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Screaming Ban Shes

Why Portland’s gay bars won’t ban bachelorettes.


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It’s the last show at Darcelle XV Showplace on a muggy Friday night. The audience is a mixed bag: a birthday party in the center, friends of a drag queen near the wall, a posse of bros in the    More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Lake Affront

Oswego Lake’s big secret: It’s public and you can paddle it. In fact, I did.


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Carrying a big green kayak down the sidewalk in Lake Oswego gets attention. “You know you can’t just go in there?” “They’ll ding ya if they catch ya in there!” To hear it described by townsfolk...   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

How To: Stay Warm And Dry

Coping with Oregon sunshine through trial and error.


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It’s possible to cycle across town on the coldest, wettest day Portland has to offer without even the slightest chill.  I suspect it is, anyway. Call me naive, but with an unlimited budget    More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

How To: Pedal Better

Unlock the power in your quads!


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Whoever said doing the locomotion was easier than learning your ABCs—I’m lookin’ at you, Little Eva—wasn’t talking about biking. Pedaling healthily and efficiently requires at least A, B   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

How To: See And Be Seen

It is better to light one blinker than to be run over by a Hummer.


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It’s dark here. This far north, your commute is guaranteed to happen in the dark from the fall to the spring equinox, and our dismal weather makes for less-than-ideal visibility much of the rest   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

How To: Choose Your Best Route To Work

So much depends on avoiding as many stop signs as possible.


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It may seem overwhelming at first, but the decision to commute to work by bike isn’t one you’ll regret. Maybe you’ve thought about it but haven’t figured out exactly how it’d work. Well,   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

How To: Keep It Rolling

A little regular care can save you an expensive trip to a mechanic.


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If your bike is making ominous clicking, scraping or creaking noises—or, worse, if you can feel the equivalent of those sounds while pedaling—you need to take your bike into a shop immediate   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 NATALIE BAKER

How To: Carry Anything

Your bike will take you anywhere. But what about your stuff?


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When it comes to switching from cars or public transit to bicycling, actual pedaling is only half the battle. Unless you’re funemployed in July and your only cargo is the precious U-Lock in yo   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 NATALIE BAKER

Confessions of a Chubster

The moral crusade against fatties.


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Americans are disgustingly fat. I’m allowed to say so because not long ago, I was disgustingly fat. Three years ago, I weighed close to 300 pounds. I would like to tell you being a big, lazy s   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Heretical Healing

A guide to alternative medicine for the bewildered.


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Why are Portlanders so drawn to therapies outside the medical mainstream? Maybe it’s our general love of deviance, or just because we’re broke, unemployed and can’t afford a trip to Kaiser   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE
 

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