I've spent the last 8 years in Portland, OR. Never thought I'd live in Oregon having been born in Syracuse / grown up in north NJ / and gone to college in PA. Never mind the fact that I was living in Miami in my mid-20's at the time! But, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up ... advertising agency guy + athlete / sports nerd + a chance to work at the agency that coined JUST DO IT = Opportunity that makes you move to Oregon. I quickly learned its not pronounced Ore-gun. I apologize now if I correct your pronunciation later.
Now, I'm back east (as of 6/13). Mom is thrilled. So thrilled I've had to remind her that being back doesn't mean I'll be home every weekend. But, she's starting to appreciate that (or at least pretending with more frequency). I'm thrilled because I've got an adorable 2-year old niece who loves her "Uncle Rynan" (yeah, that's how she says my name currently). I'm also excited to be surrounded by East Coasters again - and the melting pot that is NYC. Doesn't hurt that the job opportunity that awaits me is an exciting one. Nice to feel the enthusiasm I felt the last time I made a big leap of faith 8 years ago.