After a nice little holiday weekend, the Grain crew eased back into the swing of things with an adventure packed field trip to Portland's Corduroy Surf Shop and Boutique. Everyone was pretty excited to pile into "the Pug" (our stylin' 1966 Grumman Step Van) and open 'er up after all of her recent 'modifications'. So we loaded in some kits, one of our new long boards, a pile of apparel to handout, and our showroom's three person couch. Ready to roll. Mike at the helm, we began our barrel up 95, wind in our hair, shifting gears, and everyone on the interstate motoring right by us as we dominated the slow lane.
Spirits high, we were making our way to see surfer artists Andy Davis, Tyler Warren and Jeff Canham for their Corduroy stop on the Ando and Friends "Unleashed in the East" tour. All was well until ol' Pug started to sound a bit taxed and a worrisome cloud of dark smoke began billowing from the engine housing. After a couple of shoulder stops, a quart and a half of oil, and a limping pace....we rolled up to Corduroy.
A bit late, and a bit bummed at the Pug's fate, we were excited to head into the shop to check things out. Jim, Tyler and the Corduroy crew threw a smashing event and the Grain kids' forgot their Pug woes as we mingled with Ando and Friends, our own friends and other guests. (Later, we would face the fact that Pug must be abandoned in Portland after suffering a fatal blow to the engine. We were rescued by an angel in a minivan).
The next day, Ando and Friends stopped in for a visit at the Grain shop. It was great to have them here, scoping out our day-to-day, skating around the shop, and getting the chance to chat with everyone. Thanks to Andy and crew for dropping in. Good luck on the rest of the tour.
Words from the immortal and talented Lissa Luckey
* By the way, if anyone knows of a cheap Chevy straight-six, we need one!