Friday, April 13, 2007

The Travel Queen

Here I am - it may look like I'm in my hometown with all those TULIPS, but NO, take a second look - I am in Portland still. The gal I am traveling with,Sonia, just thought I needed my picture taken by these TULIPS that are not even from my home!!! (Since we live in Tulip land!!)

We had a day - we had meetings all morning and then decided to venture out on our own again. To all who know either of us - that is a surprise that they even let us out without GPS units attached to us, but yes, we may only be in Portland once so we go out venturing. Today's venture - the Chinese Gardens!! So we get on this tram/bus thing and off we go - we just listen for our stop - hey, we are good!!! The gardens were gorgeous - I am SO glad we took the time (and BRAVERY) to go. It was on the way back though that our traveling courage was tested - we already STICK OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB around here - everyone takes one look at us and KNOWS we hail from Iowa!!! We get on the train and grab a hold and get ready for the jolt we know happens at every stop and start (see, we are getting seasoned, aren't we?!?!). Sonia, she's smart, she grabs the iron pole, Me - I grab the leather handle hanging from the ceiling - I've seen people do it, I figure I can do it too. I am holding on for dear life as we are jolting forward and my strap breaks - I AM NOT KIDDING - totally comes right off the pole and I am just praying I don't land on the floor OR in the bum's lap next to me!! Thankfully, I find another pole to grab onto - I AM NOT KIDDING AGAIN - people are laughing from three train cars in either direction and one lady looks at me and says, "You will have to pay for that - See that camera?? You were being taped." I was dumbfounded - I thought - You have got to be kidding!!! Then, thankfully, she busts out laughing. I am SURE I was three shades of red - needless to say - we got off at the next stop - nope it wasn't even our stop, but we were getting out of there!!! Enough free entertainment for the people of Portland!! Hmmm, I'm thinking tonight it's room service and it's a good thing we're leaving soon - Portland can't handle too much more of us and I doubt we'd ever leave our room again anyway!!!!

See you all in SAFE Iowa!!!! (If our city even talks about putting in a tram thing, I will have a word with the city - those are DEFINITELY NOT SAFE for travel!!!)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe---
I don't know about anyone else but I think there is one hot momma out there in Portland. I think she better get home because they are just not equipped to handler her. Even if she breaks government property. :)

Cousin Carol said...

Okay, you're in big trouble now! I didn't realize you were out here--I assumed it must be some other Portland. sigh :) Wish we could've visited. Hope you had a great trip!

Steffie B. said...

Hey Joe....you'd better keep on eye on her...she's a wild one! She doesn't have me fooled! lol

Mr.Brian said...

You get away from Joe and out of your town and look what you do!I've always said you are naughty. I am thinking it would have been fun to be sitting there watching you.

libgran said...

But Becky, wasn't it great fun! What a fun story! Don't give up. There must be tons to see! I'm so jealous. (not of the meetings, just the story and the sight seeing)

Carey said...

Becky, you are too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

Eileen said...

Becky, I would love to meet you someday! We don't live TOO far away. You sound like a lot of fun! Glad you didn't hurt yourself. :-)

GWEN OATSVALL said...

i am with joe. you look gorgeous in the picture and that is why you stick out in portland !!!! i did get a laugh regarding the tram accident !! sorry ...

jennifer said...

That is so funny! Hope you're having a great trip.

Emmie said...

omg becky! you are too funny! Don't worry- it sounds like something I would do.

Roy and Lori said...

Hey Girl,
Sounds like you are having a great
time! Be Careful and enjoy!

Take Care,
Lori

Carrie said...

The city of Portland, laughing at your expense, ha! Wait till they see your talent in blog design, then they'll be begging to bring you back to teach them a thing or two!
The weather and tulips look gorgeous, sounds like you had a good time and the family was missing you too! Always feels good to come home to familiarity.

kris said...

I just stumbled upon your blog today... sorry for the terrible bus ride, but thanks for making me laugh this morning!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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