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Old 01-20-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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goodbye california, hello oregon!

anyone else moved or planning to move from cal to oregon? we already have a place up there rented out until we leave cal never to return. just seems like a nice place to live. laid back, friendly people & they all speak english!
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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anyone else moved or planning to move from cal to oregon? we already have a place up there rented out until we leave cal never to return. just seems like a nice place to live. laid back, friendly people & they all speak english!
Yup everyone's friendly and laid back here. Just keep in mind our tourism slogan from the 80's "Oregon: A nice place to visit, but please don't stay."
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not yet, but getting closer. hope to in 3 years at 45. sell our 2 san jose, ca homes & head to cottage grove, or.
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We love cali, but the nonsense is beginning to be too much to take. Too much pork, too many giveaways, too many bleeding heart politicians who would be more than happy to take away from those that have worked hard and saved and give to those who barely work and squander what they have. We haven't spent a lot of time in Oregon though. Kind of like some of the smaller cities in Utah but could not stomach Salt Lake or Provo/Orem. We like Logan and St George...but Logan is too cold in winter and St George is too hot in summer. Only places I have been in Oregon are too rainy.

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Nice town - my Mom used to have a Victorian there. Pretty soggy and kinda loggerish. Don't count on Oregon being sensible - our governor is proposing that GPS units be mounted on cars - it seems that Oregon isn't collecting enough gas tax, maybe because fewer are going to work, maybe because there are too many gas sipping Prius and such. So he's thinking it would be a good idea to tax by miles traveled - that'll teach those T-Al & Nords types! Nobody has any problem with tracking units on their cars, right? OK, next year RFID chips for everybody!

Looks like maybe our Hispanic population is decreasing - hard to believe, but City-data is showing about 1/3 Hispanic for our town, and I'd have sworn it was more like 60% recently.
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SO's sister moved to Bend many years ago, for job reasons, never to return to S.F. except for family occasions.

A neighbor in my apt. building just bought a house in Bend. We're taking bets on whether she will also keep her city digs. I'm betting, yes.

Don't worry, I have no such plans but the only trip I'm thinking about is the train ride through the Cascades to see (but not play in) all that pristine snow.
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anyone else moved or planning to move from cal to oregon?
Yes, I moved up to OR back in 1981. It has sure grown a tremendous amount since I moved here--lots more people everywhere. But, there are still wild places where you can get away, and the land-use planning laws mean you don't have to travel far from town to reach the woods.
I moved from Davis, CA to Portland. I found the lack of sunshine to be the worst thing about OR.
Now, the summers in western OR are glorious! Temps in the 70s-80s, occasionally 90s--and lots of sunny skies. Plus no humidity!
But the rest of the year, expect lots and lots of cloudy days--often with a light misting rain falling---day after day after day after day--sometimes for weeks on end...
After 28 years here, I'm crazy enough to love this weather now! But it was difficult at first, especially coming from sunny CA.
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My parents retired to Oregon from California in 1993. Every time we visit it rains, but my mom swears that they do have some nice days up there. I just wish I could bring some of the rain home with me.
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Day after day after day after day of grey misting rain and 40 to 50 degrees IS the good weather.

Was born and raised outside of Portland on the Washington side of the river til the tender age of 26.

Some people just don't understand 'perfect weather' when they see it.

My goodness.

heh heh heh - going to maybe 60 here north of Kansas City with that there bright glinty sunshine. One of the neighbors gave me a Brisket to smoke today on the patio. .
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We love cali, but the nonsense is beginning to be too much to take. Too much pork, too many giveaways, too many bleeding heart politicians who would be more than happy to take away from those that have worked hard and saved and give to those who barely work and squander what they have. We haven't spent a lot of time in Oregon though. Kind of like some of the smaller cities in Utah but could not stomach Salt Lake or Provo/Orem. We like Logan and St George...but Logan is too cold in winter and St George is too hot in summer. Only places I have been in Oregon are too rainy.

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I really do not like Oregon. Same stinky weather or worse than Washington, plus state tax and even more sanctimonious people than Seattle's. (definitely not including Oregonians on this board!)

Good trout fishing out in the desert though.

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I did the reverse 8 years ago (raised in OR, moved to CA after I got married).

Cottage Grove is a quiet little town. Nice folks. Well out of the Salem-Portland metro area and close enough to Eugene for shopping.

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Cuppa,

My parent just bought a house right by Bend, in Sisters. I went up there for XMAS and really enjoyed it, didn't think I would, but it was really a chill place. I am in love with the Organic Beer from Deschutes Brewery. Definitely way different then California especially central Oregon. Seeing snow was great, living in Dubai and all.

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I certainly can understand leaving S. Calif. But I'm not sure why anyone would want to move from N. California to Oregon right now when housing prices are finally falling into an "affordable" range. Is the traffic north of SF really awful now? Is the living just too difficult? Why?

I'd love to live there again, so I hope you will forgive my confusion.
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i am in san jose (the south bay area) & own 2 homes here (& 4 more in oregon) & plan to sell off the 2 san jose & 2 of the oregon homes before i head north with approx. 750k of equity from the sales. yes, traffic anywhere in the bay area sucks.

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I certainly can understand leaving S. Calif. But I'm not sure why anyone would want to move from N. California to Oregon right now when housing prices are finally falling into an "affordable" range. Is the traffic north of SF really awful now? Is the living just too difficult? Why?

I'd love to live there again, so I hope you will forgive my confusion.
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.... yes, traffic anywhere in the bay area sucks.
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Yep - fun critters in Oregon too - this from the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, close enough to Cottage Grove:
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Is the traffic north of SF really awful now? Is the living just too difficult? Why?
Last I checked, the traffic monster extended as far north as Santa Rosa.
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