In no particular order: Watching an NCAA FB game from a suite is the only way to go. And Autzen literally rocks. I remember the days when 20,000 would show up to watch 0-68 blowouts and stunning 0-0 thrillers in the pouring rain. I think Phil Knight's money, and Coach B, have made a BIG difference. Go Ducks! Tetherow's a just opened course in Bend and it could be the toughest on the planet. It's a heathland course in the high desert with stunning Cascade views. The greens gotta average 15,000 s.f. with multiple levels/tiers/mounds and false edges most of the way around. Savage. Blind shots. Crap in the middle of fairways. Forced carries. Wind. I loved it. lol Crosswater (Sunriver) is every bit the top-tier course the pundits have been saying it is. It's a place I could play daily and never tire of it. I also played Tokatee, Emerald River and Diamond Woods on the west side o' the Cascades. Diamond Woods is a cool story. One of the owners had a cup of copy in the Show, then played in Japan for a few years, where he put together the coin needed to buy and build the course. Being allowed to walk three of five course played would only be bettered if it was a sweep. Unfortunately some developers don’t get that golf is a good walk spoiled by a design that makes carts mandatory. Walking a couple courses, playing rounds with an old dear friend I haven't seen in years is, truly, priceless. Come to think of it, our last get together was at Sandpines. Tallying scores from the 80s to uncountable is … golf. 20 years removed … Eugene really hasn’t changed that much. OK, the symphony is bigger and far better. But all the old haunts appear to be intact. And walking/driving around town for a week I was reminded how itinerate is the life of a vagabonding some time college student, as I seemed to have lived in 30 places over nine years in town. 20 years removed … Bend has changed, and for the better. Terri likes spa. Who woulda thunk?!?!? Deschutes Brewery could be the best craft beer palace, overall, anywhere. And Bend in general is simply beer mad. Per capita, they could have Portland nailed. There are five places in town where beer is made -- Deschutes' brewery is there as is the original Deschutes public house, where batch beers are still made, Bend Brewing, SilverMoon and JC's Lounge does Wildfire (so so stuff) -- and McMen's has an outlet as well as Cascade. Most in the west can get Deschutes' Mirror Pond and Black Butte Porter; both good brews. Some of the seasonal stuff was even better. They just released a fresh hop brew and there's some of the summertime extra pale still out. Cascade's 20" Brown (brown ale) went down nicely, too. It was a very beery trip!!!! They distill VODKA in Bend!!!! Really good vodka. Diamond 100 and Crater Lake are the labels. You can't freakin' buy booze outside the state monopoly stores but Bendistillery must have some kinda payola racket going 'cause you can takeaway from its martini bar. (The state booze stores are like the no self-pump gas scam.) Ninkasi IPA is manna. Seriously. We both adore Stone IPA. Then we discovered Total Gravity up north. Then we discovered Ninkasi, which is cooked up in Track Town USA. I think the hierarchy is sex, dealt RFs and then Ninkasi. Or maybe Ninkasi is #2. They do turn out some amazing wine in Oregon. Hikng, canoeing and kayaking in the Cascades is the bomb. Downtown Reno is a toilet, the Peppermill Casino is an eyesore and the disconnect between the old and the new is more jarring than a presidential ticket of Ron Paul and Britney Spears, and while the casino is nice, Silver Legacy's hotel, given its relatively young age, might get stiff competition from some of downandouttown Vegas' soiled doves. WTF was MGM Mirage thinking??? Getting four quads in 20 minutes on DDB does NOT suck. Playing blackjack with a table full of non-English speakers who think basic strategy is B.S. proves that no matter what people do that is "wrong," it balances out. Yet flopping ace-face is universally understood!! (How does one say "high five" in Korean??) And shame on the Silver Legacy dealers who were put off by said non-English speakers. Ugly Americans IN America. Special. Actually, shame on the pit boss who didn't see that my concern over this matter was at all warranted. The Sierras really are the Range of Light. Schat’s Bakery is as good as ever. We’re moving to Bend. Some day, some way, some how. And we're getting a big black lab. His name will be Mazama. The golden lab will be Scout.