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Trip Start Dec 28, 2006
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Trip End Mar 01, 2007


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

While I was away visiting grad schools Pete managed to keep himself entertained.  He attempted to ride a bike around Lake Washington, sang karaoke with Erin and Jesus' friends, got a lot of practice in at the bowling alley, and reunited with his long lost fiance, Robin.  Robin managed to find a very cheap flight from New Orleans, and when I returned from interviewing one weekend, she had already been in Seattle for a couple days.  Pete, Robin, and I visited Alki Beach, a popular day trip destination for many of the locals in West Seattle.  Pete and I set out for Alki Beach the week before only to become profoundly lost and stuck in traffic for three hours.  Seattle is a real bitch if you want to drive anywhere, especially if you don't know where you're going. 

Finally, though, we had to say goodbye to Seattle and, directing the silver bullet east, we headed to Spokane, WA.  Pete and I visited Mike and Lisa Janicki in Sedro-Woolley the previous week, but three of their kids, Adam, Peter and Patrick, live in Spokane and attend Gonzaga University.   During our week at Snowbird together they made us promise to visit Spokane, and as the weeks passed they kept asking when we would arrive.  It was the first time we traveled east in nearly a month.

Adam greeted us as we arrived in Spokane; he brought us to The Bulldog for a Kennel Klub post-game party.  The Kennel Klub is a social club at Gonzaga that gets together to cheer on the Bulldogs for every home basketball game.  With the help of a few special keychains, Adam was able to get us in with free beer the entire night.  All of a sudden we were thrown back into the college life: tons of people to mess with, lots of pretty ladies, and plenty of alcohol.  When people asked "are you brothers?" I would respond with "yes, we're identical twins".  This was met with a look of confusion, but before they could ask the followup question I would add "but he was hit in the face with a brick when we were little".  Peter would then begin telling the story of what he remembers from the brick accident, periodically stopping to contort his face in the brain damaged way only Peter can.

Lisa flew in from Sedro-Woolley to recruit engineering students for Janicki Industries, and while she was in Spokane she invited Adam, all his roommates, Pete and I to dinner at The Onion.  When the server came around to take drink orders I ordered a large mug of Newcastle Brown, forgetting that we had purchased two full kegs just an hour before.  The food was fantastic: a juicy pink steak, baked potato, ginormous onion rings. 
That night were the drinking game olympics.  We played beer pong, beer hockey, the web, quarters, about every drinking game you could think of (besides counterclockwise).  Adam's friends and roomates are fun guys, and they sure do love to drink.  For the next few days we hung out and partied with them, took a walking tour of the Gonzaga campus with Lisa and Patrick, and took the silver bullet in for maintanence. 

On our final day in Spokane, Pete and I decided to change things up a bit.  The Riverside Park in Spokane is a year-round attraction situated in a park surrounding the Spokane River, a body of water known for being one of the most polluted in the country.  We ice skated, watched an IMAX film (Roving Mars), rode the gondola over a waterfall, played mini golf, went for a romantic walk in the falling snow, and rode the carousel.  It was the best date I've ever had with a brother.

Our rough plan was to stop by Dillon, Montana to see the grandparents before hanging out with our brother Jasen for a week or so in Colorado.  Pete received word of a well-paying job in an engineering company back in Louisiana that he needs to get to as soon as possible.  Aside from that, Jasen would be busy with classes for his job as an electric lineman, and wouldn't be able to spend very much time with us.  I accepted a paid internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working on plant genomics starting in mid March.  All things considered, we decided to skip Colorado.
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