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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Portland

I'm trying to post directly to my blog from email using my iPod, which
is why this post will likely suck.

I'm in Portland checking out the town and the Lewis & Clark law
school. Tonight I went to an alumni reception, which was as stuffy as
it sounds (but as hip as such a reception could be). Tomorrow I see
the school itself, take a tour, have a mock class and so on.

Portland seems very nice so far. It is quite clean for an urban
environment. The river mesmerizes me, since there is really precious
little water in Utah, and all our "rivers" (or "cricks" if you're an
authentic local) are 100th the width of the Portland rivers. That's
cool. The air is moist accordingly, which makes my desert skin feel
flooded. But the climate, even on this overcast day, seems quite
temperate.

I fortuitously met a friend already. I was having a slice in a pizza
joint and looking at my map when she approached me on account of her
being lost and my having a map. Turns out we were both here for the
same reason and we have a lot of similarities besides. For instance,
we are both non religious and both met our boyfriends on myspace.
Among many other little things. She seems cool and down to earth.
Neither of us is sure we will go here, but if we both do, I will have
a friend and that's great!

I should sleep now. I've had many beers and this law preview tomorrow
is early. Ungodly so. Sadists.

Good night.

9 comments:

heidikins said...

I've never been to Portland, but I can't wait to hear more about it! And I certainly hope you've taken pics of the river, I am equally obsessed with them. ;o)

xox

B.R. said...

My bias for Portland rests of years of visits and a substantial love for the geography and the overall Gestalt of the people.
I hope the city is speaking to you and that the place will be conducive to your studies. An inspiring place will help fuel your desire to do well in school. I believe that.
And I hope you spend some time at Powell's.
Good luck with the visit. These are important times.

sov said...

You posted this from an iPod? It came out great!

Yes, Portland is quite cool. I'll profess to not spending all that much time there, and I'm a bit jealous of your new surroundings, but I do hope you have a good time and get a good idea if that area will be right for your. And it's cool that you've already made a new friend! Have a good trip, and stay safe. See ya!

Claire said...

Sounds like you're having a blast (well, at least a blastette). Good for you, sister!

Also, speaking as the daughter of an authority on such things, the correct taxonomy for rivulets of various stripes is as follows:

A crick is a small creek, which is a small stream, which is a small river.

Such is the wisdom passed down to me out of Appalachia.

sov said...

Keep in mind though, Claire, that out here, what they term as "rivers" would barely even qualify as a small creek back east. The Jordan "river" is maybe 20 yards across at its widest point, and in the summer, narrows down to a small trickle that you can probably jump over given some running room. Many, if not most, of the "creeks" they have here dry up completely come July or so. The terminology requires perspective. The creek (crick?) running through Coletown where I grew up is much larger than the Jordan river. :)

Dena said...

I was just talking about Portland today. I've never been anywhere near that side of the country, but I always imagine a dreary, chilly, wet, but lively atmosphere. Florida is in my bones now and I would suffer a never-ending episode of seasonal mood disorder/depression.

It's on my list of places to visit before I die, so I love how accepting you are of what Portland is, was, or has. Good luck with your decision!

Dena said...

I was just talking about Portland today. I've never been anywhere near that side of the country, but I always imagine a dreary, chilly, wet, but lively atmosphere. Florida is in my bones now and I would suffer a never-ending episode of seasonal mood disorder/depression.

It's on my list of places to visit before I die, so I love how accepting you are of what Portland is, was, or has. Good luck with your decision!

Claire said...

Sounds like you're having a blast (well, at least a blastette). Good for you, sister!

Also, speaking as the daughter of an authority on such things, the correct taxonomy for rivulets of various stripes is as follows:

A crick is a small creek, which is a small stream, which is a small river.

Such is the wisdom passed down to me out of Appalachia.

heidikins said...

I've never been to Portland, but I can't wait to hear more about it! And I certainly hope you've taken pics of the river, I am equally obsessed with them. ;o)

xox

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