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  1. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by OakLeaf View Post
    Oh man, you triggered a memory from 35 years ago when I was newly out of college and living in a small Ohio River town, working in a natural food store. There was a small college and a couple of freeway exits, so once in a while non-local people would come in to shop. On the rare occasions when a nonwhite person or a same-sex couple would walk into the store, I'd feel like Dorothy landing in Oz, with everything all of a sudden in color.
    I hear you! I saw a gay couple at the grocery store recently, they were black, I almost ran over and hugged them. LOL Instead I contented myself with grinning like an idiot at them, they grinned back just as big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    I hear you! I saw a gay couple at the grocery store recently, they were black, I almost ran over and hugged them. LOL Instead I contented myself with grinning like an idiot at them, they grinned back just as big.
    This makes me look for a 'like' button!

    I just recently dyed my hair partially teal and a good portion of it is shaved to a '2'. I cannot wait to go to the corporate offices of my company (in Greensboro, NC again!) and see the reaction I get from the predominantly white, male, old-boy network. I expect shocked looks and if I don't get it, I'm going to be disappointed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GLC1968 View Post
    I just recently dyed my hair partially teal and a good portion of it is shaved to a '2'. I cannot wait to go to the corporate offices of my company (in Greensboro, NC again!) and see the reaction I get from the predominantly white, male, old-boy network. I expect shocked looks and if I don't get it, I'm going to be disappointed!
    This needs a photo (Facebook, perhaps?). Sounds cool!
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    I can see it, GLC. And make sure you tell us about the reaction you get from those old guys.
    I just got my hair cut and styled slightly differently. It is not really much shorter, except on the sides, but it's way more edgy. My friends are freaked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    I so miss diversity! People from different backgrounds, different races/creeds/orientations, different world views.
    This. It's one of the things I miss about the Bay Area. I love the PNW but it's oh so very white where we are. Whether it's food, friends or community I find myself wondering "where is everybody?". That's the other thing about the move to a new condo we're considering, we just made an offer. What will the community be like there?
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    On a completely frivolous note, and in the best thread drift tradition, here's my current haircut, which I think is kind of a hoot. (Sorry about that tongue-sticking out--just a photo by-product ).



    And on a more thread-relevant note: Sometimes I voice my opinion after I've heard a cluster of the-same-opinions from a group of people, when I become concerned that different points of view aren't on the radar.
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    Trek - hope the new place is full of great stuff, and no whacko neighbors!

    Salsa - Love the cut... and the drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salsabike View Post

    magnetic poetry ftw!! .....and nice hair stylin' too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    Trek - hope the new place is full of great stuff, and no whacko neighbors!
    Thanks. There's always one in the complex but it's never been a paranoid schizophrenic deposed nun before. :roll eyes: The new place is around some great stuff and of course near the Burke Gillman. Right now it's up to the seller. We should hear in a day or so if they take our offer. If they don't accept it, we'll find another. Knott is nervous about it but it'll work out, this one or another spot. We go back to court to extend the restraining order on CCN (crazy condo neighbor) on Thursday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    Salsa - Love the cut... and the drift.
    Love the cut, Salsa. Very fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek420 View Post
    Thanks. There's always one in the complex but it's never been a paranoid schizophrenic deposed nun before. :roll eyes: The new place is around some great stuff and of course near the Burke Gillman. Right now it's up to the seller. We should hear in a day or so if they take our offer. If they don't accept it, we'll find another. Knott is nervous about it but it'll work out, this one or another spot. We go back to court to extend the restraining order on CCN (crazy condo neighbor) on Thursday.
    Fingers crossed for you, you've been through the ringer with CCN, a fresh start will be good for the soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salsabike View Post
    On a completely frivolous note, and in the best thread drift tradition, here's my current haircut, which I think is kind of a hoot. (Sorry about that tongue-sticking out--just a photo by-product ).



    And on a more thread-relevant note: Sometimes I voice my opinion after I've heard a cluster of the-same-opinions from a group of people, when I become concerned that different points of view aren't on the radar.
    Hey - that's really similiar to mine but for the color!
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    Oh, and I did want to mention that I was discussing this with a friend the other day...how it's really white up here. My world is actually quite racially diverse but that's because I work in tech (and live very close to it)...but there is a severe shortage of racial diversity once you leave my neighborhood, for sure. Not sure why that is but it struck me the last time I was in Boston/Atlanta/Chicago how very different Portland looks in comparison (some ways good, other ways bad!).
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    Ahhh...this is what I love about you ladies -- I believe I would feel totally at home in a community full of the likes of this group.

    Unfortunately I live in the uppity WASP Bible belt of West MI. And the older I get, the less comfortable I feel here. I have lived here more than half my life, but it's never felt like home. And it doesn't help that I loathe Winter and overcast skies. We have more than our fair share of that, here.

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    Boy, GLC, that haircut and color look great!

    It's also way white here for me, having grown up in NY. When I go back east, I just bask in the ethnic richness--and the cultural and behavioral differences too. Love living here, but seriously miss that.

    But also, in the spirit of what I said above about when I express my opinion--this region can be rather intolerant of viewpoints other than the very progressive. That is one way to dampen diversity that is not often mentioned but that matters to me. I have some moderate Republican friends who care about all the same things the rest of us do, although their beliefs about solutions may be different, and they feel pretty unwelcome. That bothers me, and I think it actually creates problems that we all pay for later.
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    I'm loving the haircuts! GLC - you look great! Salsa - that looks so fun!

    This is a really interesting perspective for me. I've lived in the "south" my whole life. DH and I are starting to dream about where we might want to wind up for residency/fellowship and beyond (yes, it's early. yes, there's the match. but - I want to know what places look like so I can rank appropriately in - oh - 3 years). Anyway - there is logic. And travel is fun. Please keep the comments coming!

    Trek - good luck with the new place, and with the crazy lady! Will you sell your current place or rent it out, if you get the new one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    I'm loving the haircuts! GLC - you look great! Salsa - that looks so fun!

    This is a really interesting perspective for me. I've lived in the "south" my whole life. DH and I are starting to dream about where we might want to wind up for residency/fellowship and beyond (yes, it's early. yes, there's the match. but - I want to know what places look like so I can rank appropriately in - oh - 3 years). Anyway - there is logic. And travel is fun. Please keep the comments coming!

    Trek - good luck with the new place, and with the crazy lady! Will you sell your current place or rent it out, if you get the new one?
    Blueberry, come visit! This area has an extremely well developed health care sector (the Pacific Northwest). And the weather is--for me--delightfully moderate. Ride all year round.

    Edit--oh, wait. You ARE coming. To Portland soon. To Seattle later. Perfect!
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    "My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved;I have been given much and I have given something in return...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure." O. Sacks

 

 

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