Portland, OR

9 10 2007

Woohoo! I got an email on Sunday accepting my proposal to speak at the WritersUA Conference in Portland, Oregon next March. Now to get started on the preparation…

Meantime, the most recent thing I know about Portland are the lyrics from the Loretta Lynn/Jack White duet “Portland, Oregon”:

Well Portland Oregon and sloe gin fizz
If that ain’t love then tell me what is
Well I lost my heart it didn’t take no time
But that ain’t all. I lost my mind in Oregon

In a booth in the corner with the lights down low
I was movin’ in fast she was takin’ it slow
Well I looked at him and caught him lookin’ at me
I knew right then we were playin’ free in Oregon

Next day we knew last night got drunk
But we loved enough for the both of us
In the morning when the night had sobered up
It was much too late for the both of us in Oregon

Well sloe gin fizz works might fast
When you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass
Hey bartender before you close
Pour us one more drink and a pitcher to go

And a pitcher to go [repeat]

Our conferences really aren’t like that – or at least, not the ones I’ve been to! Maybe I’ve been hanging with the wrong crowd… 😉

It’ll be interesting to see Portland again. I can’t remember if I last saw it in 1986 or 1993, but it was a while ago. I just remember the azaleas and the drive up Pacific Highway 101.


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