The 4 corners of Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon’s living room, reveal the city’s soul. There is a bumper sticker / slogan, “Keep Portland Weird” that surely could have been born on those 4 corners. There isn’t much I have NOT seen on those bricks in my daily commute into the city. A few recent sights…
~ A woman with a box on her head. Big letters on the box read, “DVD”. She was pedaling a multimedia Jesus bonanza to all passers-by. I noticed her judgmental eye roll and head shake when the girl with the skull on her black t-shirt declined the dvd.
~ A man asked the dude holding a cardboard sign, “so, are you a typical homeless drug addict?”. “Naw man,” he said. “I’m just a regular old alcoholic”.
~ A guy in a trucker hat and cut-off jeans. His bulging backpack had two fishing rods sticking out and he carried a cooler for his catch. I’m guessing he was headed down to the waterfront of the Willamette River but, he stuck out like a sore thumb in the bustle of the city.