I know that Portland is supposed to be weird (I’ve seen Portlandia), but I hadn’t really heard that about the rest of the state. I suppose it stands to reason that everywhere else might be a bit quirky. That was confirmed one of our first mornings here. We went to Eugene for breakfast (Off the Waffle) and to check out the area, and on our walk from the car to the restaurant, we passed a street musician playing the recorder. That’s a little weird (you don’t see a lot of recorder-players around DC), but not totally off the wall. The guy had a little animal crate next to him and a double pet dish with food and water in front of his feet, and a CAT eating out of the dish. No leash or anything. Just a cat eating at the feet of a dude playing the recorder on the sidewalk in downtown Eugene.
I like Eugene.