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Living in Portland Why So Many Are Embracing the Weird

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Some Quirky And Weird Things About Portland That Will Make You Want To Move There

Sure we’ve heard about Silicon Valley, the southern part of the San Francisco area in Northern California. We’ve heard about the innovative tech companies that reside there and blah blah blah. Boring. Have you heard about Silicon Forest? Wait. What? Silicon Forest, what and where is that? You ask. Silicon Forest is the term given to Portland, Oregon that is now home to a cluster of high-tech companies in the area. Yes, Portland is now a tech hub and with that, picturesque living with a quirky vibe. Today, we’ll talk about some of Portland’s “off-the-beaten-path” kind of unconventional things that most out-of-towners may consider weird. But despite the “weirdness” that others perceive Portland to be, it is actually a great place to move to and live. So here we go.

Stumptown

Contrary to Portland being now considered “Silicon Forest,” Portland was first nicknamed “Stumptown”. The name is derived from its early history when Portland was experiencing rapid growth (mid-19th century). Because of this, the residence, at the time, had to quickly clear the land to support the growth. Although the trees were chopped down, the tree stumps were not immediately removed. Thus, “Stumptown” was coined. It is also said that the tree stumps were used by residents as a way to avoid muddy unpaved roads by jumping from stump to stump. Imagine carrying a basket full of eggs doing that! Today, Portland is Silicon Forest but the coined nickname stuck around with it being used as part of the names of local businesses.

A Short Block Walk

Depending on where you are from, a typical block is about 10 for every mile or 311 feet long. In the case of rural Texas, it could be up to 12 blocks a mile. With that said, you’ll find it relatively strange that Portland’s downtown city blocks are only 200 feet long. So what would’ve taken you to walk 10 blocks at a mile elsewhere, in downtown Portland, it’s only a half-mile walk. Strange but could be beneficial, cutting time so you can get to work quicker, sort-of.

Too Polite?

Since we’re talking about commuting and all, let’s talk about traffic. Yes, I know, traffic is no strange thing, no matter where you live. You get the honks, the occasional (or always) “bird”, you get curse words, and road rage. But have you ever been to a place where traffic stalls because people are too polite in traffic? Like something out of the Twilight Zone, Portland is sometimes too, way too, polite when it comes to traffic etiquette. For instance, a pedestrian is slowly but surely crossing the street, you wait patiently while huffing and puffing in your mind and looking at the time. They’ve all crossed and traffic on the other side continues, preventing you from making a turn. While you are left frustrated and boiling over, Portlanders on the other hand, are the epitome of patience and politeness. Not only do they wait politely for all pedestrians to clear the crosswalk before turning, but they also “hold the door” for other cars to get by. Which means traffic will stall because Portlanders are too polite.

Biking: The Way of Life in Portland

As mentioned, Portland is a picturesque city — to the west the ocean, to the east are mountains. With that, it’s no wonder Portland is known to rank as one of the top places for biking. Portlanders are so into biking that the city has incorporated dedicated bike lanes and off-road areas to bike as well. Well, that makes sense, nothing weird there. Right? But did you know that Portland holds an annual naked bike ride? Participants ride their bikes in their birthday suit, annually. So now you are probably searching for Portland’s public nudity law. Portland and the entire state of Oregon has a relaxed approach to public nudity in its laws. It says that public nudity is broadly legal, and here’s the but (no pun intended), you can be nude as long as it does not cause arousal in others. By now, I am laughing out loud while also saying, “WEIRD!”.

These are only to name a few of the many unconventional things that make Portland the next city you should move to and live in. Since now you are convinced to make that move, you are probably searching for long-distance movers to get you and your things moved clear across America and into Portland. You’re probably seeing a sea of search results, too. Well let me make it easy on you, services provided like those from, Suddath Portland long distance movers, offer you the ease in moving, especially if you’ve acquired tons of things throughout the years. They provide free in-home estimates and cater specifically to your needs and budget. They can also provide an estimate using your mobile device via a virtual walkthrough, putting you as part of Portland’s tech community and into Silicon Forest.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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The Best Gaming Genres for Travelers

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Traveling is the type of activity that every youngster wants to practice consistently. There’s no wonder about that since traveling can often represent an eye-opening experience with a long-lasting impact. However, being on a constant move can also have a few downsides, especially if you’re traveling alone.

