This town is not a dry one, that’s for sure…

Hi… I’m new here.

No I mean…really! I just moved here on Sunday… the boyo’s family needed him home and so did his best friend, so I transplanted… for love! (kinda makes you cry, doesn’t it?)

So here I sit at 15th and Broadway in NE looking for work, WiFi and some inspiration.
Ok… that’s something I’d never see in Long Beach… a man with a record (yay for vinyl!) just rode by on a unicycle. First because I don’t know many people who still buy vinyl (myself excluded) and I know only ONE person who can ride a unicycle. I think I’m gonna like it here! – Or – My God! This house is freakin’ sweet!
You know, whichever way you remember it…

One thing I’ve noticed is that pub life, or rather bar life… is much more prevalent here than in LA. Of course, that might be because, unless you live in an area where you can walk to a bar, you’re driving… which… well, is not conducive to drinking. So far I’ve been to a couple of bars for meet-ups and happy hours as well and I’ve found those times to be much like my times in London. I like it in that it’s very relaxed and friendly like.

I’ve also found that the sport watching events are not limited to the major ones here. Monday, for instance, I walked into a bar (no joke!) to find people glued to the set for… golf! Yes, it was the US open, but seriously, short of football, basketball or baseball, I’ve not seen this since … well, a darts tournament that happened to be on the TV at the same time I was at this pub in London.
It’s good to have options.

Could it be that people actually drink more here? Is it the beer? Do most places in the city have such a close proximity to a bar?

Over all, I’m glad to be someplace where I can walk to a bar so far… which was exactly why I picked the last city I lived in, ‘cause those places are few and far between in LA. There’s just something very… laid back in such an atmosphere, in my opinion, and I dig it.

6 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi on June 19th, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

    YAY, welcome to Portland.

    Everyone, chime in and welcome capricious!

  2. ilearim on June 19th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    Welcome to our little corner of the world, capricious

    Uhm, yes we like our libations and we take it very seriously. :-)

  3. divebarwife on June 19th, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

    Welcome to Portland capricious!

    Oh yes – we love our bars and our beverages! Hopefully we can say hello over a beverage at the meetup next week!

  4. tenstringesquire (port_bill) on June 19th, 2008 @ 11:59 pm


    I’m also a SoCal transplant (Pomona). Been here for about 15 years. People do indeed drink more here for a number of reasons:

    1. The beer is better – all the tasty ingredients that make beer (water, barley, hops, yeast) come from here, and they are better than SoCal. Portland has about 30 breweries – and the vast majority of them are insanely good.

    2. Portland is much more neighborhood-based than L.A. L.A. has some fine districts, don’t get me wrong, but Portland is all about your neighborhood – and I’m betting that your neighborhood has a bar. Further, I’m betting that folks in your neighborhood hang out at your neighborhood bar. So, go to your neighborhood bar and get to know your neighbors!

    As for sports, the only major team we have is the Trail Blazers. For those of us who think basketball is tedious, we have to make do with other sports. Me? I still love the L.A. Kings (but I understand that there won’t be much local coverage of them).

    Anyway, welcome! Hope to see you at the meetup!

  5. SnJPhoto (socalcpl) on June 23rd, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

    My wife and I are stopping over in Portland on our way to East Glacier (via Amtrak from SoCal) and looking to take advantage of this atmosphere. We’re actually looking for a place to make a home. It seems like a near ideal place to call home. If anyones around for a beer, come give us the skinny on life in Portland.


  6. capricious on June 24th, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

    Ah excellent! It seems that I will be able to go on Wednesday, after all… Um…where is it again?

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