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Santa Fe, Portland, and ?

Three overeducated, artsy young liberals are searching for a reasonably affordable small-to-mid-sized city to move to—someplace with a vibrant arts and/or academic community. We're seriously considering Portland, OR and Santa Fe, NM, which both offer the atmosphere and cost of living we're looking for. But which other cities should we consider? [more inside]
posted by alycoop on May 20, 2015 - 37 answers

How to donate shoes so that they'll be given away rather than sold?

I have managed to accumulate (over time and several bad buying decisions) three pairs of quality-make men's shoes of different types, all in nearly-new condition, that I don't want or can't wear, and I'd like them to go to someone who could really use them. The thing they have in common is each has a non-obvious flaw that would cause buyer's regret in anyone who actually paid money for them, so Goodwill is out. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on May 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Chronic Compartment Syndrome treatment in Portland Oregon?

Looking for a physician in Portland, OR area to diagnose and treat chronic exertional compartment syndrome. [more inside]
posted by elmay on May 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Good, safe places for me to ballroom/Latin/swing dance in Portland?

Recently moved to Portland, OR. I'm an intermediate ballroom/Latin/swing dancer and I'm overwhelmed by the amount of choices here when I google. In particular I want a nice safe place where I won't get groped or hit on a lot...I'm 30 and a reasonably attractive woman. Where I used to live I basically gave up on social dancing because I couldn't go anywhere without getting groped, and stuck to my Arthur Murray like glue. Any dancers out there that can help me out? [more inside]
posted by FireFountain on May 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Outdoor adventures in Portland, Maine!

MeFites provided me with some awesome recommendations when I spent some time in Albany, NY a couple of years ago, so I'm looking to you guys to help me out with Portland, Maine! [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

personal trainer in Portland, Oregon

Can anyone suggest a personal trainer in PDX (Southeast area or Downtown) who has experience and is sensitive to working with overweight people that are extremely reluctant to exercise? Please explain why you recommend a particular one.
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Vegan Portlandia Restaurants With Available Fart Zone?

Six days in Portland, OR, next week (May 3rd-9th). Interesting places to eat, sketch, or both? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Apr 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Buyer's agent recommendation for Portland, OR?

Apparently when you are looking for a condo, you need something called a "buyer's agent". I'm in Portland, OR looking for a cheaperish condo. Eastside, or North, or industrial NW preferably. Anybody have recommendations for a buyer's agent? Thanks!
posted by middlethird on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

[Portland Filter] Can you help me find a decent hotel near the MAX?

Hello Portlanders - I'll be coming to your fair city in mid-April and although I've visited a few times previously I don't really have a go-to hotel near the city. Can you recommend some good options? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Mar 28, 2015 - 10 answers

6 Days in Portland/Seattle

This (very) recent question had a lot of good suggestions of things to do in Portland, but I'm in Portland and Seattle for several days each this weekend, and I'm looking for advice about what to do in both cities. Difficulty: like outdoorsy things, but don't have a car. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 25, 2015 - 9 answers

5 day trip to Portland, OR

What 2 things would you recommend a friend do during a 5 day trip to Portland, Oregon in mid April?
posted by garlic on Mar 24, 2015 - 25 answers

What's the most fairly priced, least crooked long-distance mover?

What's the most fairly priced, least crooked long-distance mover? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Feb 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Where should my family and I live in Portland?

My family and I are moving to Portland in two weeks. We've been a number of times, but are unsure of where we should live. To start off we're getting temporary housing, but we want to buy a house and are seeking advice from locals. [more inside]
posted by ugly on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Portland Valentine's dinner

I probably should have asked this weeks ago... My husband and I will be in Portland, OR, for Valentine's Day and we'd like to have a nice but not ludicrously expensive dinner. We like Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, northwestern, seafood. Neither of us eat beef. Doesn't need to be fancy but does need to take reservations. We'll probably be eating early-ish, maybe 6 pm, which will hopefully help us find a spot. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Driving from Portland, OR to Phoenix, AZ.

Google Maps gives me a range of times between two routes depending on the time of day I query, so I'm curious if anyone has personal experiences between these two routes and suggestions for others. I'm trying to minimize driving time as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Student Housing in downtown Portland

My eldest will be heading off to Portland this summer, with plans of attending the Paul Mitchell School downtown. I'm trying to get a sense of what our housing options are, so I can budget and she can plan (she really likes things to be planned out). My ideal would be something as dorm-like as possible-in the sense that there are staff onsite, or available much of the time, other students around, and perhaps some of the extra costs are already rolled into your rent (utilities, internet, etc). [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Jan 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Portland OR: Saxophone Repair

I'm finally ready to part with a saxophone I no longer play, and I would like to have someone take a look at it beforehand to check it out and see if there is anything that needs fixing before it goes on the market. Anyone have any recommendations for who might be able to do that in Portland, OR?
posted by nanook on Jan 3, 2015 - 1 answer

Optometrist recommendation for Portland, OR?

