I'm up in Portland, for my first real visit (other than two hours at the bus station in 1992) for the Agile Open Northwest un-conference. I'm loving it, and I haven't even left the hotel. The conference is held at an old elementary school that has been converted into a hotel, conference center, brewery, resturant, bar, theater complex called the McMenamins Kennedy School. The hotel rooms are the old classrooms. The conference hall is the old gym, still adorned with basketball goals. Everything has undergone some funky remodeling. Right now I'm typing away (free wifi campus-wide) in a tiny dark bar (Honors Bar) with a woodstove popping two feet away and opera on the sound system, drinking a beer name Ruby Ale.
Hotel guests get free entry to the theater, so I sat in on a movie for a bit just to experience the second coolest movie theater in America. The movie showing was Stranger than Fiction. I only meant to stay for a few minutes, but I got sucked in and had to force myself to leave. I was enjoying it so much that it just made me wish Mie was there to see it with me, so I'll put it on Netflix for later.
I'm also looking forward to another trip to Portland when I can bring her along, since this is where she went to undergraduate school. Hopefully we can stay here at the Kennedy School again!