We may be 2,000 miles away from Bear Country, but there is a great Baylor family here in the Pacific Northwest. A few weeks ago, I checked the Baylor Network website and searched for alum living in the Portland area... and there were over 200 of us! So I contacted the Baylor Network office in Waco and started working on connecting with the Portland alum. We threw together a quick email to invite anyone in the Baylor family to a social gathering last night.
The Moores were gracious enough to open up their home (even though they were out of town). I got about a dozen rsvps for people who would attend. Well, we ended up with 5 people (and 1 2 month old baby) at the event last night - welcome to the casual, go-with-the-flow Portland culture. It was fun to meet new people and talk about the one thing we all have in common: our alma mater. Margaret and I were obviously the most recent grads, so we updated the older folk on all the ways Baylor has changed in the past 10 years. They told us about the "good 'ol days" and we all laughed about those legendary professors who have taught at Baylor for decades. We tried to steer clear of Baylor football, but inevitably it came up. At the end of the night, we all gathered around the piano and sang The Baylor Line. Okay, that's not true. Wouldn't that have been wierd?!
It may have been a small group, but it was a good start in connecting with other Baylor alum. We hope to begin making more connections and continue having events. Sic 'em!
Baylor sent me a box of decorations
a table full of goodies
homemade Ninfa's green sauce - we all miss Mexican food!
delicious green and gold Baylor sugar cookies