Oh, Oregon, will you ever win? If I were to believe the incessant food media coverage of my home state I would believe that all of Portland was cultivating, harvesting, curing or pickling food or busy being a coffee messiah (unshockingly, dude just moved to my Brooklyn neighborhood) or just being generally adorable and rah rah and riding bikes around.
But inside, I know they are deeply sad. (What I suspect in actuality is that many of the tastemakers, fun-havers are transplants and not born and bred Northwesterners because they couldn't possibly be so productive and happy-go-lucky.)
But to my point, the second happiness, or rather unhappiness, survey in two months has portrayed Oregon as most miserable once again. BusinessWeek recently pegged the state as the most depressed and suicidal. Now MainStreet.com’s Happiness Index, a new ranking based on foreclosures, unemployment and debt places Oregon dead last at 51st. And there are only 50 states! That's how unhappy Oregonians are.