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MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SUSHI

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SUSHI

When a birthday dinner turns to Shakespeare and Midsummer Night’s sushi.

Imagine if you will a birthday dinner, but not just a regular birthday dinner for a regular birthday.

Instead, it’s a milestone birthday dinner, a biggie, so you plan and time and schedule and connect.

Because it is an older birthday, one idea is order dinner out and bring it back. It’s a mature move, like compression socks. The other is get out and party it up.

With millennial children involved, getting out and party up is always the best choice, especially when they have a place where the staff knows them.

Their place is Mio Sushi in Beaverton.

We found an outside table for six, settled in, and noticed something going on in front of us. It looked like a cult meeting, like Merry Pranksters running around and jumping over stuff wearing green yoga pants and butterfly wings.

Instead of wondering why you were having a baby boomer flash back, it turned out to be Shakespeare done by Experience Theater Project.

Shakespeare in the Round.

No amount of planning, timing, scheduling, or connecting could have prepared the party for a ringside seat of Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Like a corporate box inside the Moda Center, or front row center at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, we had the best seats in the house.

By accident. For free.

Mio Sushi turned into Midsummer Night’s Sushi. And what goes best with sushi? [Read More…]

THE ENGLISH WAY OUT OF THE EU

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The tide of English history ebbs and flows. via DG Studios

How does England leave the European Union? By the English Way, thank you very much.

Checking my history book on this, but the last time England left the European Union was Dunkirk in 1940.

Wiki says: “In total, 338,226 troops were pulled off the beaches, of which 230,000 were British. However, almost all the army’s equipment had been abandoned in France — many soldiers were unable to bring even their rifles.”

At least modern England didn’t need a ferry flotilla to leave this time.

Fans of the English way have to wonder why England ever joined with the group of countries they warred against through the ages, particularly France and Germany.

You have to see the English way through English eyes, like my mother in law from Devon.

Her future husband and father in law took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, one of them by ship to help the other on land.

A research trip in 2004 cleared a few things up. [Read More…]

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