When I say that Oregon is my favorite place in the USA ( British Columbia is my favorite place in North America, although my continual homesickness is for the Westside of Portland, particularly Northwest (Nob Hill is the definition of cool and the Chapman School neighborhood, where I used to live, has an unusual concentration of REALLY nice people), Washington Park, Powell's, Portland State, the Park Blocks, the Willamette Riverfront, . . .), it is not for lack of experience elsewhere. I recently visited Portland with Ella and the children. It was a wonderful experience, although too short to reconnect with all my old friends. I'm sorry about that, particularly the timing (too short notice in the summer is never a good way to connect). Nevertheless, the children loved Washington Park and the Zoo, the light rail and trolley cars, the riverfront, and the food. We also went to Seaside, which has grown quite noticeably. Bobbie and Jeff made a mistake, I have no doubt, not taking me up on the offer to buy a house in Seaside and have them stay in it (sharing the equity and having the free residence on the coast). It would be worth a fortune today. Such is life. The U.S. is not (yet) culturally homogeneous, despite television and fast food. The red areas on the map below are states I've either lived in or visited:

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And here are the Canadian Provinces on my "been to" or "lived there" list:

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I might have left something out, but here's a go at the places/countries I've been (pardon me, Dr. Seuss):

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