View Full Version : ZaGranny's adventure in Portland to see Kelly and the Celtics

01-21-2015, 10:02 AM
We left home yesterday to head for Portland to see Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics.

We sent last night at the Red Lion in Pasco, after a drive through a foggy Eastern Washington. No real roblems, though, and we were hay to arrive while it was still light.

Just had a little excitement when hotel staff came to bring us coffee--2 of the dogs took off and ran down the hallway of the hotel. It took Mr. ID and 2 staff members several minutes to corral them.

In a little while, we will leave for Portland.


01-21-2015, 05:23 PM
We made it to the hotel in Portland in daylight today. THank goodness. The traffic was getting ugly at 4.

I am very ecited that I have managed to get my exercise in both Red Lions. Last night I biked 5 miles on the stationary bike at the Pasco Red Lion, and tonight I walked 1 mile in 25 minutes on the treadmill at the Portland Red Lion.

Breaking our journey into 2 days really works well--we arrive in daylight and I have a chance to exercise.


01-21-2015, 07:48 PM
We had a nice dinner at the hotel restaurant--we ordered 2 aPPetizers, thinking they would be small--they were huge!

Very nice day today.


01-22-2015, 11:45 PM
We had a mostly very nice day today. We went to the Moda Center and Parked. THen we took the light rail to downtown and went to the Oregon Historical society and the Portland Art Museum to look at Native American art--my other Passion besides the Zags.

After that, we took the bus uP to the Pearl district to a great gallery with a lot of Native America Art. Then we took the light rail back to the Moda Center. Mr. ID stayed out to walk the dogs, and I went into the TaProom to have some tea and stay warm until they would let us into the arena.

The game was great. The Celtics lead much of the game and won in the last second by one, but my joy was lessened by the fact the Kelly went out late in the 4th with what turned out to be a high ankle sPrain. We got to see Kelly's folks Ken and Arlene after the game and a lot of other Kelly fans, which was nice, but he did not come out of the locker room since he was getting iced and other treatment.

We took a bunch of Photos , which I will hoPefully Post tomorrow.

The worst Part of the day was our drive back to the hotel. It took us an hour. Our GPS kePt sending us in circles. By the time we got here, I had a huge knot of Pain in my neck and back.

I will Post Photos tomorrow in Pascoe.


01-23-2015, 04:04 PM
We got a really late start today since last night was so late. We had a nice uneventful drive to Pascoe. Im imPorting Photos now and will uPload and Post later.

Mr. ID lost his red Zag caP when we were here last. Luckily, it was turned in while we were in Portland, so we got it when we checked in.


01-23-2015, 05:50 PM
FInally, photos:

This little go cart was at the the Oregon History Museum. Mr. ID was interested because it is from Sioux City--60 miles west of where he grew up.

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At the arena:

Junior Marines presenting the flags and the singer of the National Anthem

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Two girls biking to win a Fit Bit.

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01-23-2015, 05:52 PM
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Game on:

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Me in my OLynyk jersey:

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Game on:

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01-23-2015, 06:01 PM
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The Celtics led for most of the game. Kelly went out with a high ankle sprain with 7 minutes left. The Blazers were leading, but the Celtics won on a last second shot by Evan Turner:

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The Blazers used 2 time outs, to no avail, and the celtics won.


01-23-2015, 06:28 PM
In spite of wearing a Celtics jersey, I was very well treated by the arena staff and the Blazers fans. There was some good natured ribbing about how we were going to lose, and one guy came and talked to me I explained I was really a Kelly fan, cuz he was my guy. So every time Kelly ded something good he gave me a thumbs up and when Kelly was hurt, a thumbs down.

As the Celics were ahead at the end, another guy in Seahawks gear asked the woman next to me "Would you take a Celtics win if it guaranteed a Seahawks win in the super bow. I said "I'll take that" and they all laughed.

So in the last minute I was yelling "Don't foul!" and a guy in front of me turned around and gave me a weird look, but smiled when he saw my Kelly jersey.

After the game, a guy came up to me and said "AN Olynyks jersey! You must be a Gonzaga fan", and gave me a hug.
I met a lot of other Celtics fans.

After the game, we hung around until we saw Ken Olynyk, (Kelly's dad) and headed over there. He gave us passes so we could hang around with the other Kelly fans.

To my left, Arlene Olynyk, Kelly's mom. Behid me, a former president of Thompson Rivers University. Other family members in the pic:

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More pics:

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Arlene admiring my Olynyk jersey.

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This guy went to high school with Kelly:

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01-23-2015, 06:39 PM
Ken was allowed to go back to the locker room and check on Kelly. He came out to report he had been on ice was was getting treatment for a high ankle sprain and would not come out. Arlene said he might not travel with the team to Denver, but stay overnight in Portland.

The guy on right was one of several folks wearing t-shirts from Kelly's high school. There was a large contingent of family and friends.

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The guy on the left is a team assistant. He sits behind Kelly on the bench. I pointed out that that must mean he misses the game when Kelly is on the bench--he said "Yeah--I sit on 4 towels."

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I had Mr. ID take a pic of the Moda Center:

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And that's when the nightmare started--it took us an hour to do a 20 minute drive back to the hotel--even with a GPS, which kept sending us in circles.

Today was much better, and we are getting ready to go to dinner after Mr. ID finishes feeding the dogs.


01-24-2015, 03:56 PM
We arrived home at 4 after an uneventful trip. Just enough time to relax before the MBB/Pacific game.

There was a bit of a shock in the mailbox. I got a jury notice for the month of March--and we already have our tickets and campsite for the WCC.

But before I got too upset, I read the small print on the Jury questionnaire. "7. If you are over 70 you can asked to be permanently excused from jury duty." Yay! Never was so happy to be 70. Don't have to go through hoops or reschedule for a different month.

It was a great adventure in Portland.