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That looks like a ton of fun ... now I want to hang out in Portland.

JD - It was definitely fun! I loved Portland! If it weren't for all of the rain they apparently get there, I would probably move there immediately!

The sign originally read "White Stag" - at some point many, many years ago the city was considering taking it down and the Made in Oregon store decided to sponsor it- allowing it to stick around long enough to be turned into it's current form.
Also every christmas the white stag gets a red nose.

Liz - Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the sign. That's awesome! I'll have to get back to Portland at Christmas time so I can see that red nose (though I did check out a picture online after reading your comment - love it!).

As a former New Yorker who has been living in Oregon for the past 10 years, I can say this much:

The obligatory "quirkiness" and "weirdness" of Portland, while at first fun and even charming, wears thin after a few years. In time, it becomes a little depressing and annoying (that....and the pizza really sucks here).

Tony - Sounds like you're having a tough time in Portland. NY and Portland seem like very different places so I can imagine that one might not be as suitable as the other. Life's too short to be unhappy so maybe a move back to NY would be good for you!

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