Before I moved I was warned that Portlanders are tired of Californians moving here and that I might face a negative attitude. Almost 4 years later I have yet to encounter this.
Probably because most of your neighbors moved here from CA within the last 10 years?
I remember when I was a kid and our family moved to Coos Bay (It's in Oregon, on the South coast) from Texas in 1976. We had just driven into town with a U-Haul in tow and two different motorists within about 10 minutes shouted "Go Home!" at us... Us kids were a bit concerend, but my parents had gone to college in Eugene said something like "Yep, we're back in Oregon!" and dad explained that it's so nice here that people want to keep it that way. Fortunately, I was young enough to be able to lose my Texas accent within a short amount of time (and after some ribbing from my classmates).
Oh, and my parents moved (back) here in 1976 without having jobs lined up ahead of time. Dad figured he could substitute teach and mom figured she'd be able to find work in a hospital as a nurses aid. It was a tough couple of years including all of us picking ferns in the forest which we sold to a florist wholesaler as well as digging clams at low tide so we'd have some protein. Tough, but memorable.
When I moved back again in 1990 I made sure that we changed our California plates as soon as possible. My wife (a California native) didn't understand why I was in such a hurry to do that.
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