A Quick Trip to Portland
November 9th, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

Portland, OR

Last Monday before last, I get woken up by my sister, Nicki, that my other sister, Beth, won a trip to Portland with radio station Y100.  It was to see and meet Charlie Puth.  At the time, I had no clue who he was, and the getting asked to go to Portland at the last minute, while you are sleeping, can be jolting.  Once I was awake, I realized what had happen.

Beth wanted me to go with her.  She has never flown before and wanted her sibling with the most flying experience.  That would be me.  I made a mad scramble to arrange PTO to go out there with her.

Our only hiccups came from and at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The glide slope was down and there was no way to do a visual approach into town. Until the equipment was fixed, we were stuck on the tarmac in Savannah until they got the go ahead. Then, once we got to Charlotte, there was no gate attendant there. Oh, by the way, our layover for Charlotte to the next destination in our flight plan, Dallas, was 35 minutes. Once we got off the plane, Beth and I hoofed it from Terminal E to Terminal B, only to see our flight had closed. So, we had to go to customer service and hop upon a new flight to Portland. We ended up on a direct to Portland from Charlotte.

Once we got to Portland, we ate at the airport and then took the MAX to the stop nearest our hotel. We got into our room, decompressed, and then went to bed. For us East Cost girls, 10 PM PST is LATE for us.

The next day, we walked around for a bit and met up with my friend, Riika. She lives in Portland. She took us the Portland City Grill to see the city. We also hit up Voodoo Doughnut. I think the shop overwhelmed Beth.

Later that night, we went to the Skype Live Studio and saw Charlie Puth and got a (horrible!) photo with him. Beth was given standing room only tickets, first, but then the distributor realized that she hasn’t given out our true tickets. She starts calling Beth by her true first name. Beth had actually gotten front row seats. Oh, if looks could kill, the baby teenagers would have killed us. Yes, we were older than most of the girls, there. That I couldn’t not help.

As well as I can’t help but go on a tangent. I am at the point in my life that I can honestly say I was old enough to be their mothers. I still feel like a teen at times. Beth was busy asking me if she was the same at their age. I just looked at her and said “Otown.” Even nearly 13-14 years later, she STILL won’t let me get rid of my Nokia phone cover that Dan Miller touched when he talked to her on my phone. Nicki arranged that call, by the way.

Back to the show, we have front row. This concert was live on Skype. Riika, and Gennie, my good friend in Savannah I met Riika through, are watching it. They are messaging me during this show, wishing they could be there. Yes, they can see our heads. Great! At least it was just our heads. Other all, it was a short, fun show. When we finally met Charlie, The first thing he asks us is if we are sisters. The kids wasn’t the only one that could tell. The flight attendant on the CLT-PDX flight gave me the answer to a question my sister asked her. I know she felt bad, but I was cool with it. Charlie, however, even asked with we were twins, which upset Beth a wee bit.

In other observations, the kid, Brady, from Live 95.5, was had an enjoyable conversation with us. All the other teens were anxious for him to talk and hang out with him, but he talked to us a bit for of all things, Waffle House. Being a Southern boy himself, he was missing them in Portland. You do get used to them and IHOP just can’t compete at times.

Beth didn’t like the smell of Portland. To her, it seems like wherever we walked, smelled of pee and crap. She called Port-A-Potty by the time we left.

I finally got to visit Texas, if even for a 2 hour delay in DFW. We enjoyed some Cousins BBQ pulled pork. Beth didn’t want any at first, but we ended up splitting the sandwich. She also liked the Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen in PDX. I wish I had a chance to have tried Brunch Box, but I didn’t see the sandwich came with egg, so I gave it to Beth. She was in Breakfast Heaven with their food.

Over all, I do want to return to Portland one more time. I want to take in the things I couldn’t do in the 1.5 days we were there.

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