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Festival Japan, the Chinook Canoe and Fun in Seaside, Oregon

Just a quick update -- this was an amazingly fun day!

Marilyn, sister Sue and I spent the day with friend Wayne. He and Sue meet us at our house, then we drove out to attend Festival Japan. I got a lot of great photos (but haven't downloaded them, yet).

Marilyn had heard that William Clark's descendants (as in Lewis and Clark) were going to replace a stolen tribal canoe today to the Chinook tribe. As I've mentioned before, our family is part Chinook on my father's side. Anyway, we really wanted to go and see the canoe, so we drove up to Cape Disappointment and ended up at Fort Columbia (in Washington state). It was an invitation-only event, but they kindly let us go over to see and photograph the canoe. We were all really moved!

Afterwards they even invited us to join their feast, but we declined to crash. It was enough to see the canoe!

From there we headed to Seaside, Oregon, where we had a lovely dinner on Marilyn at Norma's -- great food!

The entire drive both there and home again was a blast, by the way. We conversed and laughed so hard and just really enjoyed the company.

We did play a little bit of Fascination (Marilyn did the best, but we all ended up winning some). We were home by around 11:00 p.m.

Last night Marilyn, Sue and I went to see the movie "Abduction," with Taylor Lautner. Yes, I know it's been getting bad reviews, but we all loved it -- and highly recommend giving it a chance. If you like action/adventure films, or movies that focus on young people, you're going to love this movie. We told Wayne about it, and he now wants to go see it -- so we'll probably all go to see it. We think it's worth a second viewing, for sure.

Watching SNL and enjoying it, but certainly ready for bed soon. It's been a long, busy day!

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Amazing Day Visiting SMC and CTGR

Today was our trip to Spirit Mountain Casino and to visit the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

But Marilyn and I started the day getting up early so she could go to her appointment at the clinic at 7:30 a.m. Her doctor is away, so she saw a nurse practitioner. The lab results were inconclusive, but she's on antibiotics and a muscle relaxant. Tonight she's in TERRIBLE pain, I'm afraid. But she got through a long and busy day, in spite of everything... (She made the trip to Grand Ronde, went back early to work and then had Court judging tonight, too.)

We had an amazing meal at SMC (they have five of only 75 elite level chefs in the USA), then we went to see the buildings provided for the tribes by the money from SMC. I'm so impressed with the way the money has been spent. (And their sponsorship with the festival is another example of a positive way they use $$$ from the casino...)

We visited a class of very young children in a language immersion that is helping save their language and teach the culture of the tribe. Then we visited their facility for elders, who they treat with reverence. And finally we went to the plankhouse and listened to singing and drumming, then watched some dancing -- and the Court joined in dancing. They gave us gifts (I'll share descriptions and photos later), as well.

Marilyn and I are part Chinook Indian, by the way (for those who don't know) -- and when I mentioned it I was told that this is one of the tribes represented by this group. I was truly treated like 'family.' (smile)

I met an elder who was very sweet to me. I admired her cedar bracelet and she took it off and gave it to me! She had made it herself, so it's very dear to me...

I was sorry Marilyn couldn't stay to visit the plankhouse -- she'd have loved it! This is made of cedar, and the save the bark that's scraped away and use it for creating things. They presented us with ROSES made from this bark -- so wonderful!

Anyway, it was a long drive there and back (I even dozed coming home). And I started out my day with IT (again!), pushing me to be close to late leaving -- with the bus waiting for the last of us to board. (Marilyn, Sue and Jeff took a car there -- and going back Victoria rode with them. They didn't want to wait for the bus ride, needing to get back sooner.)

Fortunately, Sue took Marilyn to get her meds, which we were worried about finding time to pick up. She really needed to start the doses, so that was a good thing...

I answered emails and did some other work when we got back to the office, while waiting for Marilyn. We left the office around 8:00 p.m., which seemed early. But we did get an early start, so...

We just watched the finale of "The Biggest Loser." Now Marilyn is trying to rest while I blog. I'm headed to bed soon, believe me.

I smell like a campfire. The smoke inside the plankhouse was intense and the smell ended up in our clothes and hair. I guess my uniform will smell of it tomorrow night for the YSFF event.

Well, that's it for today! Even though the festival hasn't officially started, you can't tell it by any of the Staff!

Oh! And our new ride -- Vertigo -- was being held up in Wyoming! Marilyn worked that story nicely (grin), and they finally released it on it's way here to Portland...