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Old 01-14-2011, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Sacramento CA
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Well, maybe you can experience some of the new urban projects going on there or something.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Wow, Cleveland? Really? Just goes to show you one mans treasure is another mans poo poo ka ka. To each his own.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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Wow, Cleveland? Really? Just goes to show you one mans treasure is another mans poo poo ka ka. To each his own.
Exactly!
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I think the water in Portland is basically good. But since moving here from a suburb, I noticed something. My faucet water filter fills up with sediment very quickly- only takes about 3 months to become no longer usable. The sediment is a reddish color...is that rust? from old underground pipes/ water mains? because the place i live in is only about 30 years old, it wouldn't be from this house's pipes.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: West hollywood
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As another East Coast transplant I agree with this 100%. Even though I have now lived in the mid-west and west coast for 3+ years, the openness and inquisitiveness of strangers is still something I am coming to grips with. Compared to the east coast, Oregon in general seems extremely friendly.
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Thanks for the insights ! I am a California native, work in retail and am an actor and when I meet folks who aren't super friendly and open I often wonder what's wrong with them !

Most of my work has been in Hollywood, dealing with the public, sales and customer service AND I am single so I am always looking to make new connections :-)

If Portland is this downtrodden (as Seattle also appears to be) I'll stay in Cali !
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Here's a link to another thread on the PDX forum- it's about Portland being the porn capital of the USA so to speak. It's not just the porn shops, and the HIGHEST NUMBER OF STRIP CLUBS PER CAPITA OF ANY CITY IN THE US. ........but also the human trafficking industry as well. Unfortunately we have the highest amount of that along with Seattle. There was actually a special about it on Network tv. Portland's nickname is Pornland, and they used that in their TV special's title.

This thread also has a link or 2 to the original media.

Portland = Pornland
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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http://www.housepdx.com/pdfs/housing...fullreport.pdf

Portland was number 1

thank a progressive! everyone of them...30 yeasr of insanity and still,going strong...
read road to serfdom...see where we are headed...it's been going on for along time....
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:37 AM
 
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I thought I was in the minority not enjoying the rather uptight and pretenious attitudes of the people who think Portland is all that and more. I grew up here and have lived many other places and suffice it to say I come back because I am known in my field and employment is abundant for me at slightly above minimum wage. Yet to want to get out and play in the cliqueishness of the social scene here is not my thing. Been done with that for over 20 years. I wish Portlanders could climb outside themselves enough to see what really is going on in and around us here and around the world as well. It seems all to phoney and I find myself quite content to be in my own company when not at work and travel on out of here whenever possible to journey into lands where people do treat each other better without all the indifference. In self protection I too have become one of the indifferent simply living here to eeek out a living while tending to my aging family members. When they are gone, so am I and into another climate and land terrain where people accept one another at face value devoid of uppity and entitled attitudes such as what seems to permeate around these parts. Portland your time of genteel and sincerity has passed and you are not the town I thought you would be when I was a youngun'. You've been a great hometown to be from. It won't be long before this wild wahini moves on and shares light and love in another less populated region of the world.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon
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Love: Having nothing but Mensa-worthy neighbors. The Climate. The things I can grow here (all the Roses, that would have plotzed back in Mississippi, from the heat....plus Lilacs, Peonies, Rhododendrons, true Lilies, Fucsias, Anemonies....). The food (and not having to explain healthy eating to anybody), The general saneness of most everybody I meet. The fact that the unpretentious people I meet are genuinely so, instead of like back home, where people were only pretending to be unpretentious. The fact that I can run around in off-the-runway dresses, with women in khakis and crocs, and nobody lectures me on how not to be 'showy'. That everybody accepts me as pretentious and ambitious with such good humor. That I can have plain fingernails/no makeup/no earrings/low heels, and not be seen as a Lesbian (Lesbians are fine people: but I shouldn't have to paint myself up like a Hooker, just to assert my 'straightness'). The fact that I don't have to pretend to have never had sex (back in Mississippi, everybody's such a hypocrite, you'd think everybody had taken a cue from the Virgin Mary, and arranged for Immaculate Conception). #1 Love: The lack of 'Diversity' (been there, done that, barely survived...don't lecture me, Honey: I've lived it).

Hate: The fact that too many people here have no idea how horrid the rest of the world is, and are therefore keen on importing 'the rest of the world'. I hate to tell them, but they are not going to improve our little corner of Heaven, by importing people from Hell.

OK, and the architecture could be a little more gussied-up. But it's generally high-quality, though. I am slightly uneasy with the Hippyesque Lodge Look I frequently see around here. But that's a tiny negative, and more than offset by the beautiful scenery.

Oh, and something else I love is never having people tour the house, see stacks of books, and remark "Oh, you must read a lot!", as if that were just the oddest thing (in Mississippi, you're supposed to hide the books you actually read...and only display antique leather-bound books...preferably topped-off with a Demitasse Cup and a Candlestick...or at the very least, you're supposed to remove the jackets from new books, to "make 'em look ol'-timey").

