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Well, Oregon residents; I think I owe you an apology. Over the years, I have collectively accumulated about 3 weeks in your beautiful state. I was visiting my distributors and training their sales personnel how to market my product line. Everyone that I met was very nice. I am from Georgia and they found my voice to be "interesting" and "entertaining". It is a beautiful state and I have traveled up and down the coastal side in numerous trips in various rental cars.

Every mile that I have ever driven in Oregon involved my using the windshield wipers! Every mile - no joke! I thought to myself and mentioned to others, that Oregon would be a dreary place to live. The thing about Atlanta weather is if you don't like it, simply wait for a day or two and it will be different. In my years of living here, I've seen temps up to 104*F and down to -16*F. Those are the extremes, but we always hit close to 100*F in the summers and 15-20*F in the winters. You can get a sunburn in February or it might be too cold for the GroundHog to surface. You often will wear clothing in layers - so that parts can be removed as the temps rise, and if you stay late at your office, you may need to put some of those clothing layers back on.

Well, here where I live it has rained for 17 days straight. We keep looking-out the windows for sightings of animals walking in pairs. And yes, it has been dreary. So, PORTLAND; I apologize for things I have said - y'all do have some awesome trees and people! By the way, that distributor customer of mine was the biggest of all of our customers world-wide! They routinely ordered train-car-loads of my concrete forms. Thank you, Portland; I now understand why many of you do not use umbrellas!

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I'm not sure you need to apologize Otis. I grew up 3 hours due west of you and moved to Portland for 3 years before relocating to Canada. They know the weather sucks in the winter. By the end of winter people had stopped smiling and rarely spoke to me in passing. On the first nice day in March or April that would change dramatically. Like you say, the people are great there. There are some good things about Portland's climate. It rarely ever goes above 85 and it only freezes maybe 2 or 3 days per winter. Mostly in the winter it is just a mist falling, it takes quite a while to get wet so it isn't worth bothering with an umbrella. This is very unlike the south where I got caught in a rainstorm one July where it rained 4 inches in 20-25 minutes and I just happened to be lucky enough to be on a motorcycle at the time. The other thing about that part of Oregon (west of the Cascades) is that it is one of the greenest places on earth. Everything grows profusely.

If you got someone to trade places with you I'm not sure they would want to stay in Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I liked Georgia just fine but I don't miss 100 degrees and 100% humidity. I guess the drought is over down there. From what my brother tells me it has been rainy for months there.

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Chuck, it is interesting you mentioned that. About 25 (+/-) years ago, Joy and I were very involved in Organic Gardening. One reason was that my garden was only 50' x 60', I have a lot of allergies to herbicides & pesticides and to me, it is a smart way to grow veggies!

We visited a small store in Lawrenceville, GA to buy some necessary supplies. It was a beautiful day and several people were in the store - and all were talking about what they would do gardening over the weekend. All of a sudden, the hardest rain I have ever seen began pouring-down. It was raining so hard that everyone in the store walked to the front windows to watch that ferocious rain. Cars were parked as close as 5 feet from those windows and we could not even see that far! No one left that store (or arrived) for about 30 minutes. 20 minutes after the 30 minutes of rain, there was not a cloud in sight! One of our neighbors lost an entire freshly-sodded front yard to washout!

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A ship I was on pulled a stretch in dry dock near Seattle (Bremerton, across the Sound) during the "dreariest" part of the year. Near constant drizzle. Still we had work to do. My job was chipping paint on the mast. It didn't take long to soak a set of coveralls. After that the flying paint chips would stick and by the end of the day you resembled a Chia Pet. It WAS miserable. I was very happy when my Nuke School seat opened up and I got to leave.

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Yep Patrick, I was actually along Interstate 5 from Southern Oregon to Northern Washington State. I think Windshield Wipers are greatly important in that area. I never saw any really hard rain, but just that non-stop drizzle.

In the mid 1980's we had a couple of drought years back-to-back. At one point, I was driving home from work and a hard rain began which broke a four month long dry spell. When I turned-on my WW's the rubber tore-off and all I was left with was the metal arms of the wipers! What a mess!

