Archive for February, 2012

Trip to the Pacific Northwest. February, 2012. Don’t Panic.


I landed in Portland, Oregon last Thursday night, the 39th day of the year, to attend the wedding of my friends Mike and Teri.

I’ve known Mike since December, 2000 when we both were in the Navy stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. I was a ‘weather guesser” back then and he was the supply guy for the whole weather facility.

I took this only a few hours after landing, on the morning of a very busy day. The wedding was scheduled for the following day (Saturday) and Mike had a ton of things to take care of.

Things like picking up his tuxedo. (Long-time friend Kevin on the left and Mike on the right.)

Teri also had her work cut out for her. She’s a designer and made her wedding dress. She put an untold number of hours into the gorgeous dress.

The theme of the wedding was to be one inspired by Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. To make it even more exciting, Mike and Teri decided to have the ceremony done at Voodoo Doughnut, on February 11, the 42nd day of the year.

Strangely, the answer to all things pulls in quite a crowd and to the surprise of Cat Daddy, one of the owners of Voodoo Doughnut, the wedding drew more people than the building could fit so they decided to move it outside on a very rare sunny day in February.

Cat Daddy’s swanky shoes:

The crowd gathered and eventually choked the parking lot it was that big.

Cat Daddy also performed the ceremony. He arrived in an amazing tuxedo and, dressed for the occasion, had a towel draped around his shoulders (you have to know where your towel is.)

Teri, Cat Daddy and Mike, during the exchange of rings.


After they kissed, the bride and groom took their first step as a married couple:

The crowd gathered on the side of the building where a spread of doughnuts and coffee was prepared for everyone.

Mike and Teri got a giant decorative plate of wedding doughnuts which were made to fit the theme:

And they had to eat that monster too.

Once they had had their “slice of wedding cake,” the guests all dug in:

The bride and groom in front of the famous pink Voodoo Doughnut on Sandy St. in Portland.

After the party left the doughnut shop, Mike and Teri wanted a few photos with their beloved Mercedes-Benz 220 Diesel.

The newlywed couple are now on their honeymoon, driving down the Oregon coast, one of the nicest routes in the world.

Since these photos are size-limited horizontally, you can see the full album of photos here.