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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Portland Trip Day 1

My trip to Portland was better than I had anticipated, which is kind of saying a lot as I had pretty high hopes going in.

The early morning flight (up at 3:30am, takeoff at 6am) was fine, and I was able to find the train into Portland after getting lost only once in the airport. I was pleased to find that the hotel was able to grant my early check-in request, and after a quick stop in my room to unpack I was off to wander around Portland.

My first stop was J's new school, Portland State University.

Portland State University - I think this is the library.

Then I just wandered around the city until it was time for the highlight of the day - meeting Shelley! We met at a fantastic Szechwan restaurant called Sungari. I am thrilled to be moving to a city with so many great restaurants including 102 Thai restaurants alone! Wow!

Anyway, hanging out with Shelley was so much fun! Meeting new people is normally an incredibly awkward experience for me. I don't chat well. But Shelley and I hads lots to talk about, like law school in general and Lewis & Clark specifically.

After lunch we headed out and ended up at the Chinese Garden.

Shelley outside of the Portland Chinese Garden

Inside the Portland Chinese Garden

Our next stop was the amazing Powell's bookstore. Being in Powell's is what I imagine being inside amazon.com would be like. It was here that I found J a Wagner action figure who currently lives on his desk at work with his Freud action figure. Sometimes they fight.

Unfortunately the afternoon eventually had to come to an end. Shelley had class, and I had to go and get ready for the law school reception. Because I had gotten up at 3:30 that morning and trekked around the city all day I was exhausted and not really looking forward to trying to chat all evening. But I had bought a new outfit that I couldn't afford specifically for this event, and flown halfway across the country, so I felt obligated.

And I'm so glad that I did. It really wasn't awkward at all, and there were standard questions to ask and answer: Are you still deciding, or are you definitely coming here? Where are you from? Where else did you apply? What kind of law do you want to study? And of course the Dean spoke briefly before passing around a wireless microphone to all of the alumni and faculty so they could talk up the school. It was all very nice - they did a good job at making us feel special and welcome.

While walking the 8 or so blocks back to my hotel I passed many little bars celebrating Saint Patrick's Day. As it wasn't too late I didn't think people would be out of control crazy yet, but I was wrong. Walking past a group of older men in suits smoking outside of a little Irish pub, I was safely a half block away before I was spotted. "There's one!" I hear from behind me, "A redhead, and you let her get away! Go get her!" Oh my. I picked it up a bit and hung out in the hotel for the rest of the night. It's an odd thing being a redhead on Saint Patrick's Day.

Later: Day 2 of the Portland Trip: Admitted Students' Events on the Lewis & Clark campus.

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kristine said...

Fun! I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

Also—is it official that you will be in Portland this fall? I remember some iffiness about J. wanting to move, etc.

Shannon said...

It's not technically official as no checks have been mailed yet, but the decision has been made, barring any extreme events.

I'm visiting VT law this week, and then CU admit day next week, and then off goes the money. :)

Menagerie said...

I had such a great time hanging out! And you do too know how to make small talk! :)