Spared No Expense

What lies at the crossroads where '90's movie nostalgia meets adult sophistication?

Welcome to...

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...featuring the Oregon Symphony!

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Clearly I win for having the most thoughtful, generous, prettiest, and surprising sister-in-law in the world! Sheena went out of her way to plan this night for the three of us (herself, Troy, and me), and even lined up a babysitter (their mom)!  We had received a cryptic text from her about a month ago to keep March 24th free; the only other details were to dress nice and that we'd be sitting.  I was suuuper stoked for a mystery night and had no idea what to expect.  Troy, aka He Who is Impossible to Surprise, instantly guessed what was on the agenda and texted her back to confirm his suspicions. *eye roll* at least he didn't spoil the surprise for me! 

Just a girl and her coffee, waiting for life to unfold

Just a girl and her coffee, waiting for life to unfold

What really makes Sheena's surprise so thoughtful was that with these tickets she proved that she really gets us. Specifically, me. Jurassic Park was the catalyst that hooked my little 6 year old self onto dinosaurs forever. As soon as the Brachiosaurus made her mighty appearance I was enthralled. I was tickled at the sight of a Velociraptor hatching, and awed by the power of the T-Rex. I didn't know whether to be terrified or amazed, and it was quite possibly the first time my tiny, inexperienced nervous system had to hold on to such disaparate emotions at once. Those massive beasts struck me hard and I've been enamored ever since. As demonstrated in my themed 28 year old birthday party:

It's not a party without a theme

It's not a party without a theme

and more to the point, the fact that I walked down the wedding aisle to the main theme of Jurassic Park as composed by John Williams. 

That is, in fact, the face I make EVERYTIME I hear the trumpet start playing...getting married was cool too

That is, in fact, the face I make EVERYTIME I hear the trumpet start playing...getting married was cool too

So hearing the music in person performed by an expert level symphony was no small thing. Especially in a venue as classy as the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Of course we had to start our night getting drinks and being fancy!

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Then we took to our seats and the show began.

Guys... Dudes... Homies... I don't even know how to verbalize this.

IT WAS SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![more emphasis]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Little did I know going into it they literally played the soundtrack DURING THE MOVIE! It was so cool! The conductor was this young hipster guy named Norman Huynh who slayed it in his white sneakers and black suit.  Honestly, he looked like a slightly more Asian Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and I could totally go for that (except I just showed you my wedding photo, so forget I said anything). We had great seats where we could see clearly and the sound quality was top-notch. The experience was so submersive that there were times I completely forgot the symphony was there. I know that doesn't read like much of a compliment, but it really is.  They were spot-on to the original score, and I think John Williams would be proud [I can totally speak for him because I wrote him once in high school and got his autograph, nbd, we're just besties now].

It's truly magical when hundreds of people can enjoy a shared interest. I felt the kinship flowing as we all giggled, heckled, or cheered over relatable imagery, like watching this smug little brat getting his ass handed to him:

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Or anytime something was said about "the incredible technology!"

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And of course, there was this fan-favorite:

I heard the rustle of 1000 fancy jackets being taken off

I heard the rustle of 1000 fancy jackets being taken off

My one and only critique of the night and of the movie in general is that no one wears rain coats like this in an emergency. 

Come to think of it all of Portland wears sweaters like this...but still not raincoats

Come to think of it all of Portland wears sweaters like this...but still not raincoats

I couldn't imagine a more novel way to spend a Saturday night. It was fabulous catching up with Sheena, and snuggling into Troy so I could cough violently into his shoulder felt like a proper date.  Roman was a perfect angel for his Grandma, which means we may be able to do this again sometime!  As always, I urge everyone to try new things and any opportunity.  It's usually worth it. One last, giant THANK YOU!!  to Sheena, for such a memorable evening!

Strangers, what is your favorite dinosaur?