"In the meantime, I saw that he had a blog all about Portland." The two started chatting via e-mail.Knowing Heather's situation -- new in town with no friends -- Dave invited her to Bailey's Taproom. "So on Valentine's Day 2008 we met for a beer." And that's how, just three weeks after moving to Portland, Heather Strom met her husband."Men are just really nonchalant and kind of loosey-goosey about plans, almost like they're not interested," Fuller says. '" And I'll say, 'Oh, you know, I suffer from PPMS: Portland Passive Male Syndrome.'" She laughs and tells the story of a date that didn't happen. "Portland is a great place for a man without a job, an apartment or life to find a hardworking woman who will give him 'three hots and a cot,' an allowance and a place for his band to practice," says Jennifer Lane, founder of Bar Fly Magazine.She'd met a guy she liked, but he was "just way too flexible" -- yet just when Fuller decided he wasn't right for her, he stepped up and invited her on a picnic. "I'm from New York, where people are a lot more direct about whatever they're feeling.Since she's met most of the men she's dated through friends and work associates, she's decided to focus on dating by referral.
"And so, new to blogging, I sent him a note saying thanks," Strom remembers."I came to Portland without a job, without knowing anybody, without having a place to live," says Strom, who moved to the city in January 2008."I didn't know a soul." To keep family and friends apprised of her new life in Portland, she started a blog."Every single woman I've talked to believes that where they live, there are no men." "Definitely there is a different dynamic of men and women here in Portland.I do feel like women are way more in their masculine energy here," admits Strang, who counsels women on how to shift limiting beliefs like, "He's not here" or "It's too hard." "(But) it does not mean you can't find love, or find someone to date," she says.Allie Fuller, however, has had a different experience of romance in the Rose City.