Portland is pretty cool, it's sort of like Baltimore but with more flowers. I've been talking to the meth addicts who are pretty nice once you get passed the fact they have a serious case of the jumpies. Through no thanks to any of you blog lurkers I finally bit the bullet and bought myself one of these. Now I can get clearer pictures of bears and tweakers without having to get too near them. I liked the idea of the 18x optical zoom.