We got back from Portland on Sunday night. We spent the first two days in Oregon in a little cottage on Netarts' Bay then we saw Oregon's biggest Sitka spruce with a trunk diameter of 15 feet. It was pretty darn fantastic. The next day we drove 6 hours one way to Jedediah Smith State Park in California to see the redwoods which were humbling, primordial and awe-inspiring. But between the two tree days, we had a wonderful dinner with Jim Katen and Les Van Alstine at Mother's Bistro. Jim was smart and funny. He also has an idea or two about how to get rich inspecting houses. Les was philosophic and spoke directly to my wife. (see the second photo) I couldn't always hear him but I think he was saying that he's already rich from inspecting houses.
It was like a bonus that I got to see Don Norman and Charlie Sessums. And after 15 years, I was lucky to meet Mike O'Handley as well.