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    Hello from Portland OR transplant from San Jose CA

    Hi

    I am actually rather surprised that I have not offically announced a "hello" or posted anything on the bike forums. Been signed up for long enough...might as well start now!

    Like the title says...I moved to PDX about a yr and a month ago. My fiance and I have been contemplating the move for a good 3-4 yrs before making the move. we were visiting her sister and partner, as well as brother that moved up here after finishing college up in portland over 10 yrs ago now.

    My fiance's parents raised the kids in San Jose, but the mom was orig from Cottage Grove OR. She moved to San Jose to raise the kids along with the father.

    Over the years of visiting family in Portland many times the kids just liked it in PDX better so they moved. Now the parents sold the home they bought for 60k in aroudn the early 70's for a million and joined my fiance and I to be with all the kids that took off up North.


    I love our neighborhood of Woodstock. I can bike pretty efficiently here. San Jose was not horrible by any means (at least it was "flat") but it wasnt the most bike friendly place in earth either. Too sprawled out for my tastes. Fast pace to. Not much charm.
    I biked to my college radio show at Santa Clara U (KSCU) for about 7 yrs on a fairly regularly basis as well as my job at Home Depot on Hamilton and the school I attended, San Jose City college. All very close to our Willowgeln appartment.

    Mt Hood community college is much further from my home, and the bus will get me there...but it takes about 1 hr to use the system over a 25 min drive. I tend to brake it up with public trans and driving the A2 GTI 16v as needed. If I am working in Beaverton and have class, like Mondays mix of work early in the day and class later... bring to my schedule, I am almost forced to drive.

    If anyone here is a new wave, or synthpop music fan (new and old) and lives in Portland or wants to chat on line... I am all for it. I love to bike the Cooridor, to downtown, and other SE areas of Portland on my spare time. I try and make as many biking events in the community as I can. I DJ and have played The Fez and Noir for some 80's nights so far. Look forward to more.

    I look forward to taking part in the list.

    Kenny

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    Hello Kenny, you certainly don't need to have anyone tell you where everything is, so I'll just leave it at--all those place names for San Jose are quite familiar. I used to work on Hamilton Avenue (at the main PO) years ago....

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    Welcome, Kenny. I'm around Division and SE 21st, myself. I mostly commute downtown, but I occasionally have to make it out to 172nd and Division for work. That is definitely a long haul for me. I've lived in the Woodstock area before - it's very nice. Have you discovered the Delta Cafe yet?
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    hi donnamb

    Very cool. I know that area pretty well. Division and 21st puts you very close to downtown. Must be nice for that commute. I think it take me about 35 minutes cruising from our place nearby the 52nd and Harold area to downtown via Steele Street/to 26th/to Clinton/to Ladd's, etc. Not too bad, but there is a fair share of hills on the way back. The Cooridor is a nice ride to.

    Your ride to 172nd sounds fairly brutal. I mean, I would be down to ride it...but quite a commute I imagine?

    Delta is the place that leaves food in the belly for a while after I eat. I have ordered the Tofu sandwich fully dressed or lighter style a good 4 out of 5 times I have been there the last 5 months I have lived in this neighborhood. The mac and cheese and Okra is killer. I normally order the Pabst 40 in a cold coffee can (because I am just classy that way. Normally really regret it, the last few sips are painfull. Nice 10 minute walk through the park and to Woodstock st to get to Delta Cafe. The walk back is crucial after that heavy food.

    Thanks for the welcome and I hopefully I will see you around.

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    I am "always" looking for places to go. Do not be shy in offering ideas.

    I think the main post office must have moved? Or, is there a sister one to the one closer to Hamilton and Meridan..."on" Meridian?

    Thanks for the welcome. This list is fab.

    Kenny

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    Hello Kenny, you certainly don't need to have anyone tell you where everything is, so I'll just leave it at--all those place names for San Jose are quite familiar. I used to work on Hamilton Avenue (at the main PO) years ago....

    Welcome (belatedly) to BF!

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    Yep, a fair number of hills between your neighborhood and mine. My brother lives around 63rd and Duke, so I know them all quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
    I am "always" looking for places to go. Do not be shy in offering ideas.

    I think the main post office must have moved? Or, is there a sister one to the one closer to Hamilton and Meridan..."on" Meridian?

    Thanks for the welcome. This list is fab.

    Kenny
    Yup, the main sorting facility moved a few years after I left San Jose. Supposedly to 'better' digs !

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    Before Woodstock

    I lived in SW Hillsdale area for 6 months before we found a home to call our own in Woodstock. I always wanted to live in SE. SW Hillsdale was actually pretty OK. It was lovely and had a sense of community. The appartment we had was a short walking distance to Noahs bagels and the busline to downtown ran frequently. Biking to downtown was actually shorter and a snap. Just all downhill.

    It was just a wee bit too Suburban and older couples and families seemed to be the most prodominant.

    Coming back though...oh no, I "always" took the bus back.

    We were priced-out of Clinton and Hawthorne areas. However, now that I am actually living in Woodstock, I like it just as well. Having the bank, Safeway, and library and park all within a quick walk is killer. TJ's off 39th and a quick 10 min bike ride. Sellwood for Saburo Sushi nearby. Hawthorne and Clinton are within 15-25 minutes respectively. The hills back usually mean a 30 minute ride from Hawthorne. Not too bad.

    When we 1st started experimenting with moving we ventured into Woodstock about 4 yrs ago. it was WAY different then. Really nice now. Granted, all the homes, no matter where we showed interest in moving to...have about doubled in price.

    We started off in Hillsdale due to my fiance's teaching job being in Beaverton, and it was a good compromise for me to get downtwon and bike to Hawthorne, etc. Luckily after we moved she got a Portland proper teaching job in NE Portland in Alberta/Sabin and the commute is much better. If I could convince her to bike...

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    In her defense, Kenny, our north-south bikeways do leave a lot to be desired.
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    true

    I think you are right. There is a lot of traffic and funky spots where cars are zooming this way and that in intersections. Anything I am missing? Probably would be less than pleasant.

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    The city will be putting more north-south bikeways into the next bicycle master plan. They're creating it right now. They definitely want one further east than the usual "bike epicenter".
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Hi, from Kingman, AZ

    I'm new, just signed up yesterday too. I have a friend in Cottage Oregon, and Portaland and relatives in San Jose. Small world.
    Biking is new to me, but I love it. Six months now. I do five miles or up to 6 1/2 a day. Probably time to step it up. We have hills to climb here, some coasting and somewhat level areas in our neighborhood, so we get a fairly good workout. My husband rides with me. We have Landrider auto shift bikes and love them. At least for us beginners. I took my first tumble on Tuesday night. A few scrapes. Don't know how I did it. Lost my balance coming to a stop to drink some water. But I was back at it today (Thursday) and did our usual route. I was determined to not let it stop me. I fell on Roller Skates once and totally gave it up (but I didn't have insurance then), now I do. I am in my 50's so this was a great challenge and accomplishment for me. Two years ago my health was in the gutter and I got no exercise at all. 32# down and hoping to lose another 32#

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    Interested in women's biking forum

    Can you tell me more about the women's biking forum and how to join.

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