Lessons in the PNW

Hello friends!

I’ve lived in Portland for a full month now!

Here is what I have learned so far:

-I don’t miss pumping my own gas! I also don’t miss making a friend come with me when I have to get gas at night in case creepy men may be around, because now I don’t even have to get out of my car!! Thank you, Oregon.

-Anything can be good in ice cream form (ie: tomato strawberry sorbet from Salt & Straw).

-If you read a book in public, every single person within a 2 mile radius will come and ask you what you’re reading. (I got my friend Barb Haley some free publicity, so not a bad thing, but definitely distracting)

-Don’t even bother eating at a restaurant if it’s less than 4 stars…Portland loves food. I have been blessed, because I too love food.

-A lot of bathrooms in stores and coffee shops require access codes (because homeless people), and it can be very annoying to have to go find someone to get the access code when you’re about to pee your pants.

-So. Much. Nike. Everyone works at Nike. Everyone wears Nike. And once you see/say the word Nike enough, it doesn’t even seem like a real word anymore.

-Dogs are allowed in the mall (I admit it is possible that I just didn’t go to the mall enough to notice, but now I work in the mall and dogs are everywhere)

-Grad school is HARD. I mean, I knew it would be, but I didn’t think it would be hard before it even started/the first week. Also, I’ve seen a lot of memes about how going to grad school is a good way to get out of the “real world” for 2-3 more years, but I can assure you I feel very much like I am in the “real world.”

-I am no longer living in the Bible belt…people are very quick to tell you if they smoke weed or not, and this can be very alarming for this midwest gal.

-I am working my first retail job, and I LOVE helping customers find a specific pair of pants or giving my opinion. (H&M moves everything every night, so I never know where anything is either – it is a fun scavenger hunt for everyone!) However, I HATE working the cash register, because every single item has a sensor on it, and it makes me anxious to make people wait on me.

-Gambling is apparently an issue here – they have commercials for people to give up gambling like all the other states in America have commercials for giving up cigarettes.

-I sure miss all my midwest people, but I’m incredibly thankful for technology, or this move would be very hard.

That is all I can think of at the moment, but expect a part 2, 3, and probably 4 of lessons in the PNW, because life sure is different here!

Love, Hannah