Today was my last official day at
the law offices of Davis Wright Tremaine. I wore waterproof
mascara so was better prepared than yesterday, after what they did
blew me away and had me in tears. Those lovely ladies on the
23rd floor all brought an incredible smorgasbord of homemade cinnamon
rolls and breads, decadent chocolate, and all manner of treats.
Best of all, they doled out great big hugs to wish me goodbye and
happy future travels. They pulled that on me yesterday even
though I had another day to work because some would not be in the
office on Friday. I was gifted with two bottles of much more
expensive wine that I'm used to from two of the attorneys that I
worked for, Tom and Shannon – appropriately, the ones that drove
me to drink (only kidding, ya'll --- Not)! My other attorney,
Kristen, was new to Portland and she is a lot more self sufficient
- thank God, because God knows I didn't have much time for her workload.
But even though I had less contact with her, she made the effort
to find work for me in Ashland through her contacts there.
She was a joy not to work for and sure fun to talk to. :-)
She visits Ashland occasionally and we hope to get to see more of
each other then.
All day long, even though being
kept blindingly busy by Tom, I had Shannon's card in front of me
(as well as the bottle of French wine) to keep me inspired.
She is an amazing woman and I really enjoyed working with her.
"Malia - Thank you for
everything over the last few months. Thank you for your
great attitude and willingness to jump right in, thank you for
sharing your dream and your wonderful philosophy of life.
I wish you well on your journey. You're an inspiring person.
Have fun, travel safely, live joyfully, and enjoy.. Take
care and God bless you." Shannon
Now tell me, despite all the jokes
to the contrary, that there aren't at least a FEW good lawyers around
who are actually good human beings, also! I was lucky enough to
work for 3 of them.
Then this morning,
the paralegal gang from the 24th floor that I worked with last time
I was in Portland came down bearing my favorite bagels and other
goodies that kept me fed through lunch. That was especially
touching because I hadn't worked with them at all during this stint,
yet they all had made efforts to see me and catch up somewhat.
Keeping in touch with them by email over the last couple of years
has cemented our relationship despite proximity, so it's good to
know that's still intact.
people like the ones I've met here, some for the first time, others
"old" friends - that make me realize what a blessing it’s
been having to work as I go like I have over the last 3-1/2 years
of my RVing life --- but not enough to make me abandon
my dream of making my living doing something with a lot less stress
involved and involving a whole lot more enjoyment and personal satisfaction.
I intend to continue pursuing that and actually things are going quite
well in that regard. More later about future dreams…
As a perfect example of synchronicity,
I had already contracted for installation of a tripod satellite
internet system, and it will be up and running next week.
And now the firm has given me an opportunity to do some contract
work for them that I can do from the road - and the money made from
that will pay for the system. This was a great lesson for
me affirming the wisdom of following your strong gut instincts.
If I hadn’t already decided to invest in the satellite even though
I saw no immediate financial return, I would not have been set up
to take advantage of a great opportunity I hadn’t even envisioned
at the time. I get such a kick out of the play of the universe
Since I want to make sure the satellite
is working right, I've decided to stay in Portland a little longer,
and I also won't be so rushed in the process of getting going again.
I've been so tired by the time I get home, I haven't gotten a lot
accomplished at night, so the delay is a good thing all around.
I'm glad to have
been in Portland again, even though it was not in my original plans
for the winter. I got to see some things I had missed last
time around, shown them by a new friend who took me hiking on beautiful
trails, and up to Portland's oldest mansion with breathtaking views
of Mt. Hood framed by late blooming roses.
Another friend from
the town of Molalla took me down the river road to a spot called
"The Narrows" where the river curves through steep cliffs
with rocks in colorful and asymmetrical formations aptly called
"The Sunburst." It was a cool and overcast day, and the
trees were covered with lush green moss with bright yellow leaves
falling all around them.
The “Park Blocks”
leading to Univ. of Portland campus. Although I hated the daily
bus commute downtown, working there gave me lunchtimes to enjoy
strolling down the Park Blocks watching the colorful leaves falling,
doing their dizzy dance to the ground. I saw the first frost with
the colors of fall outlined by shimmering layers of delicate ice,
a really appealing combination.
I went to see Mt.
St. Helens when she was making headlines, although at the time they
said the visitors center was still open. But by the time I
got up to the first good viewpoint, I heard they were turning people
back and felt that an eruption was "imminent." Even
though the viewpoint was some distance away, we could see smoke
rising from the crater side. Standing there on ground where
evidence of the boiling underneath was visible was a pretty incredible
experience and I hope she's still here whenever I make it back up
November 23, 2004 – New Opportunities
to be Thankful For…
It took quite a while to get the
satellite working, but once we were actually aimed at the right
one, it was smooth cyberspace surfing. I've been able to cut
out 2 dreary hours of commute time each day, can work on weekends
at home in my comfy sweats and slippers, Tom is able to get his
massive syndication documents prepared on time, and I'm making enough
money to pay for the satellite. How sweet it is!!!
I am thankful to have been invited
to share Thanksgiving Day with Jennifer, one of my “old” friends
from DWT. Jennifer is firm renown as a fantastic cook, a skill
I can personally attest to from the goodies she’s created for my
and other DWT going away parties and celebrations. Given where
I thought I would be spending this holiday, I am especially thankful
to be able to spend it with friends..
And thank you all for being out
there for me…