Those lone travelers will often have to fill up large time gaps. Reading books or watching movies always represent a great option. But, for the tech-savvy ones, gaming might be an even better activity. Mobile gaming is the type of gaming that most travelers opt for. Some gaming genres can be better for travelers than others – we’re about to highlight those in this article.

Puzzle

Roughly speaking, half of all smartphone gamers opt for the puzzle niche. Female users more than male ones. Games like Tetris, Candy Crush and even Angry Birds are often preferred by casual gamers that are just looking to have a bit of fun. Puzzle games are being played by most age groups, from moms and seniors, all the way to youngsters.

These games are very easy to understand even if it might take a bit of practice to master their mechanics. You can only progress by acting fast and using your logic in the most effective way possible. They are very easy to play on mobile, and that’s their biggest upside. Unlike action-filled games like shooters, the puzzle ones require simple actions like tapping or swiping every once in a while – making them perfect for travelers in fastpacing environments.

Casino

Casino games are a great alternative to the puzzle ones if you’re looking for something more adrenaline-filled. Although more used on desktop devices, they also have mobile versions. Both of them are very resource-intensive, enabling even users with outdated devices to play games.

For example, an online casino like Gametwist would provide you with access to a countless library of casino games. Even if it acts as a single game or mobile app, an online casino consists of a multitude of top-level games designed to maximize your time and entertainment. This makes them perfect for travelers since all the games are in one place as they won’t have to waste time switching in-between apps.

Mobile casinos are great both for beginners and experienced gamblers. They have games for all skill-sets. If you play the free slots, you can lay back and relax as the gameplay is quite interactive and rather simple, ideal for beginners. But you can also play something like poker if you want a challenge that requires more skill.

Multiplayer Battle Arenas

Multiplayer Battle Arena games are a combination of strategy and action games. They are still quite easy to play on mobile but they give you a higher level of action. Usually, such games are played through the perspective of a single “champion” – users having the possibility of choosing between multiple ones.

You’re certainly familiar with this genre as games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends are huge on PC. Although still fun, mobile MOBAs are less complex with simpler mechanics. Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor and Vainglory are some of the top games from this category on mobile devices. They are very similar to Mightytips, PC MOBAs, providing you with loads of fun in a more dynamic format.

Conclusion

Traveling, although very entertaining most of the time, it can still prove a bit boring when you have to fill in time gaps. Playing mobile games can prove to be one of the best ways to do that. The three genres mentioned above are the best for mobile gaming as they provide loads of entertainment without sacrificing any mobility and performance.

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3 Relaxing Holiday Ideas That Will Help You Unwind

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The start of a new year is a great time to make resolutions, change habits and, best of all, start thinking about the holidays that you will take throughout the year. Planning and booking a holiday in advance not only provides us with the time to budget and pay for them but also gives us something to look forward to later in the year. Work seems a little less stressful when we know that a holiday is within our grasp. Here are 3 relaxing holiday ideas that will help you unwind.

Take to the seas on a luxury cruise

If you want a relaxing holiday and don’t want to lift a finger then a luxury cruise might be right up your street. Not only does it give you time to unwind but you can visit and enjoy multiple locations in one trip. With vast areas to relax, swimming pools, bars, and shops, a cruise liner is pretty must a floating hotel complex. 

The food offered on a cruise is nothing short of spectacular. Succulent fruits, fresh seafood, and meats, as well as a plethora of accompaniments, line the tables throughout the day. The only issue you might experience is gaining weight! Most cruise liners have an amazing daily entertainment program as well as a host of activities for you to take part in.

