Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?


Dr. Know
There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?


Dr. Know
I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?


Dr. Know
It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?


Dr. Know
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The pronunciation of Willamette seems wrong to me.


Dr. Know
Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of “Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 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

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: 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: 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

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