I Stopped By Salem

Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
Trip End Dec 18, 2009

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

When I first met Sara (the Sara references will begin to wane from here) she told me that she went to Willamette State University (they have since lost the "State") she exclaimed that is is pronounced Willamette like Dammit!  This, this I did not forget.

I was trying to get the grog and drag out of leaving PDX and really thought Coos Bay was in reach but, I was falling asleep at the wheel.  I pulled off and replaced one the pillows I lost at Fergus Falls and then after some Qdoba kept rolling until it became clear that sleep wins over road when your eyes are trying to shut all the time.

I tried to go to this really great pizza place in town, Christo's.  It was shut down for Sunday night.  The next day I try to hit breakfast at a nook called Word of Mouth.  It isn't open on Monday's the night before I ordered what I thought was Sesame Chicken and the woman even confirmed back that I asked for Sesame Chicken and I got some breaded Chicken Fingeresque stuff, no sesame's in sight.  I resigned myself to this dining experience and opened my fortune cookie.

There is a picture of it in this entry and it said that I would overcome all obstacles this week.  But, it said there would be obstacles. 

I left Salem heading for Eugene and  The University of Oregon Ducks.  I love their colors yellow and a darker shade of green.  In year's past they have had very cool jerseys too.  So I went shopping and checked out the university scene.

I saw so many bikes and some ridiculous one credit courses.  You can take a class in partying.  I kid you not.  They have even appropriated John Belushi's image from Animal House to sell this crap.

I got out of there without a purchase and dodged tons of kids going to and from class I zipped up the road and headed down it once again.

The university is picturesque and very quaint.  The vibe is mellow, as you would expect in Oregon but, C'Mon man these one credit courses are a joke.  Partying 101.  I'm serious this is an actual one credit class.  Seriously, someone is getting paid to teach kids about this and I'm wondering if the insurance folks or the lawyers or both aren't behind these ridiculous classes.

Having said that I wonder if you need any special qualifications to teach such courses.  For instance I have always sucked at drinking/partying but, I've seen a lot of people do it really well, some as an art form and others as an athletic feat does this qualify me to teach said classes and could I also add some other one credit numbers in there like Driving Long Distances at One Time 101.  The Vast Indian Motel Management Syndicate 102 or When To Get Rid of Your Car 104.  I could make a nice living talking nonsense about this stuff.  Perhaps I could find me a lawyer to write me an opinion deeming these sorts of things necessary.  McCain, D'Agosto, Guidorizzi, Butler, Baal-Guidorizzi, Price and Goldfaden get on this for me would you. (If you are a lawyer, somehow connected to me and not on the above list the lack of mention does not constitute level of respect or recognition of your practice.  I'm tired and the Indian Mafia is after me).

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