I’ve never lived there myself, but Portland, OR, seems like a nice city. I know that watching the Portland local news is much less jarring than watching the LA or Chicago news on cable. Sure, we’ve got the Bloods and Crips here, but it’s been years since I recall them making any headlines. And I believe there’s a lot less traffic than other metropolitan areas (at least, that’s the impression that I get from out-of-staters who say things like, “You call this traffic?? You Oregonians don’t know what traffic is!”)
Oh, oh, and Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax, AND NO self-service gas stations are allowed! And I haven’t noticed that either of these conditions have raised our cost of living appreciably. Furthermore, it only costs about (ahem) $40 to register your car. I hear other states base the registration fee on the value of the car or some such horsepucky like that, and fees can run into the hundreds of dollars. In fact, the Washington State Police are even cracking down on Washingtonians who buy and register their cars in Oregon for the lower fees and then take them back to Washington.
Portland also puts you close to the beach (such as it is in Oregon), the mountains, and other recreational type areas. Plus, Portland has culture. I personally love the Portland Art Museum. And… Everclear is from Portland. Maybe that’s not culture. Well, if you decide you need a taste of big city life, Seattle is a mere 3 hours away (5 hours by train, 8 hours by broken down train–but that’s a story for another day).
Finally, we have trees. Wait, I’m thinking of Salem. Portland has lots of trees, but not as many as Salem. You can’t see the city for the trees (or something like that) in Salem. But Portland is pretty clean and green. And if you get life-threateningly ill, OHSU is a pretty decent hospital, and it’s very high high up on a hill so you have a fantastic view of the city which I show to people even when they’re not sick.
Wait, wait, wait, I just remembered, our state motto is, “Thanks for visiting, but please don’t stay.” Sorry, I take back everything I said. Oregon is full up, there’s no room at the inn.
“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it,” Jack Handy