Portland March 28, 2017
8 Things Portlanders Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else
Whether you have been in Portland your whole life or are new to the area, you have to admit that Portland is a unique city all its own. Just like the bumper sticker says, we keep it weird and love all our little quirks that make the city what it is. Here are 8 things that are pretty normal in Portland, but in other places not so much so.
1. Take Goats Out For A Stroll
There are not many places where goat-human interaction is such commonplace as in Portland.
2. All Season Biking
In most places, biking is a fair-weather activity, but not in Portland. Commuting by bike has no limits and rain or snow will not stop us. Get some rain pants and a rain jacket and you are good to go in Portland year-round.
3. Separate Table Scraps For Compost
Separating food scraps into your compost bin is commonplace in Portland. Surely other cities have a compost program (Seattle for one), but if you have visitors from out of town, you are most likely going to get some strange looks when you tell them food scraps don't go in the garbage.
4. Show Up To Protest
Portlanders show up for causes that they believe in and if something happens that we don't agree with, there will surely be a protest to follow.
5. Shop Without Sales Tax
We here in Portland take for granted that when an item says $4.99, that is the end total, not $5.23 or some other taxed total. This is timelessly amusing to out-of-town visitors, though we are equally as astounded when visiting places with tax and can't wait to get back home to our norm.
6. Drink Beer In Unusual Places
Whether a converted elementary school, a movie theater or a museum, Portlanders love their beer and create many opportunities to enjoy it.
7. Keep Going Back For More Ink
Portlanders are infamous for ink. You will never hear a Portlander say "I think one tattoo is enough." It is just not in our nature.
8. Stay Casual All The Time
Portlanders are a casual bunch that rarely find a reason to dress up. Jeans, fleece, and even flip flops are commonplace just about anywhere, and to some people this seems downright strange. To us, we're just comfortable!
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