Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on June 5, 2012 7:49 AM. The previous post in this blog was Portland water bureau sponsoring concerts?. The next post in this blog is Party's over in SoWhat District. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

That menacing street punk with the pit bull deserves your smile

The City of Portland suggests that you make eye contact with strangers in public places. In downtown Portland, that would be some pretty dumb advice. The bureaucrats keep telling us that the streets should be places of "play" and "community," but given who's on the streets downtown these days, it's not a community that a normal person would want to get too involved in.

Comments (19)

I do NOT want to be part of, nor play with, the unemployed, homeless, alcoholic, drug addicted, pan handling "community".
I have given up offering meal tickets to the pan handlers to Sisters of the Road. No one will take them. So much for my good intentions...and eye contact.
Maybe the SamRand twins are preparing for their retirement.

It's shocking that the transportation bureau fired hundreds of workers who actually maintain transportation infrastructure, but retained office employees who spend their days reading magazines and writing online editorials.

How about a new "game" called "go play in the freeway"?
Sam and Randy and ALL the PDC employees can dodge the cars on I-5, I-405, or I-84 at rush hour! Not all at once of course, because there are so many of them that traffic would not be able to maintain adequate velocity.

Now we have our Bureau of Transportation telling us to make eye contact and say hello to "strangers" on the street to avoid being raped, burglarized, spat on, cursed and beg badgered.

Being nanny-ied by our Bureau, spending our tax dollars is not their Mission. Why don't they fix the streets? I thought they had a $17 Million dollar budget shortfall.

Got any spare change? Got any spare change? Got any spare change? Got any spare change?....a typical one-block conversion in downtown P-town.

How many potholes could the author of that post have filled in in the time it took him/her to read the article and type up the post?

Helpful folks! Without CoPo bureaucrats, we wouldn't know how to sort our garbage nor why reduced pickup is a good thing, and now they provide helpful advice on how to take the "ten toe express", as they like to call it. Clearly, the Borg Collective has won.

After the pickpocketing last week and the assault a foot away from me on the sidewalk in mid-day yesterday, I have accelerated my quest to find a place to look neighbors in the eye.

Making eye contact at a 4-way stop is a sign of yielding and weakness. Unless, of course, you add a grin to the eye contact from behind a beat up pickup truck without a muffler. I can't imagine making eye contact with anyone downtown if I hope to return home without a story.

Making eye contact with those under the influence, homeless and/or mentally ill is a great way to start a spirited one-way conversation in downtown Portland. Very entertaining for your young children too. Anyone in the transportation bureau live downtown and actually do this? Play? Community? I have to admit, it's a great city, but I still think the dogs have it better. All the fountains, Jamison, and Chapman Parks are overrun when it's not raining and above 50 degrees. Get a clue.

It's getting wearisome living in what increasingly feels like a community of collective self-destruction.

Just returned from four days on the streets of Boston where I saw a grand total of one (1!) panhandler. Refreshing.

Back to our little green, homeless utopia.

I make eye contact with the meter maids. Even on Sundays now.

Last week on the late train from Seattle I had met a nice Turkish grad student from Boulder, visiting Portland for the first time. It was 9pm when we got in to Portland, so I offered to walk her part of the way to her guest hostel on NW 18th and Glisan. I planned to walk her to Glisan, part company there, and then walk on to my car, which was parked across the river on Burnside.

I had warned her that we might meet some seedy characters but told her they were generally not dangerous. We passed the Greyhound station, and there was a veritable crowd of characters out of a bad dream. A schizophrenic black guy, pushing 7 feet tall, saw us walking in his direction, and he started walking toward us, but not in such a way as to let us keep walking down our side of the walkway. No, he walked towards us, mumbling incoherently, while angling his path into us, forcing us to move sideways against the wall of the building in order to pass him. This poor Turkish girl looked like she was taking cover when she filed behind me to pass the guy. "Is the bus station always like that?", she asked. Oh, honey, you have no idea, I thought.

Glisan seemed pretty safe, so I directed her on her way from there, fully assured that she would have learned everything she needed to know about Portland, that is, to definitely never move here. My walk across the Burnside bridge to my car was as redolent of urine, and as spicy with the uncertainty of the malevolence of the creatures en route, as ever.

Then I hear a great story at work on Sunday. My co-worker tells me that at 7 AM he's on the eastside max coming in to work. As usual he has tried to pick the emptiest-looking compartment. What happens? A drunken, belligerent member of one of our oppressed communities starts to scream and rant that he's going to go get his gun and shoot every white person he sees. People look at the ground, praying this will pass peacefully, that this maniac is not actually armed, and no, they do not try to make eye contact. Well, one person does. An upstanding African American tells the guy to chill the gunman-wannabe gets right in this guy's face, screaming at him that he should be backing him up, not telling him to quit. A near-physical confrontation ensues, and the gunman-wannabe decides to get off the train. But not before he prevents the doors from closing by standing between them for a good minute, in order to allow him one more opportunity to scream repeatedly his intention to gun down every white person he sees. But that's not all. When the guy finally gets ready to leave, a woman passenger enters the train. She is schizophrenic, and raving. The other passengers then got to listen to her rave, while savoring their relief that the 7AM Max race-warrior was not, in fact, armed.

Most of my success as a bus rider and pedestrian has been my ability to avoid eye contact. This is where a good pair of sunglasses can come in handy. As a female, you learn early on what prolonged eye contact can do for you after only one encounter with some creepy guy thinks you were flirting with him if your gaze lasts more than 1.5 seconds.

It appears that the Transportation Bureau's social advice is at odds with the PPB Womenstrength about eye contact and smiling.

"Make brief eye contact, selectively.  It communicates that others are seen, that we belong in a space, and that we are not easily intimidated.  To avoid sending a mixed message, keep your face neutral, not glaring or smiling.  Break eye contact by looking to the side.  Avoid eye contact with those who you believe could misinterpret it as a challenge, or as an invitation into your space."

Got any spare change? Got any spare change? Got any spare change? Got any spare change?....

I don't usually carry change - spare, or otherwise...

...I do carry, however.

Am I the only one who figures that this could be improved with selected scenes from Shaun of the Dead?

Survival Gear:
-Sun Glasses (clouds be damned)
-Hoodie (makes you look tough)
-Head Phones, large (easily seen)
-Good Running Shoes (for escape)
-Stone Poker Face (communicates nothing)

Okay. Now you are ready to go shopping downtown.

PS: if you are giving money to those guys downtown nearly 100% of it is going to drugs. There are social services to care for just about everything else. I used to do social work on 2nd and Burnside. So you can accept what I'm saying as incontrovertible fact.

Leaving Soon: That sucks man! My downtown survival skills were honed to a fine point, but even I got into it with an unstable street person a couple of months back. Seems like things are just deteriorating.

I have heard stories from some of the old timers over at Hooper Detox that when crack first hit things were much worse. People getting stabbed. Guys sleeping on every inch of dry cement. Blocking doorways. The cops used to have to come around at 5 in the morning or so and wake everyone up so that business could function.

Maybe we are going back to that?


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

Clicky Web Analytics