On December 2nd, I took a quick flight from Portland to pick up my new 2011 Toyota Tundra in Boise, Idaho. Believe it or not, it was cheaper to do that, and I got the color I wanted. Aside from price, the top three considerations for the new car were: 1) Room and comfort to live out of for at least 6 months. 2) Plenty of space and comfort for Wesley. And 3) Will reliably and safely go anywhere I want to go. And while gas mileage was a factor for budgetary and environmental reasons, it didn’t offset the other priorities.
I then drove from Boise to Seattle to meet up with my dad (who was also visiting there for a few days) and also visited with my good friend, Jirka, for a few days. He is an accomplished wood worker and human being, who I’ve known since working at the University of Washington in 1992. I spent some time with Jirka, his wife, Margaret, and their two boys at their beautiful home on the Hood Canal. I then drove back to Portland and took a very nice, five day loop around Oregon with Lisa and the dogs.