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TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-06-2008, 11:20 AM
What is it like? I was thinking about a future move there. Is is really as dreary as they say? How are the venues, economy, local music scene? Please discuss.

locachica73
09-06-2008, 11:31 AM
it is gray and dreary for about 8 months of the year. I grew up there. They do have a great music scene though. Last I heard the economy wasn't doing very well but that was a couple years ago, not sure how it is now.

paulb
09-06-2008, 11:46 AM
boring. Been to Portland once, and did not seem quite the lively city.

wmgaretjax
09-06-2008, 01:27 PM
Portland is an incredibly vibrant community, but in it's own particular way.

It's definitely more laid back, so most of the partying/low-key show scene happens in basements and houses. Everyone is really personable and the music scene is incredible. They have great food...

Music venues are solid, especially for small/medium size shows. Never been to a big show down there, but worst case is you have White River and the Gorge right up the street. Lots of great bands his Portland, most I would say, and anyone that doesn't probably hits Seattle (2-2.5 hours away).

The economy has been hit pretty hard... The weather doesn't bother me, but I'm a NW native.

humanoid
09-06-2008, 02:17 PM
What is it like? I was thinking about a future move there. Is is really as dreary as they say? How are the venues, economy, local music scene? Please discuss.

I love Portland, but it definitely helps if you love the rain(I do), and heroin(I don't)

humanoid
09-06-2008, 02:17 PM
The locals are pretty laid back and friendly

locachica73
09-06-2008, 02:19 PM
because they are all smoking the weed or on antidepresents to help with their suicidal tendencies due to the rain.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-06-2008, 03:23 PM
how expensive is housing? I was looking at it as maybe a lower cost Seattle. I don't know how much longer I could take the chilly Denver winters. I am coming in on my 2nd year anniversary and I am not looking forward to those negative temps again. Maybe the next few years of Red Rocks will convince me otherwise. This year was no where near as good as last.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-06-2008, 03:24 PM
I love Portland, but it definitely helps if you love the rain(I do), and heroin(I don't)

I like rain but don't do (and never have done) drugs. My wife needs the sun though..

locachica73
09-06-2008, 03:28 PM
if your wife needs sun then you might consider eastern oregon or northern cali.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-06-2008, 03:36 PM
if your wife needs sun then you might consider eastern oregon or northern cali.

she might be open to the rain under the right conditions. California is almost out of the question due to the cost of living.

zenidogx
09-06-2008, 03:50 PM
i keep reading the title of this thread and thinking of this:
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M Sparks
09-06-2008, 04:00 PM
I'm hopefully on my way to Portland soon as well. I've got no problem with the rain, though I'm sure it gets a bit miserable in mid-winter. I just feel at home when I'm there. My wife's company closed shop here, so we're going to try to take it as an opportunity to get out of AZ.

wmgaretjax
09-06-2008, 04:08 PM
how expensive is housing? I was looking at it as maybe a lower cost Seattle. I don't know how much longer I could take the chilly Denver winters. I am coming in on my 2nd year anniversary and I am not looking forward to those negative temps again. Maybe the next few years of Red Rocks will convince me otherwise. This year was no where near as good as last.

yeah, cost of housing is a little cheaper than Seattle... A little easier to find in the good/fun neighborhoods... Jobs are about as hard to find there as here though (something I'm currently dealing with myself).

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-07-2008, 07:37 AM
yeah, cost of housing is a little cheaper than Seattle... A little easier to find in the good/fun neighborhoods... Jobs are about as hard to find there as here though (something I'm currently dealing with myself).

How much cheaper are we talking about here? above or below 300k? Jobs wouldn't be an issue as long as I stay with the same company now. They have hotels all over the US. Are you unemplyed sir? What is your line of work? And how far of a drive is the Gorge?

gaypalmsprings
09-07-2008, 08:00 AM
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Young blood
09-07-2008, 08:12 AM
Sucker, portland sucks. You need to move out of Louisville and into Denver suburbs. In all fairness Colorado winter is a bitch to those that dont ski/snowboard.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-07-2008, 08:22 AM
Sucker, portland sucks. You need to move out of Louisville and into Denver suburbs. In all fairness Colorado winter is a bitch to those that dont ski/snowboard.

Fuck! I wish I lived in Louisville! I live in effing Frederick! And, yes I don't ski or snowboard (mostly because I can't afford it). I am DREADING the winter already. This will be my 3rd real winter, so I am still getting used to it. Hopefully, the next few years of Red Rocks will convince me otherwise.

Young blood
09-07-2008, 08:26 AM
Oh fredrick!.....There are a lot of great shows in Denver too. Yeah if I didnt grow up here loving winter I would probably hate it too. If you dig portland and seattle consider Vancouver B.C. the looney is up against the dollar and its a fantastic city.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-07-2008, 08:50 AM
Oh fredrick!.....There are a lot of great shows in Denver too. Yeah if I didnt grow up here loving winter I would probably hate it too. If you dig portland and seattle consider Vancouver B.C. the looney is up against the dollar and its a fantastic city.

I hear Vancouver is pricey though...In the future if we stay in Denver..we will most likely move downtown...

M Sparks
09-07-2008, 09:49 AM
How much cheaper are we talking about here? above or below 300k?

I've been looking a lot online, and there's a lot of good stuff between 225 and 300K. There's even a lot of houses at 175k, though they're really old houses that probably still have questionable wiring.

The west side suburbs seem to have a lot of bang for the buck, and it seems like the commute isn't all that bad from my very limited experience. Maybe after I live there a while it will get tiresome. I have a friend who lives in Beaverton and works right downtown, around Nob Hill. When he gets tired of the commute, he drives this road...I want to say Cornwall, but I'm not sure. It runs from out at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, up through Cedar Mills in Beaverton, and over the hill through the forest, right into downtown. SUCH a beautiful drive. It only took 15 minutes or so for me to do it, and I was probably driving extra slow because it's so wind-y and I wasn't sure where I was going. I don't think I would want to do it in the winter though, I bet it gets icy up there.

In my town, you won't find anything online under 225k, period. And anything decent is over 325k. I would bet Denver is similar, yes?

wmgaretjax
09-07-2008, 09:50 AM
How much cheaper are we talking about here? above or below 300k? Jobs wouldn't be an issue as long as I stay with the same company now. They have hotels all over the US. Are you unemplyed sir? What is your line of work? And how far of a drive is the Gorge?

You could probably find a good house for around 250-300K... depending on what you are looking for. my guess is anything really decent that won't need work in the near future would be 300-350.

I'm almost unemployed, on the end of a temp job. I've worked mostly in tech support, computing specialist, and some software testing. A little bit of whatever, I haven't buckled down and committed to anything yet because my goal is to go off to grad school in a year.

And the Gorge is about 4 hours from Portland.

bluemamba
09-07-2008, 11:24 AM
i keep reading the title of this thread and thinking of this:
XK5D8nWADTQ

Fuck i just saw this thread and that what i thought of too. beat me to it.

TomAz
09-07-2008, 05:55 PM
i keep reading the title of this thread and thinking of this:
XK5D8nWADTQ

yep. me too.

Memorial_07
09-07-2008, 07:28 PM
Is it true that it is also an area filled with anarchists?

Stefinitely Maybe
09-09-2008, 01:36 AM
Portland was just named as one of the top 20 global sustainability centers in the world (http://ethisphere.com/2020-global-sustainability-centers/), which is pretty awesome.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-09-2008, 05:18 AM
Portland was just named as one of the top 20 global sustainability centers in the world (http://ethisphere.com/2020-global-sustainability-centers/), which is pretty awesome.

This is what is weird about Portland. There are always at the top of these global cities list for livability and sustainability. Monocle had Portland in their 25 cities for livability.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-09-2008, 05:32 AM
And Portland always get high ranks for its public transport.

bug on your lip
09-09-2008, 05:39 AM
i'll be there in a couple months for a wedding....

i'm excited to experience rain & heroin

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-09-2008, 05:46 AM
i'll be there in a couple months for a wedding....

i'm excited to experience rain & heroin

Don't they hand out free heroin there?

bug on your lip
09-09-2008, 05:48 AM
kindof

bring a switchblade

MarkO
09-11-2008, 01:11 PM
Belated post.

Things to do :
Lots. Tons of trails in the city (Washington Park etc), very bike friendly city, 1hr to Mt.Hood for winter (and summer!) skiing etc, a little over an hour to the Coast. Downtown is walkable. Lots and lots of music venues and everyone comes here. See sig. I've done PDX --> The Gorge in WA in 4hrs flat but it normally takes a little longer. Clark County Amphitheater (cap. ~17k) is just North of PDX. Thanks Radiohead for playing there. Oh wait ............

Living / Housing :
I live in the West burbs and the housing market is crashing hard. You can get in newer houses for < $210k easily. Downtown is where I want to live but it's still out of reach plus PDX is in Multnomah County which has higher taxes iirc.

Traffic is woeful at times. Regardless of the public transport system, it's not practical for many people who aren't close to a bus / MAX stop.

Jobs :
Don't know enough about local conditions to comment.

captncrzy
09-11-2008, 01:47 PM
Anthony Bourdain featured a donut shop in Portland that had a maple donut topped with bacon.

I want to go just for that reason.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-11-2008, 01:50 PM
Anthony Bourdain featured a donut shop in Portland that had a maple donut topped with bacon.

I want to go just for that reason.

That fucking donut shop looked AMAZING....some of that shit looked heart attack inducing but damn it looked good.

invisiblerobots
09-11-2008, 01:57 PM
Anthony Bourdain featured a donut shop in Portland that had a maple donut topped with bacon.

That would be Voodoo Doughnut (http://voodoodoughnut.com/).

I discovered heaven on earth in Portland last weekend in the form of Ground Kontrol (http://www.groundkontrol.com/).

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-11-2008, 02:01 PM
I will be moving to Portland just for those 2 things...

wmgaretjax
09-11-2008, 02:56 PM
Voodoo is great, you can buy a bucket of day old donuts for super cheap...

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-11-2008, 03:19 PM
Looking at that damn website made me hungry...

