One thing I've forgotten to mench lately is that my long course of instruction at PCC is at last concluded, and I'm o-fish-o-ly a degree-holding Graphic Designer.
Yes, I know. w00t and all that.
My next project is finding a job. Right now I'm open to a lot-I can freelance, know QuarkXPress (4-6.5), Adobe InDesign and Creative Suite (up to CS2-got a little beta testing on that), I can news design (see my portfolio online), have done the Sierra Club's Columbia Overlook (and am starting on the next one real soon), and can edit (did technical editing for this here book that's about to be released on IllustratorCS2) . I use Mac OS X regularly but also do Windows (I'm a snob but hardly a religious extremist).
Yes, I check craigslist (who doesn't?).
Second place prize be getting a look around inside some design departments. I'd really like to get an informational meeting with someone at The Oregonian or the Portland Tribune (I've applied to Community Newspapers but nobody's replied) but am still trying to figure out who to talk to about that.