Last night Angie and I attended a party at the Barlow Tavern here in Portland that featured the cast of The Animal Planet's popular show, Finding Bigfoot. Details below.
Above: Ranae, Matt, Bobo, Cliff.
The event was not supposed to begin until after 7 PM, however when we arrived at 5:45, everyone from the show was already there. (Earlier in the day, Angie had been with Ranae until almost 4 AM filming an upcoming episode near Mt St Helens.)
The bar eventually filled with fans of the show, but for the first few hours, there were only a handful of us. We already knew Cliff (he lives in my sister's old neighbrhood -- small world) plus he usually attends the local Bigfoot gatherings that happen almost weekly in this area. Bobo brought his dog, Monkey, who gets mentioned quite often on the show. Matt has a rather poor reputation and showed why, as he tripped on Monkey's leash and spilled beer on himself...then blamed Monkey! It was so hilarious. (Angie was holding Monkey's leash at the time, too.) I told Monkey to not listen to him.
Bobo and I eventually ate tots at the bar and talked about...Bigfoot? Nope, we discussed the Samoa Cookhouse. Google it lol. Bobo reminded me of a giant Ozzy Osborne and was feeling no pain whatsoever. Eventually a couple of the producers of the show got him to head back to the hotel, but not without a major protest. An hour after he left, I saw Monkey run through the tavern. I thought, "is Bobo back?" Just then, Bobo came charging back in, headed right for the bar. He stayed the rest of the night.
The bar had no a/c, so we spent a lot of time outside. That's where I chatted with Ranae, who said she's an even bigger skeptic now than before the show was created. That forced me to grill her about the similarities in the separate accounts of Muchalat Harry and Albert Ostman, two men who claimed to have been kidnapped by a Bigfoot back in the 1920s; one near Lund, British Columbia, the other on nearby Vancouver Island. Their stories were recorded privately soon after they happened, but were not published until the 1950s or 1960s. Both men stated the Bigfoot did not use its hands when sitting, but rather turned its knees outward and bent its legs, lowering itself to the ground. If the stories are independent lies, that's one heck of a coincidence to share. Ranae felt it was an interesting detail, but she'll need to see a body before changing her opinion. She's really fun to talk to.
Also, last night I learned filming begins very soon in Nepal for an episode on Yeti.
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