Sarah and Kathy @ Laurelwood, Portland
Portland – After 12 hours in the car (approximately the same amount of time it takes to fly from SFO to Da Vinci in Rome) my wife and I arrived in Portland to set up shop at the Comfort Inn overlooking the freeway. After we moved rooms on the second day, we are overlooking Sunrise Auto Sales. I decided to travel by car because I was afraid that my equipment would be lost or damaged on today’s airlines. The other reason is that I could stop at rest stops along I-5 and smell the fresh air, something one cannot do shoved into a seat designed for small people, 40,000 feet in the air. Unless I am forced to because of unforeseen difficulties, I am going the John Madden route of traveling on the ground. So why the travel?

After nearly a year of negotiations I am finally talking to real live people for the video project I intend to complete by Christmas. The series of three 25 minute videos are designed for lay teachers in Jesuit schools around the country. They will fill in the gaps of knowledge of Jesuit Spirituality. Scheduling is always the most difficult part of any adventure such as this. Since school is or will be starting this week, I had to snag people in between meetings or classes. By the time we leave Portland and head to Seattle, Spokane and Yakima, we will have 5 or six interviews under our belt. Later in September it is off to points East and South, I would like to have 20 interviews to play with from a wide variety of viewpoints on the topics before I come up with the final product.

The second reason we are up here is to visit our Sarah as she approaches her 27th birthday (Sean will be celebrating his 26th 4 days after Sarah). The trip was long as you can imagine but as I mentioned above, the stops when we wanted were welcomed. The lunch break in Rogue River at Bee Gees (one of the better hamburger joints I know of along I-5) had a special written in hand on a white board, it read “Pork Tenderloin Sandwich” although at first glance it looked as though it said “Porn Tenderloin” which I thought was pretty interesting.

Seeing Sarah again is always fun. She really works hard as one of the managers at Laurelwood Micro Brewery in Portland. I got tired just watching her run around making sure everything was working for the customer. I don’t think I could be as patient even with the experience of dealing with high school kids for 40 years. It was also good to see “Piper” her doggie. Piper is one of the most loving but unusual looking dogs you’ll ever meet. Sarah’s roommates also have dogs in the small house she shares with them. One is a gigantic, werewolf looking shepherd called “Lola.” The animal looks like it could attack with extreme prejudice, but spends most of its time trying to lick you to death. Last night Kathy, Sarah and I went to see “The Switch” which turned out to be a hoot. I recommend it, in spite of it being a borderline “chick flick.”

Enough for today, off to sight-see and retrace the steps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who were both Muslims I believe. Well that’s what I heard on Fox “news” anyway. Off to Jesuit High, Portland tomorrow then to the zoo.

…and so it goes…