Portland has been my home for most of the last eight years, except for a calamitous detour to Big Sur, California for part of 2011 and 2012. I've been back in Oregon for about a year now, but I still feel pretty distant from this city. I'm working on fixing this, and I'm a pretty good tour guide of this wonderful place.
Movies: Lost in Translation, The Fountain, Secretary, Almost Famous, 28 Days Later, Hard Candy, Exotica, Anything by Jeunet et Caro, Anything by Hayao Miyazaki, Anything by Pixar, Anything with Audrey Hepburn, Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy, Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, The Girlfriend Experience, The Shawshank Redemption, Trainspotting, Hotel Chevalier, Up in the Air, Midnight in Paris, There Will Be Blood, Rushmore, Winter's Bone, The Science of Sleep, The Goonies
TV: The Walking Dead, Firefly, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, The History Channel, Downton Abbey, Carnivàle, X-Files, Pinky and The Brain, The Colbert Report, classic Twilight Zone/The Outer Limits/etc.
Authors: Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, Cormac McCarthy, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Jim Shooter
- local grocery stores
- a German diesel car (I like long road trips too much to go car-free)
- coffee beans/burr grinder/french press
- cheap movie theaters