2) I have enough Amtrak points banked that that I don't have to spend any money on a business class ticket.
3) I have friends in Portland I can stay with so I don't have to pay for a hotel room. (STILL PENDING!)
As a result, this trip will make up for the financial implosion that was the Georgia trip. Added to the fact that Portland is one of my favorite cities to visit (And that I have a copy of CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT that my aforementioned friend needs to set eyeballs on.) The capacity for fun seems a little bit higher that the last trip.
I'll have ticket information up as soon as I get it.