Sunday, June 6, 2010


So today we woke up early to get a quick workout in. I opted for a short run, and ended up slogging about 3 or 4 miles in a pretty stout rain shower through unknown streets. Apparently it rains pretty frequently in Oregon. Who knew?!

Today was the first day of our final trip preparation (FTP for short) for the Oregon Coast trip, and I won't get into the minutia of what doing an FTP entails, but there's a lot of driving and looking at stuff involved. Our destination for the day was Astoria, Oregon... a beautiful coastal town along the Columbia River (or "the mighty Columbia" as our hotel's literature would have you call it). You've probably seen a lot of Astoria and don't even realize it. It's the town where they filmed the 80s classic The Goonies (hence this post's title).

Speaking of The Goonies... Astoria is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie's release this weekend. There are people all over the town in Goonies t-shirts, and the local theatre is having 3 showings of the movie per day. To commemorate the occasion, some of the stars of the film are even in town. At least one of them is staying at our hotel: Sean Astin (from such other films as Rudy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). We even saw him in the lobby yelling platitudes at a guy who I can only assume is his assistant. How cool is that?

First day at work and I've already seen a celebrity. He doesn't ride bikes, but I heard he plays some mean football.

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