I thought I might take the opportunity to share with you my love for my new home of Portland.
I moved here in July of this year, my visa having finally cleared. I'd often pondered the idea of living in a different city other than the one that I grew up in (Sydney, Australia). I do love Australia, however, I always felt that I wanted to broaden my horizons.
I've travelled through different countries over the years. I've had memorable experiences and encountered some very interesting people. It is a great privilege to be able to visit museums and galleries, vineyards, historic homes, artist studios and so on. To explore unique natural habitats is frequently awe inspiring.
I found myself visiting Portland for the first time in 2012, when I visited Michael (now my husband). Immediately I felt at home. The people are friendly and open minded. The city, while smaller in population than say Sydney, New York or L.A. is busy with music, art, delicious food, good humor and interesting fashion. It is also very affordable.
Since moving here I've had the unique opportunity to work with some very interesting people. I've engaged in conversations with individuals whom I admire and whose art and music I love. Where else might I have the opportunity to chat with Kim Gordon, Jello Biafra or Kathleen Hannah? I'm not meaning to name drop. What I mean to convey is that this city is conducive to creativity and is at the same time very humble. It feels more like a large community than a city where one is lost in the crowd.
I understand that Pat Wilson lived here for a number of years. I think Karl Koch did too at some stage. At least I recollect that Karl once mentioned he used to skate at the park on Burnside. It's kind of neat to have that connection. Funny how everything seems to connect to Weezer in some way or another...
Signing off for another night
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