Oh I totally understand. This is just an option that's out there, just wanting people who are comfortable about it to know! Nothing is expected of course. Just spreading the word for such a good friend : )
Oh thaink yew! Yes PDX is my airport. Milwaukie is my address, near the Willamette. Moving to Nicaragua for an undetermined amount of time in about a month : ) You are right about the umbrella! I've also found that if you take your coat off your skin dries more quickly than the fabric!