M Sparks
09-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Anthony Bourdain featured a donut shop in Portland that had a maple donut topped with bacon.

I want to go just for that reason.

I didn't make it to Voodoo Donut when I was up there recently. But I did go to Apizza Scholls, which was in the same episode.

It was really good. Really really good. And they had Boylan's Ginger Ale. But not worth a 90 minute wait, and not worth $22 for one pie.

locachica73
09-11-2008, 03:42 PM
Abby's Pizza is my favorite pizza spot in Oregon, I would go back just for that, as long as I could avoid having to see my mother or any of the other people that drove me from the state.

M Sparks
09-11-2008, 05:06 PM
Is that like a local chain? I think I saw one in Bend.

locachica73
09-11-2008, 05:08 PM
Yeah, there are like 6 of them everywhere, the first one though was built in my home town, only pizza joint there (it was a small town). They had windows into the kitchen and a step stool for kids to stand and watch them toss the dough and make the pizzas. And OMG it was such good pizza, they had the Abby's special that was to die for. Whenever I find myself back home it is a requirement to eat there at least once. And Arctic Circle for the fry sauce and mushroom swiss burger.

captncrzy
09-12-2008, 07:20 AM
ding ding...Portland wins best city....cock-and-ball donuts and classic arcade games.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 07:29 AM
but no great venues in the city.....I have yet to hear of a great venue Portland has. It looks like you have to drive to Seattle or The Gorge for the good ones.

MarkO
09-12-2008, 09:32 AM
but no great venues in the city.....I have yet to hear of a great venue Portland has. It looks like you have to drive to Seattle or The Gorge for the good ones.

WTF ??

The Crystal Ballroom is great. Easy going security (cameras, taping gear are ok), great beer and it's easy to get to. I've seen The Black Crowes, Madness, Rilo Kiley, Robert Randolph, MMJ and others there.

The Doug Fir is an intimate little venue (cap, 300) with good sound and a full bar. The restaurant upstairs stays open till 2.30am. I've seen Kasabian, CSS, The Wedding Present, Nada Surf and others there.

tsk, tsk.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 09:36 AM
Any larger venues like a Red Rocks, Hollywood Bowl type venues?

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 09:39 AM
Also (and this is a weird one) for those who own houses, Do people even need a sprinkler system for their lawns? I mean you guys get so much rain that I imagine it is kind of moot to have righ?

MarkO
09-12-2008, 09:41 AM
As mentioned above, Clark County amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA is just north of PDX and holds 17k or so. Seen The Police & ZZ Top there.

The Rose Garden is in PDX itself and U2, The Boss, Foo Fighters etc have played there. I have not been there for a show, just for a NBA game.

MarkO
09-12-2008, 09:42 AM
Also (and this is a weird one) for those who own houses, Do people even need a sprinkler system for their lawns? I mean you guys get so much rain that I imagine it is kind of moot to have righ?


We get rain in the winter but little enough in the summer. We've had quite a few days over 100* this year. I put central air in my house last year.

locachica73
09-12-2008, 09:44 AM
Also (and this is a weird one) for those who own houses, Do people even need a sprinkler system for their lawns? I mean you guys get so much rain that I imagine it is kind of moot to have righ?

There is no need for sprinklers, gras grows by itself out there. You don't even need to plant grass each season like you do here in phoenix. There is green everywhere. :)

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 09:46 AM
As mentioned above, Clark County amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA is just north of PDX and holds 17k or so. Seen The Police & ZZ Top there.

The Rose Garden is in PDX itself and U2, The Boss, Foo Fighters etc have played there. I have not been there for a show, just for a NBA game.

http://www.amphitheateratclarkcounty.com/google-maps/3.html
Clark County looks pretty cool.

Isn't the Rose Garden a arena?

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 09:46 AM
There is no need for sprinklers, gras grows by itself out there. You don't even need to plant grass each season like you do here in phoenix. There is green everywhere. :)

God! Imagine the savings in water bills!

locachica73
09-12-2008, 09:49 AM
Yeah growing up I think our water/garbage bill ran around $30/month or something silly like that.

Hopeless Semantic
09-12-2008, 09:55 AM
money saved on water bills = more heroin = win/win!

locachica73
09-12-2008, 10:01 AM
LOL I was too young, I avoided the heroin, we just picked buds off our step dads pot plants and smoked em.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 10:11 AM
money saved on water bills = more $$$ for concerts = win/win!

Fixed.

Hopeless Semantic
09-12-2008, 10:18 AM
Fixed.

I prefer the fix, Team. But to each his/her own! I went through Portland as a young kid on my way to Seattle and remember it being really green. I like the Pacific NW, but don't know if I can deal with the dreary. I nearly get manic when it rains here in So. Cal and as that one song goes...it never rains in southern california...the brews from up there are nice though.

M Sparks
09-12-2008, 10:44 AM
And Arctic Circle for the fry sauce and mushroom swiss burger.

I didn't know they had those in Oregon. I stopped at one in either Utah or Idaho. Didn't do much for me.

M Sparks
09-12-2008, 10:46 AM
The Crystal Ballroom...The Doug Fir

Those are the two I was going to mention, even though I haven't been to any shows there. (Love the Doug Fir restaurant though...Farmer Sandwich!) I've heard nothing but great things about them.

How is the Roseland Ballroom? I was looking at Pollstar, and it seemed like half the shows I might be interested in are at the Roseland.

locachica73
09-12-2008, 10:55 AM
I didn't know they had those in Oregon. I stopped at one in either Utah or Idaho. Didn't do much for me.

There is only one left in Woodburn which is where I grew up, I use to work there and became addicted to the fry sauce and polar swirls (kinda like a blizzard from wendy's). I also miss Taco Time, I wish they would build one of those here in PHX.

wmgaretjax
09-12-2008, 12:15 PM
Those are the two I was going to mention, even though I haven't been to any shows there. (Love the Doug Fir restaurant though...Farmer Sandwich!) I've heard nothing but great things about them.

How is the Roseland Ballroom? I was looking at Pollstar, and it seemed like half the shows I might be interested in are at the Roseland.

Eh, it's OK. I prefer the Aladdin which is comparable in size, but seated. The Crystal Ballroom is great, and I love it when acts I like play Doug Fir.

MarkO
09-12-2008, 02:09 PM
I call the Roseland the RoseDump.

I don't like it there at all. Seen Placebo, Editors, Mogwai there. Justice played there in March.

There is also the Wonder Ballroom on the East Side of town which is decent too for a show but a little out of downtown.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-12-2008, 05:37 PM
Sweet jesus...taxes are pretty high on Portland huh? I wonder if the lack of sales taxes off set the high state income tax? Work in Washington(no state tax) but shop in Oregon(no sales tax)? Thoughts from our Pac Northwesters?

locachica73
09-12-2008, 05:41 PM
alot of people use to do that when i lived there. Or they would live in one of the surrounding towns around Portland like Willsonville, Tualatin, Beaverton, Gresham or West Linn which is where I lived. Nice area suburbs. Washington is nice though, but they get you on the vehicle tax, Oregon you pay like $50 for 2 years or something but Washington they base it on what your car is worth.

MarkO
09-12-2008, 07:07 PM
Registration is $54 for 2yrs + $21 for DEQ (emissions) before you can renew your tags. You can renew tags at the DEQ place though so it saves a trip to the DMV. New car tags are good for 4 years.

I bought my car in WA state and as an OR resident, I didn't have to pay WA sales tax. The no sales tax thing on everyday purchases is not a big deal for me as I buy most of my stuff online.

locachica73
09-12-2008, 07:11 PM
Ohhh I forgot that you could show your Oregon ID and not have to pay WA sales tax, I tried to do that when I visited here and they looked at me like I was loony.

invisiblerobots
09-12-2008, 07:27 PM
The Schnitzer is quite nice for a mid-size theater. I saw Antony there last weekend and was impressed by the sound for an old hall. Of course we were right in the middle and 12 rows back so I can't speak for experiences in the rest of the venue.

MarkO
09-12-2008, 08:04 PM
/\ Good call. I saw Sigur Ros there in '06 on the Thurs following Coachella. The Keller Auditorium is another nice all seated venue (cap. 3500 iirc) with wonderful sound.

wmgaretjax
09-12-2008, 11:19 PM
The Schnitzer is nice. Saw Arcade Fire there last year and, other than the security, it was incredible.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-13-2008, 05:43 AM
Registration is $54 for 2yrs + $21 for DEQ (emissions) before you can renew your tags. You can renew tags at the DEQ place though so it saves a trip to the DMV. New car tags are good for 4 years.

I bought my car in WA state and as an OR resident, I didn't have to pay WA sales tax. The no sales tax thing on everyday purchases is not a big deal for me as I buy most of my stuff online.

I guess I could start buying things online to quit paying sales tax.

stinkbutt
07-18-2010, 06:37 PM
I envy you bastards so much

Sleep performing Holy Mountain plays at the Roseland Theater during MusicfestNW on Saturday, Sept. 11, with Scot Kelly (of Neurosis), and YOB.

that is going to be a sick show

captncrzy
09-28-2010, 01:27 PM
Dude, I just heard about this place:

Slappycakes.com

Not sure if I'd like making my own pancakes, but bloody hell, those are some great "mix-ins".

Also, chicken fried bacon? Portland is the fat-person's heaven. I wanna go.

algunz
01-16-2011, 06:14 PM
My husband got a too good to be true offer for a job. We are seriously considering a move from Orange County to Portland. What advice, information, pictures, or warnings can you give us?

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:18 PM
It's pretty rainy at present, but it's nice and low-key with good coffee and beer and there are some great shows. I will have you over for dinner if I ever clean anything.

wmgaretjax
01-16-2011, 06:18 PM
Portland is the shit. But if you are planning on tracking down a job up there, it might be tough... most of my friends there say the economy is still hammered pretty bad.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:20 PM
It is. A lot of places aren't even listing open positions publicly because so many people are walking in daily to ask if they're hiring and drop off resumes. But if the husband's too-good-to-be-true job offer can comfortably sustain your family in the event that you don't find something, that's a big check mark on the pro side.

cradlerobber
01-16-2011, 06:21 PM
i moved away last month and that was a dumb move

clumsy342
01-16-2011, 06:23 PM
moving from Phoenix to Portland was the best decision I've ever made.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:28 PM
Addendum to that other thing I said earlier - the local music is really good. We get hit with a lot of great tours, but there are also tons of great bands who play around town regularly for very little money, and there are a few clubs with stellar booking agents and you can generally count on them to bring you something awesome even when you walk in blindly (Doug Fir and Mississippi Studios spring to mind).

