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A Month in Limbo – Part 1

Our strategy for this adventure is to maintain a semblance of normalcy so we can stay focused on recruiting.  The key is to ensure a stable living situation for a period of time (3-4 months) that allows us to settle in and get to know our new surroundings.

Well that all blew up when we were invited to three very special weddings over a four week span in June.  Cue the silver lining:  Jordan and Jeska’s spot in Southern OR is literally on the way to our next long term stay in Big Arm, Montana AND Jeska is about to have a kid; a baby shower was in order.

So the planning commenced.  It was decided I will rep the Sasson’s at Steve and Seth’s wedding in Philadelphia while Amy helped coordinate and host a shower for Jeska.

So it goes…

Southern OR

Driving from CA to OR was fantastic.  It was an easy one day (11 hour) drive where we would see California’s large hills give way to snowcap mountains as we rode north toward Oregon.

Ride Up

The Rayboys were incredible hosts giving us free reign of their beautiful property and we took advantage:

Fresh eggs every morning from the chicken coup


A monster climb to the top of the mountain – destination Yurt


Chica especially enjoyed cooling off in the pond. 


And of course, you ain’t living country till you’re riding an ATV and getting your feet muddy.  Amy lost her sandal in the muck – RIP sandal.


One of the best perks is being able to make recruit calls together.  The view from the office wasn’t terrible either.


Other Country Activities

Pig Roast

Pig Roast

Wine tasting at Troon

Wine Tasting

East Bound

Three full days in OR in the books and it was time for me to fly east to see our friends get married.  I would have 5 nights in a row sleeping in 5 different beds.

The trip kicked off getting in to Nick’s late Thursday night, picking up my tux from Gabe and Alex’s early Friday and riding up to Aunt Debs to work for the day before heading to Steve’s rehearsal dinner.  And then of course the wedding!

Steve Wedding

Congrats to an incredible couple!

I spent the week between weddings working from Gabe’s and catching up with friends – old and new.

new friend

Chillin’ with Steph and Zoe!

Then it was time for shenanigans.


Really enjoyed spending time with these newly civilized hooligans.


What’s he mean by newly civilized? You’ll notice the crew thinned out quite a bit.  Five years ago everyone would have stayed out late on a work night and demolished steaks instead of rushing home to get to bed before 11.


After nearly a year without seeing the Tornado (Elana) I decided to combine customer meetings with play and take a trip to NY.

Josh and I riding through Prospect Park


From there we met up with untamed hooligans for some BBQ at Fette Sau


And before I knew it, it was Saturday and time to get back to Philly for Seth’s wedding.


Good times.

wedding crew

Did 10 days go by already? It was time to leave Philly and embark on a 12 hour travel day back to Oregon, but not before a yummy Ramen meal in China Town.


Meanwhile back in OR

In my absence, Amy held it down in OR:

The Jackson girls were united

Pic 1

Pic 2

An epic baby shower went down


And Amy got to spend mommy time with Chica Bear.


This place is called Pacifica and is so close to the Rayboy Mountain.  Beautiful!


Had 6 full days left back in OR before the second crazy portion of our month in limbo and we intended to enjoy every minute.

Bike tour of Williams.

Bike 1

Bike 2

Southern Oregon in the summer is perfect!

And just like that it was time to pack up and head to Seattle for Part 2.


Till next time Oregon!


Philly – Wedding, Raging, & Babies!


Steve’s Steaks –THE best cheesesteak in all the land. 

It was our first trip back to Philly since we left in July (2015) and aside from a couple hours of sleep (total) we literally enjoyed every minute of it.   Upon arrival on Friday at 10pm, Gabe and Alex scooped us up and we immediately headed to Cantina in South Philly to throw back frozen margaritas.  To make it an even better start, some of our favorite people surprised us and it was a full on party.

(Working on tracking down some pictures, I know they’re out there!)

It was a fitting start to what would be an eventful visit.

In a nice turn of events, Becka happened to be in Philly to attend a wedding.  Amy, like a trooper, woke up at an ungodly hour after a late night of boozing to go meeting her sister.


And from there Amy headed to NYC to get it in with Becky, Rachel and Jack.


For some more unwholesome time in NY, Amy met up with Elana for what I can only imagine was silly debauchery and, well, more raging.


I on the other hand attended Darrin’s post marriage bachelor party – don’t ask – which was just a group of guys enjoying an easy night out in Atlantic City.


We kept it light with a couple of drinks and got a good night’s sleep.

Rendezvousing back in Philly on Sunday, Amy and I met up with Steph, Jeff and Zoe for a chill night and some baby time.


The fun continued on Monday with a happy hour at Sardine Bar.  If there is a better way than discounted booze to get all your favorite people in one place at one time it’s news to me.





Just amazing to see so many people that we’ve missed so much.

A much needed night of relaxation followed on Tuesday with Amy heading up to see Aunt Deb


While Nick and I watched “Little Big Shots” with Ester.

Picking up the pace again on Wednesday, Amy went for a night out with Alex, Robbie, Ashley, and Missy


While that crew was tearing up the town, I was in a more civilized state visiting Jeremy and Dana’s new pad and playing with my girl London.


From there I shot back to Philly to pick up Josh, had a beer with our tenants, and grabbed dinner/drinks with Eric, Jon and Gabe.

No picture though.  Damn it! Where’s Amy when you need her?  Oh yeh, she was getting routy taking tons of pictures with her crew.

Thursday was mom time.  We met up for Drinks at Del Frisco’s and a yummy vegan dinner at Charlie was a Sinner.


Yes, we recognize the irony of having drinks at a steakhouse leading up to a vegan dinner.

The Home Stretch

Oh yeh, we still have a wedding to attend!  Friday was the rehearsal dinner and it could not have been at a better place.  Jesse and Mary, in all their culinary wisdom, picked one of THE go to spots for home-style Italian, Villa di Roma.


Picture an old Italian woman stirring a big vat of gravy (tomato sauce) with a cigarette dangling from her lips pushing some of the tastiest food you can get:  THAT is Villa.


We consumed food for days and countless carafes of table wine.


Needless to say, it was about as official as it gets.

With full bellies we resisted the temptation to stay out knowing that we had one more day of going hard ahead of us.  We headed back to Gabe and Alex’s (our gracious hosts for 10 days!) and hung out with them, Dan and Whitney (who were also in town for a wedding).


On our last full day in Philly Amy and I again separated.  Her heading out to brunch with her girls


And me doing groomsman stuff.

Jesse and Mary’s Wedding

Jesse Mary

Stole this from Dana’s Facebook post.  She always gets amazing wedding shots!

It was a beautiful thing to see my long time bro get married to such an incredible woman.  Pretty sure the whole crew felt the same and to celebrate, we got it in hard.




Philly, it’s truly been real.