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Otis you have had some dreary weather but better days are coming. When you are not in the middle of "rainy season" I think Georgia has soon pretty good weather. I was in Dahlonega for four years and that is some of the most beautiful country I have seen and the weather is ideal. You do have a change of seasons but it is certainly not as severe as in other parts of the country and I don't recall humidity being a problem at all. I guess I am just partial to what Georgia has to offer.
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Bill, THANK YOU for those kind comments! Those of us who live here usually learn to love it. Interesting you mentioned Dahlonega, GA - our middle daughter, Melissa; lives up there. Melissa's home, husband and 8-children live very near Lake Lanier. Joy and I reside in Auburn - which is about an hour away if one catches favorable traffic conditions.

Yesterday, we received no rain at my house - but my wife who works 8 miles away experienced a "downpour". The meteorologists are calling these "pup-up showers" and they are usually accompanied by lightening and the obligatory thunder. We do even get an occasional hailstorm on 90*F days.

Typing "F" (for Fahrenheit) reminds me of a funny story... Several years ago, at my [former] partner's office there was a lady there that is one of those people that you meet that is super-smart, yet "goofy" at the same time (and extremely good-looking). She has a son who was going on a church-sponsored missionary trip to a location in the former USSR. She was doing the "motherly thing" and making certain that she had packed him everything he would possibly need on this two month long trip.

She had been preparing in many ways - but one of them was watching the weather. In that area, she was getting the temperatures in Celcius and was thinking it was "F". When he came back, he was explaining to everyone about his trip. He said, "Well the first thing I had to do was to buy new clothes..."

She had packed him for 30*! What she missed was "C"!

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In my many years of visiting terminals or Swan Island shipyard in Oregon I've realized, yes it rains frequently, but it doesn't really rain a lot. In Virginia we get the summer showers where it RAINS for about an hour and the creeks rise, leaves get stripped off of the trees, etc. Portland has the never-ending drizzle that can drive you into a depression A friend of mine in Beaverton thinks this is why there are so many micro-brewerys and bars in the area.......

You got to love the green, though. When going between SF and Portland in the summer, the brown hills in SF have nothing on the trees of Oregon and Washington. And the fall trips we make up and down the Coumbia are awesome!
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In my many years of visiting terminals or Swan Island shipyard in Oregon I've realized, yes it rains frequently, but it doesn't really rain a lot. In Virginia we get the summer showers where it RAINS for about an hour and the creeks rise, leaves get stripped off of the trees, etc. Portland has the never-ending drizzle that can drive you into a depression A friend of mine in Beaverton thinks this is why there are so many micro-brewerys and bars in the area.......

You got to love the green, though. When going between SF and Portland in the summer, the brown hills in SF have nothing on the trees of Oregon and Washington. And the fall trips we make up and down the Coumbia are awesome!
There was a bar on just about every corner when I lived there in the mid 70s. Never thought the weather as the reason why. You being a sailor will appreciate the following story I think.
Every year in June, Portland has its Rose Festival with the 2nd largest parade in the US. It's been going on for over 100 years I think. Each year to mark the event, the Navy and Coast Guard sail up the Columbia and the Willamette to Portland. Just coincidentally, there is an unusually large spike in the number of births 9 months later. So the local joke is that the USN sails upriver to spawn at that time of the year.

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Living here in Auburn, Georgia; we see the occasional hawk, owl or buzzard - but nothing much larger than a buzzard, but once while driving along the Willamette River; I was amazed to see a Golden Eagle flying quite low. My family has a house on Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Georgia and we see the occasional Bald Eagle (they were transplanted there), but WOW! that Golden Eagle was a sight to behold. Goldens are bigger birds.

I was headed to visit a construction company and to tell them how to utilize my product line for their best benefits. Their office was only about 2 or 3 miles from the Eagle sighting. I asked if there were Golden Eagles in the area and one of the guys there exclaimed that there was a nest with young "just down the street". I usually travel with a set of small binoculars, so I went back to that same spot - and sure enough there was the nest up within some huge utility poles. The eagles in that area actually utilize nesting spots that are built there - just for them! That was quite memorable!

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