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:30 PM
Also, your skin stays nice longer up here.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:32 PM
And there's OMSI for your spawn.

Theijuiel
01-16-2011, 06:40 PM
I moved from the Coachella Valley to Portland last October, haven't regretted it since. Like most have been saying, music scene is great and so is the food. Plus the wineries are really starting to take off up here, I'm finding some great Pinot Noirs from the Willamette valley. Another thing is the mixed drinks, they are loaded and cheap since it is a tradition going back to the logging days.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:41 PM
Also: food carts, fall leaves, streetcar, Powell's.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:43 PM
We also have assisted suicide should you regret your heavily influenced decision to relocate.

algunz
01-16-2011, 06:47 PM
If things work out I probably wouldn't need to get a job, but I'd love to get a job at a coffee shop or restaurant where I could work while Izzy is in school.

What neighborhoods would be good to look in to as far as housing and schools?

Theijuiel, was the transition from sunny to rainy as difficult as everyone says? At present, this is my biggest concern.

This may all be a pipe dream, but we are having fun exploring the possibilities.

miscorrections
01-16-2011, 06:48 PM
Watch out for the anger cyclists.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:51 PM
I don't know a lot about the schools here, but most of the people I know with kids live in southeast and are happy there.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 06:52 PM
I can't wait until my angercycle gets back from the shop.

algunz
01-16-2011, 07:02 PM
This thread mentions traffic. Is it reasonable to think that a family could get away with one car? Public transit is reliable?

miscorrections
01-16-2011, 07:03 PM
Don't eat at Pok Pok.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 07:10 PM
Transit is good within the city. I don't go out of city proper very often, so I don't know much about that, but I don't drive at all (and I get from place to place just fine) and it's relatively common here not to own a car. I'd imagine one for a family of three would be fine, especially if you're looking for work somewhere in town and not at some office building in the sticks.

J~$$$$
01-16-2011, 07:35 PM
Tigard.

cradlerobber
01-16-2011, 07:36 PM
i highly recommend any beerdrinkers look into the portland speakeasy, "dean's scene".

algunz
01-16-2011, 07:40 PM
How do you guys feel about what this guy has to say?

http://www.knick-knack.com/rants/places/portland-oregon-sucks.html

J~$$$$
01-16-2011, 08:03 PM
How do you guys feel about what this guy has to say?

http://www.knick-knack.com/rants/places/portland-oregon-sucks.html

He sounds like a whiny bitch.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 08:07 PM
You can stop just about anyone and ask the time or for some directions, but don't try to actually be their friend.

This is a complaint? In what kind of weirdo fucking commune would you stop someone on the street with the intention of becoming their friend for life and not be considered a nutwank? Screws loose, this guy.

This comment underneath is my favorite part:


PORTLAND, OREGON DOES SUCK #?*!& !*&%*!!!! The two previous comments from "He's gone" and "zeebo" are probobly from meth-head, video poker playin, thrift-close wearin, tree-huggin loser freaks. People in Portland are all about their personal agendas, while acting like they are here to save the world! Last time I checked, Oregon was still a part of the USA, where we are free to come and go as we please. Oregonians need to quit acting like they are 'godesses' gift to the universe, start 'combining' their foods like normal people, do something real about the unemployment rate (yeah, that's something to be proud of)and get over themselves!!! Maybe all the pot-smoking hippies that spawned illegitimate free-love kids were wrong? Check out Portland and find out!

MarkO
01-16-2011, 08:08 PM
My husband got a too good to be true offer for a job. We are seriously considering a move from Orange County to Portland. What advice, information, pictures, or warnings can you give us?

- Portland has quite possibly the most annoying mayor I've ever seen or heard of. Blatant, two faced liar to boot.
- The police like to shoot minorities and those with mental health issues.
- Great beer.
- Weather might be hard on those from sunnier climes.
- Locals can not drive.
- Fantastic locale for those that love the outdoors; the Coast is beautiful and ~1hr away. So are the Mountains, again ~1hr away.
- Cost of housing (to buy) is ok, outside of the city itself.
- Local music scene is, as noted, great.
- OR is one of the hardest hit states budget wise so expect a lot of cuts to services and/or tax hikes in the next few years.
- You can't pump your own gas here, by law. Toothless yokels are employed to do it for you.

Hannahrain
01-16-2011, 08:10 PM
Start combining your food like a normal person.

algunz
01-16-2011, 08:24 PM
I thought you all would enjoy his rant. :)


Is there truth to his claims that mountain biking is not easy to access? I would have assumed the opposite.

MarkO
01-16-2011, 08:28 PM
I think I have read about some problems using Forest Park for mtn biking.

algunz
01-16-2011, 08:32 PM
Not being able to ride would be a serious problem. :(

wmgaretjax
01-16-2011, 08:36 PM
i've ridden in forest park multiple times. it's easier if you get a bit deeper in, but people will give you a bit of shit...

MarkO
01-16-2011, 08:44 PM
I read the rant above. lol. So many people moaning about the weather. It's not like that's an unknown.

<-- has pumped several hundred gallons of rainwater out of his backyard today.

algunz
01-16-2011, 08:45 PM
Are there other trails in or near the city? If not, how far do you need to go for good biking trails?

MarkO
01-16-2011, 08:50 PM
I really dont know about mtn biking trails to be able to comment. The areas mentioned in the rant (Browns camp, Hagg Lake) are well out of the city and the only time I've gone to Browns camp is to shoot guns.

MarkO
01-16-2011, 08:58 PM
From the comments ...

lol.


Battlestar Traffica says: What the fuck? I've been living here for almost a year and am stunned by the way people drive here. Why do you drive so fucking slow? Why is the right lane going 45 on 26 and the left lane barely going 55? Why the fuck, on 217, near the Dennis exit, do all you assholes get scared of the merging and hop into the left lane, causing traffic to back way the fuck up to walker. WHY, when it rains, do you FUCKING drive like you've never driven in rain before? It rains all the damn time here and you act like it's a NEW driving condition!! Pisses me off. Why the fuck? It wasn't raining that bad today, yet everyone is breaking and driving slower than a fucking scooter. And don't get me started when it snows. Fuckers actually stopping their cars and getting out to stare at the sky. It's SNOW. And not even a lot of it!! It's easy to drive in! But no, you assholes continue to slam on your breaks in the worst possible driving conditions. Real bright, slamming on your breaks 10 times in 30 seconds when there "could" be ice on the fucking ground. That's how people die - so learn to drive fuckheads! And then the hills. Why, going to downtown on 26, do you assholes break like you are going down at some HUGE slope. You fuckheads do this on 217 too. I can take that entire hill at 80MPH in my shitty little car without hitting the break once. You don't need to fucking break all the time. Because when YOU fucking break, the car behind you (even if he's 60 feet away) feels the need to break. You people are one of the shittiest fucking drivers I've had to share the road with. And you are so proud of your mass transit system. It's shit. Tri-Met really fucking blows. It's hardly great compared to other great cities with decent working mass-transit. So fuck you Tri-Met too.

wmgaretjax
01-16-2011, 09:00 PM
The only place I've ever been where people drive worse than Seattle is Portland. But it's pretty easy to get used depending on how hostile of a driver you are. I love driving in the bay area now that I've moved down though...

cradlerobber
01-16-2011, 09:02 PM
the portlandia pilot was hilarious and painfully true

MarkO
01-16-2011, 09:07 PM
Locals here have been very kind and welcoming to me since I moved here in '04. There again, I've found people everywhere in America to be gracious and willing to help you out.

cradlerobber
01-16-2011, 10:02 PM
Locals here have been very kind and welcoming to me since I moved here in '04. There again, I've found people everywhere in America to be gracious and willing to help you out.

i've been lucky enough to find people like this all over the world.

and it's largely true for portland too, but people talk about it as if no assholes live there. much like how people assume no one kind and helpful exists in new york.

HandBanana
01-16-2011, 10:06 PM
And a Sloe Gin Fizz
If that ain't love, then tell me what is.

Theijuiel
01-17-2011, 12:28 AM
Theijuiel, was the transition from sunny to rainy as difficult as everyone says? At present, this is my biggest concern.

Well I was born here and continued to stay here until the age of 13-14 so I'm used to the rain. I'm not influenced much by the weather so the transition wasn't hard for me at all. So far there has only been two bouts of cold where the needle drops below freezing but it tends to warm up when the rain falls *It's about 55 during the day now*. Just aware there is a lot of rain as said in the previous posts but if that doesn't faze you, grab that u-haul and go.

Almost every person I've conversed with has welcomed me back to Portland so I have nothing but positive experiences to help persuade you. I may be a little biased because I'm coming from a small valley to a large metro area and this move has greatly elevated my depressing mood from living in the Coachella Valley.

miscorrections
01-17-2011, 09:16 AM
It's not the rain, it's the gray. The rain is incidental. The gray made me want to shoot myself my first year up in the PacNW. I'm mostly over it, but it was really really rough for a while.

MistaGlitch
01-17-2011, 09:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVmq9dq6Nsg


I'm sure it's old but I just discovered it!

samanthakellar
01-25-2011, 04:36 PM
Portland rocks! I've lived in a suburb about 10 miles outside of it my entire life and don't think i'd want to live anywhere else. A good city, eco friendly, nice people, great music scene.. but not too big and chaotic! the whether is something you have to accept if you're moving anywhere in the northwest and hey we have perfect summers :] great public transportation, sustainability, etc. i would describe it as pretty indie/hippe -esq? very liberal! and eugene is only about 2 hours away.. GO DUCKS!

