You know, being stuck in Korea it’s easy to lose touch with what’s going on back home. I worry about all that I’ve missed out on and if I am so yesterday that I won’t fit in anywhere. Not that I ever really fit in there – just kind of floated on the edges of fringe but was never really fringe, and on the edges of local, but not really local, (though 26 years in Washington, only 5 of them outside of Seattle makes me more local than most) and…but I did feel really versatile and familiar and comfortable there.
Just this weekend I heard about Portlandia for the first time. So I’m a year late – I mean, I AM in another country and all. OMG! Total riot! For those of you who haven’t heard about it, I posted a couple little clips for you below:
Now, I’m from Seattle and not Portland, but everyone in this video could have been from Seattle. Portland is the Seattle that Seattle-ites wish they could be,
(hyper recycling, hyper cycling, hyper well-read, hyper-organic, hyper-cooperative, hyper p.c., etc.) and Seattle is (was?)/has the world recognition Portland wishes it could have had, though maybe that’s not esoteric enough and it would rather have the kind of counter-culture renown that the Olympia, Austin, and Atlanta of old had, because everyone knows grunge is over and Starbucks is over…but mostly the differences between Seattle and Portland people are really minor.
One thing that cracked me up was one youtube respondent’s complaint that the people spoofing Portland were all from the Midwest.
The spoofs are so real they hurt. I think every character in this show has been in my life. (at a safe distance) Love this show and can’t wait ’til the new batch comes out next year.
Anyway, Pacific Northwest – I love you in spite of your hipster pretensions – and I know that for the most part you mean well and try to walk your talk – and it’s unfortunate you talk too damn much and are so insecure, but I love you anyway…