Birthday Adventure 1
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Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:55 am)

I went with some family to catch smelt on the bank of the Cowlitz river near Kelso Washington. Apparently you can only net them for 6 hours today and that's it. Lorien will be sad that she missed it.

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Middle watch, 1 bell (12:39 am)

Where do the years go? Since Lorien left for Sumatra on Monday to spend time with her sister Arwen I decided to drive down to Portland and spend my birthday with the biggest concentration of my family in one place.

The drive was normal, six hours plus or minus about 5 minutes door-to-door. I've done this drive quite a few times and have it down pat. Today I left home at 9:17am and arrived at mom's place at 3:19pm, with one refuel stop and one bathroom pit stop. I used to stop in Hood River since that's where I grew up, but I haven't lately. I suppose if I was actually likely to see someone I knew I'd be more likely to stop there more often, but the chances are quite low since I don't really talk to anyone that lives there anymore. For those that don't know, I moved in 1989 so it's been a while.

My youngest brother Wes and I went out to get a bite to eat at Cartlandia, a foodcart stop. I got Pad Thai noodles and they were delicious. Then we drove to Beaverton, to Powell's at Cedar Hill's Crossing to attend a 7pm book signing by Brandon Sanderson. He's a popular author, so it took about four hours to get my book signed. I texted my sister-in-law Cami to ask if she had the new book yet since the store announced they were closing the registers in about 15 minutes. I didn't hear back from her (turns out her phone had died) and she was bummed that she missed the opportunity. Fortunately for her I'm a pretty awesome guy and went ahead and bought the second copy just before they closed so I could get it signed, just in case she wanted it. I thought if she didn't, then I'd give it to someone as a gift. An hour or so later when she got back to me I got to surprise her and let her know she would be getting a copy anyway. I have to admit, that felt pretty awesome, it was a good call. Eventually my place in line came up and I got to talk about WorldCon 2014 in Spokane. Brandon gave some great advice about attending. I also just beat the night's record for longest distance driven: a couple drove from Pullman (about 350 miles). I got to one-up them since I drove 375 miles. Not much, but I won 🙂

We wrapped up just after 11pm and drove back, talking about how bad most of the drivers are in Portland. Now my evening is winding down, I'm checking social media and responding to the "happy birthday" wishes that started coming in. I guess some people feel like wishing others a happy birthday when their social media platform of choice reminds them is hokey, but I think it's endearing and always try to make a point of personally responding to each wish since they took the time to write me.

I'm only about 35 minutes into my birthday, but I'm pretty tired. I'll probably blog more tomorrow since I don't have much else going on. Maybe a visit to Bob's Red Mill and lunch at Otto's Sausage Kitchen will be in order…

PS Happy International Women's Day!