Sublime
01-25-2011, 04:45 PM
it's weird, I can't go a single day here in San Francisco without seeing an Oregon license plate.

PlayaDelWes
01-31-2011, 12:55 PM
the portlandia pilot was hilarious and painfully true

YES!

http://www.ifc.com/portlandia/

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/30/entertainment/la-ca-portlandia-20110130


Where in America can "young people go to retire"? During the opening scene of a new comedy that premiered earlier this month on IFC, Fred Armisen of "Saturday Night Live" tells former Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein about this strange and wonderful place where "the dream of the '90s is alive," where people are still "talking about getting piercings and tribal tattoos" and "all the hot girls wear glasses," where going to clown college or taking a part-time job that lets you sleep till 11 a.m. is a totally valid career move.

No, it's not Austin, Texas. Or San Francisco. Or Boulder, Colo. It's Portland, Ore. But when Armisen and Brownstein wrote this sketch for "Portlandia" — a six-part series that affectionately skewers the city, along with its feminist bookstores and community gardens — they knew it might hit close to home, no matter which tribal-tattooed hipsteropolis you live in. (Full disclosure: I grew up in Portland and now live in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Portland of the East.)

"Now more than ever, people have embraced this lifestyle that's progressive and green and earnest, and Portland is really the apex of that lifestyle," says Brownstein, who's lived in Portland for about a decade, and first started spoofing her adopted city with Armisen in the sketch comedy group Thunderant. "But it's also reached a tipping point where people are starting to question that lifestyle because they're aware that there's something a little bit ridiculous or precious about it."

Before you argue with that, consider that Portland is the home of the self-proclaimed "world's first vegan strip club" and "world's largest naked bike ride." Suddenly, "Portlandia" — which features sketches about adult hide-and-seek leagues and a local artisanal light bulb craze — doesn't seem so absurd.

Decades ago, some people might have insisted that Los Angeles was the place where young people went to retire. But that started to change around the mid-1980s, when Oregon reformed its corporate income tax laws and multinational companies expanded into the area, luring young Californians with new jobs. Now the Portland area is a major hub for companies such as Intel and Adidas, and home base for Nike and Wieden + Kennedy — the ad firm behind Nike's "Just Do It" campaign, whose offices famously resemble an adult playground, complete with a basketball court and a giant bird's nest.

Brownstein briefly worked at Wieden + Kennedy, and a "Portlandia" sketch about nonconformist brainstorming was filmed there. "It's called moodshowering," one character explains. "We hit you with a ball and you tell us the first thing that comes to mind about sportswear."

For Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the local job market helps explain why the city has become a magnet for forward-thinking 18- to 34-year-olds. "We're known for high-tech, digital media and outdoor apparel, and those industries require highly educated folks or folks who skew younger," says Adams, who makes a cameo in "Portlandia" as the assistant to the mayor. (Yes, in Portland, even the mayor's ironic.)

But Adams points out that the city's progressive attitude can be traced way back to "the Fort Hall phenomenon," named for the Idaho outpost where the Oregon Trail diverged from the California Trail. "Settlers who came to Oregon had to decide that they weren't gonna try to strike it rich in California," he says, "so there was a real self-separation going all the way back."

Much of "Portlandia" pokes fun at Portland's pioneer-days spirit, which has evolved into a do-it-yourself movement that's embraced pursuits including organic farming and needlepoint. One sketch is called "Put a Bird on It," based on the premise that in Portland, you can put a bird on anything and call it art.

Sue Bradbury, who owns the Portland boutique Ellaina, heard about that sketch on the online vintage and handmade goods site Etsy, where bird throw pillows and bird tote bags abound. "When I moved to Portland from California, the first thing I did was put a bird appliqué on everything I made," she says. "When I saw 'Portlandia,' I thought, 'Oh crap. That's over.'"

No matter how ridiculous "Portlandia" gets, Armisen says, the truth is always stranger. "There was one scene where we play Dumpster divers, and we weren't sure if that was really a real thing or not," he recalls. "Then we shot another scene, and one of the extras on the show was telling us, unprompted, that she was a Dumpster diver."

"She was telling us that she built her own Wi-Fi system out of trash," adds Brownstein. "Each person we worked with embodied Portland in their own way. Our props guy lives in a trailer that's painted like a sweat sock inside. Our set medic is also a fire juggler."

Of course, not everyone finds the city's oddballs so charming. When the website Deadline Hollywood first posted about "Portlandia," it inspired such ultraserious rants that it could've been a "Portlandia" sketch in itself. One commenter cursed Portland, "the land of unrelentingly hip," where if you're not some skinny kid "riding your bike in the rain with a tattoo of a kitchen knife on your forearm to your life's work at your stupid little organic-vegan bakery then you just can't fit in."

Then again, nothing inspires local pride quite like insults about your hometown. "Dude, your vibe is so heinous, I live here and it rocks," another commenter responded. "Of course I get tired of everything being renamed after Cesar Chavez, but hey man, the coffee's good the brews are cold — love and peace man."

Whether that last guy is joking or not, it's hard to say. But no one likes to poke fun at Portland more than the people who live there. When "Portlandia" had its Portland premiere, even the mayor was laughing. "I declared that this day was Portlandia Day," Adams recalls. "And my official declaration had a bird on it."

jackstraw94086
02-08-2011, 03:14 PM
holy shit that last episode was funny.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 08:36 AM
We're looking into moving out of Phoenix in the next couple of years, and Portland made our short list. Thought about San Fran for awhile but it's just not for us. We'll be heading up this summer to investigate 'hoods. Any suggestions? Only requirements are close to public transportation and not scary.

Hannahrain
05-25-2011, 09:03 AM
You have a kid, right? Southeast is probably your best bet. Or far southwest, I know a lot of families that live out there and commute into the city on public transit with ease.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 09:09 AM
Why not Seattle? We're clearly the superior NW city.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 09:24 AM
You have a kid, right? Southeast is probably your best bet. Or far southwest, I know a lot of families that live out there and commute into the city on public transit with ease.

Kid's almost 18 so she's not really a factor. She'll be off to San Diego State next year.


Why not Seattle? We're clearly the superior NW city.

Seattle is #2. Rick prefers Portland...I could go either way. Definitely more job options for me in Seattle (being that most Learning and Development jobs are located at company headquarters--and Seattle has a boatload of them).

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 09:25 AM
I'd suggest visiting both for >3 days because they are pretty different. And I like visiting Portland (hi Hannah!) but I could NOT live there.

Hannahrain
05-25-2011, 09:26 AM
What's your price range/month?

Hannahrain
05-25-2011, 09:28 AM
Also: cost of living in Seattle is higher, but it's also probably easier to find a job there.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 09:28 AM
Yeah, we're heading up this summer to check things out (I've been to Seattle many times and I really like it a lot). Fortunately I still have an airline at my disposal.

Not sure on price range. Our mortgage now is $1100 a month or so if that's helpful. We'd probably want to keep the rent +/- 300 either way.

I'm starting to research companies and keep my eyes on L&D/HR jobs. Intel, Nike, Netflix, the Port Authority, Alaska Air (even though its based in Seattle, they might let me commute), Kaiser, the casinos, major hotels, etc.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 09:30 AM
Also, Hannah, we'd like to see you for drinks or dinner when we come up.

Hannahrain
05-25-2011, 09:31 AM
I do like drinks or dinner.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 09:31 AM
You could totally find something in that price range in Seattle. Plus - no income tax here!

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 10:05 AM
I do like drinks or dinner.

We'll expect you to put out, of course.

M Sparks
05-25-2011, 10:18 AM
My two cents from limited experience..I wanted to fall in love with Seattle, but I just wasn't feeling it. In fact, I left with a fairly bad impression. I'm not sure why, it's been a few years now. On the other hand, I instantly felt at home in Portland.

Part of the problem may have been I was looking at Portland as a potential home and tried to experience it that way, where in Seattle I was a tourist frustrated with the confusing freeway exits and trying to go places filled with other dick tourists.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 10:54 AM
Driving in both cities is frustrating to the max, although I find Portland's mess of bridges and onramps and offramps and forks and tiny street signs WAY more irritating.

But yeah, I think in general you'll be a Seattle person or a Portland person. They're actually decently different and it's hard to tell which one is homier on just a short visit.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 10:55 AM
And Jen, Portland might be better for you since you have a kid. Plus their public transit is better. From an unentangled 20-something perspective, though, Seattle kicks ass.

rage patton
05-25-2011, 11:02 AM
The correct answer is Vancouver.

M Sparks
05-25-2011, 11:34 AM
I actually found driving in Portland fairly easy, and of course they have great public transit anyway. In Seattle, I kept getting OFF the freeway, and then was unable to find a way to get back on.

I'm an unentangled almost-40-something, so maybe I will give Seattle another try someday.

locachica73
05-25-2011, 11:54 AM
I grew up in Portland suburbs and didn't really go into the city very often, but when I did I always seemed to get lost. The one way roads and bridges always left me on the wrong side of the river and no clue how to get back. I always thought it was because I am directionally challenged but I seem to find my way around Phoenix with no problems.

Jen, make sure you guys pack plenty of prozac/xanax cocktails, the 9 months of rain gets very depressing after awhile.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 11:55 AM
The grey of Portland always seemed drearier to me than the grey of Seattle, but those are fine distinctions.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 11:59 AM
Yeah, I already take prozac, so I'm good. I'm liking the public transit options; Oregon seems to win that advantage.

We still have plenty to do here in AZ on our house and our unsecured debt and whatnot before we make any big moves, but I figure it doesn't hurt to start getting your information together early. Who knows when that big opportunity is going to pop up.

locachica73
05-25-2011, 12:01 PM
I have only been to Seattle twice, but I prefer it to Portland. My sister says it is because I never really got to see the real Portland. You are right, the grey of Seattle isn't quite as dreary or something.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 12:01 PM
Also do not underrate the spectacular views from most places in Seattle. The two lakes, the Olympics, the Cascades, the Sound, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker...it's SO BEAUTIFUL here. It's unbelievable, sometimes I look around and just think, "Holy shit I'm lucky".

