Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Great Northwest

Something happened today that I thought was funny.

I was on the MAX (our local light rail train) and there were a couple of kids with their grandparents on it. The kids were so cute, were obviously from out of town and were visiting their grandparents here, and one of their comments drew attention to one small way that the Great Northwest is different from other places.

The MAX was in downtown Portland at the time, and of course there was a lot of foot traffic. Eventually one of the children exclaimed "That guy is wearing socks with flip flops! Nobody does that!" The grandmother said "Well, you're in the Northwest now. People will do that here." And it's true. You don't see people wearing socks with flip flops every day, but it's not unheard of, and it's nothing to be amazed about. I've even done it. But the kid was disbelieving, and to my amusement continued to say "But nobody does that!"

It can be funny to hear what people from out of state say about our place. Especially since some of the things I take for granted, like wearing socks with flip flops.

What's unusual about where you live that takes travelers by surprise?

By the way, I took this photo downtown today. Specifically, I took it in Pioneer Courthouse Square, which has been described as Portland's living room (or something like that), and for good reason. It's sort of a central place, it's the heart of our transit system, and when I'm there it feels like everyone everyone everyone in Portland winds up going by there, at least occasionally. You might want to click on the photo to get a better view of the sign.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

That sign will be so helpful the next time you want to go to Mecca or Walden Pond!

Sarita Rucker said...

Oh yes, definitely. I'll just go to Pioneer Square, and follow the sign from there!