I've been putting this off for too long, so it's time to see an optometrist. Ideally in the inner east side, or around Portland State. Thanks!
posted by middlethird on Dec 19, 2014 - 8 answers

What am I likely to pay for rent in Portland, Oregon?

Job offer in Portland. Yay! Only thing is, it is very modestly compensated. I have never lived in Portland and have never even been there, so I really have no idea how much things cost. If I were to look to live with roommates, how much would I be likely to end up paying? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Dec 10, 2014 - 16 answers

PDX Bound Next Week. Suggestions Suggestions Suggestions

Have not been to PDX in 5-6 years. Will be there next week from Wednesday 12/3 through Saturday 12/6. I'll be staying in DT Portland. Restaurants are covered. Looking for a bike rental shops, coffeehouse's with awesome pastries and pies, and other random cool places. My hangout spots are Hawthorne District and (of course) Powell's. I am also a Farmer's Market junky and would appreciate suggestion on local markets that will be taking place during that time. Thanks in advance...
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

How to help a friend who just started using meth

My friend showed up to my apartment around 2:30am this morning and admitted to my girlfriend and I that he started using meth for the first time on Thursday. I think he smoked at least two or three times between Thursday and coming to our place. He is now on our couch trying to sleep. We have no idea what to do. We are located in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Nov 15, 2014 - 20 answers

Hope my hair, ICU bed head edition, Portland

My long hair is a casualty of a recent ICU stint. I am ok with going short and starting over. But... There are complications. 1, I am still in hosp, and when I leave will be in a skilled nursing facility. 2, I moved here two days before ending up in hosp and have no friend base. 3, I have $40. I am hoping to find someone who would be willing to work in those confines to cut and style my hair, who does have experience. The nurses have no suggestions. I don't even know where to start, and am over whether by enough life changes in the past three months to last a lifetime. I need this to be as simple as possible. Please forgive not doing all the requisite searches, limited by tablet and energy. Thanks for suggestions on who might be able to help.
posted by batikrose on Nov 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Considering Real Estate investment options, help me decide?

I'm considering buying residential property to rent out, either in Portland, ME or Orlando, FL. Quite different scenarios, so the decision isn't really apples-to-apples. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Nov 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Testing out Portland and Seattle - what neighborhood to stay in.

My wife and I are planning a visit to Portland and Seattle to see if they are cities we would want to move to. What part of town should we stay in? And what parts of town should we visit? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Oct 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Looking for a counselor in PDX - DBT edition

I'm new to the area. A counselor, like a doctor, is a really good person to establish a working relationship with before you need one. Snowflake story inside [more inside]
posted by becomingly on Oct 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Moving to Portland Yippee! Sorting thru cable providers Yikes!

I am moving to Portland OR at the end of the month and it seems that the three cable/internet providers all have really bad reviews. Is one less bad than the other two? . [more inside]
posted by cairnoflore on Oct 7, 2014 - 9 answers

What should I expect when looking for a room in Portland, Oregon?

I'm moving back to Portland in a few days to finish my senior year of college, and I'll be looking for a room in a shared house/apt over the next few weeks to move into November 1st while I stay in an AirBnb. While I have lived in shared housing in Portland before, my memory is a bit fuzzy regarding the difficulty. I'm wondering whether I should lower my standards due to scarcity or hold out for a room that fits my needs more. I also would like to know whether I should wait for a room that is available on my target date of November 1st or one immediately and pay more money? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

On to the next chapter, onward and upward!

So I'm moving and getting roommates, any advice from the green on how to move forward with my life? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 19, 2014 - 14 answers

I really need mental health resources in Portland, OR.

My anxiety has flared up recently, to the point where I am reluctant to leave my house unless absolutely necessary. This weekend, I checked myself into urgent care after having five panic attacks in 12 hours. The health care providers there were less than helpful, and I feel like I've hit a wall in terms of figuring out how to get the help that I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Glasses adjustment in Portland?

You have a difficult prescription. There is somewhere in Portland, OR that you trust to get it right. Where is this place? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Moving across the country: good idea, bad idea, or BEST idea?

Following a series of personal crises, our protagonist contemplates relocating to a warmer, albeit cloudier, part of the world. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 9, 2014 - 28 answers

Good Portland OR neighborhood for AirBnB?

On a whim, we booked a trip to Portland, OR for next month. Then I went to book hotels, and apparently it is marathon weekend, and there are very few hotel rooms available downtown, and all above $200/night. We are looking to AirBnb as an alternative, but it's unclear which neighborhoods are good and which are bad as a tourist base. Every single listing says it's in a great neighborhood with easy access to public transit, so any tips?
posted by smackfu on Sep 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Professional shoes for rainy weather?

