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Since you have stated that you graduated from a HBC, your alma mater would be Florida A&M University (FAMU). Am I correct?
If so, my alma mater plays FAMU in the MEAC.
Ever thought about moving to the East coast? Let me toot the East coast horn for a minute.
I know that this part of the country is very pricey (you can always find something in NJ or CT) but every young person should experience it once. I love this area (as all know I was born and reared in New Jersey).
I have visited many places around the country and still prefer the East coast.
I still like the hectic pace and energy of the City. I love living on the shore (especially during the summer months) and you can not beat all of the cultural activities in this neck of the woods! You are within driving distance to MD, DC, CT, Rhode Island and MA.
The job market here is not that bad compared to the rest of the country.
I went to college in North Carolina and like it there also (maybe retire then when I am much older) but my goal was to always come back home and work on Wall Street (something that I accomplished). I have not regretted it once.
My husband, on the other hand, prefers the West coast (his home). He likes the warm weather of his hometown, San Diego. The traffic there would make me go postal and the pace of life (for right now) is too slow for my taste. Plus, my industry is not represented there. So, for the time being he is on the East coast, sulking.
You have expressed some of my thoughts. When OpFan mentioned Portland, after thinking about the rain, I thought about if there was a substantial black population there. I just didn't know how to say it, which is crazy since we basically have talked about everything under the moon on here.
First of all, HELLO!! I'm sure life has been keeping you busy and treating you well.
To answer your question, No, I have never wanted to live on the East Coast. It's too freakin cold there in the winters. However, I have definitely wanted to visit there. I have always wanted to go to Times Square for New Year's Eve. One of these years I will do it. I will say you are a great spokeswoman, though ;-)
I think that for *Oregon*, Portland has a lot of black folks. But that's not that many. Of course, it's more than in, say, Maine or New Hampshire! Or North Dakota or South Dakota.
When I lived in Miami, one of my neighbors, a black man, was from Wyoming. So of course I had to say "I didn't know there were any of us in Wyoming!" which I'm sure he's only heard a skillion times. And there aren't that many at all, but apparently there are some black families there that go back quite a long time, descendants of the Buffalo Soldiers.
You know, now that I write that down, I wonder if that guy was yanking my chain. Well, it sounded plausible at the time.
Just taking a sleepy look at what's going on here, and thought I'd offer these thoughts:
Springtime in Portland are to die for. Three solid months of blossoms. My first year here, I thought I'd die from lack of sunshine. I hated it. But when spring arrived, even I had to admit that I'd never seen anything like it before. The Garden of Eden!
I was also disappointed when I first arrived that the population was not very diverse, compared with the Twin Cities and the U of MN campus, where I came from. I just asked Google about the make-up of our population and found this:
"Meanwhile, black people still accounted for 2 percent of the state's population in 2008, and other races made up the remaining 8 percent (Graph 1). In all, Oregon had about 374,000 residents who were non-white or of multiple racial groups in 2008 - more than double the number of non-white residents (160,000) in 1990.
"Oregon has a very high concentration of white people compared to the national average, as only 80 percent of the United States population is white. Oregon also has a smaller concentration of black people compared to the national average of 13 percent. Oregon has the same concentration of all other races as the national average (7%)."
Like Christina said, the percentage of blacks in Portland is higher than in the state as a whole, but I'm not able to find what that % is. Also, this state is politically very conservative, except for Portland, which is quite liberal. Opfan is right. Portland is a mecca of creativity. Artists, musicians, writers, poets, dancers galore.
My 2-cent contribution.
Ok, I get your drift, Christina. I basically knew it was a lost cause for the state of Oregon, but I still wondered about Portland eventhough I knew it was a booming city. You forgot one, Nebraska.
I don't think that man was pulling your chain because I remember seeing something about black cowboys that lived up in that area.
Willow, Thanks for your informative 2 cents. And I believe you guys when you say how great Portland is.
I understand your concern about posting too much information on the Internet. Anyway, I had already answered my own question by Googling Tallahassee universities, but I won't mention what I found. Shhhhhhh :-)
You've heard quite correctly about Sarasota! It's quite a beautiful place and one of the artsier communities on the west coast. The Ringling mansion and museum are well worth seeing. It's the mansion of John and Mabel Ringling (of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus), which is open for tours, and the very large classical art museum. Also, the circus museum is great fun and quite nostalgic for people of our vintage! It's only about an hour-and-a-half from me, so pencil me in for a lunch. :-) Also on this coast, Fort Myers has the Thomas Edison winter home and laboratory, right next door to the Henry Ford estate.
First of all, you definitely win the Funny Line of the Week Award for your big honkin' magenta studded belt with skull!!! I'm still smiling at that! AND as if that weren't enough, you've forced me to give Talbots another chance. I am going this weekend to check out their sheaths, and I do love the photos of the blue one you ordered. I'll be eager to hear how you like it.
We have a cooler weekend in the forecast--along with lower humidity! And that means GOOD HAIR DAYS! Life is good!
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.