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 12:02 PM
I grew up in PHX and I've been exposed to approximately 11,100 days of full sunshine. I like cloudy.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 12:05 PM
It's still difficult no matter what you tell yourself. You will develop a vitamin D deficiency and you'll probably get sick a lot for the first while. The grey does take a toll. It took me about a year to not be permanently sick and depressed.

locachica73
05-25-2011, 12:10 PM
It's still difficult no matter what you tell yourself. You will develop a vitamin D deficiency and you'll probably get sick a lot for the first while. The grey does take a toll. It took me about a year to not be permanently sick and depressed.

Exactly, the continuous moisture in the air is horrible for you if you have any kind of asthma or lung problems, this is the reason we left. In the 12 or so years I have lived in Phoenix I have been back to visit twice, it rained the entire time I was visiting and I got a sinus/respiratory infection both times.

amyzzz
05-25-2011, 12:12 PM
Take vitamin D supplements.

captncrzy
05-25-2011, 12:22 PM
Meh. I doubt that will make us change our mind. I'm sick of this place, and CA isn't really an option. Only other option for us is Dallas (two airlines there) or Austin (Mob lives there now).

locachica73
05-25-2011, 12:26 PM
I understand, I can see getting sick of it here after too long. I am just a negative nelly when it comes to the pacific northwest, the weather along with bad memories keep me here. If you want to hear the brightside I am sure Adrienne could give you some great feedback, she loves it in Portland.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 12:36 PM
I think once you get over the adjustment period it's a great place to live.

Sexecutioner
05-25-2011, 02:04 PM
It's still difficult no matter what you tell yourself. You will develop a vitamin D deficiency and you'll probably get sick a lot for the first while. The grey does take a toll. It took me about a year to not be permanently sick and depressed.

this is the only reason i dont live up there right now. i love sunshine too much. other than that seattle is frickin awesome.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
05-25-2011, 02:23 PM
Seattle is a great place to visit, but it's too slooooooow

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 02:24 PM
Never go to Portland, then.

unknown
05-25-2011, 03:50 PM
Damn, Jen - that's a big move to go from the desert to the NW. I never realized how much the sun affected me until I lived in northern Japan for 2 years and I became very depressed. Then I lived in Tucson, then back here to San Diego and I don't think I would be able to live somewhere so gloomy. Every time I go to Seattle for more than a few days I begin to feel very tired and unmotivated except for last week. Last week Seattle had better weather than San Diego and it was absolutely gorgeous! It is quite a lovely city, especially when the blue sky is visible and sunlight lights up your surroundings - all the hills, water, and trees look beautiful.

I've only been to Portland once and it was just for a show (drove straight back to Seattle after). I really would love to go again and explore more of the city.

Loca - I had no idea about the moisture in the area affecting people with asthma or other respiratory problems. I have such bad allergies and asthma in San Diego but every time I go to Seattle I'm fine the entire time.

amyzzz
05-25-2011, 04:21 PM
You and Audra are probably allergic to different things.

clumsy342
05-25-2011, 04:42 PM
I'm glad that gray days don't bum me out. I mean, some sunshine is nice, but overall I prefer cloudy/overcast days.
Phoenix's blazing 100+ degree days effect my mood much more.. In that it makes me feel like tearing all of my skin off.

locachica73
05-25-2011, 05:42 PM
Loca - I had no idea about the moisture in the area affecting people with asthma or other respiratory problems. I have such bad allergies and asthma in San Diego but every time I go to Seattle I'm fine the entire time.

It depends on your triggers I guess, my son was the worst with his asthma, he was having attacks regularly (at least once a month) that landed him in the hospital, we have lived here 12 yrs or so and he has only had 2 attacks. Mine wasn't as severe with the asthma but I had horrible allergies in the spring to the point of my eyes swelling shut and oozing and then in the winter I would get sinus/respiratory infections.

TickleMeElmo
05-25-2011, 06:26 PM
I plan on moving to Portland this summer and I'm really hoping the gray doesn't affect me too much. Right now I'm thinking I'd WAAAYYY rather deal with that than our Alaskan winters which are pretty depressing already, mostly due to the lack of sunlight. I mean, it might be shitty but how much worse can it be for me? My first choice was Austin but I was worried how I'd handle the heat during the summer.

I am gonna miss the Alaska summers though. Not having the sun go down til past 11 PM, dusk then morning is pretty sweet.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
05-25-2011, 10:33 PM
I should jump in here based on the discussion. I grew up in Las Vegas and was used to the sun. Moved from LV to Colorado. Still lot of sun, moved from Colorado to SF and SF had their coldest summer on record last year and it hurt, alot. I only realized recently how the weather effected my mood. It has an even worse effect on my wife. There are some promotion options currently available for me right now in Seattle but the big thing holding me back is that Seattle is much greyer then the Bay Area. I gotten used to the weather now and I love it (although that is much easier for me to say now considering this year has been MUCH sunnier then last year).

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 10:37 PM
Actually Seattle and SF (depending on neighborhood - if it's the Sunset, totally analogous) aren't terribly different. If you handled one SF summer you can handle a Seattle winter season. Sure, it's grey a lot, but when the sun's out here you could just sing for the joy of it. Which is a horribly sappy way to put it but there's really no comparison to a sunny NW day.

miscorrections
05-25-2011, 10:38 PM
Seriously. I'm a California girl. Central coast to San Diego and then Seattle, and once you adjust it is not even a thing. Sure, we whinge a bit, but everything normalizes.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
05-25-2011, 10:44 PM
Actually Seattle and SF (depending on neighborhood - if it's the Sunset, totally analogous) aren't terribly different. If you handled one SF summer you can handle a Seattle winter season. Sure, it's grey a lot, but when the sun's out here you could just sing for the joy of it. Which is a horribly sappy way to put it but there's really no comparison to a sunny NW day.

we live in an island in the east bay called Alameda which has almost the same weather as the colder parts of SF, but the sunny day thing is spot on. A Sunny day literally makes you sing this song: P9gk1PGZxaE

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
05-25-2011, 10:45 PM
Seriously. I'm a California girl. Central coast to San Diego and then Seattle, and once you adjust it is not even a thing. Sure, we whinge a bit, but everything normalizes.

I don't know, my wife was raised in Southern California and the lack of Sun makes her want to cut people. I don't know if she will ever get used to it, hence the Seattle almost being a non-starter for her.

captncrzy
09-14-2011, 08:38 AM
My two cents from limited experience..I wanted to fall in love with Seattle, but I just wasn't feeling it. In fact, I left with a fairly bad impression. I'm not sure why, it's been a few years now. On the other hand, I instantly felt at home in Portland.

Part of the problem may have been I was looking at Portland as a potential home and tried to experience it that way, where in Seattle I was a tourist frustrated with the confusing freeway exits and trying to go places filled with other dick tourists.

Doing more and more research. Looking like N-NW Portland is our type of area. Rents are expensive. Want to move with us and be roomies?

Also, thanks to Lilia, Seattle may be back in the mix. Really depends on where Rick can get transferred to.

wmgaretjax
09-14-2011, 08:52 AM
Actually Seattle and SF (depending on neighborhood - if it's the Sunset, totally analogous) aren't terribly different. If you handled one SF summer you can handle a Seattle winter season. Sure, it's grey a lot, but when the sun's out here you could just sing for the joy of it. Which is a horribly sappy way to put it but there's really no comparison to a sunny NW day.

I think this is pretty true... but there is definitely less sun in general in Seattle... Normally in SF it pokes through here and there... in Seattle you can go weeks without it. But damn... when it comes out? Game over.

Seattle summers are warmer than bay area summers though.

algunz
09-14-2011, 08:55 AM
Portland is wetter and cloudier than Seattle.

miscorrections
09-14-2011, 08:57 AM
The grey in Portland is more oppressive than the grey in Seattle. Average rainfall is about the same.

algunz
09-14-2011, 09:19 AM
My mother-in-law grew up in Seattle and lived in Portland too. She said that Portland was tougher to live in as far as weather. She then moved to San Francisco before moving to SoCal. She said that she would never go back to the Northwest after living south.

Personally, I would love to live in SF or NW. SoCal suburbia kind of sucks.

tessalasset
09-27-2011, 08:33 PM
Just spent a weekend here for the first time in my life and I'm in love.

Gribbz
09-27-2011, 08:37 PM
Yeah, I loved my visit there last month(especially the breweries and the Crystal Ballroom). My kind of town.

EDIT* Also, every person I met was very welcoming and friendly.

tessalasset
09-27-2011, 09:06 PM
I think the only thing I disliked about the city, period, was that the street name signs only have writing on one side. That got annoying and dangerous, quickly.

Gribbz
09-27-2011, 09:15 PM
I think the only thing I disliked about the city, period, was that the street name signs only have writing on one side. That got annoying and dangerous, quickly.

Ha. Funny you say that. Every person I came across in Portland has said to me "The only thing I hate about this city is the inability to read street signs."

miscorrections
09-27-2011, 09:18 PM
Hmph.

Courtney
09-28-2011, 12:52 AM
The Ace Hotel in Portland has room reservations on sale right now on HauteLook (http://www.hautelook.com/index/index/mk/invite/inv_code/CBiggs579?sid=99991) for $97 per night, for stays of two or more days between November and March. It's a pretty great deal, and a pretty great hotel.

tessalasset
09-28-2011, 10:42 AM
My friends stayed there this weekend and said their room was wallpapered with pages from an encyclopedia.

captncrzy
09-28-2011, 10:49 AM
Is that the one that used to be a schoolhouse?

thefunkylama
09-28-2011, 08:34 PM
Oh, the Ace is right by my work! I almost got my dad and sister to stay there, but they ended up sticking to the east side. That place looks swanky as a mother on the outside. It's very near Kenny and Zuke's, too.

Tessa, I am bummed that I didn't get a chance to hang out with you while you were here. I had a more hectic weekend than I anticipated. Next time, eh?

Lastly, I have this to say about Portland: I have been here for two years and four days, and I can't think of any place I'd rather be, ever. I could sit inside my room all day for a week straight and still be utterly in love with the city. I grew up in California, and I am never, ever going back.

tessalasset
09-28-2011, 11:06 PM
Don't tempt me.






