This is not the technical post I promised to write.

I just wanted to say how much I like living in Oregon! Tonight I couldn’t bear to stay home (Ted’s on travel until tomorrow, and the job people not only haven’t gotten back to me but when I checked in the auto-reply from the HR person said she’s on holiday from today through July 8). So I went to the local yarn shop, which was having a spinner’s night. I don’t spin, but figured they wouldn’t mind me taking up a chair knitting. So first I got conversation ranging from spinning technicalities way over my head, to the use of oil from deep-fried turkeys at Thanksgiving for bio-fueled cars, to my process book and how my ideas fit in with Intel culture (the locals say people do actually follow standard processes there). Then I wlked around the corner to pick up Indian take-out, and while I was waiting for that wandered around, dropped into a local wine bar, and picked up a small-batch Champagne (actual, not just methode champenoise) for our 20th anniversary next Thursday (yes, July 4).

I could have done all that walking around in Eindhoven, granted, and I wouldn’t have even had to drive out to that area in the first place (it’s 10 minutes or less from here by car, and there’s plenty of parking, though). On the other hand, most of the discussion would have been in Dutch and though the wine shop would be nearby, it would have been closed at that hour – it was around 8:30 when I got there. And the use of turkey-cooking oil to fuel cars seems very Oregonian. The yarn shop wouldn’t have been open, either, or having multiple gatherings a week.

I dunno. I just like it here. I think it’s the combination of the stuff I liked in the Netherlands (it’s not nearly as walkable here, but the Orenco area is, and plenty of stuff is a short bike ride away, plus there are farmer’s markets and a cool climate) with the things I like about the US (cheaper food, conversations in English (that’s not a criticism of the Dutch, I just didn’t work hard enough), stores open late, good shopping). There’s a liberal culture I haven’t experienced in the US since I left Philadelphia in 1989, and an ecology-minded attitude I haven’t encountered elsewhere in the US at all – the Netherlands comes close in some ways but looks at things a bit differently.