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Dr. Know: Fair Weather Occupiers?

Dr. Know
What are the Occupy Portland people going to do when it gets really cold? I’m worried they’ll have to give up when the snows come, enabling the movement’s detractors to deride the whole thing    More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Extreme Curbside Composting

Dr. Know
To recoup the increased cost of curbside composting, could I use my green barrel as a toilet? All my human waste is 100 percent organic. I can even mount a toilet seat on top of the green can for e   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Metro Oil Obfuscation

Dr. Know
Metro accepts used oil for curbside recycling, but they insist that it be in a transparent container, which rules out any motor oil bottle I’ve ever seen. Why can’t we recycle used motor oil in    More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cut Flower Conundrum

Dr. Know
In honor of Portland’s chrysanthemum season, perhaps you can tell us: Why do some cut flowers/bouquets seem to die immediately? Is there a trick to make them last? —Tina S. I have the same prob   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Suffering Los Niños

Dr. Know
Last winter, we endured greater-than-usual rainfall because it was a La Niña year. Now I’m hearing that this year will be more of the same. Where’s El Niño when you need him? Aren’t they su   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: When Intimacy and Dietary Philosophy Collide

Dr. Know
With all the vegans in town, I am a little concerned about my oral sex life. Plain and simple question, do vegan chicks swallow? —Dustin C. I gotta say, Dustin, something about your letter gives me    More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Scarlet Letter

Dr. Know
There’s a red sign with a “U” on Union Jacks. I’ve heard it’s a warning that the building is unsafe to enter if it’s on fire. How do they stay open if they’re unsafe? I love UJs, but I   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Jeld-Wen's Water

Dr. Know
Was Jeld-Wen Field designed with only two water fountains in order to boost sales of bottled water? The line for the fountains is agonizingly long, and it’s slow because everyone is filling up bo   More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Defibrillator Dilemma

Dr. Know
I work in a building that has one of of those automated defibrillator stations. My co-workers aren’t exactly medical geniuses, though. What happens if I faint and somebody decides to zap me? Can j   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Keller Swimming Hole?

Dr. Know
I often see kids swimming in the Keller Fountain, which makes me nervous for their safety. I confess that it’s also annoying to deal with screaming kids on my lunch break. Is it legal for people t   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 MARTY SMITH
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