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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. 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.