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December 1, 2011 3:05 PM   Subscribe

Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in September. Related: how to lose $2400 in 24 seconds.
posted by OverlappingElvis (12 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
To be clear, every time someone moves to Oregon, God kills like a thousand of the most adorable kittens you can imagine. So really, you should stay home. For the kittens sake.

(/loves oregon.)
posted by kaibutsu at 3:16 PM on December 1, 2011 [11 favorites]


It rains an awful lot here. More than Seattle, even. A cold, penetrating rain, mostly that has none of the restoring effects of rain elsewhere. Our rain does not like you. Our rain will sap your will to live.
posted by Danf at 3:45 PM on December 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


every time someone moves to Oregon, God kills like a thousand of the most adorable kittens you can imagine

Kitty has died of dysentery.
posted by nathancaswell at 3:48 PM on December 1, 2011 [9 favorites]


However, if you wish to invest in one of our startups, or give my girlfriend a job, then I will totally let you visit here when the months are clear.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:48 PM on December 1, 2011


kaibutsu: "For the kittens sake."

For Portland's economy's sake.
posted by schmod at 3:55 PM on December 1, 2011


As a kid my family would go to the Oregon coast to escape the heat. I recognized that was Cannon Beach within a few frames in the how to lose $2400 in 24 seconds video even though I haven't been there in decades. What was disappointing in the video was the giant log entering the frame in the last second or two. The part that would blow me away as a kid was all the driftwood (giant logs, really) near our place in Newport would be completely be rearranged over the summer. I always wanted to visit during a big storm and watch the ocean toss those logs around like toys.
posted by birdherder at 4:37 PM on December 1, 2011


I've lived in Oregon for 17 years now, and traveled around a fair bit, and I don't remember seeing all this movie poster teal-and-orange anywhere.
posted by darksasami at 5:17 PM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am an Oregon native - an on their way to being long in the tooth native. This footage makes me remember why I love this place.

But then I also remember sideways rain that always finds its way down the back of your collar. Endless gray (and by gray I mean soul crushing, from the depths of the underworld shade of gray, that invokes silent, despairing weeping) for days, weeks, months on end. Even dogs are wise enough to sneak a crap behind the couch rather than go out in that.

We do have Powell's book store.

And bars - lots and lots of bars. So there's that.
posted by dutcherino at 6:49 PM on December 1, 2011


Metafilter: the underworld shade of gray, that invokes silent, despairing weeping
posted by fiercekitten at 9:56 PM on December 1, 2011


According to the music, Oregon's mother died and eventually comes to accept his passing after a particularly nasty binge.
posted by Brocktoon at 10:50 PM on December 1, 2011


Then there's the the foot long, yuppy eating banana slugs to worry about. Not to mention the perennial Hop shortage.
posted by monotreme at 11:43 PM on December 1, 2011


To be clear, every time someone moves to Oregon, God kills like a thousand of the most adorable kittens you can imagine. So really, you should stay home. For the kittens sake.

As a native Oregonian, I can confirm this is true. I got a kitten in Oregon when I was 6 years old, and 21 years later, during the Great Immigration Wave of Snooty Califurnians IX, my fluffy-wuffy Morris died.

Hamburgers aside – now that I live on the French Riviera (which I didn't choose for its weather, btw, but in large part because France's Silicon Valley, Sophia Antipolis, is here), I very much miss the rain and grey weather. But then, I always liked it. In my humble opinion, fog is one of the most excellent natural phenomena ever. (As long as you're careful when you drive in it. It's much more enjoyable on foot or bicycle.)

If you have problems with sideways rain getting down your neck, buy a wide-brimmed rain hat. They're so much better than umbrellas, you'll never go back. A decent rain jacket can also do the job quite well. You do need rain pants too, though.

Fun Fact: The U of Oregon Marching Band doesn't cancel practices for rain. So I'm also speaking from the firsthand experience of wearing a rain jacket while carrying around a cheap tenor saxophone (no worries, we don't sacrifice good ones to the rain goddess) with a plastic reed in various sorts of rain showers, downpours, sleet, hail, and even snow... but admittedly, the snow was in Dallas, for the 1996 Cotton Bowl, heh. There's nothing quite like playing music outside in the rain. I miss it. (And the bright yellow GoreTex capes with stand-up collars we originally had for our uniforms. Those were awesome. Kept you so warm and dry.)
posted by fraula at 5:12 AM on December 2, 2011


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