Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the ducks are still quacking

I don't know if you know (or care) but the Oregon Ducks were in the National Championship last night. That's right, a little town from Orygone made it all the way to the big leagues- note to newscasters from other states: learn how to correctly pronounce the names of what you are talking about - it's OR-E-GEN not ORY-GONE. But I digress...

I am kinda an advocate for my state. I get annoyed with the way we get pigeonholed. We have this really annoying hipster/hippie culture that is just ONE part of us yet, to the world, it seems to be what we're known for. I hate the fact that this new Portlandia show airing will just further the idea to you all around the country that we're nothing but a bunch of lazy, faux-eclectic struggling artists who work at coffee shops and ride our bikes. Not that there's necessarily anything bad with any of those components but when we are only known by them to all- it bothers me. There's a lot here that I love that is far-reaching that stigma: expensive stores, ritzy hotels, fine wine, etc. etc. I do love shopping on the hippie streets now and again (a girl loves her tea and candles...) but that is most certainly NOT the only thing we're about. I only wear fleece when I do something outdoorsy, I wear heels everywhere I go and I hate Hipsters who try to pretend that they're NOT wearing mass-produced stuff. You got your shirt from a thrift store? Try American Apparel, I know what's in their stores but nice try. We're about much more than our reputation implies.

 
Cause guess what? We're about amazing football. That's right, my awesome team in an amazing University I attended made it to the National Championship after an undefeated season. It was an amazing night to gather with my friends who are mostly U of O alum, and cheer on the team for their achievement. In the end, it was sad to watch them lose but I'm proud if for the only reason that now, alongside Hippies and Bikes, we are advertised to the rest of you all as amazing Football teams.
{We were so happy before the game went sour}

And thank you to Krista and Katie for boosting my hopes via Twitter during the game! :)
Go Ducks!

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9 comments:

Katie said...

Sorry it didnt turn out different, but I know youre still proud of your Ducks! They had a great season :)

Leia said...

I hate it when places, people, and cultures are stereotyped, too!

Leia

diana kang said...

how fun! i need a outing like this asap! xx

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p.s. you are a beauty!!

Krista said...

YAY! Look at me! I'm famous! I was just thinking, I was tweeting her during these photos and then you gave me a shout out! I was SO routing for the Ducks (even yelling at the TV at times!), they gave it a good fight and the PacNW is VERY proud!! Next year fo sho!

Miss*Kimmy said...

You look gorgeous!! Love your hair, you cut it right?

Kara said...

What an interesting post. It reminded me a lot of Arizona - people definitely have ONE point of view about the type of people who live here, and that POV is often so very wrong. While I love me a good hipster scene, and we really loved downtown Portland and all the weirdos there, I totally know how you feel. Just like Portland has professional people and not just bohemian kids, Arizona has fun, liberal folks and not just rednecks!!!

Ta-Ta-Teela said...

As a fellow Oregonian, I'm actually thrilled to see what they did in 'Portlandia.' Since I haven't seen the show and only the trailer, I'm not sure what it all entails but one can guess that it's based on the stereotypes you've identified making Oregon look homogenous. You gotta take it for what it is and not get too worked up over it though. We stereotype all places and people (ie: I don't watch most of what Tyler Perry does and the neat box he seems to find all black people in) for the sake of humor. When it goes beyond that end, it may be problematic. I'm fascinated by race, humor and its implications on society and actually completed my Master's Thesis on this very subject so that's the explanation for the lengthy response :).

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Looks like a blast...sorry your Ducks didnt win ;/

OceanDreams said...

bummer about the ducks but you and the boy look amazing!!