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Old 09-07-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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That's encouraging. I learned that it's a waste of time applying from a distance unless you have rare skills, which I don't.
I was instrumental in hiring people for my department where I used to work and I think this agency is a good one. It's called Volt and they have an office in downtown Portland. They sent people who may not have had the most experience or skills but they were all intelligent, learned quickly and moved on to higher postions in the company.

I think they may have an online setup where you could ask about job placement over the Internet.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:04 PM
 
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Do you promise? I do hope you find your bliss ... elsewhere. But I suspect you won't. A city won't make you happy, you have to make yourself happy. And you can do that anywhere, if you try.
Eh, I hear people say this but I think it comes from people who have never lived in a bad place or they did not have the means to escape a bad place. Yes, if you are stuck somewhere, accept it until you can move.

I have seen Buddhist monks leave a town because it was full of crime, and THEY can be happy anywhere!
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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Eh, I hear people say this but I think it comes from people who have never lived in a bad place or they did not have the means to escape a bad place. Yes, if you are stuck somewhere, accept it until you can move.

I have seen Buddhist monks leave a town because it was full of crime, and THEY can be happy anywhere!
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Do you promise? I do hope you find your bliss ... elsewhere. But I suspect you won't. A city won't make you happy, you have to make yourself happy. And you can do that anywhere, if you try.
I think a little of both can be true at the same time. It all depends upon the reason for leaving. There are some people who just would not be happy in some places.

I think it's time for Austin to try his luck elsewhere to see if he can be happy in another city. The only way to know is to give it a try. Meantime try to make the best of it here.

I am not unhappy with Portland but I want to move because it would work better for me in the place to which I want to move. I would be happier where the living conditions would be better for me. But that's not saying Portland isn't a good place to live for others.

People just have to try and see what suits them best. I think that's the problem that arises from all the "Portland hype." People who are unhappy where they are see it as a mecca for all their dreams but in reality it is just a city, a nice city, but a city in fact with all it's own negatives as well as positives.

These dreamers will turn it into even more of an imaginary Utopia in their mind's eye with the promise of everything they have ever hoped for. Maybe Austin got caught up in that when he decided to move here. Many do.

Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I had this utopic image of Portland before I moved here...now I realize this is just like any other town. Only thing I get quite bored. Sorry all....I don't feel great here. I prefer a bigger cosmo. Whoever hyped up Portland owes me...big time.

Probably my last post here...Thanks for readin!
My interpretation of Portland is that it's a city that's a step up from the college experience.

So, basically, anyone who is from a small town, goes to a large university, becomes politically aware, loves to read, etc., will find that Portland is just a large version of that.

As you were looking for some cosmopolital capital, I'd imagine you came from a much larger city with a much larger set of things going on, only to come to a much smaller city with high expectations?
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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This thread is interesting to me. I'm a New Yorker who just moved here and finds it delightful so far.

I have also lived in one of the worst cities on earth: Winnipeg, Canada. If you think several months of rain are bad, try going outside in -40 weather, looking at cracked cement roads all day, and having almost no shopping at your disposal except for Winners and Zellers. Also, with the exception of this past summer, the town is known for one of the worst concentration of summer mosquitoes. And wasps. And canker worms that fall onto your hair. It is so depressing that it is the fetal alcohol capital of North America.

So Portland seems like an absolute paradise in comparison, at least to me. No, it is not New York, but even when you live in New York, you mostly hang out in your own neighborhood.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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This thread is interesting to me. I'm a New Yorker who just moved here and finds it delightful so far.

I have also lived in one of the worst cities on earth: Winnipeg, Canada. If you think several months of rain are bad, try going outside in -40 weather, looking at cracked cement roads all day, and having almost no shopping at your disposal except for Winners and Zellers. Also, with the exception of this past summer, the town is known for one of the worst concentration of summer mosquitoes. And wasps. And canker worms that fall onto your hair. It is so depressing that it is the fetal alcohol capital of North America.

So Portland seems like an absolute paradise in comparison, at least to me. No, it is not New York, but even when you live in New York, you mostly hang out in your own neighborhood.
At least Winnipeg just got an NHL team!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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After having lost it to Phoenix 15 years ago! Now that was ridiculous...
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Macao
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This thread is interesting to me. I'm a New Yorker who just moved here and finds it delightful so far.

I have also lived in one of the worst cities on earth: Winnipeg, Canada. If you think several months of rain are bad, try going outside in -40 weather, looking at cracked cement roads all day, and having almost no shopping at your disposal except for Winners and Zellers. Also, with the exception of this past summer, the town is known for one of the worst concentration of summer mosquitoes. And wasps. And canker worms that fall onto your hair. It is so depressing that it is the fetal alcohol capital of North America.

So Portland seems like an absolute paradise in comparison, at least to me. No, it is not New York, but even when you live in New York, you mostly hang out in your own neighborhood.
I grew up in Michigan, and Portland Oregon had AMAZING winters comparitively! I absolutely loved the much milder significantly less colder winters.

Later I moved to NYC, and they had MUCH better winters than MI as well, but nowhere near as light as Portland though.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Victoria Woods, CA
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Thumbs up Ohhh....a little dusting of snow for the season

does not sound bad at all in Portland and we are looking forward to the mild seasonal changes. Winter on the lake in MI--absolutely stunning. Sunny and 70 along the beach with a marine layer in CA almost everyday--nice, very nice. So a blend of both worlds will be simply lovely. One person's you-know-what is another person's heaven!
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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NYC had a pretty terrible winter last year, but generally, it is very strange if it gets below 10 degrees. In Winnipeg, it can even get down to -50 below with windchill. It is hell. But the people over there seem to like it and even celebrate the weather with an outdoor festival in February. That is one climate where the Polar Bear club could literally be fatal. I have watched as a hot drink spilled and the liquid immediately turned into a sort of ice sculpture.
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