And I love that when people have toured the house and seen our collection of Mississippi Impressionist paintings, not one single person in Oregon has asked "Did you paint that yourself?" Finally, we got so exasperated with those subtle insults back home (artists, in the South, are considered subhuman losers, and so asking if you are an Artist is basically saying "You look like a retarded little loser to me. Are you?"), that we'd point to the artist's signature, name the gallery, and tell what we'd paid (a lot). Ask a tacky question, get a tacky answer.

Oh, and something else I love is not having to edit what I say, lest someone think I'm talking gibberish (because they've never heard of whatever it is I'm talking about...and I'm talking about Free Radicals or Inflationary Compounding...not the Origin of Matter, or Gravitational Waves in the Spacetime Continuum), or that I'm 'talkin' too high-falutin'. Back home, pretending to be utterly ignorant is considered good form. Virtually all subjects of discussion are thus off-limits. Basically, all one can say in Mississippi is "We went over to Brittnayhe and Jason's house an' had Nanner Punnin' an' it was nahssssssss." One dare not use words like 'evolved'...much less terms like 'Infrasonic Sound Waves'...even when there are health and safety reasons for doing so. Anyway, the anguish of not being able to talk about anything a normal American adult should be able to (Mississippi's adults being decidedly subnormal) is absent in Lake Oswego and most of Portland. I love not having to censor everything I say, in fear of talking over someone's head.

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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Glad you love it here. Glad you love Lake Oswego. You must fit in perfectly since you are not a fan of diversity. Good for you. Different strokes for different folks! Enjoy Spring!

QUOTE=GrandviewGloria;18182090]Love: Having nothing but Mensa-worthy neighbors. The Climate. The things I can grow here (all the Roses, that would have plotzed back in Mississippi, from the heat....plus Lilacs, Peonies, Rhododendrons, true Lilies, Fucsias, Anemonies....). The food (and not having to explain healthy eating to anybody), The general saneness of most everybody I meet. The fact that the unpretentious people I meet are genuinely so, instead of like back home, where people were only pretending to be unpretentious. The fact that I can run around in off-the-runway dresses, with women in khakis and crocs, and nobody lectures me on how not to be 'showy'. That everybody accepts me as pretentious and ambitious with such good humor. That I can have plain fingernails/no makeup/no earrings/low heels, and not be seen as a Lesbian (Lesbians are fine people: but I shouldn't have to paint myself up like a Hooker, just to assert my 'straightness'). The fact that I don't have to pretend to have never had sex (back in Mississippi, everybody's such a hypocrite, you'd think everybody had taken a cue from the Virgin Mary, and arranged for Immaculate Conception). #1 Love: The lack of 'Diversity' (been there, done that, barely survived...don't lecture me, Honey: I've lived it).

Hate: The fact that too many people here have no idea how horrid the rest of the world is, and are therefore keen on importing 'the rest of the world'. I hate to tell them, but they are not going to improve our little corner of Heaven, by importing people from Hell.

OK, and the architecture could be a little more gussied-up. But it's generally high-quality, though. I am slightly uneasy with the Hippyesque Lodge Look I frequently see around here. But that's a tiny negative, and more than offset by the beautiful scenery.

Oh, and something else I love is never having people tour the house, see stacks of books, and remark "Oh, you must read a lot!", as if that were just the oddest thing (in Mississippi, you're supposed to hide the books you actually read...and only display antique leather-bound books...preferably topped-off with a Demitasse Cup and a Candlestick...or at the very least, you're supposed to remove the jackets from new books, to "make 'em look ol'-timey").

And I love that when people have toured the house and seen our collection of Mississippi Impressionist paintings, not one single person in Oregon has asked "Did you paint that yourself?" Finally, we got so exasperated with those subtle insults back home (artists, in the South, are considered subhuman losers, and so asking if you are an Artist is basically saying "You look like a retarded little loser to me. Are you?"), that we'd point to the artist's signature, name the gallery, and tell what we'd paid (a lot). Ask a tacky question, get a tacky answer.

Oh, and something else I love is not having to edit what I say, lest someone think I'm talking gibberish (because they've never heard of whatever it is I'm talking about...and I'm talking about Free Radicals or Inflationary Compounding...not the Origin of Matter, or Gravitational Waves in the Spacetime Continuum), or that I'm 'talkin' too high-falutin'. Back home, pretending to be utterly ignorant is considered good form. Virtually all subjects of discussion are thus off-limits. Basically, all one can say in Mississippi is "We went over to Brittnayhe and Jason's house an' had Nanner Punnin' an' it was nahssssssss." One dare not use words like 'evolved'...much less terms like 'Infrasonic Sound Waves'...even when there are health and safety reasons for doing so. Anyway, the anguish of not being able to talk about anything a normal American adult should be able to (Mississippi's adults being decidedly subnormal) is absent in Lake Oswego and most of Portland. I love not having to censor everything I say, in fear of talking over someone's head.[/quote]
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