Growing up, I learned you should tip 15 percent at
lunch and 18 to 20 percent for dinner. But what about at a place like
Laughing Planet, where you order at the counter? What’s the tipping
Portland is the land of the coffee hound, but it’s also
the home of zealous locavores. Coffee won’t grow anywhere near Oregon,
so it’s hard to be both of those things at the same time. Is th
Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?
I live in a 10-unit apartment complex.
Why aren’t we allowed to compost like single-family homes? Our dumpster
is overflowing, and the recycling is stuffed with pizza boxes.
Shouldn’t we get
Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?
Portland has a “weak mayor” system of
governance where the mayor shares power with four commissioners. It took
me a little while to wrap my head around that. Are there any other
What's with the pile of rock and broken cement at Southeast Water Avenue?
I drive the Marquam Bridge daily, and on the east end
by Southeast Water Avenue is a pile of rock and broken cement that
neither grows nor gets smaller, even though giant backhoes are active
Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?
Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have
to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through
town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t
What is this Union Cab company, with its splashy
periwinkle and orange sherbet-colored cars? Can Union be trusted? And
who gave it permission to operate here?
—Night Cabbie in SE
Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?
I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of
any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of
these claims even slightly true?
Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?
U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him?
I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r