We try to be receptive as bartenders to the individual experience that each guest is looking for. Do you want to be left alone to stare into your beer or watch the game? Do you want some small talk to accompany your beer? Do you want me to give a dissertation on the history of cocktails? And although we're pretty good at it, we're not mind readers. If you're talking loudly enough at the bar for the bartender to hear you, he assumed it would be alright to chime into your conversation. If you didn't want him to participate, then tell him so.
By the way, you should listen to what your bartender has to say about whiskey. The Seagrams 7/Canadian Club/Crown Royal/Fireball/Jack Daniels that you drink sucks ass and there are far better quality products out there.
Coincidentally, I was out riding on Saturday night and likewise not a part of the naked bike ride so I was fully clothed. While riding by an unnamed bar in NE Portland's patio, several women yelled out "Why aren't you naked?" I laughed, kept riding, and had an awesome night. The difference between my story and yours: I didn't take a few probably intoxicated people of the opposite gender catcalling as anything more than that. If this was happening in a professional, academic, or other social settings, you'd have a point. But a passing comment from a bunch of drunk guys on the side of the road on the night of the naked bike ride is hardly an accurate representation of the state of sexism in this country. Relax and don't take things so seriously and you'll have a much more enjoyable journey through life.
Wouldn't it be fare more likely for someone wearing a Bob Marley shirt to claim they are an expert on Jamaica rather than Africa?
Good call on the Blitzen Trapper reference. They were the first emissary that I encountered from Portland and I moved here about a year and a half after I first heard them. Mission accomplished!
Way to totally squander the opportunity you had as a contributor to make this blog better. This is the worst IA I've ever read. If you want to make IA better, you could start by writing a coherent post with proper grammar and spelling. And you know it's Carrie Brownstein or you wouldn't have put "or whatever" into parentheses after.
The most logical, but also a costly solution, is to build subterranean parking garages under these developments. PDC is starting to understand the impact of these no parking projects on the neighborhoods around them. They will decrease the value of the neighboring single and multi-family homes because of the lack of parking available to those residents. I'm all for encouraging more cycling, walking, and use of public transportation, but are all of the residents of these buildings really going to not own cars? I like progress, change is inevitable with a growing city, and this city needs more housing of all types due to the incredibly low vacancy rate, but we need to do it intelligently. Pushing that cost from developers that would have to pay for the parking garage at a loss to their profitability to homeowners in the area is not doing this intelligently.
Hey Mrs. B, get a clue or go fuck yourself. I hope you're just ignorant and unaware that the great majority of bartenders and servers get paid minimum wage and rely on tips for part of their compensation. On minimum wage alone in this country it's damn near impossible to pay for a place to live, transportation, and food, much less anything else. Try working in the service industry and you'll appreciate what they do a little more. If you're too cheap to tip, then do every server and bartender in this town a favor and stay home. If not, I hope every bartender in town spits in your drink and every server in town wipes their ass with their hand before handling your food, you cheap bitch!
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