Monday, May 9, 2011

I’m Just Sayin’….

You reach a certain age in life and you think you have seen – or at least heard – of just about everything there is to see or know. Just about that time is when you take an unexpected trip to a place you have never been before.

Where is this place I am talking about?

Portland, Oregon

I had never been to Oregon so when I had the opportunity to work the Portland Creating Keepsake Show for P K Glitz, I packed my bags and went! I was not expecting such a culture shock. It is amazing how travelling within the United States you can find so many different cultures and ways of doing things.

Here in the country we “know” about recycling but it is not a common practice just because we have no recycling facilities close by. Also, when you live in the country, trips to town are a minimum, especially these days with gasoline prices the way that they are.

Once my plane landed and I made my way from the airport to the convention center via “The Max” commuter train, it was time for lunch.

Let me just say that I had a very enjoyable trip on the train and even if you happen to miss your stop, the people of Portland are very friendly and helpful and will point you in the right direction to get you back to where you need to be.  Not that I would miss my stop or anything like that – I’m just sayin’…

Once we at our lunch it was time to be introduced to Oregon culture. I found three trash cans all  labeled to tell you what trash went into which can. I am not sure if I got it correct, and no one told me differently, so I am hoping that I got it correct. Here, in my part of the country, we just have one trash can and it is usually filled to overflowing. The only thing that I am trying to figure out is how to get all of the trash to fit into the overfilled can.

After a long trip, my ride on the commuter train, and then my experience filled lunch, I needed to take a long overdue potty break. I have to say that I have never, ever in my entire life seen a bathroom stall quite like these.

And, what is it that I had never seen?
 bathroom-sign

I have to tell you that I think I actually laughed out loud when I saw this! Now, if you are a southern gal like me, you may be wondering what this is. Let me show you..

Instructions

Not that there is actually anything wrong with this Water-Saving device, in fact I think it is a great idea, it is just that is was “different” and something I had never in my life come across before. I was very grateful that this flushing process could take place “after” I had finished my business rather than “before”. After all, when you get to be my age, sometimes you don’t have time to think about if you need to flush the handle up or down – I’m just sayin…

So, my first day in Portland was an experience I will always remember, not because it was different, but because I learned some new things and it was sort of like visiting another country without leaving the United States.

The Creating Keepsakes show was just like any other. We put butterflies on the ladies shoulders, demo’d the product and met a lot of interesting people. It wasn’t until sometime on Saturday that I got the biggest surprise of my life. I remember lots of people shopping in the booth when I heard someone call my name. I turned around at it was Sherry from Dixie Pieces!!!! I couldn’t believe it!! I was in total shock.

The-Three-of-Us

Finally, around 9:30 that night Sherry, her daughter Brenna, and her husband stopped by my hotel and we got to visit in the lobby for what didn’t seem like a long enough time to me at all. It was like visiting with friends that you hadn’t seen in a long time only this was the first time we met.

Some of you may remember that I was a designer for Dixie Pieces for a little over a year and I have to say that these gals are just as sweet and wonderful in person as you find online.

Portland was a trip that I will not easily forget as it was filled such fun memories and new experiences.

Have you ever been some place within your country that seemed foreign or at least different than what you are accustomed to?

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