We are home again! And contrary to my expectations, I don’t think I’m jet-lagged. It was about 2am when I fell asleep, and I got up at 8 to start working. I was tired this morning, but no more than the usual amount after being up so late. And now I feel fine. I’m sure you’ll sleep better tonight knowing that I’m not jet-lagged. You’re welcome.
No excitement on the way home, which was nice. I still had the middle seat of three on the flight from Portland to Chicago, but the guy on the aisle kept to himself, right up until the plane landed. He looked over, shook my hand, and said, “It was nice chatting with you.” Great guy.
Finally tried Dutch Bros. coffee on our way to the airport – that stuff is pretty good. I’m not sure we did anything else particularly Oregonian…barely even dressed up for Halloween, not that that has anything to do with Oregon, although the people in Will and Christina’s town certainly went all out. The guy who won the costume contest was dressed as Edward Scissorhands, and the runner-up was David the Gnome (or maybe she was the Travelocity gnome – I don’t think she told us). There were some Day of the Dead zombies, a hippy, a guy wearing the big yellow construction thing Ripley wears as armor in Aliens, a viking, Thor, and a couple of swing-dancing steampunk fairies who made their very cool metal wings themselves. John wore a Superman shirt with a cape, and I wore my new TARDIS hoodie. Not all that Halloween-y, but who cares when you’re really there to see the band?
The band (the Elena Leona Project) played three nights in a row, including Halloween, and they are pretty darn good. I have video, but I’ve given them to Elena to post on YouTube on her channel if she wants to. (The sound from my phone is pretty terrible, so she might not.) I’ll provide links if she does. John had a great time (and I did, too, at all three gigs), but I think the Halloween one was the most fun. People danced! Yay the band! Details later. Different post.