Just kidding. I'd never leave LA.

bmack86
09-29-2011, 12:09 AM
I really kinda want to move to Portland. Such a cool city.

chairmenmeow47
10-04-2011, 10:49 AM
i'm a horrible friend and only just now got around to listening to the album of one of my best friends who lives in portland. and i loved it. so i'm making up for my delayed listen by shamelessly promoting them here. it's happy and sounds a little like squirrel nut zippers.

so if you ever get the chance, check out AnnaPaul and the Bearded Lady, please do. i recommend the sheik of araby.

their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/littlestbigband

captncrzy
10-04-2011, 10:57 AM
I'm hoping this next upcoming summer is my last one in Phoenix.

Vasoline Groove
10-04-2011, 11:13 AM
I lived in Portland for 1.5 years and have lived in SF the past 1.5 years, and I think the weather in SF is much better than Portland. Its much milder and more sunny days. Portland is beautiful and all that rain really makes everything green, but the summers can get hot while the summers in SF are still really mild.

If you have issues with sun depravation, Portland is probably not the place for you. I do think that Seattle is probably a little more sunny though.

However, Portland is a really cool town, its a little small, so a good place to live for 2-5 years. But if you like a bigger city, Seattle is a better option.

captncrzy
10-04-2011, 11:47 AM
I really don't care for the sun. Been to San Fran enough to know I don't want to live there. Seattle is option #2 for us.

chairmenmeow47
01-03-2012, 07:43 PM
hi portland! i am probably going to come visit in february, most likely president's day. any recommendations on interesting and/or cheap places to stay in the downtown portland area? preferably as close to here (http://redbirdstudio.biz/) as possible. my girlfriend's living situation is weird so i can't stay with her.

also, it looks like mount hood is about 2 hours or so from downtown. how is that drive in the winter? are snow chains or anything required?

thanks :)

captncrzy
01-04-2012, 06:18 AM
Weird. We're heading up for Rick's birthday--but not until March.

We're staying at the Jupiter (http://www.jupiterhotel.com/)

I've been wanting to stay at the schoolhouse (http://www.mcmenamins.com/11-kennedy-school-room-rates) too. There's also a couple of hostels downtown with private rooms that don't look terrifying.

unknown
01-04-2012, 07:57 AM
When in March, Jen? I would love to drive down to see you guys if you have any free time.

captncrzy
01-04-2012, 08:04 AM
I think Saturday the 17th. Yes, please drive down!

tigermilkboy
01-04-2012, 08:31 AM
also, it looks like mount hood is about 2 hours or so from downtown. how is that drive in the winter? are snow chains or anything required?

thanks :)

Depends on your experience of driving in those conditions. It isn't something I would recommend doing with a hire car or a quick jaunt, you have to check the weather and driving conditions, then pack for an emergency. People get stuck up there every winter.

But yeah snow chains are the law:

"Oregon's chain law applies to all highways throughout the state. When you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them."

miscorrections
01-04-2012, 08:56 AM
When in March, Jen? I would love to drive down to see you guys if you have any free time.

If you do this I could be interested.

Vasoline Groove
01-04-2012, 09:07 AM
We're staying at the Jupiter (http://www.jupiterhotel.com/)



The Jupiter is a cool hotel. Its the hotel attached to the Doug Fir lounge, which often has great shows and is probably the coolest venue in Portland. If there is anyone playing there that you have any interest in seeing you should probably go to the show. Also the food at the Doug Fir is pretty good, and the Union Jack strip club on the same block is a good time.

When we moved to Portland a few years ago we stayed at the Jupiter because they allowed pets, ended up going to see the New Mastersounds at the Doug Fir on the day that we drove in (cross country from Atlanta). Saw an awesome show and the band was hanging out at the hotel/bar afterwards which was cool.

Have fun!

M Sparks
01-04-2012, 10:00 AM
Farmer Sandwich at the Doug Fir. Nom.

Kennedy School is great, I've always wanted to stay there, I just ate in the "cafeteria".

Somewhat Damaged
01-04-2012, 10:03 AM
The Jupiter is a cool hotel. Its the hotel attached to the Doug Fir lounge, which often has great shows and is probably the coolest venue in Portland. If there is anyone playing there that you have any interest in seeing you should probably go to the show. Also the food at the Doug Fir is pretty good, and the Union Jack strip club on the same block is a good time.

When we moved to Portland a few years ago we stayed at the Jupiter because they allowed pets, ended up going to see the New Mastersounds at the Doug Fir on the day that we drove in (cross country from Atlanta). Saw an awesome show and the band was hanging out at the hotel/bar afterwards which was cool.

Have fun!

That's like the Bat-signal to me. My birthday can't come soon enough!

Theijuiel
01-04-2012, 01:20 PM
For future shows.
http://pc-pdx.com/show-guide/

Let me know if you want to meet for a brew or two, I'm in SE Portland.

captncrzy
01-04-2012, 01:24 PM
Yeah... we (meaning me) are going to want to hit some of the breweries.

chairmenmeow47
01-04-2012, 01:29 PM
that schoolhouse hotel happens to be the closest to redbird studio, sweet. i'm not sure if i want to spend that much money though, i still need to figure out the full plan. president's day may be pushing it money wise, but i'd like to go over a three-day weekend and would also like to snowboard if possible. and thanks for the tip on the snow chains, i wouldn't be driving, but good to know.

any other hotel options are welcome :) this (http://friendlybikeguesthouse.com/) looks kinda cool.

Courtney
01-04-2012, 01:34 PM
I have stayed at both Hotel Modera (http://hotelmodera.com/) and Crystal Hotel (http://www.mcmenamins.com/CrystalHotel) in Portland, and would recommend both with enthusiasm.

chairmenmeow47
01-04-2012, 02:37 PM
what's it like to ride bikes in february in portland? is this even possible?

miscorrections
01-04-2012, 02:39 PM
It's not that cold. It'll most likely be drizzly. It is definitely possible depending on how much you mind getting wet.

chairmenmeow47
01-04-2012, 02:41 PM
not really worried about the wet, but more ice.

miscorrections
01-04-2012, 02:46 PM
Haa. No, it won't be icy.

miscorrections
01-04-2012, 02:47 PM
Honestly most of the PNW runs between 35-50 in winter. It's not that crazy. We'll all get days where it gets below 20, but those are definitely unusual.

Theijuiel
01-04-2012, 02:53 PM
Early morning rides might have frost/ice but it will clear up before noon.

captncrzy
01-05-2012, 06:39 AM
Also, Ivy, if the public transpo is really great there; in the inner part of downtown, it's free to ride.

There was also an interesting farm hotel option that I looked at once. If I find it, I'll post it.

Edit: Tierra Soul FarmHouse (http://www.tierrasoulpdx.com/farm-stay/)

chairmenmeow47
01-27-2012, 01:08 PM
i will *officially* be in portland friday, march 9th through sunday, march 11th. my friend is playing a music event at some saturday market thing, but other than that, no solid plans. i will be spending most of the weekend with her, but i know some of you live there and i'd like to see you, even if just for a minute! and i'd like to ask alma for some gluten free soup :p

Timestretch
01-27-2012, 01:40 PM
The Saturday Market is cool!

Goatchella
01-27-2012, 01:45 PM
Ashlan is better.

Keep Portland trashy

Theijuiel
01-27-2012, 08:51 PM
Aw, I won't be living in Portland in March. :(

chairmenmeow47
01-30-2012, 06:55 AM
awww, lame!

i have a feeling we'll be doing karaoke at some point too. glad to hear the market is cool :)

Theijuiel
01-30-2012, 07:47 AM
Too bad you're only staying for the weekend. Ground Kontrol has Rockband Nights on Tuesday with a professional sound system and equipment.

kreutz2112
02-28-2012, 12:34 PM
Portland, I will be inside of you March 7th - 11th. I have a lot of family there and will be with them most of the time, but I am most likely going to see Crocodiles at Doug Fir Lounge on 03/07 and possibly the Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames on 03/09 assuming it's not sold out. Anyone that wants to meet up or is going to those show?

Theijuiel
02-28-2012, 01:22 PM
Oh man, I LOVE the Doug Fir. I'll leave you guys a list of my favorite restaurants and food carts.

Pine State Biscuits
Gilt Club
Elephant's Deli
Genoa
Jade Teahouse
Davis Street Tavern
Le Bistro Montage
Eastburn
Edelwiesse *German store and deli*

Food Carts:
Big-Ass Sandwiches
Chowdah *East side*
Relish Gourmet Hotdogs *East side*

chairmenmeow47
02-28-2012, 01:49 PM
that's when i will be there! we're going to karaoke at some place on saturday if you would like to meet up with us.

kreutz2112
02-28-2012, 02:57 PM
I would be interested in that. I'll message you on fb.

TallGuyCM
08-07-2012, 12:28 PM
Hi, Portland.

I'm looking for a bar with a good selection of quality beers.

HotHamWater
08-07-2012, 12:30 PM
To add to TallGuy's post, as I'll be joining him, preferably near an area with a diverse selection of prostitutes.

TallGuyCM
08-07-2012, 12:31 PM
Welp, the cat's out of the bag.

Gribbz
08-07-2012, 12:33 PM
What was that one brewery we went to before Beirut? That place was nice. The whole area, really.

TallGuyCM
08-07-2012, 12:34 PM
I'm pretty sure it was the Bridgeport Brewery.

westcoastpirate
08-07-2012, 12:39 PM
Here are a few ideas:

Rontoms
Amnesia
Hopworks
Cascade Barrel House

thefunkylama
08-07-2012, 01:11 PM
Jesus, Westcoastpirate. No. Put those away. My god.


Gribbz, we went to Mirgration Brewery.

GREAT BARS WITH HUGE SELECTION:
- Apex
- Horse Brass
- Belmont Station
- Bite me.



Edit: Alright, fine. Not all of westcoastpirate's suggestions were terrible. I take issue with anyone suggesting Rontoms. It's a cool kids bar, but it's not great. You shouldn't go out of your way for it. Hopworks is also not that impressive a place to hang out, and I used to live right next to it. Amnesia is fine, I assume. I've never been, but I hear rave reviews. Cascade Barrel House is not a place you go when you want good service, but their beers are pretty great.

