Sunday, January 7th, 2007

It's posts like these in LJ DamnPortlanders that make me NOT want to move into the city:

I spent time with some hardcore - Costco-shopping, plasma TV buying, SUV-driving, football-watching, lifeless and confused and zombied (the last 3 are my main focus) - suburbanites this weekend. And let me tell you something. I love living in this city. I love standing with 10 other bicyclists at bridge lifts. I love sitting behind someone at a restaurant who says "it's OK" and accepts a botched meal. I love people who don't loop around parking lots 50 times looking for "a good spot". I love seeing dreds, and nose rings, and stripey socks, and classy trenchcoats, and even the droopy emo kids. I love old black men in fedoras at the Safeway, and Dykes on Bikes, and smelly hippies dancing down the sidewalk. I love eating somewhere besides Shari's at 1 in the morning. I love walking through downtown with you all because you weren't too scared to come. My God. I don't know how some of these people don't just turn to goo and slide into a storm drain somewhere. And yes, even if they get mixed in with the raw sewage and nutria somewhere down the line, and all the people I described above are legally insane, and the tram crumbles - and this post sounds overly pretentious and I get flamed until I die - I still love Portland. Just had to share.

Being from semi-rural Minnesota, anywhere in the metro area was "the cities" and no one hated the others for living in Burnsville instead of smack dab in St. Paul or Minneapolis proper or Bloomington, or Lakeville, or any of the other kagillion 'burbs.

I seriously can't understand this attitude. :(

Houses schmouses

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

OMG the house is a mess. I have wrapping paper all over downstairs and clothes all over upstairs. Jer and I have been sooo busy lately. Not only because of the impending holidays, but also because we are looking to move into Portland proper early next year.

The move is spurned mostly because Jer can grow his film and photography business more by being closer to the action. I'm also motivated by the market that is leveling out in the city so the prices aren't as freaking insane, although in general it costs more to live in the city, we can afford it now. I'm also ready for fixing up an older home, but it must have LOTS of character (fireplace, built-ins, etc.) but thats pretty easy to find in our price range in Portand too. But I won't move at all unless we find my dream house as I'm all idealistic and shite. :) I want to bring Max the cat too though. I'd miss him sooo much. He's my bebe kittie!

We'd probably still have a weekly trek back out here to the burbs for certain shopping, etc. (especially with Panera Bread that will hopefully open soon OMG I WANT!) but if we live in Portland, my commute will be a lot less (Jeremy's will probably save a bit, but not as much... we'd have to live in Tigard or Lake Oswego to speed his up significantly). Oh and since I'm ghetto, Walmart would be closer if we lived in the city. Hee! Yeah, we're going to get burned at the stake by our neighbors I think as we don't share the yippie point of view (rich/yuppie hippies). :)

The search will go full force in January most likely. We're getting all our ducks in a row.