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Dr. Know: How do you pronounce "Glisan"?

Dr. Know
My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know
Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And a   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTY SMITH

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know
A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are leaf blowers regulated at all?

Dr. Know
Is there a citywide gardening organization in the Portland metro area that monitors what time we go to sleep? I’m about to take a 4 pm nap, and there’s a leaf blower outside my apartment win   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: So is the Willamette River safe or not?

Dr. Know
At the south end of the Eastbank Esplanade, people lie in the sun and swim in the river, endorsed by WW. At the north end of the Esplanade, a sign says not to eat fish caught in the river. Who shoul   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Where can I pee in Portland?

Dr. Know
My doctor tells me I need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, that leads to another problem: Portland doesn’t have many pots to pee in that are open to the public. Where can    More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How do I get my money when I win the Oregon Lottery next week?

Dr. Know
I’m planning to win the Oregon Lottery next week. How do I get my money? The prize will be way too big for my bank’s insurance coverage. Do they set up a Swiss bank account, or what? —Alway   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do lesbians go first in LGBT?

Dr. Know
Why did the gay community adopt the acronym “LGBT,” placing the lesbians first? It was gay men and drag queens at Stonewall—I find it appalling that lesbians get top billing! Can we chan   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Who pilots those small planes that buzz Northeast Portland at dawn?

Dr. Know
Am I correct in assuming that the small planes that buzz Northeast Portland at dawn are piloted by bourgeois joy riders and not heroes on humanitarian missions? —Sleepless in NE I can tell by    More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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
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