Quick and Dirty in PDX-Night 4: The Gang's All Here.

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How many Peace Corps can you pack into a DaeWoo?
So, finally we had everyone that we could manage to scrape together for a weekend of nonsensical debauchery.

Six of us crammed into a tiny DaeWoo, somehow.  Mandy took us to lunch.  We met up with Lisa.  Let's have a round of mimosas!  Why not?  It's Jullian's birthday and it's not like we have much planned for the day, really, just an all night pub crawl that will require as much of our energy and liver function as possible to get us through without early exits.  No probs.  Mimosas for all!  Screw it, let's have another round.

Our bellies were filled, and Mandy was off to a job interview, so we caught a ride with Lisa to 23rd Avenue.  Sarah was our guide.  She'd grown up in Portland so we could only assume that she'd know what we could do to kill time around town until that evening.
I swear I'm not normally that guy on the phone.
  Right?  Ha!  I'm not sure she could find her way out of her closet.  Love her to death, but don't let her lead us anywhere, please.  Dunno what we were supposed to do on this road, something to do with shopping.  We didn't go in one store.  I don't even remember looking in a window.  It turned out we got dropped off on the other side of town from where we'd start our pub crawl that evening and killing time consisted of walking all the way over to the river in 35 degree weather.  Sweet.

Of course we stopped along the way.  Had to check the flavors at some brewery that looked warm.  No pictures.  Sorry, forgot.  No luck with the scratch-off lottery ticket either.  So it goes.

Well, we found a bus stop to catch a ride the other side of the river and find our meeting place.
Making our way towards the pub crawl area turned out to be a hike.
  Sure enough, somebody had to pee so they ran across the road to the little bar there.  We thought we had 15 minutes until the next bus.  Nope.  Just as soon as they went downstairs, our bus rolled up.  Figures.  So Sarah and I went to join the boys in the Cellar Bar.  Actually, the place was tight.  I could see right away that it was the kind of bar I could sit at all night.  That wasn't going to happen, so the next best thing was for Jules and I to have a shot of bourbon.  Damn straight.

Bus dropped us off right in front of the joint we were looking for:  Doug Fir.  Nice looking place with a kind of log cabin feel to it.  I mean really, it was built like a log cabin, yet it was fairly swankish.
Sweet basement bar.
  The bathrooms were f'n sweet.  That alone was memorable, and the fact you couldn't order more than one beer at the bar without having IDs for everyone.  The hell is that all about?  Well, they wouldn't let Jason do it, but they gave me a few.  So while he steamed at my Cool Hand, I carried a round over to the crew.  Turns out there were some other Peace Corps kids living in PDX that I didn't know (they came to the islands after I'd already left).  Plus, Lisa and Sarah both had a bunch of friends that came out.  I was trying to get old friends to show, but that didn't pan until the next day.  Still, we ended up with a group of about 15.  Hell of a ruckous we made stomping around from bar to bar.  Ain't no fun unless you're raising eyebrows anyway, right?

Headed to the next place, can't remember the name of it.
Jill, Mike, and Lisa at Doug Fir.
  Kids got some eats.  Me, my plan was to have an appetizer at every joint we stopped.  That second place had some of the best damn deviled eggs I ever had.  Could taste dijon mustard in the cream. 

Walked down the street then to The Slammer.  Little bitty place.  Buncha locals sittin' around mumbling.  We doubled the number of patrons just our group walking in.  Barely had any room for us.  PBRs all around and break out the adult-themed Jenga.  Cmon!  I pulled one log out before I even knew the rules.  Said I had to "grind a stranger".  Bartender was cute, so I asked her.  Liquid courage never hurts.  The Slammer still had their christmas lights hanging all over.  Made for cool ambiance, ya know?  We took over the jukebox in every dive we dove.
Micro 71s getting dirty in PDX.
  Put me in some James Brown, "The Big Payback".  You gotta know the songs with the best bang for the buck.  That's an 8 minute song.  Worth every cent.

