Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

Dr. Know
Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why do the pigeons always crap on my head?

Dr. Know
Do perching pigeons have motion detectors? Every time I walk under one, its bowels promptly explode on my bald spot or exquisitely manufactured hat. The west side of the Broadway Bridge is lik   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?

Dr. Know
Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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


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