I'm a Portland native, and lived here until I was eighteen. I went to the University of Oregon and after college worked for three years in a used bookstore. (Nice thing about used bookstores: extremely high snootiness/income ratio.) It was fun, for a time, but eventually I needed to get the hell out and I moved to Japan, where I taught English for two and a half years.
That was fun, the whole living-abroad-and-teaching-English thing. Eventually I made my way back to Portland after being away for ten years. I've been here for the past year and a half, quite enjoying myself, occasionally traveling up and down the West Coast.