We've had several other trips to the Portland area in the last five years and stayed at M's place. One time he banged on our door about 10am and said, Hey, Alaskans, get up and see what's on TV. It was McCain announcing Palin as his VP choice.
|Jordan Room at the Kennedy School|
|Kennedy School Hallway|
It turns out the Kennedy School is an old Portland Elementary School that had closed down and was bought and converted into an entertainment place, but as you can see, the blackboards are still up in the rooms. With chalk.
From the Kennedy school website:
guestrooms fashioned from former classrooms (complete with original chalkboards and cloakrooms, private baths and telephones), a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool, gift shop and a brewery (just wait until the principal hears about this!). Extensive original artwork and historical photographs cover the walls, ceilings, doorways and hallways.
Today we went to All Saints Parish for the wedding mass at 1:30. I wasn't the only one whose flights didn't get them to the rehearsal dinner and I'd had detailed instructions on what was going to happen and what I was supposed to do and it went off well. If I messed up, no one said anything to me about it. I didn't lose the rings. (The seven year old had one tied onto a pillow, but the priest said that children were less predictable than adults.)
And after the wedding was over, the sun even came out and brightened the stained glass windows.
The wedding had been at 1:30 and we hadn't had lunch so on the way home as we passed Two Brothers Grill - a Croatian restaurant - we decided this looked like a good place to eat. It was. And this being Portland, they even had a vegetarian section on the menu. J ordered some Turkish coffee along with her meal.
I had the vegetarian stuffed cabbage with corn meal.
And we had time to stop at the hotel and get ready for the party at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River. About ten minutes from our hotel in NW Portland.
The museum is in what we were told is the oldest still standing hangars in the US. I couldn't find that on the Fort Vancouver website, but there was this (and more):
The reception was a lot of fun and the kids had plenty of space to run around and to make and fly paper airplanes. I met a lot of interesting people including a former Peace Corps volunteer (one of only a few groups in Yemen), a former special ed teacher, a former Attorney General of Oregon, and a Chinese calligrapher to name just a few.
And while I thought the cake looked like it was cardboard, it was a delicious combo of white and chocolate.
A long and eventful 24 hours. And the start of what I expect will be an interesting and happy marriage.