February 22, 2003


Oregon - "The Beaver State"

Sylvain: "Since I lived in Hawaii long enough to become a kama'aina, I was going to pick that state, but then some stuff happened in 1893 that prevents me from choosing it, so I'll choose Oregon.

Beautiful mountains and what remains of the forests.
Moderate weather-rains alot, not much more.
Gorgeous, almost pristine coastline, never crowded. And all the little towns along it are quaint and friendly.
No sales tax, cost of living is tolerable.
Fairly low crime rate.
Bridges, bridges, bridges.
Bigfoot/UFO cults-not as popular as you'd think.
Women outnumber men.
Lots of dunes, caves,waterfalls (though not nearly as spectacular as in Hawaii)
Portland is a medium-sized city with a small town mentality.
Bruce Campbell lives here-that should be reason enough!"

Brendan: "Oregon - Good beer and lots of it. Also, Portland supposedly has the most strip clubs per capita of any city in the US."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:28 AM

Oregon. I recently moved back here after a long absence. Until I got back I hadn't realized how much of what is incredible about this state I had taken for granted. From Mt. Hood to the Coast Range to the Central Oregon Mountains we have more than enough to satisfy winter enthusiasts. We have desert areas and volcanic activity to explore. Our coastal highway offers incredible scenery. I found some of the most beautiful photographs I've ever seen of many parts of Oregon on cameraeye's album page. Awesome.

I love this state. We have everything you could want here and a few things you didn't know you wanted. We've had crop circles, the Oregon Vortex, a museum shaped like huge covered wagons, the Portland Saturday Market, and tons of other Things to Do. What's not to like about Oregon?

Posted by: Lisa on February 22, 2003 02:11 PM

The Beaver State?? {snicker}

Yeah, tonight I'm not mature enough to deal with that.

Posted by: Tracy on February 22, 2003 06:49 PM

I grew up in Oregon back when we had an economy outside Portland. I returned after 22 years because of the cost of living (shows how dumb I am) and believe it or not , the weather. We get snow in the mountains, where it belongs, and rain in the valley. You can usually get along with a light jacket in the valley. Eastern Oregon is desert and most aptly described as miles and miles of miles and miles. Unfortunately we are ruled from Portland. They primary see the rest of Oregon as a recreation area and park for their enjoyment when they venture away from their faux-california settings.

It's still a great place

Posted by: Just Some Poor Schmuck on February 22, 2003 09:22 PM

I moved to Oregon about 14 years ago, having previously lived all over: Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, New Hampshire. All those places have nice points (ahhh, Austin), but for my money Oregon is the best. Here in Portland we have mild winters and sweet, blue-sky summers that go on forever. Though it seldom snows here, we can visit winter an hour away up on Mt. Hood. You can ski there (if you're not too much of a snow snob)12 months of the year. We live along a river that cuts through world-class spectacular scenery in the Columbia River Gorge where heart-grabing waterfalls are a dime-a-dozen and the hikes are like little trips back into the paleolithic past. If we get tired of mountains we go to the beach to fly kites or build sand castles. Or we drive along the rugged coast with its cloud-wreathed crags and 20-mile vistas. When we tire of nature we go to night clubs, or symphonies, or ball games, or we sit home with our friends and watch the rest of the world suffer on TV.

Posted by: John Battle on February 22, 2003 10:45 PM

Huh? Did somebody mention "beavers?"

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 10:58 AM

Oregon is my home state. (I live in Indiana, currently. I must graduate and return!) Oregon is a state where Red America and Blue America collide. Bend is a gorgeous town, Portland is a city that any American could love and Eastern Oregon reminds a person how small you are incomparison to all creation.

I've spent time in Portland, Eugene, Bend and summers on the South Coast. There's no place in America prettier or more diverse. I could go on and on. One parting shot: It produces political people that are true believers but practical (John Kitzhaber, anyone) and tends to frown on political extremism.

Posted by: Klug on February 24, 2003 12:09 AM

Oregon is a beautiful state, and also quite interesting from a political standpoint. Portland and Eugene are "mainstream" liberal, if you consider Berkely mainstream. The remainder of the state tips conservative, but in a more friendly libertarian way. Multnomah County controls the state politically, and will almost reflexively back any "progressive" cause by about 4:1. Nonetheless, traditional causes have lost some of their appeal, as witnessed by the increasing reluctance to approve funding for the local light rail extensions.

Back to topic, the best things about Oregon are:
Natural Beauty
Clean Government (limited corruption)
Portland's Restaurants
Microbrewing Industry

Worst things:
Inept Government
Multnomah County full-time activists
Like France, Portland has a sense of pride over things that it no longer is.

Posted by: Pete on March 13, 2003 11:36 AM