I knew things would be tough, but I definitely didn't realize they would be this difficult. The cost of living is a bit higher than I expected, especially compared to little ol' Boise. Definitely could be worst and we will survive, but still... Gas is 30¢ a gallon more than Boise and food is quite a bit more also. Cigarettes are a little more, at least its nothing like the $7 a pack in Washington last summer. And at least a bag is $10-$20 cheaper than Idaho. But that's to be expected, it's a flooded market here.
Portland is freaking awesome though. Beautiful scenery, very cool people, and the grass really is greener here. (I'm sure the good stuff is also.) There is a lot more rain, so a lot more life, and it feels like the air is cleaner. I love it. So, I guess I just gotta suck it up, figure out the funding, and once again delve into the Oregon Black Market.
Damn it... I wish our government would just give me another option already.