Initial Observations in Oregon From a First Time Visitor, Part 2
Just got home after finishing up Week Two of our delightful journey. Getting into the deep tracks here.
- •Their BUMP / ROUGH ROAD signs.STRONG misnomer. Slow way down, be ready to act fast, it's not a bump or some loose gravel coming up, it's a fucking Martian crater.
- •Their Ketchup brand allegiance.There is no Heinz ketchup in Oregon. Instead, a local brand dominates. Don't get me wrong, this organic, vegan, GMO-free 'Portland Ketchup' is delicious, but the tacit statewide agreement between all pubs to banish Heinz and use the stuff is a something else.
- •Their affinity for Glass blowing studios.I posit that there are more in Oregon than the other 49 combined.
- •Their blinding love of Oyster shooters.Every last pub on the coast has oyster shooters in the menu. I haven't found a single establishment that simply serves them on the half shell. I like to add my own amount of cocktail sauce, horseradish and lemon. Let me do me, Oregon.
- •Their beards.I can't believe how real this was. ALL THE BEARDS. EVERYWHERE. For example, In the airport, there was a large poster advertisement for an online Oregon college. It featured an industrious young fellow, smiling and ready to get cracking, in a suit and tie. He was also wearing a 4" thick full beard.
- •Their purposeful removal of stock polished alloy wheels from one's own upscale car, replaced by simple & rugged black steel wheels.Might sound weird, but this was my favorite. A subtle but perfect example of a larger Oregon trend that could be a whole list in and of itself: the conscious decision of wealthy Oregonians to appear rugged whenever possible. I saw innumerable new, upscale cars (usually Subarus, duh) with the stock wheels purposefully swapped out for black, industrial steel wheels.