Thanks Portland!

I was very proud of Portland this weekend. One of my good friends had a friend in visiting from Ireland, while we were at work she spent the day taking advantage of the weak dollar and shopping her little heart out up and down Hawthorne, Trendy-Third and Lloyd Center. Friday night was then dinner out before we headed over to the Doug Fir for a show. VHS or Beta were the headliners – it was the second time I’d seen them there, and they didn’t disappoint – the opening acts Another Cynthia and Tiger City were also fantastic – and of course the Doug Fir is just a great place to see a show. So we had a great time with what we were doing – but really I was so proud of our people.

Our Irish friend was in the states because she’d gone to Coachella with other friend, after that she spent a few days in L.A. – and about midway through Friday evening she told us how sad it is that when Europeans come to visit the States that they concentrate so much on L.A. and N.Y.C. – because that night, that wasn’t even over yet, was way more fun than the entire time in the LA area. We made new friends with boys and girls, meeting and chatting up with all kinds of strangers outside on the patio and downstairs dancing to the bands. She was overwhelmed with how friendly everyone was – and that they didn’t make snap judgments on people based on appearance. She was heading up to Vancouver B.C. Saturday morning, so she got to spend less than 48 hours in Portland, but couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it here, and that next time she comes she’s skipping California and spending her time in Portland.

Thanks Portland – for being good people!

3 Comments so far

  1. daaaaave on May 5th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    Hell, Ireland is practically Portland East. Run down and underappreciated until IT booms revitalized the economies. Proud of both their beers and their drunks. Famously green and rainy. Chips on their shoulders about annoying neighbors.

    I like VHS or Beta because Pitchfork hates them.

  2. psingleton on May 5th, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

    I love Portland. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel too. I’m just always so happy to come home.

  3. chris on May 5th, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    I like VHS or Beta as well. Such a fun throwback 80’s sound.

    Glad your friend from Ireland enjoyed Portland. I’ll be going to Ireland in a few weeks so I’ll be able to compare and contrast.

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