Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day every coming of the year.
Okay, okay – we can’t do it.
But, we can certainly investigate the origins of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, it’s international, how cosmopolitan of it) and explain why Portlanders seem to adore the holiday each year when September 19 rears on its haunches.
Why is Portland called Rip City?
Those of us who love Portland also tend to love our city’s many nicknames – Rose City, Stumptown, Slabtown, and so many more. Often the origins of the nicknames are shrouded in mythology and mystery when, in reality, simple logic explains how the names came into existence.
We theorized Rip City could have stemmed from alternative Portlanders sporting torn jeans in the 1980s and 1990s. Nope. Maybe it’s a shipping or nautical term of some kind referring to Portland’s immense and successful Port? No luck.
The origin of “Rip City” begins and ends with our professional basketball team – the Trail Blazers – however its origin is so random it will never be fully explained. The myth remains intact.
Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure in Portland is an institution, an annual race where the participants primp out in pink to show their support of research for the cure to breast cancer.
In 2017, the race could get a little bitchy – but in a good way – as our canine friends have been invited to join the cause!
It’s a sneak-er attack! Under Armour and Adidas are bringing the shoe battle to Nike’s home turf – Portland (well, Beaverton) with UA opening an “innovation hub” and Adidas kicking off their “Lace Up” reality show on YouTube Red featuring eight designers competing to have their shoe made for real!
It’s time for Nike to “Attack Everything!”
When a city drops ranks on a national list – Best Beer Cities in the U.S., Best Food Cities in America – it’s usually a sign for the city’s citizens and leadership to band together and make a plan for improvement. When we saw Portland drop to third most popular city to move to in the results of the Summer Movers Study, we threw a freakin’ party!
Only Portlanders would be this happy to drop in popularity…
Just when you think Portland has squeezed all the weird out of it that it possibly can, the City of Portland partners with a local rapper known for his love of cats to make a music video for a phone app that allows Portland’s drivers to pay for parking on their smartphone.
Portland loves its coffee. From Boyd Coffee Company and Stumptown Coffee Roasters to Starbucks and Tully’s and everything in-between, you better not get between a Stumptowner and their cup of joe lest you want to endure limitless angry, whiny hipster wrath (and that’s just in our offices)!
But, with nearly 3,000 coffee shops in the metro area to pick from (Holy java! That’s a lot of black tar!), which ones are Portlanders’ favorites and who has the best brew?
Portland is a social activist’s dream – an incredibly liberal city surrounded by a state filled with conservative ideals. The opportunities for lively debate and progressive discussion seem to thrive on every street corner.
However, in keeping with the “Keep Portland Weird” credo, there are some, well, unique social activist groups, and with all the protests in recent days, one kept getting our attention – the Portland Raging Grannies.
When we first learned that George Takei will be serving as the narrator for the Oregon Symphony’s 2017-18 season opening night performance of Aaron Copland’s orchestral tribute to Abraham Lincoln, we were more than a little confused.
Upon further investigation, we’re quite simply blown away. “Oh… myyyy…” indeed!
Portland loves its sweets. From decadent cupcakes from Cupcake Jones in the Pearl District to the infamous (and vegan) Cock-n-Balls doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts. Pastries not your thing? Pick up some Bone Marrow and Smoke Cherries ice cream from Salt and Straw. Portland will candy-coat your sweet tooth.
So, imagine our excitement when Eater, Portland’s food blog, broke the news that the famous baker Christina Tosi will be bringing her mouth-watering Milk Bar treats to Portland!