Tubesock Shakur
08-07-2012, 01:21 PM
The karaoke bar/asian restaurant east of downtown is fucking awesome. I forget the name. Pretty sure it was the ambassador.

westcoastpirate
08-07-2012, 01:24 PM
The karaoke bar/asian restaurant east of downtown is fucking awesome. I forget the name. Pretty sure it was the ambassador.

Are you thinking of Chopsticks?

thefunkylama
08-07-2012, 01:24 PM
Chopsticks?

locachica73
08-07-2012, 01:24 PM
Rogue has a location somewhere in downtown Portland. Although when I went they didn't have the hazelnut brown on tap, bastards.

thefunkylama
08-07-2012, 01:25 PM
Rogue: NW 14th and Glisan. Nice spot. They're selling the Voodoo Doughnuts Maple Bacon Ale in a pink 22oz bottle.

Tubesock Shakur
08-07-2012, 01:26 PM
This place. Karaoke.

http://www.ambassadorkaraoke.com/main.htm



My bad they were looking for beers. I was posting good times.

chairmenmeow47
08-07-2012, 01:28 PM
what other major businesses besides nike are in the portland area? now that my parents are likely moving and all my friends are slowly moving, i'm starting to think relocation. i have an "in" to nike, but am curious where else i could potentially thrive as a project manager. i prefer process improvement and software projects, but am open to trying something new. anyone in IT in portland should PM me with any opportunities as i have both waterfall and agile product management experience.

Tubesock Shakur
08-07-2012, 01:36 PM
Jesus, Westcoastpirate. No. Put those away. My god.


Gribbz, we went to Mirgration Brewery.

GREAT BARS WITH HUGE SELECTION:
- Apex
- Horse Brass
- Belmont Station
- Bite me.



Edit: Alright, fine. Not all of westcoastpirate's suggestions were terrible. I take issue with anyone suggesting Rontoms. It's a cool kids bar, but it's not great. You shouldn't go out of your way for it. Hopworks is also not that impressive a place to hang out, and I used to live right next to it. Amnesia is fine, I assume. I've never been, but I hear rave reviews. Cascade Barrel House is not a place you go when you want good service, but their beers are pretty great.

The Horse Brass is a cool spot with good beer. I think I saw a baby with a beard in there as I think its mandatory for this bar.

thefunkylama
08-07-2012, 01:37 PM
All I know on that front is that Yahoo has been downsizing and is rumoured to be leaving the area (though they're out in Hillsboro anyway). I will keep my ears open.

chairmenmeow47
08-07-2012, 01:42 PM
thanks!

westcoastpirate
08-07-2012, 01:52 PM
what other major businesses besides nike are in the portland area? now that my parents are likely moving and all my friends are slowly moving, i'm starting to think relocation. i have an "in" to nike, but am curious where else i could potentially thrive as a project manager. i prefer process improvement and software projects, but am open to trying something new. anyone in IT in portland should PM me with any opportunities as i have both waterfall and agile product management experience.

Intel is there.

captncrzy
08-07-2012, 01:55 PM
what other major businesses besides nike are in the portland area? now that my parents are likely moving and all my friends are slowly moving, i'm starting to think relocation. i have an "in" to nike, but am curious where else i could potentially thrive as a project manager. i prefer process improvement and software projects, but am open to trying something new. anyone in IT in portland should PM me with any opportunities as i have both waterfall and agile product management experience.

ADP (where Rick works) has two offices there, and Kaiser Permanente is also huge

I have a list of Portland companies to start spamming for when I relocate (I've done quite a bit of research.) Sounds like we're all moving up there soon. BEWARE THE ARIZONA MIGRATION.

ADP
ABR Inc. Environmental Research and Services
Adroit Construction
Albany Democrat Herald newspaper offices.JPG
Anthro Corporation
Ashforth Pacific Inc.
Ater Wynne LLP
Autodesk Inc.
Bend Area Habitat for Humanity
Bend Garbage & Recycling
Boly:Welch
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
BRING
Capital Pacific Bank
Capitol Auto Group Inc.
Cardinal Services Inc.
Carr Auto Group
Cascade Employers Association
CB Richard Ellis
Ch2m Hill
Child Care Development Services
Childpeace Montessori School
City of Portland
Coke
Columbia sportswear
Community Cycling Center
Community Warehouse
Consumer Cellular
Danner
DarkHorseHQMilwaukieOR.jpg
David Evans and Associates Inc.
Doubletree Hotel, Portland
Earth Advantage Institute
EasyStreet Online Services Inc.
Edgelink
Electro Scientific Industries headquarters campus - Oregon.JPG
Elephants Delicatessen
Emerge Medical Spa
Environments
Rose Quarter
Family Relief Nursery
First Tech Credit Union Beaverton.JPG
FLIR entrance sign.JPG
Fluid Market Strategies Inc.
Friends of Oregon
G5 63 SERA Architects
Gerding Edlen
Glumac
Grady Britton
Green Acres Landscape Inc.
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hummingbird Wholesale
Image Pressworks
InFocus headquarters - Tigard, Oregon.JPG
Intel
Isler CPA
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
Joe's Headquarters close.JPG
JOIN
keen
Kimpton Portland
King Estate Winery
laCrosse
Landscape East & West
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Les Schwab
Mentor Graphics entrance.JPG
Mercy Corps
Microsoft Corporation
Mio Sushi
Neil Kelly Company
Netflix
New Seasons Market
Nike Fortune 500
Northwest Newborn Specialists PC
Northwest Pilot Project
NW Natural
Olsson Industrial Electric Inc.
One Pacific Square - Portland, Oregon.JPG
On-the-Move Community Integration
Oregon Community Credit Union
Oregon Electric Group
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon Mutual Insurance Company - McMinnville, Oregon.JPG
Oregon Research Institute
Oregon Tourism Commission
PAE Consulting Engineers Inc.
PECI
Pepsi
Perkins Coie LLP
Port of Portland
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Portland Trail Blaze...
Portland YouthBuilders
PowellsBookstore.jpg
PREM Group Inc.
Precision Castparts Fortune 500
Providence Federal Credit Union
R&H Construction
REACH Community Development
Realty Trust Group
Recology Oregon
Redside
Research Into Action Inc.
Rogue brewing
Rogue Creamery
Ronald McDonald House Charities/OR & SW WA
The Environmental Center
Rose City Mortgage
Rosendin Electric
Ruby Receptionists
Sierra Nevada brewing
Smart Wireless
Sokol Blosser Winery
SOLARC Architecture and Engineering Inc.
Solopower
SOLV
Standing Stone Brewing Co.
Stash Tea Company he...
State of Oregon
STatesman Journal HQ.JPG
Steele Associates Architects LLC
Subway
Sunstone Montessori School
Sussman Shank LLP
Sustainable Northwest
Tec Laboratories Inc.
Terwilliger Plaza Inc.
The Constitution
The Joinery
The Nature Conservancy
The Oregon Zoo Foundation
The Original Pancake House
Tillamook
Travel Salem
TriQuint Semiconductor
Umpqua Bank
United streetcar
United Tile
Vernier Software & Technology
Walmart
Western Rivers Conservancy
Widmere brewing
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Kimpton Portland



Local Web Sites for Finding a Job in the Portland Metro Area

• Creative Staffing: Mathys+Potestio Mathys+Potestio provides creative agencies, design firms and corporate marketeers with creative talent on a contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hire basis. For key hires, they offer retained search services. The company also promotes employee empowerment and growth by helping clients manage their talent resources.

• Jobs Dango Their slogan is "Northwest jobs for Northwest people."

• Oregon Business Magazine They list the "100 Best Companies in Oregon to Work For."

• OregonLive OregonLive is affiliated with The Oregonian (Oregon's largest newspaper). You can connect with the Help Wanted ads from The Oregonian. OregonLive also has a career section where you register, post your resume, etc.

• Oregon Tradeswomen Dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship.

• Portland Business Alliance A non-profit "Chamber of Commerce" type organization. They sell a number of publications to help job seekers such as the Largest Employers of the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan Area. Click on "Publications" at their Web site to order.

• Portland Business Journal They have jobs posted by 27 different categories.

• Portland Recruiter Company maintains 15 plus "recruiter" sites (e.g., Seattle Recruiter, etc.) in major US cities.

• Portland Twitter Jobs Lists a few jobs plus news about the Portland job market.

• PDX Jobs Commercial search firm that lists only a handful of jobs. For example, only three high tech jobs were listed. Registration required but they do offer a visit.

• Portland Preferred Jobs If I were looking for a job, this is where I would start. Easy to use and lots of search options. Lots of jobs listed but the dates they were posted seem to be months past. Also list job fairs. You can post your resume and no registration is required.



Portland Metro Area Largest Employers
• Intel Corporation - 16,500
• Providence Health Systems - 13,500
• Safeway - 13,000
• Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) - 11,300
• Fred Meyer Stores - 10,500
• Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest - 8,747
• Legacy Health Systems - 8,500
• State of Oregon - 6,700
• Nike - 5,500
• City of Portland - 5,498
• Portland Public School, - 5,047
• Wells Fargo - 5,000
• U.S. Bank - 4,138
• Portland State University - 4,000
• United Parcel Service (UPS) - 3,900
• Beaverton School District, 3,886
• Portland Community College - 3,400
• Vancouver School District - 3,228
• Southwest Washington Medical Center - 3,200
• McDonald's Corporation - 3,000
• Portland General Electric (PGE) - 2,652
• Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon - 2,500
• Standard Insurance Company - 2,500
• Volt Services Group - 2,500
• TriMet - 2,495
• Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon - 2,495
• Albertsons Food Centers - 2,351
• Freightliner - 1,500



Not-For-Profit Web Sites for Finding a Job in Portland
• One Stop Workforce Development System The Region 2 One Stop Workforce Development System in Multnomah, Washington and Tillamook Counties and the City of Portland in Oregon is a cooperative effort between many state and local agencies, businesses and organizations. The One Stop Career Centers bring employment, training and other services to Oregonians in a convenient and accessible manner. A very useful site for finding a job plus other job related information!

