June 26, 2006

If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Filed under: Portland — Tom @ 11:58 am

I thought I’d take a chance to talk about what I like about Portland before people think that I hate it here.

Let’s be clear — I love Portland. This has been a great move and I’m totally happy with the decision to come here.

Ten reasons I’m glad to be here:

  1. Fantastic motorcycle riding. Nearby mountains, hilly terrain, lots of curvy roads surrounding by beautiful country. I’m looking forward to doing some offroad riding when I can.
  2. No sales tax! The price is what it is.
  3. You can afford to buy a house in the city.
  4. It’s super easy to get around. Despite all my complaining about how people drive, you don’t have to get stuck in traffic like you do in Chicago. (There are some notable exceptions to this, but my first trip from where I’m staying to a downtown meeting took six minutes.)
  5. The weather is flawless in the summer. Yes, I know the rain’s gonna come but right now it is gorgeous.
  6. A recycling program that looks to have very high participation. Everyone seems to be doing it. (Mayor Daley, get off your ass and get something set up in Chicago that works.)
  7. My new job is great. I think that these are some of the best people in the world.
  8. It’s a great west coast location — a very livable city that’s a quick flight to Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver BC and even Los Angeles. I’ll trade better access to LA and San Francisco for longer flights to Miami and New York any day.
  9. It’s a surprisingly vibrant, urban city. The downtown has a lot going on and there are close in neighborhoods like the Pearl that are great fun. There are great restaurants everywhere. A lively music scene. For a place that’s 1/6 the size of Chicago, there’s a lot going on.
  10. The lifestyle here is very active. Bicycles are everywhere. Skiing is an hour away. People look fit, happy and healthy. Hopefully some of that fitness will rub off on me.

So that’s a few of the things I really dig about Portland. I think I’ll be here for awhile.

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