I'd like to dedicate a special tribute to the city and to all of the posters here who live in the city of Portland, Oregon. I spend a couple of days up there recently to visit some colleges and had a great time. I love the gloomy weather (seriously, I hate heat), didn't mind the rain at all, and found the scenery and air quality to be quite an upgrade from the LA area. I like the small city blocks and all the brewpubs, too. And one last thing - the system used to pay for curbside parking is brilliant. I've always thought that meters were very unfair in that you couldn't take the extra minutes with you, and lo and behold, along comes a city where you can take them with you. Kudos to the city planners.