Long Overdue Update: Hello From Portlandia

Hello out there. I’m coming to you from Portland, or Portlandia as many people I seem to know love to call it. Frankly, I’ve been meaning to post here multiple times in the last three weeks, but needless to say life has been a whirlwind since we started the moving process.

Let me catch you up on what’s going on in the life of the Feders, and what exactly is happening to this blog.

So we moved. There, moving on. Ok fine, just kidding. I’ll skip most of the boring details. Here’s a quick synopsis:

  • Moving sucks
  • Otto isn’t a huge fan of his airline approved pet carrier
  • Moving is made interesting when one person travels for work during the week you move
  • We didn’t really cry until we walked into the Minneapolis airport
  • Nearly nothing got broken in the move
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family is ridiculously hard

While Karen was meeting the movers and unpacking our house, I was in Detroit for half the week and Vegas the other half. Both were work trips, and I offered to skip the Detroit trip but Karen said it wasn’t a big deal. Not sure if she still feels that way, but I don’t feel like asking.

Karen and I rented a house in a suburb called Beaverton. Door to door, it is 21 minutes from our house to her office in downtown Portland, with no traffic. We are a mere 5 minutes away from a Max (the public transit light rail system) station which Karen uses each morning to get downtown, and I suppose to get home as well.

Otto is adjusting well. He loves having a fenced backyard to play in, and he really loves having all the stairs and open space in our house. The one downside of having a three level house is Otto has decided he needs to place toys on each level. He’s taking over our house.

Karen seems to be liking her new job as an Online Marketing Manager at WebTrends. She’s already traveled down to their offices in San Francisco once to work with the team there.

As for me? Well, I’m adjusting. I can’t prove it but this move might have been the hardest for me out of the three of us. Portland is pretty and the people seem nice. The weather is mild and I like the place we chose to live. It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and just call my friends to go grab a bite to eat, but it has made me appreciate my close friends even more. I’ve had to learn how to *gasp* pick up the phone and call people just to chat. It’s a weird concept that I’m still working on.

And finally this blog, what’s going to happen here? Well, I’ve considered changing the name to Accelerate PDX or Portland, and that change is still on the table. I’ve been too swamped to make any real moves with that. So for the exact moment the logo isn’t changing. My heart still lives in Minneapolis and so the name isn’t a complete lie. But stay tuned for further updates on that.

As for the content, I mentioned originally when the move was made public that the content on this site is going to evolve. Many of the things I used to post here, I now write for our sites at work. So this move has in essence become the immediate catalyst of change. Reviews of new vehicles will still make it here but they will be shorter and more to the point. They might really just become quick driving impressions, but I’m not sure about this at the moment. I want to end up posting more random stuff, and more updates about me, my life with cars, and my family. Now that I’ve moved, this is a great outlet for people to be able to keep up with what’s going on with the Feders. My life revolves around cars, so this shouldn’t change the focus too much. Besides who are we kidding, name a day I didn’t talk about cars with someone somewhere at some point.

I don’t see these changes happening quickly and it will take time for me to adapt. So stick with me if you will.

This whole thing has been an adventure and I look forward to continue to share it with you.

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One Response to “Long Overdue Update: Hello From Portlandia”

  1. Steven Benario #

    Welcome to the PNW! Enjoy the rain.

    11/01/2011 at 9:18 pm Reply

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