Random observations, new to the East Coast gal:
* They have Rite Aid out here -- and Rite Aid sells plants! Like hanging baskets, herbs, and tomato plants for your backyard. How odd! Walgreens has plants, too. I guess there's more nature here to go around or something?
* Stores here (at least so far) don't use AC! One semi-hot day recently, I knew I'd be indoors shopping most of the time, so I thought, "well, I'll wear pants instead of shorts, or I'll probably freeze." Every store I went into was the same temp. as outside, so of course I was sweating! Now I have learned the pleasant fact that summer outside = summer inside! Of course, the flip side is that when it's really hot out, you get no relief when you walk into, say, Home Depot or a coffee shop. But I think I really like the no AC thing! :)
* I will do another post later about all the lovely lovely and ridiculously omnipresent coffee out here, but I'll save it till after Rebecca is done going off caffeine for a month. ;)
* I have met fewer vegetarians here than I knew in Pittsburgh! This is odd to me, since I thought of "the Portland type" as perhaps being vegetarian. But, thankfully, Maggie and her friends are all about meat! Amazingly, *I* was the one checking to make sure she ate meat when she first invited me over -- she didn't even give it a thought! Nice! Now maybe (since everyone at the BBQ was chowing down on burgers, sausages, etc.) I can go back to not giving it a thought. Sweet! (Most meat at the BBQ *was* organic, however, so that is more the stereotype I was thinking about I guess. Works for me!)
* Mysteriously, the Corolla is getting C-R-A-P-P-Y gas mileage out here (hovering at 30 MPG instead of 40). Still unsure why this is the case (it's just not happy out here? it heard us talking about getting a different car?) . . . but ugh, between that and the larger land area we cruise in out here (it is so misleading, you don't think you're going far but it's really spread out, even Portland!!), we've had to fill up probably more in 1 month here than in 3 months in Pgh.
* Also gas is crazy expensive, $3.25-$3.50/ gallon! When we move to downtown (Vancouver, that is), I'm all about pulling a David and getting a bike! :) From there it's about 10 miles to downtown Portland. I've biked maybe . . . 6 miles at one time (in NS) and not gotten too tired . . . hmm. Arvonn wants a tandem recumbent tricycle, ha!