Last weekend had four big events: First, the Tigers are in the ALCS. Boy, that’s as stressful as it is exciting. Thank heavens they won tonight to make the series 1-2.
Second: It was Portland Fashion Week. How does one of the worst-dressed cities in America pull off a fashion show? Quite well, especially for being a fledgling fashion week host city. Its setting is awesome: a shipyard warehouse on the industrial Swan Island (technically a peninsula), surrounded by cranes and welders mending monstrous ships on land. (Totally reminded me of the shipyard fight scene from Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes movie.) Thursday night, my Nike co-workers Christina, Kristen, Susan and I hit the shows to catch our archrival Adidas, snowboarder Danny Kass’ Grenade line and other sportswear companies, as well as some sustainable designers. Then on Saturday, I was back again with my friend Meg to catch three Project Runways designers – Bryce Black, Jay Sario and Michael Costello – in the week’s finale show. Both nights, the cast of characters in the audience and their wacky fashions were entertainment in their own right. While I still remain galaxies away from being a fashionista, it’s hard not to love checking out beautiful clothing, sipping cocktails and gossiping with friends.
Third big event: the 40th annual Portland Marathon. Of course I didn’t run it, but Jeff and I braved the misty cold morning to root on our neighbor Daniel and our San Francisco friend Doug, who both ROCKED it. (Both turned in sub-3:30 times.) Good work, guys!
Last but not least: the Detroit Lions’ first Monday Night Football appearance in a decade. Totally worth a celebration, especially with their 4-0 record. Daniel, Lindsay, Doug, Jeff and I cheered the boys in blue and drank Widmer Oktoberfests at On Deck sports bar. I tell ya, it’s a great time to be a Detroit fan!