Have a great day!!!
Not something to worry about, in my opinion. It's more of a hyped up backlash at this point since the past decade has seen such an influx of people to the portland area.
Come visit us on the Portland area chat thread for December:
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)
I have heard some mildly disparaging remarks about people from California moving here in droves, but it feels more like harmless grousing than honest-to-goodness prejudice. The first week I moved here I felt like I was buzzing with this tremendous energy and floating a few feet off the ground. I still remember being in the grocery store and being shocked when someone in line started chatting with me out of the blue! Coming from the suburbs of Chicago, where people have an invisible but inpenetrable bubble around them most of the time, it felt heavenly! Not to say that Oregonians, or Portlanders, are somehow more fantastic than other people, but if you come here with enthusiasm, Portlanders will respond well to you!
Used to be stay at home parent to our two lovely girls, survived nursing school with family intact, about to graduate and looking for a job! I low-supply nursed my bio daughter for 3 years.
i love it. everyone is SO. NICE. i seriously can not tell you how nice everyone has been to us, even the girl at the toy store made me a list of cool places i should go to, and the guy at the grocery store told me all the places i can go to buy new shoes (he said my chucks would get too soaked, lol!)
anyways, seriously, i have not had one person be negative to me about being a newcomer. that's good, because i'm from texas and i'm totally afraid i would stand out as being too texas....
Dp is from New Jersey and his parents moved here last year from the east coast. All of them are amazed at how nice people are here. Dp's step dad is from the Bronx and it's taken him a while to understand that people really are genuinely nice here. My former co-worker was from the midwest and actually hated it here because she thought people were TOO nice. I dont' think you'll have any problems.
(Claudia...I'm from Boston, too!! I grew up in Newton. You?)
Mamato Ruby Violet (6 with autism) and someone who should make him/herself known sometime in the next month.
12 years ago (was it really that long?) I moved from California to Seattle. I definately got the "Ohhhh, another person from California!" comments all the time. It was enough to be annoying, but mostly along the lines of playful banter, like a PP said.
We were up there for 8 years (LOVED it) before moving back to NorCal for school and to be closer to my family.
3 weeks ago I moved from California to Portland. I haven't felt any tension from anyone about being from CA. Granted, I haven't been here long, and I do tent to mention in the conversation that DH is from Seattle, and we missed the Pacific Northwest, but still, nobody has even bat an eye or smirked at me here in Portland.
DH and I considered moving back to Seattle, but wanted to try someplace new. I'm glad we did. I do love Seattle, but I think Portland has a lot more down to earth neighborhoods and feels smaller.
Just my $.02!
Thank you all so much for your comments and thoughtful persectivies. I am now completely sold on Portland. DH will be there looking for a rental home at the beginning of the year and my boys and I will be arriving at the end of January. I would be delighted to meet up with some of you when we arrive. Claudia - thanks for providing me with the Portland december chat thread!
seriously do all people on the east coast think people from Oregon MUST be hippies? cause i heard it a few times a week at least, the whole 3 years i lived in Boston. and that was when i looked more mainstream, ie shaving and wearing deodorant and plucking my brows and wearing makeup and such.
Living with an invisible chronic illness.
Fat and hairy. And happy with both *( o Y o )*
Originally Posted by mamadawg
I'm a native Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. Most of the people I know are transplants from somewhere else. It's actually pretty rare to find someone who is actually FROM here. Several years ago there was quite a "movement" against Californians moving up here, but even that was done in our most polite Porland way, for the most part.