8.18.2007

Here and There

A few friends have gotten in touch with me to remind me that I haven't posted here in days... 12 days now to be exact. My longest blogging break ever. So I'm touching base, letting you know that I did not drown in a bucket of paint. I've just been a tad bit busy. But I won't bore you with the details of setting up our new apartment and making ourselves official here. I'll post some pictures of our new place in a few days, once our internet connection is up and running. For now, using the computer at the public library will have to do, so you'll have to excuse this photoless post. Speaking of the public library, I thought I'd share a few interesting differences between New York City and Portland that I've noticed in the sort time that we've been here, starting with the process of acquiring a library card:

In Queens, you go to the library, fill out a postcard to be sent to your address, go home and wait for it to arrive several days later, and then bring the postmarked card back to the library in order to get your card. To get a library card in Portland, you fill out a slip of paper with your address and show identification. It can be out of state identification - they trust you that you're providing them with your own accurate local address. They issue your card immediately.

In New York City, we had to pay a realtor a fee equal to one month's rent in order to get our last apartment. We filled out tons of paperwork and waited for our applications to be approved. In Portland, our landlord had "a good vibe" about us, so she didn't require us to fill out an application. A good vibe. Sheesh.

Off street parking in an outdoor lot in New York City was $110 a month. Off street parking in a covered garage in our new neighborhood is $8 a year.

In New York, we had a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline from our place - the Chrysler Buliding, the UN, the Empire State Building. From our building in Portland, we have views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.

Aside from being further away from our families (we miss you and love you, guys), we don't regret our decision to come out here at all. We're adjusting ridiculously well. More about all of that in days to come. Thanks for checking in. I'll be back soon.

35 comments:

maritza said...

So wonderful to hear you guys are doing well! Yeah, I was also amazed at how simple and painless it was to get a library card over in Cambridge compared to NY. And the libraries actually have what you're looking for. Imagine that.
P.S. - I can only imagine the splendor of your new view - wow. Sounds amazing. You really have made the right decision. :)

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

do I dare say that when I was a manager at a clothing store I would hire people because I got a "good vibe" about them- welcome to the west coast. + I never feared that your drowned in a paint bucket, you lived in NYC for several years + it wouldn't dare be said that "she survived living in New York City, but moved to Portland + drowned in a paint bucket," Although it would make for a peculiar epitaph.
Cheers to the both of you. I get a "good vibe" about your new appartment + looking forward to seeing the photos.

abbyjane said...

I missed you. Glad to know you are doing well.

ambika said...

I'm glad to hear the adjustment is proving so wonderful. I do love Portland--it's faaaar more laid back than Seattle and yes, the mountains are gorgeous.

Robyn said...

So glad to hear things are going really well. It seems that it was the right decision.

amandajean said...

so glad that you are doing well! It was interesting reading the differences between the two places. (even podunk wisconsin makes you fill out the application for an apartment. or maybe we aren't the kind of people that give off a good vibe? maybe I really don't want to ponder that thought...)

anxious to see some sure to be fabulous photos of the place!

Wende said...

Welcome to Oregon, darling. Have you discovered our best feature yet? No sales tax. Heh. :D

I hope all is going well with the transition. I hope we can meet in the fall sometime. :D

Blessings...

Katherine said...

Glad to hear you're settling in. Can only imagine how busy you've been but happy to know you're enjoying living in Portland. Thanks for the update, have missed you!

luv Abby said...

wow... what an awesome post I am sooo glad u are settling in so well... look forward to ur fantastic pix and further portlandish posts...
luv Abby

erin said...

i have been thinking of you and wondering how it is all going. sounds like you are settling in at lightening fast speed!

shy_smiley said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you're adjusting beautifully. Any luck on the job front? Though you're saving over a grand for parking, you know you'll still have to work! ;-)

traci said...

so good to hear from you susan! sounds like you are settling in well. can't wait to hear more of your adventures!

linda p said...

isn't it lovely? i haven't even had time to miss new york with all of the travelling i've been doing, but dang, i am loving the convenience of bozeman. i got so used to living one way, i forgot there were other options!

casey said...

