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Dr. Know: There should be a law against getting a table before ordering from the counter.

Dr. Know
In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter, then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?

Dr. Know
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The pronunciation of Willamette seems wrong to me.

Dr. Know
Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of “Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How do you pronounce "Glisan"?

Dr. Know
My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know
Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And a   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTY SMITH

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know
A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Are leaf blowers regulated at all?

Dr. Know
Is there a citywide gardening organization in the Portland metro area that monitors what time we go to sleep? I’m about to take a 4 pm nap, and there’s a leaf blower outside my apartment win   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: So is the Willamette River safe or not?

Dr. Know
At the south end of the Eastbank Esplanade, people lie in the sun and swim in the river, endorsed by WW. At the north end of the Esplanade, a sign says not to eat fish caught in the river. Who shoul   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Where can I pee in Portland?

Dr. Know
My doctor tells me I need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, that leads to another problem: Portland doesn’t have many pots to pee in that are open to the public. Where can    More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: How do I get my money when I win the Oregon Lottery next week?

Dr. Know
I’m planning to win the Oregon Lottery next week. How do I get my money? The prize will be way too big for my bank’s insurance coverage. Do they set up a Swiss bank account, or what? —Alway   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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