Portland Oregon


This year, one of the trade shows that I regularly go to — the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) — happened to take place the same week that Melinda was scheduled to be at Band Camp practicing her flag-waving routines and that Christopher was planning to stay with his grandparents for a week (and our two recent houseguests, Katharina and Renu, had both already gone home to Germany and India respectively).

So Colleen and I decided to take advantage of this serendipitous sequence of opportunities and make use of some accumulated frequent-flyer miles so that she could come along with me to Portland — the first time since our honeymoon trip to New Orleans almost 19 years ago that we’ve travelled together on the same plane!

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We had a blast. During the day, while I took care of business at the conference (manning our exhibit booth, schmoozing with authors, learning about new products and technologies, etc.), Colleen visited an old teacher friend who lived in the area and generally acquainted herself with Portland’s many charms and peculiarities.

We also had several evenings to ourselves to ride the streetcars, eat dinner in some interesting Portland restaurants, and explore the wonders of the famous Powell’s Bookstore — which is kind of what you’d get if you combined into one huge store (to put it into terms that an Ann Arborite would understand) the original Borders, a university bookstore like Ulrich’s or Follett’s, and a used bookstore like David’s.

The full photo album, complete with many pix from the booth and the convention exhibit floor, is at:

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