Our sorta-annual 4th of July trip to Portland was a great one. Faz put up with us for 10 days and we did a month’s worth of stuff in that time, and drank about two month’s worth. Here’s most of what we did…

  1. Got up and went to Lorn and Dottie’s for potato pancakes
  2. Went to Extracto for coffee.
  3. Started working our way to the beach, stopping in McMinnville to check out Ehren McGhehey’s new shop called Valley.
  4. Worked our way to Pacific City to Ehren’s new house
  5. Did a bunch of house stuff and then hit the beach
  6. Jumped in the water for some not-so-great surf, but it was still fun
  7. Spent a lot of time wrestling Ehren and Danielle’s dog Whiskey (video)
  8. Watched Faz improvise on the ukelele (video)
  9. Got drunk
  10. Headed back to the beach for a late-night to climb up the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean. These are the no-joke fireworks people were setting off.
  11. Got some vague, tight-lipped hints from Ehren of what’s coming up in Jackass 2 while Faz freaked out about potentially falling off this cliff. Can’t wait.
  12. Got up and tried to make a big big fridge fit into a small space.
  13. Went to breakfast with the clan where Ehren
    and Faz
    (video) stepped into the ring with a good debate. All time.
  14. Headed back to Portland
  15. Went to one of our favorite PDX places, Doug Fir to eat and then see Rogue Wave. The show and the atmosphere were surrealistically good..
  16. Finally got a little sleep
  17. Went to work with Faz to see the Holden office
  18. Walked all over downtown Portland
  19. Worked our way over to the Foster’s for a cookout
  20. Watched a big lightning storm
  21. Back to Doug Fir to see Band of Horses and a lengthy late night dinner
  22. Went to buy fireworks, had to go up to Vancouver (or the ‘Couve as they say) WA to get the good stuff.
  23. Ate lunch at Muchas Gracias.¡Muy bueno!
  24. Got our cookout on, lots of people coming by: Vin, Coulter and Goobkin, the Reeds, LG & Ara, Kara.
  25. Game on, time to blow shit up. $200 of fireworks. No casualties, except for a close call with a bottle rocket skimming my cheek and missing my eye by about half an inch. (More / slideshow)
  26. Walked around Hawethorne
  27. Rented a car
  28. Went to see Vin and the new Instrument global headquarters
  29. Stopped by Kegler and Eric Peet’s space
  30. Hit up Burgerville just because
  31. Went over to Cal’s Pharmacy and Dept. Pharmacy is under long-term construction.
  32. Hooked up with Ehren and Danielle and played pool at Bar of the Gods while we waited for our table for pizza
  33. Got pizza, Faz and Ehren resumed the dispute (video), round 2.
  34. Stopped by a kickass birthday party and watched a kickass rockabilly band, Dead Man’s Hand.
  35. Drank more at a different bar. Again.
  36. Hit the adidas employee store for some shoes. I got my first pair of running
    ever that require a manual, CD-rom, and crazy over-packaging.
  37. Mio sushi for lunch, best sushi ever.
  38. Stopped by Holden again
  39. First Thursday was going on and we went to a party at the adidas Originals store, where Tara won a raffle for a free track jacket and a pair of shoes for me. As if we hadn’t just bought enough stuff with three stripes on it. Booyah.
  40. Muu-Muu’s for dinner
  41. The Alibi for cocktails. Karaoke night. I’ve had more alcohol this week than I usually drink in 3 months. This is still the greatest bar ever built.
  42. Went out to Beaverton for the Paper Zone
  43. Right back to Portland to check out Bonfire’s super so nice new space. Had Phil prepare me an espresso because he likes, and needs, to serve me.
  44. Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean in Lloyd Center. Not so rad.
  45. Went over to Esparza’s for dinner
  46. Went to Collosal for more drinks
  47. Got up and went to breakfast at Violet with Shawn and Faz
  48. Made the rounds of every vintage store in Portland and could have left with a lot of new furniture
  49. Hooked up with Melanie at Kennedy School for our final meal before heading to the airport, ended up right next to Kegler.
  50. Flew home on the red eye. Painful.
  51. Got home, napped for 2 hours, picked up my dad and went to a Phillies game for his delayed Father’s Day gift.
  52. Done.



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