Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n)


  • Coder

    Hi everyone and sorry for being such a scarce little octopus these days. My partner and I are moving up to Portland, basically end of next week or so. This week we're still scuttling about the city looking at apartments and houses-to-rent and things and already have found some really neat ones.

    I dunno if we'll have time to meet up with anyone this week, but hopefully soooon!

    The food here is all crazy delicious and the people are awesome and it RAINS and I love rain and my favorite plants are moss and lichens and our favorite coffee (Stumptown) is like DOWN THE STREET... life is great.



  • Portland is lovely. Congrats, Chime :)



  • My condolences. Please don't trip over any hipsters.


  • Pitcrew

    ...so, this summer, might you have a couch... >.>

    (I'm up Seattle-ways and sans-car. I've been considering taking the train to Portland at some point, as I've never been, but I don't want to squish everything into a single day.)

    I love the PNW. And I hear Powell's is amazing (and is about 80% of why I want to visit).



  • Not in Portland, but congrats! :D If you're ever in Kentucky, though...


  • Pitcrew

    We really ought to do some sort of grand PNW meetup of some sort, one of these days. And by that, I mean all the rest of y'all that live in the area. There are like a billion of us up here.



  • @Auspice said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    ...so, this summer, might you have a couch... >.>

    (I'm up Seattle-ways and sans-car. I've been considering taking the train to Portland at some point, as I've never been, but I don't want to squish everything into a single day.)

    I love the PNW. And I hear Powell's is amazing (and is about 80% of why I want to visit).

    Watch it, she'll drink all your booze and try to steal your cat.

    She almost did this with me.


  • Pitcrew

    @Monogram said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    @Auspice said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    ...so, this summer, might you have a couch... >.>

    (I'm up Seattle-ways and sans-car. I've been considering taking the train to Portland at some point, as I've never been, but I don't want to squish everything into a single day.)

    I love the PNW. And I hear Powell's is amazing (and is about 80% of why I want to visit).

    Watch it, she'll drink all your booze and try to steal your cat.

    She almost did this with me.

    Look, it's not my fault your cat loved me more than you. >.>



  • @Auspice said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    @Monogram said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    @Auspice said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    ...so, this summer, might you have a couch... >.>

    (I'm up Seattle-ways and sans-car. I've been considering taking the train to Portland at some point, as I've never been, but I don't want to squish everything into a single day.)

    I love the PNW. And I hear Powell's is amazing (and is about 80% of why I want to visit).

    Watch it, she'll drink all your booze and try to steal your cat.

    She almost did this with me.

    Look, it's not my fault your cat loved me more than you. >.>

    My cat loves everyone who pays attention for more than five minutes. He's an attention whore, he was just playing you. Like he does with everyone else.


  • Coder

    @Admiral said in Portland(ia, ia, fhtag'n):

    My condolences. Please don't trip over any hipsters.

    Well, I'm already a flannel-and-jeans girl stomping around in docmartens so I might be more the problem than the solution. And I'm clumsy enough that I've tripped on pavement a couple times already...

    (no, my name is NOT Wicker Basket, hahaha)

    ...so, this summer, might you have a couch... >.>

    Kinda depends on where we end up. We're looking at some niiiice apartments near the river/downtown but still on the east, and some houses out in the mt tabor area. Both are a bit smallish. Everything is so astonishingly walkable/ridable though!

    And I hear Powell's is amazing (and is about 80% of why I want to visit).

    We'll be checking that out sometime this week. Grant you I mostly use kindle except for reference textbooks these days... It's the only practical way to plow through a trashy urban fantasy / paranormal romance novel each night.

    Watch it, she'll drink all your booze and try to steal your cat.

    She almost did this with me.

    Sadly, our cat (Squee!) died Christmas night, so we are momentarily petless-- this is part of what made it possible to contemplate a move so suddenly. Definitely miss her though. http://www.accela.net/lucca/img/squee-says-hi.jpg was a shot from last year-- she'd just turned 13 or so. And yeah, nwod books in the background, woo.

    As for booze, well. Doubtful. * Eyebrow waggle intensifies *

    Now I just need to drag @Misadventure up here with us. The friends we made in San Diego are pretty much ALL I will miss about that place.

    So far here we've done

    Portland Cider somethingorother - They had cider! And cajun tatertots. Tasty.
    Stumptown Coffee - Oddly disappointing compared to the online selection, but it was a little one
    Sweet Hereafter - A few decent beers and OMG good food if kinda bizarre. I had a ..uh... tofu benedict? Very spicy and unexpectedly delicious
    Slappycakes - Breakfast place, griddles at each table where you can make your own pancakes. Sounds like heaven, but the line was 50min so we went to the bar area and had to let the cooks make our pancakes. Still obscenely delicious and the cooks were all super friendly, if kinda busy.
    Por Que No? - a taqueria! Rather impressively good for being so much farther north of the border than I'm used to. Damn fine chips and an unexpectedly large selection of vegetarian options.
    Ruby Jewel - Ice cream! Rather good flavors, lots of samples to try. I got a rootbeer float. Yes, I know everyone says I need to go to the Salt&Straw but we're waiting for a non-holiday-weekend time so that the line doesn't stretch out of state.

    As for work, well... I'm on the first serious vacation I've had in many years. (o/~ for the first time in for-ev-er o/~) Clearly we need to move more often!



  • In all seriousness, congrats on finding a place to live that you love. It's not something that you even think about being 'important' until you actually do find it.


  • Coder

    Living in Portland now! ...the movers arrive with our boxes in a week tho. Thankfully, the house is basically furnished already, so essentials are present.

    Classy neighborhood too:
    BUTT STUFF

    Apparently Portland has one of the highest per-capita concentrations of stripclubs. * shrug *

    The house is amazing. Here's a shot of the dining room from the listing:

    zomg dining room

    Original wood!

    The drive up was amazing. Well-- the California part up the 5 was as-expected; an endless sea of cowshit stretching to the horizon. The Siskiyou pass was beautiful though-- still snow on the ground, but we didn't need to break out the chains. Rained pretty much continuously from the Oregon border all the way to Portland. I LOVE IT.


  • Coder

    And now, the real reason I love Portland.


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