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Old 01-21-2012, 10:58 PM
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I hear ya. I wasn't born and raised here, but I did come up for college and ended up staying. In more than 20 years, I never acclimated to the weather, though. The overcast dark skies really mess with my mood, no matter what I try.

A few years ago, I moved to the south and started a new life and a similar business to what I have in Portland. I didn't sever my Portland ties and kept my condo, although I gave away many clients. I was starting to feel settled in my new city, getting my business going... and then the economy imploded. By August 2009, it had gotten so bad that I decided to return to Portland. I tried so hard to make a go of it, and now in hindsight, it's called "the great recession." At the time, we all knew the economy was bad but didn't quite know how bad.

Anyway, after I returned to Portland, I discovered a new-found appreciation for some of the things I previously took for granted -- that the air smells like the mountains (even in the city), the abundance of good Asian food, the scenery, the rivers, and being able to view the city from a high vista. These are all small things, but things I'd missed. I especially missed my friends -- much more than I'd anticipated. (Still hate the weather).

I liked my time in North Carolina, I miss some of the unique things about that state, and miss the friends I made there; however, fate has me back here now, and I'm still seeing Portland through that fresher perspective of having left and returned. I've always loved the South and felt a connection to it. Living there only strengthened that connection, and I'm glad I did it.

You might think about coming back, especially if this is your home. My advice would be to wait until the recession is over. I don't think it is, even though "they" say it is.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:12 AM
Location: Houston
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Originally Posted by hamellr View Post
Really? Which ones? I was up near Shenandoah last year, and headed in again. Wasn't really impressed with that area at all. Strip malls, many of which were half empty. I did drive downtown, and went to a Brazilian place there near the Zoo. It was OK, but nothing too special.

I'd be interested in other areas to visit.
I would agree with your assessment of Shenandoah. I found it bland, and a startling numbers of homes that were just empty (we called em ghost homes). The Woodlands is in much better shape and yes its chain food hell. We did find a small place in The Woodlands that served Thai. Part of a small chain I am guessing not many locations. Over on 59 you have Kingwood, much better selection (for me anyway). Decent non chain Chinese/pan Asian food. We can even get a gluten free pizza right in the community. We have a great food store here that caters to folks with special dietary needs. I have not explored much beyond that. I did do an initial recon of the Bunkerhill area. It is very exclusive, I did not see a lot of chain anything around on my first pass.

For its size Portland really has a lot more non chain options for foods and has more alternative type food places.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:13 AM
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Ditto, I was born and raised in Ptown and went to college in Bend...I miss the whole state...the ocean, the mountains, the plains, the FOOD - fresh salmon and halibut the list goes on and on
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:17 PM
Location: Portland, OR
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I didn't have the good fortune to be born and raised here (that was Ohio for me), but I spent most of my adult life living in the south, then in Florida as a result of having to live where a husband wanted to be, but on separating was finally able to choose where I wanted to live. I chose Portland and have no regrets. It is home to me and I want to be here always. A situation/opportunity came up for me a few months ago that might have required my moving away, possibly to the middle of the country, and I know I would have missed Portland terribly. Thankfully that didn't come to pass and now I won't have to leave, so I won't have to miss it like I feared I would.
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