Go on a yachting holiday

If you love the idea of taking to the seas but a cruise doesn’t appeal, then a yachting holiday might be a good alternative. Many people find cruise ships too vast and busy. Yachts come in various sizes and can accommodate smaller groups of people. You don’t have to be an experienced sailor either. 12 knots yachting club offers a variety of different packages to both experienced sailors and those who just love relaxing on the water. If you are the latter, you can charter a cabin and an experienced crew will take the reins. A chef will also be provided to tend to your culinary needs. If yachting is your thing then you can charter your own. It is an amazing way to unwind and enjoy some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery.

Have a break in the countryside

If you love the outdoors, enjoy walking and want beautiful scenery, a holiday in the countryside may be difficult to beat. Whether you would prefer to stay in a country hotel or B&B or self-catering is more your thing, there are lots of options to choose from. After a hearty breakfast, you can take off and explore. There is nothing quite like a picturesque walk in the countryside, taking in the views as well as the fresh air and getting exercise too. Unwind in the evening in front of an open fire or have a barbeque in the garden overlooking lush green landscapes and hills. If it is peace and tranquillity you are looking for then this may just be the perfect choice. 

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SmartBuyGlasses – Goggles

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Snow is one of the most reflective surfaces when it comes to light, so wearing sunglasses for winter sports is absolutely essential to avoid harmful UV rays, even without direct sunlight. Snow blindness (when bright light reflected from snow affects vision) is a real threat when skiing or snowboarding, particularly at high altitudes and travelling at high speeds. Hitting the slopes this winter? Make sure your ski goggles or ski glasses lenses provide 100% UV protection to ensure the best experiences.

To make choosing the ideal pair of winter sports eyewear easy, SmartBuyGlasses provides you with a list of the top recommended products which are worth to be invested in before heading to the mountains.

Top recommended Goggles

If you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding down the slopes this winter, consider equipping yourself with some quality ski goggles; they are your best choice for comfort, visibility and eye protection.

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In low-light and fogging conditions, yellow, gold and amber lenses filter out blue light. Shadows are emphasized to see better the contours in the snow. They also work well in moderate and variable light conditions. Check out the Bloc Evolution E014 or the Bloc Small Fit Moon JM01.

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When in bright and reflective snow conditions, darker lens tints such as dark brown, dark grey and dark green will increase contrast with the whites. Gray lenses are also good to reveal the true colours. Check out the Smith I/O7 IE7BKISA17, the Smith RIOT RO2BKECW17 and the Bolle Tsar.

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Mirror coating enhances the effectiveness of tinted lenses by reflecting sunlight so it does not penetrate the lenses, making it a great choice for bright and sunny days. Check out the UVEX S40.

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Clear lenses are undoubtedly the best option for sunset and nighttime as they have the highest visible light transmission (VLT), increasing wearers’’ visibility on the slopes. Check out the Salice 609.

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Photochromic lenses or transition lenses are designed to automatically adapt to surrounding light, making them perfect to ensure optimal vision and UV ray protection in every situation. Check out the Salice 618 ITA Speed Polarized BKIT/TECH and the Smith Goggles Smith I/OX.

Top recommended Sunglasses

If you prefer opting for sunglasses over goggles, consider getting some 100% UV protecting sports sunglasses like these.

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Sports sunglasses with a wrap-around frame minimize light reaching the eyes from all sides and allows better peripheral vision. Mirror coatings such as on this model are perfect for very bright conditions as they can block an additional 10 per cent to 60 per cent of visible light for greater comfort in highly reflective sunny environments. Check out the Smith RIDGEWELL ChromaPop Polarized and the UVEX SPORTSTYLE 223.

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Polarized lenses selectively blocks light reflecting from horizontal surfaces, eliminating glare. Polarized lenses are especially helpful in blocking glare from light reflecting off water, sand, snow and concrete. This model is also made of highly durable polycarbonate made to withstand harsh conditions. Check out the Oakley OO9102 HOLBROOK.

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Photochromic or transition lenses are not just found in the goggles, and provide the same optimal protection from unpredictable light conditions. By reacting to the surrounding light, they are perfect for every light condition, from low light to bright light on a sunny day. Check out the Oakley OO9290 JAWBREAKER.

All of these models are available on SmartBuyGlasses website, discover their website for more information and lots more products.

 

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