Dr. Know: Carding Complexities

Can OLCC agents lie during a sting?


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Because of my youthful appearance, I’m often carded for alcohol. But occasionally a barkeep will simply ask if I’m 21. I’ve asked why, and they say undercover OLCC agents can’t lie during    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Pusher Potential

What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription?


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Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Gratuitous Advice

What’s the tipping etiquette for counter service?


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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 eti   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Communi-Posting

Why can't apartment complexes have compost collection?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Weakly by the Willamette

Are there any major cities besides Portland that use the weak-mayor system?


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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 major cities   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Horning In

Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town?


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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   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Taxi Cab Confusion

What is the story behind Union Cab?


Dr. Know
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 Your signatur   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare

Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita?


Dr. Know
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? —Statistically Curious I don’t    More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Surprising Lack of Herbert

Why is nothing in Oregon named after President Herbert Hoover?


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U.S. President Herbert Hoover was from Oregon. How come nothing here is named after him? —Tequila Wilhelmina I admire your penchant for brevity, Willi. You should be on Twitter—and while you’r   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Not so Hard Knocks

Why are boner pills so damn expensive?


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Why are boner pills so damn expensive? Even with my Kaiser insurance, it’s $135 for eight of the little bastards. Can’t our local meth cooks make this stuff? —Going Broke in Camas One of t   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MARTY SMITH

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