Just wanted to pop in and say hello!! I got your sweet comment on my blog entry about NYC a couple weeks ago and have just been so busy with wrapping up my late-summer stuff that I've been awful about replying lately. Thank you though! :)

Hope you are getting all cozy and settled in your new town!! Can't wait to see what jewelry creations this new place inspires! :)

Connie said...

wow, quite a few things different. good luck with setting everything up.

marilyn said...

So glad that everything is working out well, better than expected! I still feel sad at thought of starting the school year without you, but am very happy for you. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new home.

Patty said...

the differences you're pointing at remind me of the reasons why I was so happy to leave Paris. Coming back to that small Capital of Upper Normandy, called Rouen, was probably one of the best decisions I've made !
thanks for sharing this with us, Susan!

julieree said...

Ha! you've summed up my experiences away from the city almost exactly. I just kind of blinked at the librarian because I was so surprised how easy it was to get a card.

Although I do not have a view of any majestic mountains from my new place. ;)

So glad you guys are settling in!

Mom said...

Dear Sweet Suzy,

Dad and I are so excited for you and Barry! This sounds like such a wonderful adventure and that everything is falling into place so nicely. Your experiences so far even down to getting a library card are much less stressful and life will be at a healthier pace from everything you have written.

PLUS NO SALES TAX!!!!!! You know that would be high on my list!

Have a wonderful week, Love, Mom

LeeAnn said...

Doesn't it make you feel so much more relaxed!?! $8 parking! It's nice to think that money would be 'saved' but if your like me it was already spent on something new for the apartment. We are about to move into a very nice rented town home next month and I got full approval to decorate this space like we would our own home. Yippee! Good-bye college life, hello adulthood!

Funky Finds said...

so happy to hear that you are doing so well!

Holly said...

So glad you are back in blog action! Maybe that is why my last two weeks at work have been dreadful ;)
So glad you are loving Portland - it loves you too!!

Gloria said...

Gah, $8 year/parking!! Lunch usually runs more than that for me.

mariss said...

I enjoyed the update, and your mom's cute comment! I remember using the internet at the Philly library when we moved here.

Take your time and enjoy acquainting yourselves with your new city! (Your many fans will wait ;)

Sarah said...

Like Shona said... welcome to the West Coast! Glad to hear you're not drowned in paint. :o)

Can't wait to see your pics of your new environment!

rachel s. said...

Loved reading about the differences you've encountered so far. That's cool---"a good vibe."

Oh, a picture of your lovely view, please!

The nesting has begun!!

Chickenbells said...

Thank goodness you guys are OK...I have been thinking of you so much, and I haven't remembered to drop you a line! I think of you at the strangest times...when I can't possibly write...like at the thrift or other weird places! I can't wait to hear all about your new place and all the new things you're experiencing!

Melissa said...

So if I tell you the NYC public library has changed their ways, will you come back? :) I don't know if that can compete with that view though! Looking forward to some pictures soon!

Eva said...

glad to hear that you guys are doing well!

laundrygirl said...

I'm glad to hear that you are adjusting well. I canot wait for you to start a new original intent series... Does that still interest you?

Erin said...

I am so glad you found an apartment and are able to fix it up the way you like! I can't wait to see some pictures. Miss your posts!

Sonya said...

I haven't the excuse of moving across the country to be incommunicado, but glad to hear all things are well and that Portland is suiting you. Take care.

Lesley said...

All good things. It sounds like a far more relaxing place to be. I'm getting a good vibe about Portland. :-)

amisha said...

i am so happy to hear that things are going well in portland! i am having the same adjustment in reverse, looking out of my window at fordham :) so funny. thinking of you!
xo

maditi said...

your new place sounds lovely - looking forward to some pics of the view :)