Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Small World

It really is a small world. Every time I mention to someone that I am moving to Central Oregon, the person more often than not tells me that they know someone who moved there and oh my god they totally love it, it's so sunny and warm! It's all about the climate. Has scaly, dry skin become something desirable? Because I wasn't told. I hate the desert. No, I don't hate it. The desert is actually quite beautiful and I'm glad we have it in the world as a unique ecosystem. I just don't want to live there.

Have I mentioned that I'm a contemplater? A ponderer? Do you know what is perfect accompaniment for that? A good, heavy rain beating against the window, making pretty streaks, dots and patterns with a complementary strumming noise as it falls on the roof. I have always liked the rain and found it to be immeasurably soothing.

Moving on. What we need is a change of subject, unless the crazy girl decides to keep talking about climates and ecosystems, or mentions anything else weather-related...

I am not buying the whole Lorelei/Chris marriage on Gilmore Girls. What is that? I can't get down with that. After all those years of ignoring her and Rory, his child, Lorelei marries him without so much fanfare as an episode or three? Oh sorry, he did take her to see Funny Face. An old movie in an old car, THAT'S enough of a foundation to get married after everything else. Bleh. Not buying it, new CW.

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OH: OC, are you old school?

OC: No, I'm a Kindergartener!

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I attended a princess-themed birthday party today with 11 5-and 6-year olds. They were pretty well-behaved and adorable in their princess garb. Every major Disney princess was represented, from Mulan to Jasmine. It's sad to think we're leaving these nice people.

*Quick! Think of something positive to say!*

Um, but, I'm sure there will probably be nice people in Central Oregon. At least I sure as hell hope so. *smile*


wordgirl said...

Oregon sounds like a wonderful place...central or otherwise. Doubtless you'll find someone there. Good luck to you.

Keenuh said...

I'm guessing when you say "Central Oregon" that you mean Bend. ???

Bend is beautiful, and moving from Portland, you're going to still view it as a "small town".

I think of small towns as 10-25K people, so I recently moved from Bend. It was too crowded for me, and a bit too pretentious.

HOWEVER. I do think that Bend is still a great place to live. It's just not for me.

A few sites that you should start keeping up on:

hackbend.com - written by a friend of mine, and very honest.

utterlyboring.com - again, written by a Bend resident that works in Sunriver

bendbulletin.com - the local paper

tsweekly.com - the local weekly rag filled with opinions and drama.

ktvz.com - the local news station

bendblogs.com - all of the local blogs

Good luck in your move, and enjoy the sunny weather and friendly faces of Bend!

Occidental Girl said...

Wow, thank you for all the information!

We're actually moving to Redmond. That is fine with me, it's close enough to Bend to not feel isolated. And, it's on Highway 97 so it's not too out of the way for people to come and find me.

Anonymous said...

I love Bend! I think the only thing I miss about Portland is the zoo. Well, I miss the grocery store being close, but when we moved, we wanted to be out of town to have land. The scaly people are the ones that haven't heard of sunscreen.

Anonymous said...

I moved to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley too (Salem, to be exact). I miss the Riverfront Carousel and OMSI! We moved mid-school year so the kids would make friends before summer break. I *do* have to carry hand lotion with me everywhere because of the dry air... but other than that the only scales are on the reptiles at the high desert museum.

Good luck with your move! And welcome to the area!