Portlandia…I’m On a Bike

For those of my dear readers that are buried in snow in the Midwest or enjoying the sunshine in California I am going to give you a little peak into the Pacific Northwest.

Statue of Portlandia

Portland is unlike any other part of the United States–or so I’m told by people who visit here. I’m biased though. I spent the first 19 years of my life in Seattle and honestly? Portland is just like Seattle only a little smaller and a little warmer. πