Providence Park

Providence Park is the home of the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer team. But we actually attended a game for the Portland Timbers 2 (lovingly called ‘T2’,) the first game they’ve played in Providence Park. T2 is the USL team under the Timbers, which puts them in the same league as our new hometown team, Louisville City FC. The T2 and LouCity won’t play each other unless they both make the championship game, but we figured we needed to scout them out just in case.

We got great seats and the park is really beautiful. We could actually hear the players shouting on the field and not miss a thing. The T2 lost to the Orange County Blues, but it was still fun.

Before the game we also did this really fun Ingress mission.

Capture Providence Park ingress intel mapMost missions are travelling along a path, hacking the portals and visiting waypoints. This mission you had to actually capture or upgrade all the portals along the way. But when we visited, all but the southern portal were heavily linked and modded. Amber and I spent nearly all of our weapons capturing the portals in the name of this mission.

We were so excited to get the southern portal, Multnomah Athletic Club, because it was blue. All we had to do was upgrade it! No fighting! And the mission would be ours! But the problem was, it was high enough level already there was nothing for Amber to upgrade. I wouldn’t let this stand. So I used a Jarvis virus to turn it green — and we went back to XMPs. We took it down again and we both completed the mission.

Our reward
Our reward

Early Morning in Portland

Thanks to jet lag and a 6am train departure, I was tasked with finding us breakfast at 4:30am today. I enjoyed it and we made it to the train on time.

Packing Light

Amber and I are officially ‘on vacation’ – since I normally work Sundays, but today I am not.

We’ll be visiting Oregon for the next week and mostly living like locals. Lots of hanging out, walking around, and just basking in the joy of living are the highest priorities and we expect frequent changes of venue during the day. AirBNB rentals will be our home because I’ve had such good experiences with them on Automattic team meetups. We also plan to see the Portland “T2” USL soccer team play (scouting them out in case they meet Louisville City FC in the USL championship.)

Since we don’t really have too many specifics planned out beyond sleeping arrangements, we’re traveling light. Turns out for me that amounts to the following:

Packed up and ready to go
Packed up and ready to go
  • 4 days worth of clothes
  • Macbook Pro, Nexus 5 and their chargers
  • My Jetpack external phone battery
  • Knitting (starting on the front of my sweater since the back is now complete)
  • Book (Plan to start and finish The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, on my 2015 Reading List)

I find that small list incredibly freeing. The numerous options of ‘stuff’ that I face every morning at home are shed down to just a few small things, with a lot more new options to choose from when we arrive at the destination. Really needed this vacation for that clearing of my mind.