Rojo, a 5-foot-tall llama, was happily accepting hugs from passersby at a fair when someone suggested his calm demeanor would make him a great therapist. That’s when a lightbulb went on for his owner, Lori Gregory. She started Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas, and now takes Rojo, along with his alpaca BFF Napoleon and a few other furry camelids to visit children’s hospitals and retirement homes throughout the Portland area. The animals always get a great response from patients and caregivers, and help people forget their worries for awhile. “Everybody has their gifts that they’re given,” says Gregory. “And I believe our llamas are our gift that we share with the community and world.” Check out the sweet video to see Rojo and Napoleon in action! [KOIN 6]
Whether you live in Portland or have seen a few “Portlandia” sketches, you know this city marches to the beat of its own naked bongo drummer. As two lifelong Portlanders, we thought it would be fun to imagine where all the astrological signs fit into the culture of “Portlandia.” Is your sign tasting gourmet coffees or playing the didgeridoo or competing on an anarchist bocce ball team? Read on to find out! Keep reading »
Guys, I am kind of hyperventilating just thinking about this, but a woman in Portland, Oregon, is stuck in between two buildings, after falling while climbing. Nobody’s really sure what the woman — who is allegedly in her 20s — was doing when she fell, but my guess is something dumb like parkour. Either way, there’s rescue crews on the scene who are cutting a hole in one of the walls of the Gretchen Kafoury Commons in order to try and pull her out. In the meantime, she’s stuck in the hole, hanging, and has been there for nearly four hours. Keep reading »
Judging from the excitement surrounding the third season of “Portlandia” and all the emails in my inbox from readers who want to know more about visiting the city, Portland is having another moment (our really big moment happened back in the early 00s when The New York Times realized that not only did Portland exist, but the people here have beards and eat artisanal cheeses–it’s like a trend piece wet dream!).
When I asked my Portland friends for recommendations of things to do in this weird, wonderful city, their suggestions ranged from “Streak across the Steel Bridge” to “Drop out of graphic design school” to “Occupy something,” so obviously the Portland experience is tough to encompass in a single list (or even a single trip), but I’m going to try to focus on 10 activities that will guarantee a fun, fulfilling trip. Oh, and maybe finally convince my NYC-based Frisky coworkers to come visit me… Keep reading »
Forbes just released a list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” which includes all the usual suspects: Silver Lake, Los Angeles comes in at number 1, with enclaves of San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Portland making predictable appearances. Just in case you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, we came up with this handy quiz to test the hipster quotient of wherever you live. So throw on a pair of oversized, lime green, lens-less reading glasses and click through to take the test!
This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh up to 550 pounds, but Finch keeps pedaling away in her cute wedge sandals, making sure to “rotate kids into pumping position to keep them fresh.” Would anyone be surprised if I told you she lives in Portland? Anyone? Anyone? That’s what I thought. [Bike Portland]
As much as it pains my Brooklyn heart to say this, this little video from a couple of cool Portland parents might just score extra points in the Portland vs. Brooklyn battle. These guys made a shot-for-shot remake of the Beastie Boys’ iconic Spike Jonze-directed video “Sabotage,” starring their own children. Brooklyn, I believe you’ve been one-upped. [Portland Mercury]
If you’ve seen “Portlandia,” you know that Portland is a weird city. If you live here, you know that people spend a lot of time, money, and energy to maintain that weirdness. The guy wearing a Santa suit and riding a unicycle around the farmer’s market, for example, he’s trying really hard. I’ve lived in Portland my whole life, and I’ve always found the forced weirdness kind of annoying, because really, there are quite a few things about Portland that are just legitimately, truly, genuinely, non-ironically weird. Here are 10 examples… Keep reading »
Most people celebrated Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolate, but one Portland couple went a slightly spicier route: naked bondage role play in a grocery store parking lot. And it ended the way all the best dates usually do: with a nine car police chase and a pair of arrests for disorderly conduct. Keep reading »
The new season of “Portlandia” is just as funny as the first — if not more. In season one, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein noted that Portland is just a little bit stuck in the 1990s. But this season, the pair make fun of Portland’s obsession with locavore and artisanal culture, which is exactly like life in the 1890s. “Remember when belts didn’t exist yet? Everyone wore suspenders,” says Fred. “People used to carve their own ice cubes?” And now, thanks to Portland, they’re carving their own ice cubes again. [Eater]