Thursday, August 31, 2006


Woman: "We really moved here from Missouri to escape the weather. But when people ask, we say we came for the sustainability."

- Cracker's Pub

-- Overheard by Rich

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Woman: "...but you drink rum and cokes."

Man: "What does that mean?"

Woman: "You don't get out much."

- Saucebox

-- Overheard by Elizabeth

Monday, August 28, 2006

Mercy Without Borders

Mercy Corp employee: "Do you have time to learn about Mercy Corp?"

Girl walking by: "Um, I am going over there to have a smoke. If you want to talk to me your gonna have to walk over there with me."

Mercy Corp employee (ponders a few moments): "Might as well."

- Downtown

-- Overheard by Elizabeth

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Bumb a ride?

Guy on the street: "Can you give me a ride up to Hawthorne?"
Girl walking by: "What, in my invisible car?"

- Near Voodoo donuts

-- Overheard by Elizabeth

Saturday, August 26, 2006

PA Risk

Kid on Coast Guard PA system: "Attention! Attention everyone! Why is my Mom being so mean?"

- Seaport Celebration

-- Overheard by Rich

Friday, August 25, 2006

Circus music playing in my head

"Street Roots" vendor: "What's up?"

Man riding past on very tall unicycle: "Me."

"Street Roots" vendor: (cheerfully) "No shit!"

-SW 16th and Morrison

-- Overheard by Awkward Boy

At least it's not canned chicken of the sea tacos

Woman: "waaa? Sea Tacos?"

Dread-locked Man at outside table: "...welcome to Portland"

- Outside downtown Taco Del Mar, last saturday lunch

-- Overheard by Brad

You know, the kind without those people

Teenage girl: "I mean, he's totally ghetto. I mean, y'know, not like, real ghetto, ghetto. You know: Portland Ghetto."

- Downtown coffee shop

-- Overheard by totally ghetto

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rimflicks on the Bricks

Twenty-Something # 1: "So, I tried that rimflick thing."
Twenty-Something # 2: "Rimflick thing?"
Twenty-Something # 1: "Yeah, remember? I've just taken to calling it the rimflick thing.
Twenty-Something # 2: "Oooh. Yeah! So you tried it on Danny?"
Twenty-Something # 1: "Yeah. He liked it."
Twenty-Something # 2: "Did he specifically say 'I liked the rimflick thing,' or are you just assuming?"

- Gabriel Park

-- Overheard by: Tried to keep from laughing

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Rack detector

Woman to wand-waving TSA screener: "In Memphis, that thing went off in my bra!"

- PDX Airport

-- Overheard by Rich

Monday, August 21, 2006

Psychic Salad Girl

Woman: "I'll have the Chef's Salad."
Deli Girl: "Do you want everything on that?"
Woman: "I don't know. What do you put on it that I don't like?"

- Local deli

-- Overheard by Todd

Saturday, August 19, 2006

However, I am a Marine Biologist

Man, who had been clearly trying to pick up a woman, then said:

"Yeah, I had a pretty fucked up childhood; my Mom was a junkie."

- Berbati's Pan, last summer

-- Overheard by Brad

Bike Messenger loves Granola Girl

Girl (To Friend): "So Sam thinks I should shave my legs because he feels like the woman in the relationship."

[Laughter From Anyone In Hearing Distance]

- Hollywood Theater

-- Overheard by Ramse

Friday, August 18, 2006

Next time, buy a travel book before arrival

Man: "Is this exclusively a video store?"
Store clerk: "Yes, it is."
Man: "Do you know if there are any bookstores in this area?"
Store clerk: "Not that I know of... well, there's Powells."
Man: "Powells? Where's that?"
Store clerk: "Tenth and Burnside."
Man: Sorry, "What?"
Store clerk: "TENTH AND BURNSIDE!"

- Videorama on 12th and Lovejoy

-- Overheard by Awkward Boy

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Color Blind

Woman, having just landed at the PDX airport, from California, to her husband and two teenage sons:

"I thought you said it was green here! I don't see any green!"

- Overheard by Awkward Boy

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Next best thing

Woman walking past large man holding a small infant:

"Those poor people; they couldn't get a chihuahua so they had to have a baby."

- near Gelato store on SE 28th

-- Overheard by Brad

Hairy Hypothesis

Mom (To Kid): "NO! I'm not going to EXPERIMENT seven days before! Yes! That's what it's called when I don't know what it is, experimenting!"

- Hair Dye Aisle In Fred Myers

- Overheard by Ramse


(After sleater kinney show last year)

Guy: "What did you think?"

Girl: "I feel empowered as a woman!!!"

Guy: "Me too!"

- Crystal Ballroom

-- Overheard by laurax

Monday, August 14, 2006

She's had wurst

Guy: "That guacamole taste like it’s gone bad."

Girl joyfully eating guacamole: "It tastes really good to me."

Guy: "I guess I’m just not used to eating rotten food."

- The steps in Pioneer Square at lunch

-- Overheard by Swaimfan

The art of always appearing interested

Woman #1 (about baby): "He looks sort of like Winston Churchill."

Mother of said baby: "Yeah, that isn't the first time he's been told that."

- Portland Street Car

-- Overheard by Monika

Red Spotted

Guy #1: "That's the first Bush-Cheney t-shirt I've ever seen around here."

Guy #2: "Must be from out of town."

Guy #1: "Sure as shit; she's got Idaho plates."

- Doug Fir patio

-- Overheard by Rich

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Blame it on GPS

Guy #1: "Oh my God! I'm in a gay bar!"

Guy #2: "I thought this was Burning Man."

Guy #1: "Looks like Flaming Queen."

- Crush

-- Overheard by Shelly

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Woman: "Merkin, what's a Merkin?"

(ed note: friends explain)

Woman: "Huh, maybe I should get a Merkin."

- Echo bar

-- Overheard by Brad

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Your mileage may vary

Woman: "...As long as it doesn't cause anal leakage."

- Brewfest

-- Overheard by Brad

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Time for a makeover

Stripper: "Supercuts?"

Guy: "Ummm, no, actually. You always this mean when you're naked?"

- DV8

-- Overheard by tinman