Saturday, October 8, 2011

What's So Special About Exit 82?

Occasionally I need to drive to Portland (usually with a friend, thankfully) for a quick day trip. Client meetings tend to be a quick 1 to 2 hours, and it's the travel time that makes it a 10 or 12 or 15 hour day, depending on departure times and traffic.  Just two days ago my co-worker and friend, Christina, drove us to Portland via Interstate 5. We absolutely had to stop for a quick nature-break thanks to a syndrome called A-G-E (for me, not for Christina), and I had suggested we take exit 82 in Centralia where there is a Starbucks near the Safeway complex. A client once told me that 82 was the optimal exit every time he traveled to Portland from Seattle. Ideal for a coffee or gas stop, exit 82 is the half-way point to break up the monotony of I-5.  After heeding his advice, it's become a happy routine. So happy, in fact, Christina and I stopped there to and from Portland where we grabbed a cuppa and a bite and even did a little work. We had a great time with engaging conversation, almost no traffic (except for Tacoma on the way back), and the meeting was a success, too!


janet wong said...

I am TRULY suffering from A-G-E...

Evidence: I stopped to think for about 5 seconds about what those individual letters might mean. (Athero-Gastro-Entero-something...?) And I thought that "nature-break" meant a little hike through the woods...)

Michelle: you've still got a long way to go!

ChezOlivier said...

Thanks, Janet. Somehow I don't feel so young these days. Could it be the extremely energetic 4 year old and 1 year old? Meanwhile, Paul and I look wearily at each other while trying to keep up.