The drive from Penngrove to Portland narrowly beat out Austin to Lubbock as our longest drive -- so far. Again, Nuje kept the shine on his driving badge while Ian and I started into an updated
, classic BBC series
. The scenery inspired much "oohing, and ahhing," but there came a point where I had to cover my eyes.
We had successfully avoided all rain -- until we arrived in Portland. As the locals pointed out, the rain in the Northwest doesn't really storm; everything just gets wet. We didn't melt.
We got some really great surprises in Portland. Uberjam
made the trek from Austin to surprise Ian. He sure enjoyed seeing her and getting a break from us. They stayed in a fancy hotel and I bet it had a TV with inputs for the Wii. I'll bet they had fun playing Zelda all night.
Too, Sandi came from Houston and brought her siblings Susan and Paul to begin groupie training. We're happy we could provide distraction from Mothers' Day activities. They may just earn a spaceship jazz badge this week!Brainstains
This large house among several dentists' offices reminded us of Supper Happy Fun Land in Houston -- except with Lysol. John and the gang run a loose organization of artists and host music. Somewhat surprisingly, they keep the ship pretty clean and sober.
Eric and Betty hosted me and Nuje. After a thoroughly enjoyable late dinner with Sandi, Susan, Paul, Eric and Betty, I got a fantastic night's sleep. Eric's mom, Eric and Betty graciously shared their mothers' day activities with them. A nice brunch and a hike up Multnomah Falls provided us a nice break from the van. Super friends!Someday LoungeTres Gone
put on quite the show before our set. Veterans of the Portland music scene, they've put their musicianship to good creative work. They filled the nicely appointed Someday Lounge with beautifully intriguing sounds.
New to the downtown Portland scene, Someday Lounge provides great facilities and friendly staff. I'm sure the encompassing trolley construction makes things difficult. The sound was great and made us feel welcome. They also stream most performances live on teh intarwebs
Holy smokes, only two shows left!