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Centennial, Centennial, Centennial!

I realize I'm singing one note here -- but it's an important one! Feel free to ignore this (and any similar) entries, if you wish. I mainly want to capture this information for my own future reference, I guess...

Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I got to the office yesterday at around 9:00 a.m. -- and stayed working until right around 10:30 p.m. (Making it a 13-hour day.) We'd agreed in advance that we both wanted to stay late, as there's just so damn much to do. We'd really like to get on top of things a little more. The workload has a way of making you feel like no matter how hard you work you're falling behind all the time!

We left both saying we could have stayed and done more, frankly. But it is a lot easier to get things done after 5:00 when the phones are finally off. (Not that people can't call on our cellphones -- and do, of course. But it's not as bad, anyway!) And not having a lot of other people in the office when you get to 6:00 and 7:00 is another big plus, as staff constantly interrupts each other with questions and so on...

I simply can't find words to express the energy level in that office, no matter how hard I try. You'd think we were in the middle of the actual festival, rather than months out from it! For the record, I've been around a variety of different offices in my life, but there's never been another one that even touches the festival office for level of productivity -- and the level of drama, too. Where you've got a vibrant and hard-working staff, I guess you're going to have constant HR issues or personality clashes. It's interesting, because this is a great team of people, really. But that doesn't stop the drama one bit.

Of course, being the focus of the media at all times doesn't make it any less stressful. But stress can be a very good thing if you learn to use it in positive ways. Even so, it does tend to wear you down physically. We'd both planned to work out when we got home last night, but that didn't happen...

And we slept in late today -- what a treat!

Poor Scarlett and Colin (our cats)! They don't know what to make of this, with both of us gone for such long hours of the day. Hopefully they'll get used to it, as this is why we wanted two cats in the first place -- to keep each other company when we're away.

Scarlett's been sick this week -- though not bad enough to haul to the vet (thankfully). In fact, she seemed better last night, which made us both happy.

I'm now carrying around some wonderful CDs that are filled with early festival text and photos! I can't wait to share some of these here. I like to look at the photos and imagine myself walking the streets of Portland back in 1907, 1925 and '27, and 1933 (our Silver Anniversary year). I've burned those four to CDs so that I can have the materials here at home, as well as at work.

It seems as if we find out something interesting every single day, too! I'm fascinated by the festival history -- which is also the history of this city and our nation (and perhaps the world, too), when you think about it. Portland was an incredible city full of incredible people during the turn of the century (early 1900's, I mean). The festival is really one of the crowning achievements of those vibrant men and women!

It's hard to believe there was ever a time in my life that I didn't love living in Portland, Oregon. I remember as a teenager that I thought it would be 'groovy' to live in L.A. or 'the Village' -- but who didn't, for that matter? It's been a long, long time since I had any regrets about the place where I was born and raised -- and have lived out my entire life. I've been to many places -- and learned about many, many more -- and I have to say that I'm proud to be an Oregonian who resides in Portland!

But I'm straying off topic a bit... (smile)

I was jotting down a list of names of various festival queens this past week. Shirley and Dorothy showed up a lot. Lucy, Harriet, Joan, Lois come to mind. (I have a long list, but it's at my desk at work.) None of those are names you're likely to hear much these days, though.

In the happy coincidence category, the woman who provided the coffee and tea service for the event this past Wednesday was none other than a former queen! Joy was our 'football queen' -- and even a bit controversial at the time. She was actually a member of her school's football squad, the placekicker. Yes, I'm talking about the actual men's team -- not a women's football team!

So much more to say -- and so little time to say it...

I must update more regularly -- I don't want to forget any of the excitement!!!

Tags: 2007, cell, centennial, february-2007, festival, marilyn, portland-oregon, work

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