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So, as far as dating is concerned, I'm about one step away from taking engagement photos with a burrito and calling it good. My high hopes and daily bus-ride marriage fantasies were quickly dashed by off-the-market married men, noncommittal fuckbois, and my own overwhelming lack of ambition.When I moved to Portland last February, I was convinced that was all about to change. (Is it my fault burritos are so much easier to talk to?

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Co-host of the Portland dating podcast It's Not Me; It's Me.

I moved here for a job directing art shows in Portland and Seattle.

This would be the time and place in my life when I could date freely and successfully. ) Now I find myself back at the crux of perpetual singledom.

I've finally started to wonder if it's because my life is some sort of Never Been Kissed parody or if the fault lies with the city itself.

I dated a dude from Boston for a spell, and he was horrified about my Portland dating experiences. "I recently realized I've never declared my love on any social media sites, so by Millennial Law—I made this up, but I think all millennials get my meaning—I've never actually dated anyone.

But in Portland it's pretty easy to hook up with someone who is deeply invested in their macaroni necklace nonprofit startup woodworking poetry press." In Michigan, people get blackout drunk, and if they're lying next to someone in the morning, they try to date that person for a little while.

These people represent a slice of the diverse sexualities and relationship statuses of our city.

For all their differences, what they have in common is a sharp perspective on the assets and liabilities of dating in Portland.

When I brought this up to a then-new friend he said, "Oh, duh.

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