“Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the sky.” Oh yeah, it’s because we’re in Portland, which I’m starting to think may have the worst weather I’ve ever encountered. And I say that having lived in Saskatchewan, which has very difficult winter weather about eight months of the year.
Here we are, in Portland in mid-July and it “keeps raining all the time.” Rain is good, sure, it’s why everything’s so green here, it makes things grow, yeah, yeah, but actually, it really sucks when you’re trying to do something other than grow algae on the trim of your car. We happen to be visiting Portland to see whether we might want to live here, and I’m finding the weather to be a huge deterrent, not to mention a disincentive and a depressant. I’ll admit, there have been rare moments of sunshine and I’ll think “oh yeah, man, Portland’s groovy” but those moments are so fleeting that I scarcely remember them an hour later.
“I walk around, heavy-hearted and sad, night comes around and I’m still feeling bad, rain’s pouring down.” Well, not all the time, I shouldn’t exaggerate. But when it’s not actively raining it’s busy threatening to rain, and it’s hard to say whether that’s better or worse. It’s not making living here an appealing prospect, even though Portland’s a hip town, full of cool little shops and restaurants and friendly people, most of whom are apparently half my age. Or possibly even younger than that.
We’re not giving up yet, but we’re getting very discouraged. So if you know of a town where you can walk to everything you need, by which I do not mean to get a latte and a bagel, but really everything, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, where there’s a lot to do, where people care about community, and where it it doesn’t “keep raining all the time,” please post about it here, because we’ve pretty much run out of ideas. On a day like this, moving back to France seems like our only option, and that’s kind of sad. We’d really hoped to find a new home in America. “Stormy weather, just can’t get my poor self together.” So come on folks, help us out here, please. If such a place exists, a European-style town in America, we’re all ears. Unless, of course, the algae has already started growing in them too.