Tuesday, 11 December 2007

A couple weeks ago I rounded up three of my younger, somewhat crazier friends and (without telling them where we were going or what we were doing) jumped on a train to go from Portland to Seattle. This was our Secret Plan SecretPlan1 day, which sounds kind of stupid but really is a lot of fun. Especially for me, since I am the only one who knows the secrets, and the plan.

It works like this: I picked up my the guys - Broc, Cory and Dave - early in the morning on Thursday. All they knew was that they had to keep Thursday and Friday completely free. That's it - the rest is pretty much all trust and blind faith. But hey - what are friends for, after all? Broc and Dave I have known since I moved to Oregon (they were good friends of my son's years ago), and Cory I have known for a few years (he was in the Navy with Dave).

The whole time, each step of the way, they had no idea what was happening next, where we were going or what we were doing. After picking them up we went downtown and parked. We started walking and ended up at the Portland Union Station. I already had the train tickets in my cool Top Secret folder (heh), so we got on a train (which luckily was not announced out loud while we were in the building, so the guys didn't even know for sure which direction it was going), and pulled out of the station. It turned out we were heading for Seattle.

A few hours later we got off the train and wandered around a bit. We grabbed some burgers and then went to the Secret Plan Dane Cook 017 Pirate Store at Pier 57 on the waterfront, and finally ended up at the Seattle Underground tour for an hour or so, which is pretty fun and interesting. There's a fascinating and surprising history to the City of Seattle, and if you have not done the tour and find yourself in the area I recommend it. From there we checked out a kilt store next door (random, I know - and not part of the plan, heh) and then found our hotel over near Seattle Center.

By this time it was getting to be evening, and we headed out to find some food before the next secret plan stop. Of course, I was guiding us to the general area we needed to be in, but not telling why. We found a good pizza place near the Space Needle and went in. Then, once everyone was seated I told them I had to leave take care of some things and that I would be back. Oh, and that they should not get too drunk or anything since they'd have to walk from the pizza place.

I went out in the cold, found the will-call ticket window at Key Arena (which opened more than half an hour late - why is it that Key Arena staff never seem to be able to get information right, anyhow? Right-arm/left-arm issues are rampant, but I digress...). After freezing my butt off for a while, I had what I had come for (less a half-hour of much-needed time). So, I started running back to the pizza place with almost no time to spare.

I gathered they guys and told them we had to split (like right now), and we started walking toward Seattle Center. The frustrating thing about SPCrewWithDaneCook2Secret Plan Day is that at times it's nearly impossible to actually keep the secret - Eventually you want to say something because you're excited and don't want to keep it to yourself anymore, but you can't do that or you'd ruin the whole concept, ya know. Anyhow, I was pretty excited about the next part, so I waited (it was difficult) until we were standing just outside key arena before I took out the next part of the plan and showed it to them: Second row tickets for Dane Cook, who is one funny guy that these three friends of mine really like. The looks on each of their faces when they realized where we were going and what we were doing made it all worthwhile.

Then I pulled out the four back-stage passes and the looks got even better. Heh.

Since the title of this post makes it seem like it should be about Dane Cook, let me say that the back-stage meet and greet things they do with these special tickets (I won them in an auction) is really cool. We got to say hi real quick, shake hands and have our picture taken with him, which was cool. He autographed our tickets and stuff, too. And then we headed out onto the arena floor for some of the best seats in the house and really enjoyed the show. He did a lot of new material, which made it even more fun. It was a great performance. I was able to take a couple of pictures before my camera battery died... I really need to buy an extra battery.

Secret Plan Dane Cook 034a  Secret Plan Dane Cook 032a

It was a late night, and the next day we boarded another train and headed back home. It was a pretty cool couple of days. Hanging out with just your friends can be a really fun thing to do. Surprising them is even better.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007 14:44:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
are you accepting applications for additional friends? :)
Tuesday, 11 December 2007 15:09:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Heh. I guess that is pretty extravegant, but it was worth it in "fun" currency. :)

Applications are always being accepted. Heh.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007 16:06:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
All hail Greg Hughes, ambassador of fun!

This is a great idea. You never fail to inspire, good sir!
Friday, 14 December 2007 21:44:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg were you stoned when you wrote this? Or did your 12 year old brother write it for you?

Heh...cool...it was really cool...heh...

Geez, sounds like Beavis and Butthead.

Great piece. Real top notch stuff.
Sunday, 16 December 2007 00:06:32 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hah that made me laugh =)
Dave M
Sunday, 16 December 2007 03:52:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Greg. I read your post just before your ARD replacement surgery, and although this is not the current post, I wanted to make sre this reached you.

I must say that your post in February touched me. I just turned 20 years old, and I have a torn, degernareated, and partially herniated disc at the L5-S1, and after 6 months of hell, haven't improved and can't still hardly stand/sit/live/stay at school in Berkeley/you know what I mean. I'm beginning to look into surgeries and (although I am currently leaning towards the route of waiting it out, i still have a tab of hope), I can't help but understand how you made your decision. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you are having a successful recovery, at the least. If you can, I woudl very much like to hear how your surgery and how your recovery is going. My email is pugprince@hotmail.com

I can only imagine how much you appreciate life now.

Ori Dula
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 15:56:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
d00de! that was the sickest surprise alive. That was seriously one of the best things we've ever done together! thanks man your the best.... now post something killer about your new babies.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 16:01:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Look I dont know who this "Joe" guy is.... but there is NOTHING! and I repeat NOTHING WRONG WITH BEVIS AND BUTTHEAD (or the way Greg writes posts hehehe)!!!!! and don't forget it. Viva La BEVIS AND BUTTHEAD FOREVER!!!!
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 17:27:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Heh, what Dave said. :)

Yeah I know I can write a little goofy sometimes. It's quite intentional, FWIW. And for the record, I like Beavis and Butthead. Always have.

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