Weekend Update::January 26 – February 2, 2014

Monday morning I was to fly out of Salt Lake at 9:55 (so I thought). By the time I bought this ticket all of the cheap flights were sold out, so I had a “Business Select” ticket with Southwest which checks you in automatically. I was planning on hopping on a hotel shuttle at 8:30. I thought I’d get there a little early to buy a little duffle bag to distribute the excess weight I had in my bag and have a nice relaxing coffee.

Around 7:30 in the morning, I decided I’d go ahead and check in to the flight – just in case I’d misunderstood how the automatic check in worked. As I’m checking in I notice that my flight leaves at 8:50 and arrives at 9:55! SHHIIIITTTT!

So, I throw everything into my bag hurry and brush my teeth and run downstairs where I’ll have to wait another 20 minutes to catch the airport shuttle. So, I have the front desk call me a cab. Which takes 15 minutes to arrive.

The driver is sssllloooooowwww and I’m turning into a grumpy pants about ready to pounce on the guy and take over myself. Finally as we’re coming into the airport at a pace of about negative 3 miles an hour I look in front and say “What’s holding us up!”

We finally arrive at the gate and I rush into line (luckily for my special ticket, I get to jump the line) – well, my bag is 7 pounds overweight so I pull my bag over to the side and start tossing things onto a scale until I reach my 7 pounds. I put my suitcase back on the scale and somehow it’s still 1 lb overweight. I’ve never had a Southwest person give me a hard time over 1 extra pound (not that it comes up that often, but at least 2 or 3 times before) and she says “Take out one more pound or pay $75.” Oh man, I’m so pissed! I ask her to look into other flights in case I miss this one and finally she tells me she has bags for sale and I can buy one for $25. Why didn’t she suggest that immediately! Arg! Anyway – I toss the extra stuff into the new bag and make it to my flight. My fancy ticket came with a free drink, which I took advantage of and the flight attendant ended up giving me two. So, that kind of made up for my frustrations.

It was great to come back to Portland. I think especially after being in the middle of the so many plastic people of Utah/Hollywood at Sundance it was really refreshing to be back amidst Portlanders. My neighborhood is just booming! So many new restaurants and shops popping up, it’s quite exciting walking around the neighborhood to see the explosive growth of really great businesses! I can’t wait to see what it looks like this summer when I think much of the construction will be finished and it’s easier to enjoy with the warm weather and sunshine!

It’s been great to be reunited with my bike, but I’m enormously frustrated by not having a car here. I feel somewhat trapped, even though most of what I need to do is easily accessed with public transportation – I haven’t been without a car here before and I’m not used to it. I don’t think I’ll last too long without a car – or, perhaps by the time I’m in a position to buy a car I will be more comfortable with it. We’ll see… for now, I feel like I’m 15 all over again looking at every car longingly.

Sunday morning came the shocking news of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. I always feel a pang of sadness when a celebrity dies a premature death, but this one hit me harder than most. I haven’t been able to articulate exactly why. But, I don’t seem to be alone in this heartbreak. Of course, he was an incredible talent and it’s unfortunate (to put it mildly) that we won’t get to see what he otherwise would have done for several years to come.

I was fortunate to meet him at the Telluride Film Festival in 2005 when he was there with Capote. I remember thinking that he held himself differently than many celebrities. There was some kind of sadness in him. It’s something that is in many of his characters, but I was surprised to see it in him in this other “real life” environment. He was at Sundance earlier this year when I was there as well. I didn’t know anything about his addictions, but I’m gobbling up much of what’s been written about him since his death and I’m moved by how much he touched so many people and heartbroken that he’s gone. My own speculation on him is that he likely knew how much people admired and cared about him, but I still wish he could peek into the reaction the world has had to his death. I doubt it would have turned anything around for him, but I imagine him giving a big smile and feeling a lot of joy at this outpouring of love for him, and regret for his passing.

On a much happier note…the Seahawks were in the Superbowl – and WON! It was great fun watching the game and the ads with family, friends, drinks, snacks and Jack the Wonderdog at home. I did think Seattle had a great chance at winning, but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a blowout! Seattle played their best. It was great fun to watch. Such a nice way to end the week!

Here are a small handful of some of my favorite Superbowl ads this year. There were plenty more amazing ones, but these stood out enough for me to remember and look them up to add to this post:

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