Portland, breakfast, schoolhouse + dodgeball

September 23, 2013 |  Category:   dining out friends life travels







A quick trip to Portland a few weeks back. Breakfast at Tasty n Sons. A visit to Schoolhouse Electric.

When we were tossing around ideas for our day in Portland, our friend Jen got a laugh when Mia suggested we “drink coffee and complain about how much our backs hurt”. Because from her perspective that’s the only thing adults ever seemed to do, but it was all in the delivery that made it so funny. Somebody is starting to understand sarcasm, I see. Later that morning, Jen let her sneak some sips from her iced coffee. She’s like the aunt who says yes to all the nos that we dish out (total tangent: what the hell is the plural of no? Nos? Noes?? No’s???).
We discussed childhood schoolyard games over breakfast the next morning and was sort of flabbergasted when Mia told us that in gym they played dodgeball with bean bags. WHUT?! Not only that but you’re only allowed to toss them at your opponent’s feet, not anywhere else. Oh man, that made us laugh so hard. Somehow a little part of me couldn’t help but feel a little cheated that kids these days didn’t have to go through the ritual of childhood gym torture like we did. I mean I hated dodgeball with a passion when I was a kid and always dreaded hearing that game called during gym (I did like Steal the Bacon and SPUD though). What a stupid game. So maybe a part of me wasn’t really that surprised at this wussified version of the game that the kids play nowadays (at least at their school), but sheesh. I mean, bean bags. We obviously had to tell her how dodgeball was properly played, with balls that hurt so bad because you could basically throw them as hard as you could and no body parts were off limits.
And this, of course, reminded me of one of the greatest scenes to ever air on television – the dodgeball scene on the pilot episode of Freaks and Greeks. The girls weren’t so amused when I showed them the clip; they didn’t think it was all that funny (how?!) I guess nostalgia really does play a huge part here because personally, I think this episode is one of the funniest things ever. But I guess you had to be there.

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  • Ann September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    My son (7) learned to play dodgeball this summer! They started w/ a basketball (!!) then decided that hurt too much so they moved on to a kickball. I was shocked he liked it.

  • Jennifer September 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh, man! Freaks and Geeks–the best show ever! Love that dodgeball scene.

  • Jen September 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Those are great places in Portland. Also loved the coffee shop that shares the space with Schoolhouse Electric.

  • tamera September 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I mean, HEADS were off limits, but I still came home with my glasses imprinted into my face. Sad life of a nerd.

    I wish I could drink coffee and complain about my back with you & Jen right now.

  • camille September 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Love the Portland photos! I’m making my first trip there soon, might have to check out that breakfast spot. I agree, “nos” seems weird but I think it must be right. Simplest solution :-)

  • Louise September 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, dodgeball was my favorite game in gym class (from elementary to high school). But then again, we played with foam balls and head shots were off-limits.

  • Kat September 24, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Wow! The food at Tasty n Sons looks amazing!

  • cantaloupe September 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Oh loved dodgeball! And like Louise said, foam balls and no heads. I just liked gym in general because I was athletic and could keep up with the boys. I remember running the mile and being the fasted girl, beating half the boys. Of course, then hormones happened and I fell back fast and got lazy…. but it was fun while it lasted.

  • lilcg September 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    freaks and geeks–greatest show ever!

    and my 4 year old daughter spent a week with her grandparents and great grandparents and came home complaining about “my aching pain” and “my bum knee.”

  • Kiana September 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Mia’s comment made me laugh not only because it was funny but because I’m guilty of moaning about my back when I get a chance too! I guess I just realized how annoying that must be. Note taken! P.S. I still hate dodgeball and gym.

  • Lara So September 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Do the girls have an aunt who says yes to all of their no’s?!

  • Jhope September 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Best show in the universe. Love Martin Starr in that scene; in every scene!

  • Jesse October 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    ahhh i detested gym class so much but it is a right of passage!