Okay, so I am a 19 year old female planning to move to Portland next summer/fall. I'm a college student but I'm going about the planning as if I won't be living in the dorms. I'll be transferring schools, obviously, but I'm not sure to which yet.
But that's not the problem.
The problem is I don't know anyone there and have never been. I want to get awaaay from the east coast and I just know I'd love Portland, its location between CA and WA, the prices (compared to everywhere I've lived) and even the weather everyone seems to hate. And lots of things I love seem to have some connection to the place. But I will be visiting in March anyway just to confirm.
What I need from you all is advice! I moved out briefly (to nyc) but that was a different situation as I know it very well and had a friend to stay with while looking for a job and all that. What do people do in a situation like mine of not knowing anyone? I plan on utilizing craigslist for a roommate but what to do in the meantime, I'm clueless. How long would it take to get a job/what is the average amount paid for things like retail/coffee shops/waitressing? The cost of living is lower so I assume the pay rate is as well..
Also, can someone break down the different sections for me just really simply? Since I'm not sure which school I'll be attending, is there a certain area that is closest to more schools? It seems like the general Portland vibe is similar to my own so it feels silly listing what I'm "into" but any area more arts/music-centric is great. I like going out but I like to have my peace when I want it so I don't care about being in the center of it all, as long as I can reach everything easily with public transportation as I hate cars and hopefully won't have to use my license anymore when I move.
Do any vets in Portland take any clients pro bono or charge on a sliding scale?
I need a vet for my cat. I think she's been trying to cough up a furball and can't. She won't poop or eat, and she was howling all morning yesterday. I am absolutely broke, and trying to figure out my options. Anybody have any ideas?
I'm also concerned that they're good clinics. I've heard some horror stories about a few Portland vets.
answer me this portland.
I want to buy a new cd/tape stereo system for my boyfriend for christmas. I need some outside opinions here on if I should get him something off of a place like craigslist that would probably be ten years old, OR if something like a stereo is something worth getting new? Or what should I do here??
I guess I should ask: Is there a place in portland (other than goodwill) that I should check out for a new/used stereo system? Maybe one in which I could even find a fancier one for under $80?? Is that possible?
Oh ever wise and helpful DP-ers, a few questions for you regarding my search for Christmas presents and/or the materials with which to make my Christmas presents:
Where can I find a straight razor under $50? New would be great, but old and vintage would be ok provided someone answers my next and related questions: where could I get said older (maybe even a little beat up?) straight razor sharpened and stropped if I go that route?
Where can I find cheap but fairly tight sealing jars? I'm making homemade irish cream (think Bailey's but BETTER) to give out for the holidays (woops, almost said 'Christmas' - how un-PC of me! ;P)and need to put it in something(s)
Where can I find dried lavendar? and vitamin E oil? I'm making homemade spa-ish remedies and need these things.
Thank you all FAR in advance, I appreciate all the help you guys have lent me since I stumbled upon this community a little over a year ago!
UPDATES: Found the jars a Freddies; they were about 8 dollars for about 20. I made the jars all pretty and put my irish cream in there and the gift was a RAVE at the white elephant exchange I went to. Tracked down several razors (one for $10, another for $55) at Hawthorne Cutlery. I'm checking them out tomorrow and also going to talk to the guy about the difference between the two. Also looking for a strop though now, especially if I go for a cheaper one. Found lavendar at the Saturday Market. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
i really really want to learn how to sew.
I live in close-in se and the only classes i've found are out on 122nd and stark or in lake oswego (through PCC).
Anyone know of a good sewing school? For a complete and quite possibly hopeless beginner...
does anyone know where i can buy christmas or snow-themed stamps other than the post office? or maybe a post office that has fancy stamps in a vending machine? the post office in NW doesn't have the machine anymore, and the line is insane!
Because seriously it's really lame. if you have nothing better to do than flag posts that are 89% within the realm of a Missed Connection than you really need to get a life.
1) this is quite belated so it seems rather hopeless but nonetheless, I lost a necklace around Thanksgiving, probably around the parking lots of Cascade Athletic Club 205 or Safeway on 39th/Powell or Edelweiss/Powell & 12th. It was silver and the "pendant" looks like a castle with a couple silver turrets on either side of a largish yellowish crystal. I have no idea what it's worth and suspect it's not an awful lot, but I would offer $100 to anyone who found it (or bits of it if it's been run over or something) as it had tremendous sentimental value to me.
2) restaurant seeks part-time pastry chef, hours probably fairly negotiable - more details later, so stay tuned!
natural remedies for a cold???
Do you guys know any SE coffee shops that are open for awhile yet?
I'm meeting a friend who doesn't drink.
I will be terminating the friendship over this cup of coffee.
That's a joke
Jingle Mingle, Jangle Mangle! Wednesday...
...there's nothing that rhymes with Wednesday. Why is that? Whoever came up with this whole English language thing didn't think that through.
Luckily, we don't rhyme Wednesdays... we just count them... and since this one will be December's third, it means we'll be meeting again for an evening of beer and board games at the Lucky Lab in NW.
The Lab is at 1945 NW Quimby, and we'll be there from 7 to 10pm. Look for our PDXers signs. I mention these details because although we have a group of regulars, we get some new people each time too. And that's great, because the point of this whole PDXers thing is to meet new people.
Beer and board games at the Lab in NW this Wednesday. Be there or be trapezoidal. (trapezoids are the new squares, you know)
DJ Nate C on Sunday. I need a night out and am planning on wandering around the place spending my laundry money on video games while listening to his Judas Priest and Carcass records. Anyone else planning on being there? Always in need of more metalhead friends.
I did not read your original post, and I am sure you can afford your dog. Good for you.
But posting another post about how people are assholes and bitching and disabling comments is really silly.
From the Damnportlanders userinfo:
"This community is both read-at-your-own-risk and post-at-your-own-risk. We are known for being snarky, sometimes downright mean, and controversial. As such, we are often home to potentially offensive thoughts, words, and images."
If you can't take the shit people dish out, don't post. Ever.
You also shouldn't take it personally because you'll end up digging yourself into a hole. Just let it go. Relax. And realize that these people don't know you so there is no use to get all pissy about it.
Because I just don't care about dog ball drama....
What are your plans for New Year's Eve? I'm currently trying to talk my husband in to "Prince Vs. Michael Jackson" at Berbati's.
"POTATO GUY" is the new "RUINING THE AMBIANCE"
Damn, I love it so much.
I just saw a commercial for Portland's Lacrosse team. Are the games fun to go to? Do people get into fights like at hockey?
Can I get drunk at the games and heckle people? Or is it too namby-pamby for that?