Carolina on our mind

0ur newly empty apartment

What is Idea Jar Inc.'s long awaited new project? Let's see: We're moving across the country to North Carolina for starters, leaving our true love city Portland on July 8th. Kyla will be attending Grad School at UNC, going for her Masters in Library Science. Sergio has a job in IT at Duke University and looks forward to not sending Spam anymore. And oh yeah, a Baby Idea Jar is due in January. So in other words, not much, the usual.

Boy will we miss Portland. We've spent time at some of our favorite PDX haunts over the last few weeks like:
The Laurelhurst and Bagdad Theatre (who knows when we can have beer and a movie again?)
The Hedgehouse for a PABST sandwich and a pint of C-Note.
Right next door to Pix Patisserie for an Americano and a delicious chocolate treat.
Amnesia Brewing for the sausage platter and the Copacetic IPA (Ethiopian Iced Tea for Kyla).
My Father's Place in memory of hungover breakfasts with Bloody Mary's in one hand, coffee in the other and chicken fried steak served by the best waitress in town.
Powell's Books where we made a commemorative last purchase, including a print showing the bridges of Portland.
Sauvie Island where we picked blueberries and the best strawberries on the planet, Hoods.
VooDoo donuts for a Bacon Maple Bar and a latte from Mojo's, waving at our old neighborhood bar The Goodfoot as we left.
Another commemorative wave to The Bar of the Gods.
The Basement Pub for a final round of trivia. We did not win.
A final good-bye to Kyla's school, Portland State University, home of the mature student.
Cancelling our holds at Multnomah County Library, a sad, sad day.
Pok Pok, which has the most amazing green papaya salad, cool and spicy at the same time.
A final practice of Knife and Son, complete with clove cigarettes.
The back garden of the Pied Cow for a summer sundae.
The gift of treats from the Pearl Bakery, courtesy of Matt. Thanks Matt!
A trip to Bagby Hot Springs.
A hike in the Gorge with a picnic next to a river and a beer outside at Edgefield.
Just walking around the Buckman and Sunnyside neighborhood, the best houses and yards and porches we've ever seen.
We are so glad that so many friends and family could come visit us and the city before we left and share some of these memories.

We can only hope Chapel Hill is one-tenth as cool as Portland. And we'll be letting you know about our trip out East and what it's like to settle in the South right here on this blog. Stay tuned for posts from the road and wish us luck!


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