Thus with my pint chilled, poured, and ready for consumption begins my very first (of what I'm sure will be many) "Pint-and-Prayer-Nights."
Pint for the Night: Widmer Drfiter Pale Ale
Cheers, to the anonymous Portlander who vigilantly maintains sound parking enforcement on the streets of this great city. I sincerely hope that getting my car towed on a miserably rainy day satisfied your wrath against me. If not the towing, then I trust that your note proclaiming, "Idiot. You can't park here" did the trick for you. I assure you, after forking over the towing fine and receiving an additional Parking Citation, the note certainly put me over the edge, so I hope it did the same for you.
Cheers, to the old, faded "No Parking On This Block" sign on the corner of NE Alberta and NE 15th. Oh, what a fool I was to not see you. How dense I must have been to have not recognized your great power when I passed you on my way to breakfast... twice. Believe me, if you have been ignored, disregarded, and disrespected in the past, I certainly hope that today's events made up for that.
I suppose this makes it more clear.
Cheers, to the City of Portland. I hope the hefty donation made on behalf of the Lee newlyweds comes into great use.
Cheers, to the folks at Newhouse Towing. Thank you for your politeness and sunny disposition toward your customers. Your sympathy makes a world of difference. It is never fun having your car towed, but your service eases the pain a bit.
Cheers, to my four beautiful girlfriends who came all the way up to rainy, foggy Portland to visit the husband and me. Whose smiles and joy brought some much-needed sunshine and great redemption to an otherwise awful day. Whose friendship I know is lifelong. Whom I am deeply and forever indebted to.
Cheers, to my lovely and patient sister, who forewent her plans for the afternoon to chaperone her sad sack of an older sister and brother in law from place to place on the great search for Mr. Honda.
Cheers, to my amazing younger brother. I'll admit that I often thought it was simply a cute and silly party trick that you memorized everyone's license plate numbers. Little did I know that it would become an immeasurably valuable ability during a very stressful and vital moment. You surprise me in the most unexpected ways. I'm so very proud of you.
To a bittersweet rainy Saturday.
건배 (Gun Beh/Cheers/Slante)!