I hung out with Scott Dally (of Geek in the City Radio, which he co-hosts with Aaron Duran) and his significant other -- or, in Bloom County terms, snugglebunny -- Lily Charron, both of whom are pieces of work and neat and things like that. It was a party for both Scott's 40th birthday and their house, which they moved into a couple of months ago. It was a house-warming, as houses need warmth.
Fortuitously, I got there because my friends Dawn and Patrick drove right past the bus stop where I was waiting and picked me up. Even further fortuitously, they didn't have the exact address of the place, and I did, so getting there was easier for all of us!
It's a cozy house in SE Portland, near 50th and Foster if you know the geography. (Further description: 50th and Foster is the site of a Taco Bell, a Burger King and a Taco Time (in a former KFC). I call it Cholesterol Corner. But I digress...) Slightly larger than the former home of my friends Matt and Gerrie, with a similar footprint but with a second floor; it made me appreciate more that the Portland homes where my grandparents lived for decades are actually pretty large. Scott and Lily's is large enough to have three bedrooms and room for the 20 to 30 people who were there without feeling crowded. Helped that the weather was nice and conducive to being outside, too.
We all ate well: barbecued brisket and pork, stuffed mushrooms (especially good), potato salad, expected barbecue snacks, adult beverages. We also all discussed well: most of the guests are students of pop culture. Later there was poker playing, which I'll assume was good playing because I don't play cards and can't judge the quality of playing, but the players were having a blast. (And I had a long chat with one of the Midnight Movie crowd, and he gave me food for thought, relationship-wise. Good conversation, if sometimes frustrating. Now I know a little more about the impression I give in person...)
Among the late arrivals were Rick Emerson and his wife Lara (pronounce it LAH-ruh, because getting names correct is a sign of respect). Their arrival was a nice Portland detail: they didn't have Scott and Lily's exact address, either, so they went on a more general description they had of the place, which could be boiled down as A house on [that street] decorated with Star Wars toys plus people playing poker. Rick and Lara found another house nearby that was decorated with Star Wars toys and people were playing poker, only they didn't recognize the players 'cause they didn't know them. "This is the greatest block ever!" Rick later said he thought.