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29 July 2008 @ 09:20 am
Portland = bicycles, books, and a break from the mugginess  
Walking to the movies on Sunday, I decided that I only have so many Philadelphia summers left in me. The relentless ultra high humidity is just so damn annoying and hiding in air conditioning doesn't feel like a reasonable long term solution. K. and I both thought very highly of Portland, OR when we visited there last year, so at the moment that's our arbitrary target. We figure, K. can try to get a library job out there and I'll look for work at Powell's Books or a used record store. In about seven years, my job will be over and our house will be paid off, which seems like a fortuitous time to move.

Of course, the relief of autumn is just a couple months away and who knows how we'll feel then?

Listening to: Letters to Cleo - "Boys"
Uniquely Marredbuddhamonkey on July 29th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
From my understanding, Portland is beautiful in summer -- but it rains the other 9 months of the year. Still, it seems to be a great town overall.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on July 29th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it rained about half the time we were there, but it was such a pleasant, light mist of a rain that it didn't stop us from enjoying the outdoors.
theballadofyoko on July 29th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
You should talk to Lipby about living in Portland- he lived there for 2 years. He says he liked the city, but the lack of sunshine for the better part of the year really bothered him.
Gorilla Body Robot Braininfrarad on July 29th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I love Portland. I am also a student so I don't have to look for a proper job---it's a _rough_ job market.
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on July 29th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
You're planning to move to Portland in seven years? Why will your job be over in seven years?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on July 29th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Our editor's third and final term will end then and the journal will most likely move to where the new editor lives.
...wyndebreaker on July 29th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Several on my F-list live in Portland and absolutely love it.

captian_whamo on July 29th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
hell, move to denver! It doesnt rain a lot, it isnt humid, and there are bike lanes all over! I've not been to portland though. I hear the arts are good, and the bikes are good, and the wackyness is a plenty as is the rain. But i cant deal with that much rain.
Theirs always italy too. its a constant option. they have good food there, and everyones really friendly...
Professor Mortis: LibrarianTimprofessormortis on July 29th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Interesting plan-the people I've known up there loved it.

Also, K.'s a librarian? I missed that somehow-very cool!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on July 29th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Yip. In fact, most of the people I know are either librarians or spouses of librarians. The rest, of course, are all drunks.
Uniquely Marredbuddhamonkey on July 29th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
What, no drunk librarians?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: library: ESP Orgyassmonkeydiary on July 29th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Within the librarians of our circle, there is a definite trend toward being light drinkers. There most certainly some exceptions however.
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on July 30th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
You know the wrong librarians man. Come up here to Boston and I'll try to assemble an all-star alcoholic librarian squad.

Yeah, it might just be me, but I'll make up for it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: guru of badonkadonkassmonkeydiary on July 30th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me!
Young Rapscallionmdnitemarv on July 30th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Rosemary and I really liked Portland, and saw it immediately as a city we could live in.

But when you move there, I do not want to hear you complain about the rainy, rainy winters (and sometimes summers).
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin no zoomassmonkeydiary on July 30th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
B-b-b-but half my blog entries are dedicated to complaining about the weather. I'd have to find a new favorite subject to write about!