Next place?  The Green Dragon.  We'd been wanting to stop this one since we'd seen it the night before when we were bowling across the street at Grand Central.  What we'd seen was this old greenhouse looking zinc-made building with "Green Dragon" painted on the side.  Well, I guess that place is only open in the warmer months.  Had another warehouse looking building behind it.  Piled all of us inside, and dang if the place wasn't BIG inside!  Plenty of room for our type.  Hell of a menu, too.  I'll have a Belgian style.  You know me.  I like good flavor and with a little punch to it.
Angus stole my beer.
  Give me a dubbel.  Yum.  Say it again.  Yum yum.  We were starting to feel good.  This place was a brew pub.  There were some vats in the back we could see through a window behind the bar.  Cooper and I snuck around and persuaded one of the guys to let us in the back.  We waved to our friends from behind the window.  Haha!  VIP y'all!

Last stop of the night was Roadside Attraction.  This place was nice.  They had a fire in a 50 gallon drum on the patio out front.  Folks standing around warming and shootin' it.  Now that's my kind of place.  Inside featured several rooms and some rad decor.  And what could be better than free pool and a free jukebox?  I guess only free beer, but not much!  Dang, they had some super duper tasty nachos, too.
Shootin' stick at Roadside Attraction.
  Somehow we got those for free.  Some girl did something to impress the bartender.  So we played pool, and nearly drowned in the PBR.  I hadn't drank that much of the old Ribbon since university.  Probably a good thing.  I figured it was time for our.....hmmmm, I dunno 5th or so shot of the night....cmon!  Let's go, y'all.  We'd slowed down.  No more bourbon.  Gimme the light stuff.  Yager on my mind.  It was on my mind the next morning, too, let me tell ya.  Like a ton of bricks.

We ended up back at the Bratwurst with far too many people to be dancing in a second floor apartment at 4 in the morning, but what the hell.  Mandy had already broken into the 5 layer dip I'd picked up at Trader Joes.
We had Peeps jousting in the microwave. The green one won.
  We uncorked some wine.  There was brie and popcorn and some kind of bread.  And then a Peeps jousting match broke out.  People were placing bets.  Wii tennis in the living room.  Shit was out of hand. 

That was a good night.  Portland was a fun town.  All we wanted to do was get together and tell stories and bad jokes.  That's what we did, and we liked it.

.....................:P
Reephboy says:
we were too busy drinking! i think someone ate the peeps after they jousted... ;P
Posted on: Sep 11, 2009
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How many Peace Corps can you pack …
How many Peace Corps can you pack…
I swear Im not normally that guy …
I swear I'm not normally that guy…
Making our way towards the pub cra…
Making our way towards the pub cr…
Sweet basement bar.
Sweet basement bar.
Jill, Mike, and Lisa at Doug Fir.
Jill, Mike, and Lisa at Doug Fir.
Micro 71s getting dirty in PDX.
Micro 71s getting dirty in PDX.
Angus stole my beer.
Angus stole my beer.
Shootin stick at Roadside Attract…
Shootin' stick at Roadside Attrac…
We had Peeps jousting in the micro…
We had Peeps jousting in the micr…
Eating lunch and drinking mimosas …
Eating lunch and drinking mimosas…
Mimosas to start the day.
Mimosas to start the day.
Sarah and Lisa.
Sarah and Lisa.
We walked 23rd street for some rea…
We walked 23rd street for some re…
23rd street or avenue or some plac…
23rd street or avenue or some pla…
Me and Jules did one of his many b…
Me and Jules did one of his many …
Messin around.
Messin' around.
Lisa and Jill.
Lisa and Jill.
Lisa, telling us how it is.
Lisa, telling us how it is.
Cooper and I with a cameo from Jul…
Cooper and I with a cameo from Ju…
Jason and I at The Slammer.
Jason and I at The Slammer.
Playing kinky Jenga at The Slammer.
Playing kinky Jenga at The Slammer.
Check that out!  Whoa!
Check that out! Whoa!
Lisa and Julie with attitude.
Lisa and Julie with attitude.
They had an Asian connection.
They had an Asian connection.
Jules and girls.
Jules and girls.
With Cooper.
With Cooper.
The Kassels and a guy named Phil.
The Kassels and a guy named Phil.
At the Green Dragon.
At the Green Dragon.
Green Dragon: one of several stops…
Green Dragon: one of several stop…
Green Dragon.
Green Dragon.
The last stop was Roadside Attract…
The last stop was Roadside Attrac…
Dang.
Dang.
The Bratwurst: our hosts pad.
The Bratwurst: our hosts' pad.
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