And then we came to Portland. Portland has lots of bridges, and we like crossing them, which is good because as I said, Portland has lots of bridges. One of our favorite friends, Josh Pew (see picture at right), just happens to live below a bridge.
Here is a view from his sun room of the St. John's bridge:
Amy and I actually jogged across this beast. Yes, yes we did.
Other noteworthy events of our time in Portland were:
Taboo with Josh Pew.
While there we wrote a haiku.
It was a bit tricky splitting up into teams, considering there were three of us. So we ended up making three teams, and everyone played on two of them. It worked out quite nicely. The Bethany and Josh team kicked butt.
Amazing weather! The city was in full bloom, with hanging baskets of flowers everywhere. We hopped on the city subway train thing and saw the sights....including the largest bookstore in the country (Powell's), the buffalo exchange, the weekend market, etc.
I found this setup to be very curious. Notice the baby doll in the lawn chair in the middle of all of the plants. huh.
One of my (Bethany) contributions to this blog is going to be "why's and why not's." This segment will be on the topic of moving to Portland.
Reasons to move to Portland:
- The entire city composts (see picture at right)
- Gigantic delicious blackberries that are $2.50/box
- Josh Pew lives here
- Excellent freeway and bridge systems
- Thriving arts scene
- No sales tax
- Copious vegetarian restaurants
- Massive health food culture
- Pedestrian rights
Reasons to not move to Portland:
- Inefficient gas pumping attendants (illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon)
- Not seeing the sun for long periods of time
- If you don't like crossing bridges
- If you're a staunch Republican
Stay tuned for the "why's and why not's" of Seattle. Coming next week...