On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

Keep Portland Weird

If you’ve seen “Portlandia” you know that Portland, Oregon is a weird city and that people spend a lot of time, money, and energy to maintain that weirdness. There are even signs proclaiming, “Keep Portland Weird.”

One writeWeirdr, however, finds forced weirdness “kind of annoying, because as we who live here know, there are quite a few things about Portland that are just legitimately, truly, genuinely, non-ironically weird.” And here are a few of my favorite items …

    • We don’t honk. Seriously–it’s possible to go days and even weeks here without hearing a car horn. But what if someone cuts you off? Well, in that case you stew quietly in your car. There’s no need to use your horn. That would be rude.
    • Recycling is the rule, not the exception. And the recycling is complicated. Most establishments are equipped with at least 3 or 4 recycling and compost bins.
    • We freak out about the sun. When it’s sunny, no matter what time or day of the week it is, no matter the actual temperature, every single person in Portland will flock outside and post the following status update on their Facebook page: “SUN!!!!”
    • The bicycle lobby is a political force to be reckoned with. It’s like Big Oil without the oil.
    • Every menu at every restaurant in the entire city includes this sentence: “Gluten-free bread available upon request.”



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