Since Portlandia aired, comedy in Portland has been dealt a blow- we can no longer make fun of precious, childhood-fetishizing, fixie-riding hipsters, our most visible attribute and most reviled population segment, because it’s been DONE, darling, and if nothing else, we want to be original. In desperation, I have been casting about for new jokes about our beloved city- to this end, here is a list of things that have NEVER been said about Portland:
Self-starter, type-A personality workers keep stores open all hours of the day and night- you never stop by an independent store at 3PM on a Tuesday to find them closed for no adequately explained reason.
One disadvantage of Portland living: you can’t find a coffeeshop in this town to save your life.
Everywhere you go, in every shop and residence, you can hear Dolly Parton singing “Jolene.”
Local waiststaff are frequently taken to task for being unnaturally clean and polite.
All of Portland has a crush on Zia McCabe of the Dandy Warhols, even buildings and those brass fountain otters downtown.
Portlanders are obsessed with the goods and services offered by Best Buy stores, often lining up at 6AM just to browse.
Portland is George W. Bush’s favorite weekend getaway city. Find him walking down to Saturday Market from the Governor hotel, which he thinks he can stay at for free, because he was a Governor.
Portland drivers are passive to the extreme, and are often overtaken by wild rabbits on the highway.
Like pumping your own gas, it’s illegal to make your own breakfast on Saturday or Sunday, leading to long, hungry lines in front of every local restaurant on the weekends.
Write me with more things that have never been said about Portland, ever!