Unexpectedly, Melinda and I are still in (near) Portland. We got an excellent tour of Northstar Glassworks from their General Manager, Abe, who also sent us with a bundle of samples of glass. We're looking forward to trying the colors and the tubing out in the new year. At the end of the tour I spotted that my right front tire was low. We drove to a nearby Costco and they gave me the bad news: the rim had a crack on the inside; the tire's leaking through the crack. Costco kindly swapped the tire for the spare for us but now we're at an Acura dealership waiting for the rim to be replaced. The tires also show inordinate wear on the inside, considering they're only maybe 25,000 miles old. I'll get them replaced in Tukwila tomorrow or Saturday, but at this point I just want to hit the road north. At least all this trouble happened in a major metro area.