1. Assuming people will take advantage at every opportunity.
Frankly, before I got to Portland I didn’t know they still made places *like* Portland. Portland is the kind of place people go to raise a family… and as a result the majority of people I’ve encountered here endeavor to assert that somehow, the world is not filled with bastard-coated-bastards. Imagine my surprise the first time I watched a stranger sitting next to me in the coffee shop leave his laptop out in the open while heading to the bathroom (confident that it would be there when he returned). Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, while simultaneously offending your hardened Californian (in)sensibilities?