Well that was sure fun! In the aftermath of a brutal Oregon-Stanford matchup yesterday, brave Ricochetti drove over mountain passes to gather at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Except for the absence of information about the massive unemployment and foreclosure rate, this Chamber of Commerce description of Bend is about right:
Tucked between the peaks of the Cascade mountains and the juniper-rich Central Oregon plateaus, Bend, Oregon has grown from a locals-only timber town to a world-renown destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those with a thirst for mountains by morning, rivers by lunch and a fireside glass of wine with desert by nightfall. Bend is one of the nicest places in the world to live, infused with beautiful scenery and great weather, entrepreneurial-spirited, adventure loving singles, families and retirees. Whether your passion is hiking, biking and skiing, fishing, climbing or trekking in the Cascade mountains, or simply enjoying living in a community-spirited mountain town at the base of one the nation's top ski resorts, people from around the world visit, are inspired and chose to live, work and play in Bend, Oregon.
Sounds lovely, right? And it has quite the brewery subculture. It's completely wasted on me since I'm not a beer drinker. I know, I know. I've tried.
Anyway, we had an absolute blast talking about the Romney campaign, the decline and fall of Western Civilization, and C.U. Douglas (whose parents were there and confirmed for us that his recent nuptials were just as beautiful as they sounded). I'll let them identify themselves by user name since I didn't catch any user name and I'm not sure if they want to be outed under their real names (by the way, Mark and I go way back with C.U. Douglas' parents who we met on the Weekly Standard cruise about a year ago). Other meeter-uppers included Chelly Bouferrache, her husband and their precious daughter who was just an angel and somehow slept on bar stools while we laughed throughout the afternoon. ThinkSo and Diaryof1 came over from Redmond and I believe we were a good portion of the way to solving the world's problems when we had to break it up and head home.
Here are a few more pictures:
So that's Diaryof1, me and Mark. And yes, I am showing Diary pictures of my children. Don't make fun of me.
Pater of C.U. Douglas (you can kind of see the resemblance, no?), ThinkSo and Diary of 1. ThinkSo and Mark were able to commiserate over the horrible Ducks loss yesterday. (But hey, at least that Baylor game was fun, right?)
Chelly and I had to take about two dozen pictures until we could get one of ourselves where I wasn't ruining it by laughing so hard. We also attempted pictures with Diaryof1 but we were laughing so hard that I am not sure we got a usable one (although I'll be checking my camera again later and will post if able).
The lovely Mater of C.U. Douglas, Pater of C.U. Douglas and ThinkSo.
We nine Oregonians (or spouses of Oregonians) had a great time. I can't wait for the next visit back so we can do it again!
Thanks to Chelly for the photographs!