To add 2 more cents to Willow's, I think Portland is an area with open-minded people, even if other parts of the state may not be. Like Washington state and many others, it is a state of contrasts, rural and urban. You might want to avoid Eugene, an odd mix of far left and far right. (In my opinion that is, Willow might have a different take on it.)
Hi Groovy -
I'm sorry to say that I don't know Eugene at all. But I do know Portland to be liberal and open-minded. I'm proud to say that the LGBT community here is thriving and growing. I think that speaks well for Portlanders.
Despite the small percentage of blacks in our population, black people have held very prominent positions, like Police Chief and Conductor of the Oregon Symphony -- James DePriest.
BarbG -I'll get your email if this trip materializes. Of course fell free to let me know if you ever hit Vermont or the Cape.
Christina - I would add Vermont to the list of places that does not have a sizable black population.
Willow -I hear more good things about Portland -I have friends who are moving from ABQ to Portland in a few years. I can't wait to visit them there.
First off, how you? Things have been hectic around here and I have just been lurking.
I am preparing to take my nephew to the American Museum of Natural History to see an exhibit about frogs (200 varieties). He wants to bring all of his friends (which is not going to happen) so I have narrowed it to one!
Yes it is cold (not so much as when I was a child), but some parts of the midwest are much colder than we are.
Believe it or not, I really enjoy the cold weather better than the hot. For right now, I would not live in a climate that is hot all year round. I look forward to the winter months. I don't care for spring or fall. I don't like the unpredictable weather pattern. At least in the summer I know that it is going to be hot and humid, and the winter cold and snowy.
The summers in New York are blistering (some summers) so I am so happy when I come home and can walk the beach on the weekends. Even though I am an hour outside of the City, the weather can be totally different. I will leave the shore and it is not as cold as in New York!
I would never do Times Square on New Year's Eve. My parents took me when I was a kid about twice and that was enough for me. It is just too many people. I enjoy it better watching it on tv (even though most New Year's we are not in town).
Well, if you ever change your mind, let me know. I would love to show you around my City (just not Times Square to watch the ball drop)!
Thomas Edison home/laboratory is located in West Orange, NJ in Llewellyn Park
New Jersey was Edison's home, but he had a winter home and laboratory here, right on the Caloosahatchee River. I've toured it many times; it's a great old Florida style house with a wrap-around porch. He had it built before the street was constructed, so all the materials were brought in by boat. Quite a story! The street that was eventually built is one of the main streets in town and desperately needs to be widened, but the historic district won't allow it because that would necessitate moving or removing the several miles of royal palm trees planted by Edison himself.
I guess your friends from Albuquerque realize that they are leaving a place of much sun for a place of months of grey and rain per year. It can be very difficult to get used to. I arrived here and stayed because this is where my husband's job was and is. I have finally gotten used to it (mostly). I certainly love the lush beauty that results from all that rain.
I recently met a fellow Minnesotan who, upon arrival here, observed that almost everyone here has a garden that we would have driven miles to see in Minnesota.
Portland is a convenient kind of place -- large enough to have just about everything culturally, but small enough that getting to an event is quite hassle-free. We are also within easy driving to the coast, the mountains with all their good skiing and hiking, and the desert.
My limitations keep me from participating in much of Portland's life, but I read about it and feel that it's quite a happenin' place. I'd be curious to know what your friends say about Portland.
I can't complain. I'm living, right? So, I have time to work on this thing they call life.
Frogs, yuck! I remember when my cousin use to find frogs and chase me up and down the street with them. Awww, the good ole days. The only time I ever had fun with a frog was in biology class, dissecting it to pieces.HAHA! You are a great negotiator if you got all his friends down to just one ;-)
Truthfully, I like cold weather. What I hate is the snow. And I know cities that are use to snow get it up pretty fast, but I still don't want to fool with it. I don't have time to be dealing with ice and black ice and anything of the sorts. See the thing is, I am clumsy. And I know every winter I would eventually hit the pavement and somehow hurt myself. So that's why. If that wasn't the case, I probably would move back to Chicago.
Yeah, it does look like it is packed on New Year's Eve, but that is what makes me want to go. It looks like they all are having fun and they are not with any BS type of stuff, although I am sure you have your a-holes that must act foolish wherever they go. If I am ever up there, I know who I can count on (just not on New Year's Eve)LOL!!
Nyon, can I interest you in Indy? Really? No? Okay, seriously, if all of our family weren't here, we wouldn't be either. Indy is a great city for families, but we are often one of a handful of black families at many events, sad but true. That gets really old. My husband has two sisters who've moved to North Carolina, and I really love it there. I just can't see relocating.
It would be exciting to have all these options open to you! What is your career field? Is there a city that would be better for your career, or is it something you can do anywhere?
I am glad you answered your question for me! LOL!! But i'm not hating on Indiana because I've been there a few times in my life. My father lived there when he was alive. So, I spent a couple of summers in good old Gary, Indiana.
My potential career field is healthcare admin, so that is everywhere, no problem about that.
