situation.
Photos taken: Hundreds.
Photos you'll get to see: To be determined.
Cross Country Races: 3; one community, one national girls, and one national boys.
Boys' race duration: 15:59 to 20:17 for a 5k in the mud and muck, across whoopdeedos and hay bails, through horse and goose dung.
Runners finished: The fastest 199 in the nation.
Neighbors racing: 1; a total rock star in our eyes. Same with his family.
American Fork team placing: 8 of 22.
BYU cross country alumni reunion: 2; Spouse and coach of American Fork's cross country team.
Chair sits: 2; one for Spouse, one for me. Done while waiting for kids to finish playing at the Children's Museum.
Fourth grade best-friend reunions: 1; had dinner with Spouse's best friend from Pullman, WA. Spouse moved at age 9, and has seen best friend only once since, at best friend's wedding 20+ years ago. They told stories about mixing chemicals in a basement in the hopes of creating an explosion. Spouse and friend are both engineers working in computer industry, both have a dog with the same name, both are eerily similar. Spouse wishes he would have stayed in Pullman his whole life!
Times we yelled at the Yahoos: ZERO. Believe it or not it's true.
"I love being locked in the car with my family!"s said by Rabidrunner: 50, at least; loved being locked in the car with my family. And in the hotel, not that we were in the hotel for anything but sleep.
Notice the clock, we were in the car at 4:00am.-