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A long weekend in Portland, visiting friends, exploring the lush and rambling Japanese Garden, lazing in bookshops and loading up in boutiques, and discovering the youngest is an unexpected hustler.

My own private Guadalcanal

This Friday, we leave for the annual Ortlieb family reunion, scheduled this year for the North Carolina coast. The extended Ortliebs are smart, funny, easy-going and damned good looking, and I expect nothing less than an amazing, relaxing week. Because after the past two weeks, I damn well deserve it. By default, I’m in charge…