It's that time of year again, when I need to put the sandals away and figure out what the heck to put on my feet for the next 9 months. Help. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 9, 2014 - 22 answers

Portland, Oregon Auto mechanic recommendation?

As a result of a series of events, it looks like I will be driving my boyfriend's older Bronco as a daily vehicle for a while. Before I start doing this, the Bronco should be tuned up and given a once-over and determined to be mechanically sound. I don't have an existing relationship with an auto mechanic. Can you recommend one in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Sep 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Best resources for buying spices? (Online or Seattle)

One of the things I miss about living in the big city is access to a Penzeys spice store. The other thing I miss is having enough money to afford to shop there. I am looking for any good resources on where to buy spices, either online, or within a few hours of Seattle, which is now my nearest metropolis. "The spice must flow!" [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Aug 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Conservative dentist in Portland, Oregon?

New to town and looking for a conservative - in the sense of "prefers not to drill if it's reasonably avoidable" - dentist in Portland, Oregon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Bonus points if you suggest a place where my child can harass ducklings

What to do with a 1-year-old this weekend in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by town of cats on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I eat gooseneck barnacles & explore unique spots in Portland?

For instance, my SO really wants to find a place that serves gooseneck barnacle like they did here and explore spots like the abandoned Upper Salmonberry River Railway. We wanted to see sloths, but it was booked. We know these kind of unique local gems are coveted, but does anyone mind sharing their favorite off-the-beaten path activities in PDX? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Back-Country Camping in the Pacific Northwest

I'm looking for recommendations on where to do some back-country/wilderness camping in the Seattle/Portland area from around Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe on Aug 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Ye Old Off Ramp Inn? Portland, Maine edition

I'm looking for a cheap place to crash off Rt. 95 near (or slightly North of) Portland, ME this Friday night. I will be arriving late-ish and leaving early the next morning, so hotel amenities are a non-issue. Most of the places I'm finding, your Days Inns and Travel lodges, are $150 or so minimum. I'd prefer to do better. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Aug 4, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I find an insurance broker? Portland edition.

How do I find an insurance broker? Portland edition. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Aug 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Good place to stay between Portland & Seattle?

We (spouse, myself, and 2.5 year old toddler) are on a vacation in the Northwest US. What cool place can we stay this Saturday that is somewhere (more or less) on the way from Portland to Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Jul 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Portland, ME internet service provider that we can live with?

Me, the husband and Supercoolbaby are heading south to live in Portland! We've had TimeWarner and Comcast and do hate them so. So what Internet providers do people recommend for price and decent service in Portland, Maine? If possible we'd like to avoid the big horrible companies. We're an internet TV-only household so no TV or phone service required. Thanks!
posted by supercoollady on Jul 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Friendly martial arts in Portland?

What are some martial arts or self defense communities in Portland, OR I might enjoy becoming involved with? [more inside]
posted by thug unicorn on Jul 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Moving to Maine Part 2

So we rented the house and have a moving date and now we're looking for recommendations for movers that can get us from far Northern NY to Portland, Maine. I think we'll be better off with movers from Maine coming to get us as where we are currently movers are few and far between. Any recommendations for movers that provide such a service? Thanks!
posted by merocet on Jul 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Portland, Maine. Is Craigslist best for rentals?

We're hopefully going to get the go ahead on a job move to Portland, Maine very soon and want to get set up with a rental to move into when we get there. Looking for a pet friendly 2/3 bed house/apartment in either Portland itself or South Portland or nice neighborhoods very nearby. Is Craigslist the best place to look or is there something Maine/Portland specific that outsiders like us wouldn't know about? Any tips/area recommendations gratefully received!
posted by merocet on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Portland Filter: Looking for a quiet restaurant in the Pearl

I am meeting up with a friend in the Pearl, someone I haven't seen for years, and would like a quiet, moderately-priced restaurant for dinner. Somewhere that is low-decibel level and conducive for conversation?
posted by nanook on Jun 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeing volcanic sights en route to Seattle?

Road trip filter! We're spending today (and tonight) in Portland and want to be in Seattle by mid-afternoon tomorrow. On the way, we'd like to visit a volcanic (or geological) outdoorsy spot. The original idea was to hike the Ape Cave lava tube, but looking at a map, it may be too far out of the way if we want to leave Portland at 9am and reach Seattle by 4. Any good alternatives?
posted by itesser on Jun 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me move a concrete birdbath 1800 miles

I have a tall, concrete bird bath that I need to get moved or shipped. It probably weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 pounds. It will need to get from Duluth, MN to Portland, OR. What is the best option here? Do we call a moving company there and try and get it to hitch a ride? Hire a college student on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by mimo on Jun 7, 2014 - 9 answers

How does my garden grow?

Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

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