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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Silver anniversary

Twenty-five years ago this month, a yellow Volkswagen with Jersey plates rolled up I-5, cut over on 217, and took U.S. 26 west a couple of exits to Rock Creek. It was yours truly, fresh out of law school, everything I owned in the car, California Bar Exam under my belt, skinny, with a long, scraggly beard, and moving to the Rose City for a one-year stint as a law clerk to a federal appeals judge in the Pioneer Courthouse.

Just a temporary stay, you understand, and then it was supposed to be back down the road, all the way to L.A., there to gain fame and fortune as a big-time corporate lawyer. And a part-time beach bum, if I could manage it.

Well, the VW never made it further south than Eugene, ever again. I fell in love with Portland and never left.

It was a heady time. Salaries were lousy, and the state was in a bad recession, but homes were dirt cheap, the commute was easy, the women were the friendliest I had ever met, the local music scene was good, the public schools were of the highest quality, and there was a wonderful, content, optimistic spirit among the people who lived here. It was just a not-so-small version of a nice small town.

The place has changed a great deal since then, mostly not for the better. But I still can't identify a better place to live. Although I've looked at some opportunities elsewhere, I haven't picked up on any of them. And now this is the place where I married (I even did that twice), where my daughter was born, where I've spent most of my life.

So here's to another 25. At least.

Comments (1)

I'm happy for you, but it is definitely Jersey's loss. Can you get a decent slice out there?

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