Okay, this is my first blog, which will probably be evident. Just wanted to let you in on my Oregon experience to date, and to link to my Amazing Oregon slideshow on YouTube. First of all, I’ve never lived anywhere near the west coast before, and I guess it’s been something of an adjustment. The prices are definitely higher here — housing, food, utilities, etc. Not as bad as California, I hear, but definitely higher than the Midwest . . . What I have discovered, living near Portland, is that there are some differences in the culture. I have seen a lot more beards here, and bicycles, and goth. What WAS refreshing was finding that the graffiti in the bathrooms is a lot more philosophical. Nowhere in the stall did I see “For a good time, call . . .” That is indicative of the live-and-let-live attitude I’ve found here.
On a broader scale, though, the beauty here is indescribable, and for a serious amateur photographer it’s nirvana. My partner and I have been taking at least one trip a week to explore our surroundings, and we end up coming home with full memory cards (well, until I got my 32 GB card, anyway). And it’s like Christmas when we’re on our computers looking at the photos we took. He’s been here for years, but we’re discovering Oregon together, and it’s been a fabulous experience so far. . .
In future posts, I plan to include some of my ‘discoveries,’ along with stories about our trips to get them. In the meantime, here’s the link to my slideshow on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z25B0rOwQXk&feature=plcp