Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Me and Portlandia

I've just passed my year anniversary living in Portland. 

When I decided to leave California and then moved to Oregon, it began a long string of questions from every person I talked to. Why are you moving? Why did you move? For work? For a guy?

The guy was everyone's favorite assumption. No way any sane girl would quit her job and move to a new state for any reason other than a guy.

Of course it must be a guy! Of course!

No one can conceive that anyone would simply move because they just want to move.

That would be insane.

And, well, we all know my sanity is questionable at times.

But I think a move for my own reasons is perfectly reasonable. Why the hell not?

I moved for me. I moved because I wanted to be someone else. Because I was looking for a change. Because I wanted the things this new place would offer.

I moved to escape the heat, the smog, did I mention the heat? I moved to escape the confines of Southern California (which, don't get me wrong, I'm homesick for), the culture, the cities, the towns. I needed more. 

So at the end of the day, I guess I did move to Portland for love. I moved for the love of the city. Cheesy as it may be, 'tis true. I love this city. It makes me happy. Not every day, but isn't that love is about anyway?

Portland wasn't so sure about me at first. She sent me some harsh times, friendship drama, a stalker, cat cancer. But I think the Port Land, she finally warmed up to me. Now we're in lurve. I even put a bird on it.

Don't be jealous. Not everyone's city can be this cool.

She's so pretty

9 comments mean you love me:

Bitter Betty said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

so jelly...whatever. Someday I'll get out of the God forsaken desert....Can't believe it's been a year!

Bitter Betty said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Did I spell believe right? Because my brain is trying to tell me it's beleive? But I'm a bit sleep deprived and am really second guessing myself...Aww fuck it...
<3 you

Hutch said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Glad you found your Love City! I have family in Vancouver,WA and every time I go to visit, I fall even more. I still love CA too much to move again, but had to leave for 6 years on the east coast to get there.

Nubian said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I just passed my 1 year anniversary of living in Corvallis. We should meet for drinks and celebrate! I have finally found home.

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I feel you on this CA has gotten me down. The traffic, smog, and bad attitude drives me insane. I came close to moving to Washington State a few years back/

Sarah P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My Portland was the SF Bay Area. I think you should give us your "I'm pulling up my roots and starting anew in a great place" soundtrack.

Jen said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally get what you're saying as the girl that packed up and moved 6,000 miles away because I wasn't happy where I was. It's so refreshing to just start over, no? I'm so glad you are happy and your life is going so well.

Skye said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That's awesome! I'd love to find a city/town I love. I've lived in the same suburbs my whole life (except college in different suburbs)... booooring.

alonewithcats said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I support city love and cat love. Both keep you company, and neither will ever dump you in an email.

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