Oregon... better known as California's Canada, Idaho's Portugal, or (my personal favorite) Washington's Mexico.
So is our new identity as Canadian-Mexican-Portuguese-Americans (thanks to everyone's favorite satirist, Stephen Colbert)...
I think that Mr. Colbert actually got it right. I am a native Oregonian. I can recall countless conversations, when meeting new people, that went something like:
Them: Where are you from?
Them: Where is that?
Me: On the west coast, between Washington and California.
Them: Oh, I thought that was Idaho.
Me: (hangs head)
Do I need to complain about it or feel ashamed? Not really. I'm sure that New Jersey has redeeming qualities, but I prefer the "stumped look" that I get in response, over the look of disgust that the Garden State's residents must get when they announce where they are from. IMHO: anonymity, and quiet but thoughtful pride of our fair state are preferable to the noisy advertisement of cities like NYC or LA.
Isn't that what makes Oregon... Oregon?