• Oregon Bioscience Association OBA's mission is to promote the growth and quality of the bioscience industry in the State of Oregon and ensure it achieves its full economic and social potential. OBA is a non-profit association with membership open to any company, organization or individual with an interest in biotechnology, medical devices, or the life sciences. They list a good number of job openings in the bioscience field on the site.

• Portland OR Job Compendium The opening page states, "Welcome to my jobs page. This is not meant to be beautiful -- just usable". That is an understatement as the site is very usable and helpful - numerous links to job hunting sites and employers.

• Oregon Employment Department Lists job opening throughout the state of Oregon.



Women and Diversity Sites for Finding a Job

• Career Women Career portal by and for women. Post your resume, search CW job bank, career women resources and more.
• Diversity Search Diversity career portal for minorities, females and other diversity job seekers and diversity recruiters.



Green Job Resources

Employers in the Portland area that are devoted to green technology: SolarWorld (solar panels), Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (electricity generation), and Vestas (wind power).
Online Job Boards
• Clean Edge: jobs.cleanedge.com
• Sustainable Industries: sustainableindustries.com/jobs
• SustainLane: sustainlane.com/green-jobs
• Green Jobs Information: blog.oregonlive.com/pdxgreen/green_jobs/




Employers in The Portland Area
• AT&T The world’s largest communications company.
• Fred Meyer Known as Freddie to the locals - this is where many Oregonians get their food. Subsidiary of Kroger.
• Freightliner Makers of heavy duty trucks. The corporate office and largest assembly plant is located in Portland with about 4,000 employees. Subsidiary of ChryslerDaimler.
• Hewlett Packard One of high tech employer in Oregon. Most of the jobs are in Corvallis which is 75 miles southwest of Portland and Vancouver. HP is reducing the number of Oregon employees as jobs are being outsourced as well as shifted to overseas.
• Intel Oregon's largest private employer with about 15,000 employees in the Portland area. Chip fab plus R&D center.
• Legacy Health Systems Legacy employees 8,500 people in Oregon working in their hospitals and clinics.
• Macy's The Meier and Frank department stores have a long history in Oregon. The Meier and Frank name disappeared in 2007 as the popular Pacific Northwest chain was purchased by Macy's.
• Nike The whoosh! One of two Fortune 500 companirs in Oregon − they employ about 3,500 at their corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
• Oregon Health Science University Depending upon how you count, it is one of Portland top employers (over 11,000 employees). You will want to consider OHSU for a job as its reputation is increasing daily as a top health research and health care facility.
• Providence Health System A not-for-profit health care company (hospitals and clinics) with facilities in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington. Providence is the 2nd largest employer in Oregon with 13,700 jobs.
• Tektronix Corporate headquarters is located in Beaverton (first suburb west of Portland) and the first high tech company in Oregon. Tektronix is focused on five key product areas: 1) Oscilloscopes, 2) communications (lead-generation RF and broadcast test solutions), 3) networked video, 4) television (Tektronix is the world's leading supplier of television test solutions), 5) and Digital, Optical and Accessories. The printer division was sold off in 1999.
• Wal-Mart Stores The "Always Low Prices" company has 11,000 employees in Oregon.
• Top 50 Companies in Oregon The region's Top 50 public companies by total market value as of the first quarter, 2007. Source: Bloomberg News and The Oregonian.
Government/Public Employers in Portland and Oregon
• City of Portland They always have a large number of vacancies. Online applications can be submitted.
• Metro Jobs The regional governing body for the area. They offer jobs at the following: Regional parks and greenspaces and Oregon Zoo - also oversees operation of the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Expo Center.
• State of Oregon State of Oregon job listing - most are in Salem (50 miles south of Portland) the State Capitol.
• State of Oregon Information System Jobs Most are located in Salem.
Oregon Labor Market Information
• Oregon Labor Market Information System Learn about the State of Oregon labor market and living costs.
• Oregon 100 Best 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon.

chairmenmeow47
08-07-2012, 02:09 PM
thanks everyone :)

i think i knew someone at intel i could reach out to. with the new fiscal year starting and *hopefully* the thought of having my major medical issues behind me within the next few months, this may be something i can start planning for.

still not sure if portland is the perfect fit, but i already know one of my best friends is there, i have a very nice cousin there, i know a few boardies, i'd love to walk around more, and i just enjoyed how beautiful it was. we'll see if this thought pans out. the job is priority one. i don't have money to put anything else above that lol.

chairmenmeow47
03-26-2013, 07:24 AM
so what are the university options in portland? i'm looking for master's level programs. probably business, but am open to other options.

westcoastpirate
03-26-2013, 11:27 AM
Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, don't know any others.

Hannahrain
03-26-2013, 11:41 AM
Linfield is regional, Lewis and Clark is in town. UofP is a private catholic university but is actually supposed to be pretty great regardless of personal affiliation. I've also heard that the business school is PSU's strongest and most respected program, though as a sort of underwhelmed PSU liberal arts student I'm not sure how much my recommendation or lack thereof means. It's nice that campus is right downtown, though, and it might suit you more than it does me.

captncrzy
03-26-2013, 11:42 AM
We still want to move up there. Starting to get the house ready here to sell.

chairmenmeow47
03-26-2013, 12:37 PM
Linfield is regional, Lewis and Clark is in town. UofP is a private catholic university but is actually supposed to be pretty great regardless of personal affiliation. I've also heard that the business school is PSU's strongest and most respected program, though as a sort of underwhelmed PSU liberal arts student I'm not sure how much my recommendation or lack thereof means. It's nice that campus is right downtown, though, and it might suit you more than it does me.

thanks and also thanks to tomas. i started briefly researching on my own, but got turned off by the religious affiliations. glad it's not a huge deal. i like the idea of being downtown. i'm seriously considering a move to portland next fall after i complete my degree and this multi-year project. i really want to not have to drive a car everywhere. and i want to follow jen & rick wherever they go =P

ramblinon
03-26-2013, 12:53 PM
I'm interviewing for a job on the other side of the Columbia, and will likely take it if offered...

Question: how is the EDM scene there?

Hannahrain
03-26-2013, 12:56 PM
In Vancouver? About as nonexistent as every other scene. I don't know much about it in Portland proper but I'd be surprised if it were anemic given how many shows happen here daily across genres.

chairmenmeow47
03-26-2013, 12:57 PM
whistler had a surprisingly awesome EDM scene. i had genre choices each night when i visted.

ramblinon
03-26-2013, 01:00 PM
In Vancouver? About as nonexistent as every other scene. I don't know much about it in Portland proper but I'd be surprised if it were anemic given how many shows happen here daily across genres.

I was referring to Portland. I know Vancouver has a pretty lame nightlife (or so I've read), but it looks like it's only 8 miles away from downtown Portland. I assume I will be making the drive (or public transit) for most of my goodtimes.

Hannahrain
03-26-2013, 01:03 PM
I'd imagine poking around here (http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/Section?oid=22152) would give you a better idea than asking someone who still thinks EDM is some kind of mandibular disorder.

TomAz
03-26-2013, 02:25 PM
whistler had a surprisingly awesome EDM scene. i had genre choices each night when i visted.

Vancouver, BC vs Vancouver, WA.

lehorne
03-27-2013, 11:23 AM
brother got a Trader Joes transfer a couple months ago and seems to genuinely love it up there. He does dislike OC people and loves ganj. Furthest north I've been is Eureka and found it much too cold, so I doubt I'd care for Portland.

Tubesock Shakur
03-27-2013, 12:54 PM
I'm going to be sooo deep inside of you this weekend Portland. I even grew a beard for the occasion.

Hannahrain
03-27-2013, 01:01 PM
Huh. Any extra time for drinks with a boardmember you somehow still haven't met?

mountmccabe
03-27-2013, 06:06 PM
i really want to not have to drive a car everywhere.

Heyyyyy

Tubesock Shakur
03-27-2013, 06:15 PM
Huh. Any extra time for drinks with a boardmember you somehow still haven't met?

For you I have all the time in the world ill be in town from Friday til Monday.

captncrzy
06-04-2013, 02:39 PM
We are going to daytrip up on Saturday to get out of the miserable fucking heat in AZ. And to go to this:

http://www.portlandfruitbeerfest.com/

Because beer.

captncrzy
06-19-2013, 08:41 AM
So this move to Oregon is starting to turn into a 'for realsies'. I can't believe I started all of this two years ago and we haven't done shit about it. But it looks like I'll be getting laid off here soon (within the next six months or so). I'll get a six month severance package, so we're planning on using that as seed/moving money. Rick can basically just transfer up to an office in Portland, and since I will need to look for a job, I may as well look up there instead of down here. We're going to probably do a short sale on the house since it's still not worth what we owe on it, even if we put a ton of work and money into it.

Looking for neighborhoods that meet the criteria:
Walkable
Close to public transit
Cafe/bar type neighborhood. Nothing suburban.
Close to arty/musicy type things to do

It's my understanding that I should be looking in the Hawthorne area...maybe Alberta Arts as well. Any others?

miscorrections
06-19-2013, 08:47 AM
So this move to Oregon is starting to turn into a 'for realsies'. I can't believe I started all of this two years ago and we haven't done shit about it. But it looks like I'll be getting laid off here soon (within the next six months or so). I'll get a six month severance package, so we're planning on using that as seed/moving money. Rick can basically just transfer up to an office in Portland, and since I will need to look for a job, I may as well look up there instead of down here. We're going to probably do a short sale on the house since it's still not worth what we owe on it, even if we put a ton of work and money into it.

Looking for neighborhoods that meet the criteria:
Walkable
Close to public transit
Cafe/bar type neighborhood. Nothing suburban.
Close to arty/musicy type things to do

It's my understanding that I should be looking in the Hawthorne area...maybe Alberta Arts as well. Any others?

That rules out most of Portland.

captncrzy
06-19-2013, 09:09 AM
I guess I should have specified 'no suburban sprawl' like the shittown I live in now.