You guys I feel bad that this subject has completely hijacked the fall fashion discussion. I'm over it, you guys get back to talking about pencil skirts and killer boots and all. One thing that I am going to have to get sooner rather than later or maybe I should ask someone to get it for christmas, is a boyfriend cardigan. They look so comfy. I passed by QVC or HSN and Serena Williams had some cute ones and she had a pretty purple one, which is my fave.
Ugg boot seekers: I went to Costco today and discovered they carry pretty good knockoffs of Ugg boots. They are real shearling, and the ones I saw were in a kind of greyish-mushroom shade. Really nice. And (drum roll, please) - $38! If you don't have a Costco near you, you could check out their website. In case they do not tell you online, there is note on the shoebox that says you should get them to fit snugly, as shearling stretches. This is true.
Thanks for the Costco tip, OpFan! I went over last weekend to see if I could get a pair for my daughter who lives in Seattle. The store near me didn't have them, but I heard from someone else that they're expected, so I'll check again. We do get a surprising number of winter items in our local stores.
The funniest sight, though, is Ugg boots with shorts!!! A couple of weeks ago, I saw a former student on campus wearing very short denim shorts with a pair of Ugg-type boots. A friend who has a daughter in high school told me that's a fad in the local high school. Funny!
Ugg boots are a very good idea in Seattle right now!!
I think it's the only way to wear Uggs. Tiny mini and huge chunky boots. Or I suppose endless legs in leggings and Uggs. There's something a little bit apres ski about it that's quite foxy.
Just chiming in on the Portland conversation, it's such a cultural hotspot. I had a great time there when I visited and I hope to come back soon! The music scene is particularly strong with great choirs performing all over the world (like Cantores in Ecclesia). I have a friend with a shop on Stark SE and that's in amongst a hotbed of hugely creative restaurants. It's so rich in art, crafts, cooking, jewellery making, weaving... it reminds me a bit of Cornwall in England - it's where all the artists go because the light is great and there's a special quality to the place that enables people to think and create. Somehow, Portland seems to do the same thing. All my friends there are either musicians or artisans or dancers or something creative. Truly inspiring.
Anywho, I came on to mention that I really liked Thakoon's shoes for Spring Summer 2010. I was doing a routine cruise of Vogue.co.uk and there they were, completely stunning. I also just wanted to mention that it's nice to see him showing up on the UK Vogue website. I wonder if I'll be able to buy them in London now???
I think this might be a link but I'm not sure....http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/trends/2010-spring-summer/100104-springsummer-2010-shoes.aspx#/imageno/23
Has anyone heard of jeggings??? I'd been noticing some particularly skinny jeans around campus lately; then yesterday, one of my fashion-conscious students asked me if I'd heard of jeggings. They're a cross between jeans and leggings. They're denim with a LOT of spandex, and they fit like leggings. I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy them any time soon, but you never know! It took me a few years to get the courage to buy a pair of skinny jeans and even longer to get up the nerve to wear leggings in public. Now this! Oh, what's a fashionista to do???? :)
I have not heard the term jeggings, but it sure seems to fit! I do see them here in Seattle, although I don't know what that says, since we aren't known to be icons of fashion. I did get an e-mail from Nordstrom today advertising very skinny pants, some denim. Having had big feet from an early age, I'm always afraid skinny pants emphasize that!
You are right on top of fashion, BarbG! I opened up the newspaper and there is a Macy*s ad for HUE "Denim-inspired leggings in must-have colors and styles". Just what you are talking about.
BarbG, Last year, I tried on the jeggings you mentioned. I didn’t know that's what theywere. I was surprised to see stretch skinny jeans, but they didn't have it in black and theyfelt like a girdle and very hot.
I don't wear spandex or tights, and certainly not in the summer. I feel like ripping them off.I go to this private boutique with a few of the latest fashions and each design is unique from size 5-20+ and sexy cut out tops for ladies with larger arms and tummies, who thoughtthey couldn’t find that look to fit them.
The location is hidden in the strangest place. Prices there are great & fashions are reallyvogue... the shoes, oo la la. Watched a fashion show today. For Spring, they showed -Big trend will be 'sheer tops'. Chiffon bold print hot colours and lots of graphic designs, very feminine. I think I'll closet shop now, as I keep things for a long time. You ladies are probably up-to-date. I don't have daughters, so I'll be taking a trip to the mallto see what's in for spring. All the best.
Jeggings have a huge cult following for the early teens here, and are generally hated by everyone else. Even the teenage boys I know think they are disgusting, so I guess it's just young girls who are makig a bid for the photos they will look at it twenty years and regret....
I've been doing a little prep for Autumn and I got my nice long party dress which is silver grey, charcoal grey and a purple peacock feather pattern. It's short sleeved, which is kind of hopeless for me, but I'm looking for a grey or purple shrug to take me through the Autumn into Winter. I also got a lovely medium weight grey jersey top with a twist detail and a low V neck, which accentuates my only good bit and disguises several bad bits. It looks alarmingly like a maternity top but hell, I'm not being picky right now. I just stay front on to anyone who wants to talk to me.
I'm dusting off my winter boots as it gets colder, and getting them polished ready to go ......