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Monday, October 12, 2009

Of all the cities that we have traveled to, this city we spent the least time in and deserves a return trip, at least a solid weekend.  We drove from Salt Lake City, through Boise, over through Portland where I was to interview, and then down to Salem where Marissas Aunt lives to stay with her.  It would have been to far of a drive just getting to Portland but the extra hour to Salem was way too long then I had to turn around bright and early and get back to Portland for my interview.  The drive was nice after we passed Boise.  It really started to turn green.  We drove along the Columbia river for a long time coming into Portland.  We hit that part mostly around dusk which made it nice to see.  I was amazed at how the pine trees covered the mountains.  They were very thick. By the time we arrived to Portland it was dark. It was really neat pulling into Portland at night and seeing all the bridges throughout the city that cross the columbia river.  It is crazy how the river sits right in the middle of the city. We decided to find OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) so I knew where to go for the interview the next day.  Why we had not bought a GPS by this point and I still I have no idea why other than me being too tight.  It was dark and Portland has many one way streets and there is pretty much only one road to get into OHSU because it sits on top of a hill.  We drove around lost for a while until we finally found our way up.  We didnt even take time to see the hospital because we were too worried about getting lost plus we needed to get to Salem before Marissas aunt went to bed.  I wished we could have stayed that night in Portland.  We made it to Salem with our mapquest directions and made it to her aunts house, who lived in a very nice area on the outside of town.  I remember pulling up to her house and seeing this huge spider web on her porch with this huge light brown spider sitting right in the middle.  It made me nervous about staying there.  She is over 70 years old and her house was kept nicely with old decorations like most 70+ year olds homes.  She had us stay in her room because the shower was in there.  It was about midnight by the time we got to bed and I got up at 5 am in order to shower and head back to Portland and beat the traffic.  Of course I was so nervous about this interview that I forgot my deodarant and had to use Marissas liloc lavendar field scented women deodarant.  Then left my wallet at the house and arrived to OHSU with nowhere to park because they were all pay to park.  I had to talk them into letting me park for free.  It was awkward the entire day because I smelled like a women.  The interview went really well and I really wanted to get into that program.  After all the scenarios and introductions, I interviewed with Ted the program director.  Overall it went from about 8 am to 4 pm.  I was positive that was the school I wanted until I interviewed at Duke.  After the interview finally ended, I headed back to Salem to get Marissa.  Her aunt wanted to take us out to eat but we needed to take off because we were going to travel down the highway 101 and had to be back to get our daughter.  It was sad because she was really looking forward to going out with us.  She is a widowed lady that was extremely nice and when we told her we had to leave she got into her fridge and packed us both a grocery bag full of triscuits, wheat thins both in ziploc bags, oranges, apples, and cheese sticks for our drive. Shortly after leaving Portland a big plastic peice of our car on the bottom side lost a screw and starting flapping like crazy.  We pulled over to some random shop and the guy let me search through his garage for a screw that would hold it in place.  I found one and screwed that sucker down tight. It has still held strong for over 60,000 miles!  So basically we didnt see hardly any of Portland especially my wife because we arrived at night and she stayed at her aunts during the day and i left as soon as the interview was over.  The one thing that was funny was that I didnt know you couldnt pump your own gas, so twice I jumped out of my car and started fueling it up.  The second time I did it the guy explained to me what the problem was.  Next time we will see more of Portland.
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