Keeping Portland Weird

20 Mar

It was a sunny Thursday and, once more, Lucy was just standing on the sidewalk. There was a time that she ran, but nowadays, she simply likes to stand around, sniff, and watch the world.

This particular Thursday, we emerged from social distancing so she could have a potty break and I could get away from the sofa. The sun was warm and I didn’t mind just standing there with her. At this time of the year the sun feels wonderful, and given the circumstances, healing.

As Lucy and I soaked up the sun, I noticed a sound in the distance. Could that be bagpipes?  I asked myself. It couldn’t be Portland’s Unipiper, could it? I wondered as I turned my eyes in the direction of the music. Sure enough a yellow clad figure was at the end of my block. I knew Lucy couldn’t run fast enough for us to see him and I was content to enjoy from a distance.

But then he turned up my street.

Fortunately, a unicycle is not built for speed and I had enough time to dash into my house and grab my phone. On the way, I passed a neighbor.

“The Unipiper is coming!” I called happily.

“Is that a bad thing? You are running away!” he laughed to me as he descended to see the local celebrity.

“Just grabbing my camera,” I called back, just before dashing into the house. I was back in no time and managed to snap one good photo as The Unipiper pedaled past, playing Scotland the Brave.

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13 Responses to “Keeping Portland Weird”

  1. deborahdillon March 20, 2020 at 5:14 am #

    OMG!!!! I love this! What a crazy, wonderful thing! My crazy Scottish husband will be thrilled to see this. On second thought, if I show him, he might start a similar tradition in our neighborhood…Hmmmm…..
    Thank you for post a slice that will keep me smiling all day long 🙂

    • Adrienne March 20, 2020 at 5:15 am #

      He usually wears a Darth Vader helmet, but these days it’s a Hazmat suit and surgical mask.

      • deborahdillon March 20, 2020 at 6:08 am #

        This is too funny!!!! What a great and unusual way to brighten everyone’s day. Such a great thing !!!! Wow.

  2. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write March 20, 2020 at 5:15 am #

    This made me smile!

  3. shakespearience87 March 20, 2020 at 5:48 am #

    Thanks for sharing this — it brought a smile to my face this morning. I’m so glad you caught a picture!

  4. Suzanne March 20, 2020 at 5:50 am #

    Keep Portland Weird, yay, I love it! I love the mask and suit to go with the times. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve seen New York’s Naked Cowboy and now I can one day look forward to seeing Portland’s Unipiper!

  5. arjeha March 20, 2020 at 5:56 am #

    What a way to bring sunshine to many. People are ingenious. We are there for each other.

  6. Amanda Regan March 20, 2020 at 7:22 am #

    I loved the feeling of joy that shines through your writing. I think we all could use a little weird right now to lighten the mood. Thank you for sharing!

  7. jumpofffindwings March 20, 2020 at 7:49 am #

    How awesome is this—and that you captured it! Portland isn’t weird; it’s wonderful. The Literary Fest in November? Coolest thing ever!

  8. Brian Rozinsky March 20, 2020 at 8:33 am #

    Your slice confirms that there’s plenty of socializing we can still do, even from a distance.

  9. mrsstrasser02 March 20, 2020 at 11:08 am #

    Glad to see people are still doing what they love!

  10. terierrol March 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh, you are so lucky to have such delight in your city, and now in your neighborhood! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lisa Corbett March 20, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

    This is what is missing from my neighborhood!! Thanks for sharing. The whole world needs more people doing stuff like this.

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