The days at the end of 2009 and at the start of 2110 are a blur to me now that I'm back home in Eugene. Nonetheless, here are three things that stand out to me as memorable.
1. IDAHO! I D A H O! IDAHO! The Idaho Vandals looked DOA when Bowling Green scored with well under a minute to play, but, no! The Vandals rallied to score a touchdown with four seconds left and then, rather than kicking an extra point for a tie, Idaho went for a two point conversion and got it! It was thrilling and, frankly, for me, made the rest of the bowl season meaningless. Even the Rose Bowl with Oregon playing.
2. In fact, I didn't even sit down and watch the Rose Bowl. I caught pieces of it at the Mission Inn in Cataldo and some more at Noah's Canteen in Kellogg, but my real attention was on being with Ed and Jake and Carol and Sharon and the Deke and Sue and enjoying some red Raniers (Happy New Year, Rhonda!). Hanging out with such good friends and being in these fine Silver Valley establishments and the Vandals' win --well, it rendered the Rose Bowl emotionally almost meaningless to me -- despite Oregon playing in it.
3. The Deke and I twice delayed our drive back to Eugene. We decided to wait until the warm/rain wave covered Easter Washington, the Columbia Gorge, and I-5 to Eugene from Portland. The trip was easy on Saturday: some rain, no snow, no ice, and safe roads.