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Has Portlandia doomed us to be overrun by annoying sightseers?


Dr. Know
I work downtown, and I’m getting tired of tourists asking me, “When do the Zoobombers go by?” or “Where are the famous food carts?” It seems to gets worse every day. Has Portlandia doome   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?


Dr. Know
I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south,   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Lone Star Invasion

Why am I seeing more Texan license plates recently?


Dr. Know
I look at license plates while driving to see where people are from. I’ve seen 12 from Texas in the past two weeks. Are these Texans here for a big wedding, or are they part of the evangelical    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Commuter Conundrum

Why is traffic so much worse in the evening than in the morning?


Dr. Know
I commute from downtown to Tigard via I-5. In the morning, it takes me 20 minutes or less. However, on my way home, traffic is often a parking lot. Where do all these commuters come from in th   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Edge of Midnight

Why do some park signs say "Open until 12:01 am" instead of midnight?


Dr. Know
I’ve noticed that posted hours for some parks are expressed as “Open until 12:01 am.” What’s wrong with “Open until 12 am” or even “Open until midnight”? Is this because of limited   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Whale Tail Tale

What can you tell us about the message board over the Galleria MAX stop?


Dr. Know
I grew up in Portland and always thought that message board over the Galleria MAX stop on Southwest Morrison Street—you know, the one encased in a bronze whale tail—was really cool. What can y   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Streak Legal?

I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal.


Dr. Know
After the recent Naked Bike Ride, I’m quite confused. I thought exposing one’s genitalia was illegal. (Please note I am not advocating public mooning, especially not in Pioneer Courthouse Square d   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Animal Inmates?

Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo?


Dr. Know
A zoo is a prison for animals who are guilty of nothing except being animals. Is it unethical to visit the Oregon Zoo? —Kevin S.  I’m flattered, Kevin, that you seem to think I can furrow   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Naked Truth

Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride?


Dr. Know
Did Portland really invent the Naked Bike Ride, or is it one of those things like “Keep Portland Weird” that we stole from some other city and now try to take credit for? —Hypocritical Mass   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Hot Wheels, Raw Deals

Why do I have to pay the towing fees for my recovered stolen car?


Dr. Know
My car was stolen. Thankfully, it was recovered. But since the cops had it towed, it cost me $200. The tow company says it sends most of this money back to the city. Why should I have to pay to    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTY SMITH
 

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