gator1 wrote:I'm in too...from Florida so go figure. Anyways, no money for me = not cool. I'm in between L&C and UK - they offered me some money - but the whole situation with Oregon v. Kentucky is kind of complicated. I've never been to either state but I have a pretty good idea Oregon tends to be more liberal than conservative Kentucky. Correct me if I'm wrong....I know this is a L&C thread but I'd appreciate some serious comparisons between what you've heard is good/bad from either/both states. I'm pretty liberal - not San Francisco kind of liberal but still, open minded.
P.S: I'm not that big into environmental law - I enjoy nature don't get me wrong - but L&C is fortunately not a one trick phony and that is, to a great extent, why I applied to the school in the first place.
I have lived in Oregon most of my life. I was raised on the southern coast, which is fairly conservative. Geographically, most of the state is actually conservative, but most of the population is concentrated in the Portland Metro area, Eugene, and Salem, which tend to go liberal so our politics tend to be Democratic. In Portland, many people use public transportation, no one uses plastic bags at the grocery store, dogs are allowed and are brought pretty much everywhere, restaurants are huge on local and organic ingredients, etc. It's kind of a way of life no matter which way you vote to be more or less "green." Even people who don't buy into it actually act in such a manner compared to the way people behave in other parts of the country.
Aside from politics, overall I love this state. It gets a bad rep because of the weather, and it certainly rains a lot. It doesn't rain a lot like a lot of water, but a lot of days out of the year, so it tends to be gray for much of the year. However, Fall (before it starts raining) and Spring (after it stops raining, if it stops) are really beautiful. Summer here is perfect. The best thing is that when there is a sunny day in the Fall, Winter or Spring, Portlanders really know how to take advantage. If you like to be outside, whether it be hiking, jogging, biking, rafting, climbing, this (http://www.treetotreeadventurepark.com
), spending time at parks, or whatever, Oregon is pretty sweet. There are a ton of terrific places to hit the slopes, plus the Oregon coast is beautiful. There are a million awesome places to go along the Columbia river. If you are outdoorsy, you'll love it here for sure. Personally, I'm not an outdoorsy freak. BUT over the years I have acquired quite an appreciation for the tremendous scenery we have around here nonetheless.
If you love food, like real food, like chef oriented restaurants, Portland is the country's best kept secret. If you love food, you will love Portland. Guaranteed. Portland (and Oregon in general) has some fantastic breweries and frankly, I am reluctant to leave Oregon because I don't want to have to go to the crap that everyone else drinks (I'm kidding, sort of). Oh, plus we have great wine. You don't hear about it because of that place they call Wine Country a few miles south (Napa Valley), but it's impressive.
Portland is not for everyone, but it's definitely not as crazy as SF. It's an extremely laid back city. It's made up of only a few neighborhoods relative to bigger cities, and each one is very close-knit, giving the city an even smaller feel.
Anyway, that's my take on what is great about Portland/Oregon. Hope it helps.