Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping Portland Weird



When the weather changes and we have 50 degree days with sunshine, we often call it "shorts and flip-flop" weather.  I often see kids waiting for the school bus wearing shorts, flip-flops, and a coat.  We like to mix things up here in Portland.  I have a friend from somewhere in the south who posts pictures om Facebook of strange things she sees, labeling them each: only in Portland!

Here are some of the things we do to keep Portland weird...

The World Naked Bike Ride in June each year.  It is an annual, worldwide bike ride that "highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport."  It happens all over the world, but I've only seen the one here in Weird Town.  We have it with the support of the Portland Police, the city, and the neighborhoods.  It is in June.

The Naked Pumpkin Run.  Apparently we love to take off our clothes.  This run is held on Halloween and people run with shoes and a carved pumpkin on their heads.

Global No Pants Day.  This is the 11th annual No Pants Day and was held on our MAX, public transportation.  This year it was help on January 11.  I love the looks on these folk's faces...


This is a great painted alley.  I have been trying to find exactly where this is in the city and so far no luck.

And of course we have Voodoo Donuts.  We used to have the Church of Elvis, but eventually it closed.  So sad.  Another thing we had that I loved was the American Advertising Museum.  I took my mass media class there every term.  I was heartbroken when it was sold off to someone back east somewhere.

We recently counteracted by protesting against the Westboro Baptist Church, who was protesting a Trailblazer game because the Blazers supported gay marriage.  




And then there are just the stuff we do that is well, weird...

A clown after my own heart :)

 peace~~~

2 comments:

Mum Morgan said...

My strangest naked sighting…... bicyclists.... My concern...their dangling ornaments for

Mum Morgan said...

My strangest naked sighting…... bicyclists.... My concern...their dangling ornaments