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 I'm going traveling in November, folks! 

I'm excited. My BFF is getting married down in the San Diego area. Which seems PRETTY FAR AWAY considering I've never been south of Seattle on this coast.

So, the current plan is to drive to Portland, leave my car there, and then fly Portland to San Diego. Spend a couple of days in San Diego (see a CHEETAH) and then fly back to Portland, pick up the car, and drive home again.

Why Portland? I'm going to be perfectly honest... I want to see the BridgePort BrewPub that stood in for Leverage HQ during the 5th season of Leverage. Other than that, I hear Portland has a cool bookstore? and some fancy donuts? I honestly don't know. Also, due to wedding/BFF hangs, I'll probably only get a day or two in Portland and most, so I gotta prioritize.

In San Diego, I'm gonna try to do the Cheetah run at the San Diego Safari Park. 

Anyway, haven't booked anything yet, but I'm SUPER JAZZED.


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Sep. 2nd, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds fab! I hear lots of good things about Portland - it's supposed to be one of the most environmentally friendly (and unAmerican) of cities. Have fun!
Sep. 5th, 2017 05:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'll probably only get two days there, but I have a local friend who can hopefully maybe show me around a little (if he or his wife aren't too busy working.)
Sep. 6th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC)
Um, I live in Portland and I don't consider our city to be unAmerican. Our motto is Keep Portland Weird, but we are definitely patriotic.
Sep. 6th, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
By definition, being in America, makes Portland American! :)

America is a tapestry of different cultures and cities, and I look forward to seeing the Portland part!

Sep. 6th, 2017 08:13 am (UTC)
UnAmerican doesn't mean you aren't patriotic.
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:26 pm (UTC)
And we are all definitely American, so I guess I don't understand what you mean by unAmerican.
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
Unlike other American cities I suppose.
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. That doesn't make sense to me because I've been to other cities and Portland seems just like any other city, so not sure where you got the impression we were unlike other cities. Have you been to Portland before?
Sep. 6th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
Never! I've read about it and Portland came up in my hubby's MSc for your use of cycling and walking, and general embracing of environmental stuff. Over here certainly we think of Americans as being totally car-dependent and virtually allergic to walking. :D
Sep. 6th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
I get it now. When I first saw that I thought of it as a negative comment, but now after reading Alix's comments and yours I understand it better. Yes, we are very much a city that loves is bicycles, and with all the parks and recreational possibilities around us, hiking and walking are definitely up there. I live in a burb of Portland called Beaverton, and over the last several years they have developed and improved this walkway that winds around the entire city. It's really cool. You can join the path at several different locations throughout the city, but they are all now connected and paved. It's pretty cool.

I do love this area and love Portland. We like to think of ourselves as a big city, like Seattle, but we are the heart of a smaller city.

If you are ever this way, you should stop by for a visit in the Spring or Summer. So many places to go and see here. We really do have a beautiful city.
Sep. 7th, 2017 07:42 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely a compliment :D. If I ever do go back to the US, Portland is on my list!
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
My guess, as I've heard the sentiment expressed before - is that they meant it as a compliment, and by "American" they meant the negative American stereotype.

Portland, being a really environmentally friendly city, filled with nice people, etc... goes against the bad-press that America gets for not being progessive environmentally or socially.

It's a problem of course, defining progressive policies as "unAmerican" as though the quintessential character of Americans IS the backwards negative one that the rest of the world hates, which just isn't the case. The majority of American are not that horrible stereotype.

There's a great quote by one of our former PMs about what it means to be Canadian: "There is no such thing as a model Canadian. A society that demands uniformity creates intolerance & hate."

I think it's the same with America. There's no such thing as some quintessential "American" - if you are a citizen of America, you are as American as any other. Same goes for cities. Portland, being on the West Coast, I think shares a lot of similarities to Vancouver in terms of climate and culture - I know your bike culture puts ours to shame! But that doesn't mean that Portland is Canadian - just as much as it doesn't mean that Vancouver is American! We just live on the same coast and both like biking and beautiful scenery. :)

Edited at 2017-09-06 08:53 pm (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
I get it now. Thanks for the clarification.

Yes, when I first read it I was thinking of it as a negative comment. We here up in the Pacific NW, and that includes Vancouver, do have a different culture than other areas, which is one of the reasons I love this area so much. The city planners are always trying to find ways to make better bike paths on the roads and walking paths in the parks and recreation areas. We love our greenery and forests, which is why everyone is so up in arms right now about the Eagle Creek fire. I do love the scenery here, there is nothing like it. Although some states do come close, they just don't have the mountain ranges that we have here.