#61: Gardner Gala Costumes

We like costume parties. Halloween is a great occasion to dress up as something, but once a year isn’t always enough.

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The theme for the Gardner School Gala this year was “treasures of the sea,” so we picked a team costume that we thought might be unique: Jack and Rose. My costume was cobbled together from Goodwill, Amazon (for the hat), and my closet (the boots and suspenders), and Becky’s was mostly special order, except for the shoes. The element that made the whole thing work was the $9 “Heart of the Ocean” necklace, which was the clue most people needed to figure out what our theme was.

The bottom-left photo in this gallery is all the Gardner parents in our new neighborhood. It’s quite a gang, and we all had fun that night.

Oh, that last photo? That’s Becky donating two photo shoots to the silent auction, both of which helped raise money for the school!

#60: Eat at an Old Guard Portland Restaurant (Le Bistro Montage)

The restaurant business is tough. Something like 60% of restaurants fail in their first three years. So when a place has been around for a while, you know it’s something special.

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Le Bistro Montage was founded in 1992, which makes it 26 years old this year. That’s quite an accomplishment, and for those who grew up in the Portland area, it’s something of a landmark, famous for mac and cheese. Becky used to go here in high school!

We took Lucy there, and got her to try alligator. Her reaction at the time wasn’t overly positive, but she loved being able to tell her friends at school about it the next day.

As for us, we highly enjoyed it. The food is great, the atmosphere is incomparable, the drinks are strong, and the leftovers are gorgeous. There are lots of reasons this place has stuck around, and we highly encourage you to go find out for yourselves.

#86: Ben – Reserve a Tesla

Sometimes you want something for so long that the wanting becomes a part of you. When this happens, and the chance to actually have the thing comes along, you find yourself hesitating, stalling, not ready to let go of the wanting.

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I’ve known I wanted a Tesla since the Model S was introduced in 2012, but I also knew that the one I wanted wasn’t being made yet. Tesla declared publicly their long-term strategy, which was to change the entire automotive industry, but also to make an affordable car that was awesome. So I waited.

And then they announced the Model 3, and started taking pre-orders. For $1000, you could secure your place in line to have one of these amazing machines. But I wasn’t ready yet. For one thing, Will had just started at Sandhill, so all big purchases were on hold until we knew how long he would be there. For another, I wasn’t ready to let go of the wanting.

As it turned out, serendipity helped me make the decision. A coworker of mine decided to buy into the DIY-camper-van lifestyle, which meant he wasn’t going to use his Model 3 reservation. So in late February I paid him back his deposit, and he transferred his Tesla account to me, and now it looks like this when I log in:

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It’s likely that if I had finally talked myself into it and put down my own deposit, my delivery date would be sometime in 2019. So thanks, Mick, you helped me trade a year of wanting for a year of having.

I’m really excited to get this car, and I’m also excited to be supporting a company with such a bold vision. If you like long reads about interesting topics, there’s an amazing series of posts at Wait But Why about Elon Musk. You won’t be sorry.

#20: Attend a Play

Live theater is something we mostly enjoy, but sometimes struggle with. Occasionally we see a performance that’s so abstract and high-minded that we come out confused as to what we just saw.

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But not this time. The performance of Kodachrome we saw was heart-achingly beautiful, and we spent the rest of the day alternating between thoughtful silence and being unable to stop talking about it.

It was a great piece of theatre, and we heartily enjoyed it. If you’re anything like us, and in the Portland area, Portland Center Stage consistently puts out high quality theater that’s just at the right level for us, and so maybe it will be for you too.

3: Let the Droning Begin

Firefly, ballet, roller derby, Ken’s painting, and flashback to numbers 9.