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I live just southwest of Portland. How old are you, Starry4ever? I'm a grandmother and in my mid 50's.
 

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I see your birthday was yesterday. Happy Birthday!!!

I'm really sorry there's such a large age difference between us, Starry4ever. I hope you find others close to home soon to hang with, and that you're able to develop some good and lasting friendships.
 

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The family and me are thinking of moving to Oregon before the new
year.I got a few relatives in/around Portland and also around Roseburg.
So we'll probably end up somewhere in between,I like it around Salem.
and my nephew Matt will be going to the college in Corvallis this year.

Also I been to A few supports groups where I live now and also taken a few classes on SA .I miss the support groups as they use to be
every week then got change to once a month and then completely canceled.Hopefully A support group or gathering gets going,my better half and I would like go,we both have SAD.
btw-my wife is in her late 20's and I'm in my 30's.

can't wait to move out of this one mule town I live in. :b
I think thats how the says goes.

and Happy late birthday to Starry4ever. :banana
 

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Hiya Nutsy and Callisto, I hope you'll like Oregon.

I had always heard there was a lot of rain here... I don't know about the rest of the state, but Portland usually gets about 6 months of almost constant, really cold rain. If they don't, they consider it a drought. I guess, like all states, there are good and bad things about it... but that includes more than just the weather.

Summers are beautiful for the most part. In the Portland area, it's usually only in the 80's during the summer, seldom goes into the 90's, and over 100 is a rarity. This summer has been very mild compared to last, or the year before that. That was a killer. Some homes do have a/c, I don't know of any apts. that have them, unless, perhaps, it's the high priced ones. I'd prefer the San Diego area for the most part myself, but there's no way I can afford CA any longer.

I rarely go out any more, but Mt. Hood is only about a 2 hour drive (depending on where you live), has a lot of camping, etc. and is snow cover all year, most years. The beach is only 2 hours away... but the water is very, very cold... although beautiful.

The politics :doh Well, the only thing I can say is we have no state sales tax. The schools :fall If I had small children again, I'd home school... but that's just my point of view. Higher education is Ok, I suppose, but the first 12 grades are a failure as far as I'm concerned. There are so many of the basics they've dropped from their curriculum.

Like I said, there are good and bad things about every state. I've lived in a couple of one-horse towns, and to be honest, I prefer them to big cities for just day to day living. But again, that's just me.
 

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Callisto, ya know, this is just my opinion... please don't put a lot of stock in it. It's always best to check it out as thoroughly as possible on the internet and then spend some time in the area if at all possible before moving there (the expense of the move being the reason for that, along with the disappointment involved should you get stuck there and can't move somewhere else).

Pendleton wool comes from this area. That should have been a clue for me but it wasn't. Wool is the only natural fiber that will keep you warm when it's damp, or rainy, and cold out. We're so far north, we get a lot of the Alaskan storms during the winter/spring, as well as the Pacific storms during the spring and early summer, but can also have it come down from Canada and in the back door from across the Rockies. Although, Portland itself gets almost no snow... just a powdering 'perhaps' every winter that lasts a couple of hours. We did have an exception to that 1-1/2 years ago with 2 blizzards, one right after the other that shut down Portland for 10 days. However, that's very rare... at least rare any more. The climate has changed here during the last 50 years or so.

Oregon is really varied in what you'll find in the way of big cities. Once you get out of the Portland area (Salem is about 45 minutes away)... the big (?) cities are about two hours apart, separated by farming, vineyards and ranches (sheep and cattle, with a few horse and llama here and there). But it's the same in every direction, except southeast where there are only a couple of bigger towns because it's desert. And although I don't know how much there is to be worried about, we do have Mt. St. Helen's not far away... and it is an active volcano (just thought I should let you know if you weren't aware). There are also logging communities here and there as well (not directly in Portland), Portland is a major inland seaport, so there's a fishing industry here, as well as importation of goods from all over the world - just like any other large seaport.

I've only been here about 3-1/2 years, moved here from the mts of NC where we lived in a rural area, but also a vacation/resort area, for 13 years, and before that all over CA. Like I said, each state is different... they each revolve around what's important to the majority of the people. Oregon happened to be where a lot of the hippy culture came in the 60's and 70's if they wanted to get back to nature, so there's a big art and nature culture here - the Portland area especially. But Portland, itself, has built up to a great extent with business since that time too - and as it's grown, so have the bedroom communities around it.

But you can still find many smallish sea-side towns, or wilderness areas in the mts not far away too. And it is beautiful with all the large rivers, the waterfalls, the mnts, caves, the ocean... and the wildlife - bear, cougar, beaver, deer, etc. This is going to sound really odd... but we even still have beaver that live in the small streams and creeks that go through our cities (several just up the street from where I live), and there are raccoons that have adapted to city living and get into the trash bins here all the time... and this is a city, not a rural area.... just don't have much in the way of high rises in this immediate area. At the apt complex I live in, there's a nutria (a large south amerian rodent that resembles a beaver) that lives in our pond. How it got there, I have no idea! I don't live directly in Portland, I'm about 10 miles SW of there.

http://www.katu.com/cameras/bank.asp This is just one view... perhaps the ugliest... of what Portland looks like. Although the one of Hood River isn't one of the prettiest pictures they could have displayed either.

Here's a site with photos - post cards - of Portland.
http://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...va=downtown+portland+oregon&fr=slv1-&ei=UTF-8
 

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Plus
- Oregon has magic mushrooms in abundance.

Anyone want to go hunting?
 

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:lol Gotta be careful of those mushrooms, you might end up dead instead of just trippin'.
 

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I am from the portland area, just found this site tonight. Good reading. Should help with some issues I am going threw at the moment.
 
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