Today was my last official day at the law
offices of Davis Wright Tremaine. I wore waterproof mascara
so was better prepared than yesterday, after what they did blew
me away and had me in tears. Those lovely ladies on the 23rd
floor all brought an incredible smorgasbord of homemade cinnamon
rolls and breads, decadent chocolate, and all manner of treats.
Best of all, they doled out great big hugs to wish me goodbye and
happy future travels. They pulled that on me yesterday even
though I had another day to work because some would not be in the
office on Friday. I was gifted with two bottles of much more
expensive wine that I'm used to from two of the attorneys that I
worked for, Tom and Shannon – appropriately, the ones that drove
me to drink (only kidding, ya'll --- Not)! My other attorney,
Kristen, was new to Portland and she is a lot more self sufficient
- thank God, because God knows I didn't have much time for her workload.
But even though I had less contact with her, she made the effort
to find work for me in Ashland through her contacts there.
She was a joy not to work for and sure fun to talk to. :-)
She visits Ashland occasionally and we hope to get to see more of
each other then.
All day long, even though being kept blindingly
busy by Tom, I had Shannon's card in front of me (as well as the
bottle of French wine) to keep me inspired. She is an amazing
woman and I really enjoyed working with her. She wrote:
"Malia - Thank
you for everything over the last few months. Thank you for
your great attitude and willingness to jump right in, thank you
for sharing your dream and your wonderful philosophy of life.
I wish you well on your journey. You're an inspiring person.
Have fun, travel safely, live joyfully, and enjoy.. Take
care and God bless you."
Now tell me, despite all the jokes to the
contrary, that there aren't at least a FEW good lawyers around who
are actually good human beings, also! I was lucky enough to work
for 3 of them.
Then this morning, the paralegal gang from
the 24th floor that I worked with last time I was in Portland came
down bearing my favorite bagels and other goodies that kept me fed
through lunch. That was especially touching because I hadn't
worked with them at all during this stint, yet they all had made
efforts to see me and catch up somewhat. Keeping in touch
with them by email over the last couple of years has cemented our
relationship despite proximity, so it's good to know that's still
It's people like the ones I've met here,
some for the first time, others "old" friends - that make
me realize what a blessing it’s been having to work as I go like
I have over the last 3-1/2 years of my RVing life ---
but not enough to make me abandon my dream of making my living doing
something with a lot less stress involved and involving a whole
lot more enjoyment and personal satisfaction. I intend to continue
pursuing that and actually things are going quite well in that regard.
More later about future dreams…
As a perfect example of synchronicity, I
had already contracted for installation of a tripod satellite internet
system, and it will be up and running next week. And now the
firm has given me an opportunity to do some contract work for them
that I can do from the road - and the money made from that will
pay for the system. This was a great lesson for me affirming
the wisdom of following your strong gut instincts. If I hadn’t
already decided to invest in the satellite even though I saw no
immediate financial return, I would not have been set up to take
advantage of a great opportunity I hadn’t even envisioned at the
time. I get such a kick out of the play of the universe sometimes!
Since I want to make sure the satellite is
working right, I've decided to stay in Portland a little longer,
and I also won't be so rushed in the process of getting going again.
I've been so tired by the time I get home, I haven't gotten a lot
accomplished at night, so the delay is a good thing all around.
|I'm glad to
have been in Portland again, even though it was not in my original
plans for the winter. I got to see some things I had missed
last time around, shown them by a new friend who took me hiking on
beautiful trails, and up to Portland's oldest mansion with breathtaking
views of Mt. Hood framed by late blooming roses.
The Molalla Narrows and the Sunburst
friend from the town of Molalla took me down the river road to a spot
called "The Narrows" where the river curves through steep
cliffs with rocks in colorful and asymmetrical formations aptly called
"The Sunburst." It was a cool and overcast day, and the
trees were covered with lush green moss with bright yellow leaves
falling all around them.
The “Park Blocks” leading to Univ. of Portland
|Although I hated
the daily bus commute downtown, working there gave me lunchtimes to
enjoy strolling down the Park Blocks watching the colorful leaves
falling, doing their dizzy dance to the ground. I saw the first frost
with the colors of fall outlined by shimmering layers of delicate
ice, a really appealing combination.
Mount St. Helens
|I went to see
Mt. St. Helens when she was making headlines, although at the time
they said the visitors center was still open. But by the time
I got up to the first good viewpoint, I heard they were turning people
back and felt that an eruption was "imminent." Even
though the viewpoint was some distance away, we could see smoke rising
from the crater side. Standing there on ground where evidence
of the boiling underneath was visible was a pretty incredible experience
and I hope she's still here whenever I make it back up this way.
November 23, 2004 – New Opportunities
to be Thankful For…
It took quite a while to get the satellite
working, but once we were actually aimed at the right one, it was
smooth cyberspace surfing. I've been able to cut out 2 dreary
hours of commute time each day, can work on weekends at home in
my comfy sweats and slippers, Tom is able to get his massive syndication
documents prepared on time, and I'm making enough money to pay for
the satellite. How sweet it is!!!
I am thankful to have been invited to share
Thanksgiving Day with Jennifer, one of my “old” friends from DWT.
Jennifer is firm renown as a fantastic cook, a skill I can personally
attest to from the goodies she’s created for my and other DWT going
away parties and celebrations. Given where I thought I would be
spending this holiday, I am especially thankful to be able to spend
it with friends..
|And thank you
all for being out there for me…