In Which I Act Like I Invented Portland

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21 Responses

  1. chelle says:

    wow. You packed a lot into a 4 day weekend! Looks like a ton of fun.

  2. kmkat says:

    I hooted, I ahh-ed, I groaned during this post. Fabulous writing.

  3. Chantal says:

    You live in a city with no doughnut shop… How is that even possible? You poor poor thing!

  4. Jazz says:

    Oh wow… wow. wow. I wanna be you. The Portland you obviously, not the my kindergartner has shingles you.

    Isn’t shingles an old lady thing?

  5. ldbug says:

    Oh, that sounds like it was so fun! I haven’t spent much time in Portland (despite the ex-husband being from there) but I think I’m going to have to make a visit in the future with all those places in mind!!!!!

  6. jess says:

    You had me at hot chocolate

  7. citizen of the world says:

    Ooooh, so much good in this post!!!

    (Except for shingles and ringworm – good God!)

  8. Diesel says:

    Between the descriptions of the chocolate and the descriptions of your crusty rashes and whatnot, I’m salivating like crazy over here.

    Sorry for being incommunicado for like forever. Got in over my head on a bunch of projects as usual. Just climbing out from under them now.

    Also, I’m rewriting the first 5 chapters again.

    Happy Inappropriate Card Day!

  9. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    What a great travelogue! And not a mention of the work-related whatever you were ostensibly there to attend.

    I first got shingles at 35 (and thought it was spider bites.) I have never heard of anyone getting them at Niblet’s age, but then he is nothing if not precocious. I am also a dragon fancier, so we doubtless share a special bond.

    I’m glad getting out of the frozen tundra, I mean Dodge, helped and I hope everyone feels better soon.

  10. flutter says:

    why i was not invited on this trip is beyond me. I am currently trying to forgive you for that.

  11. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    Please tell me you also went to Powell’s Books. Please. You can’t possibly have gone to Portland and not gone there — can you?

  12. lime says:

    it was with exceeding difficulty that i pulled myself away from the image of that utterly divine cup of hot cocoa in order to read the rest of the post. after taking in the rest of it i have now determined i must go to portland one day.

    i mean the cocoa alone would draw me but the rest, well, it’s an absolute must now.

    voodoo donuts? what fabulous idea. perhaps i should have done that with the undercooked fastnachts i shared yesterday.

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Okay, I THOUGHT I wanted to go on vacation someplace warm. But now? I want to be THERE. With that chocolate. And the rest of it.

  14. franki says:

    I seriously need to move. Wow!

  15. movin' down the road says:

    When I read about trips you take, I want to travel with you!!! Oh, that hot chocolate! Voodoo donuts? Ah man.

  16. Fragrant Liar says:

    Okay, I just spent an inordinately long time perusing your blog, O Mighty Jocelyn, and I have eggs and bacon to cook and a sugar glider and fish to feed and dumbells to pump. Yet I could not tear my eyes from your hysterical prose. And now I’m leaving a comment! When will it ever end? You must let me go. You really must. I have to eat!! But I promise, I’ll be back. Lots.

  17. ArtSparker says:

    …and Powell’s Books. Portland does have an embarassment of good restaurants which are very reasonably-priced.

  18. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    I loved the part about the 80’s metal band. My attention span is not long enough to remember what it was exactly, but I know I found it very amusing.

    And, no doughnut shop? How do you survive?

    (Of course, we actually don’t have doughnut shops because the Polish doughnut is different than the American doughnut…but we have PLENTY of places that sell oh-so-tempting-not-allowed-during-Lent goodies.)

  19. Anette says:

    great trip!! The chocolate part is my favourite!

  20. Casdok says:

    I have no doughnut shop either.

    What an interesting trip!

  21. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Had too much fun reading this column. As a Spamtown, Minnesotan the first 13 years of my life, I can appreciate all the winter sun you’re getting. Marvelous writing.

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