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To the New Yorker: I'm an East Coast transplant of 10 years. I love Portland, but I think I can relate to the ex-NYC'er. First of all, this place does not compare to any place from which any person is from, esp. NYC. That is a culture thing that she has to find peace with through time and experience. However, I do say that even to this day, that native Oregonians are usually a little unable to deal with a more straightforward, expressive east coast style. I'm from the South and my good friend and coworker is from New Jersey. We both still find a soft-spoken, retiring (some say incommunicative) style in people who can't handle more passionate or blunt language. As to her comment that Portlanders are indifferent to 9/11 or the rest of the world: No one outside of NYC, or the Pentagon, or Pa will have the same experience. (What if the attacks had been in other cities besides NY? Would New Yorkers have the same perspective?) Many Portlanders are well-traveled, very intelligent and very interested in national and world events. And lastly, don't be too hard on native PNW'ers who refer to any place west of here (Chicago, for example) as "back east."
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