Looking at the server logs, I see you have some questions… and I got answers!
Is Portland passive aggressive?
Why yes, it is.
What do you love about Portland?
Do you have any cartoons about gay marriage?
I linked to a bunch of cartoons back in 2007, when Oregon passed its domestic partner law. (This has been a long-standing prime driver of traffic to this site, believe it or not.)
Are there hockey stores in Portland?
Northwest Skate Authority has a pro shop at Sherwood Ice Arena and one at the Winterhawks Skating Center. Decent selection (for a small shop), good prices and great service.
Are there hockey bars in Portland?
Claudia’s Sports Pub is rumored to be a decent place to catch a game. I’ve never been there, though.
Is Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady anti-union?
I don’t know, but her hubby sure was back in the 90s. And so far, Portland’s credulous scrivener corps hasn’t bothered to ask her about it much.
Are employees at Brady’s New Seasons stores union?
Did Paul Newman do his own skating in Slapshot?
Yes he did, at least according to the commentary by the Hansen brothers on the DVD.
Where are good seats at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum?
I’ve always liked section 69, row H for hockey. It’s second tier, center ice. I’ve also enjoyed sitting in the Hosers’ section in the end above the goal where the Hawks shoot twice. But the place has great sight lines all around.
Is Oregonian reporter Bryan Denson a stupid fucking credulous hack?
Dan Savage sure thinks so, and I couldn’t resist putting a link to his criticism on the front page of the Oregonian Web site. (I don’t see any queries in the logs like “Is the Oregonian a useless dinosaur of an establishment rag that can’t figure out how to operate in the new media world?” but the answer is, of course, an emphatic “Yes!!”)
And finally, the number one search that brings people to this site lately:
Do you have a Portland ZIP code map?
Well, sort of. I’ve got one I scanned out of a phone book several years back, then color coded to show the shameful maldistribution of educational investment in Portland. You’ll have better luck finding a ZIP at the US Postal Service site. Funny that this post still brings visitors, as it was the post that launched my brief but intense career as a pundit, citizen journalist, and community activist in Portland Public Schools.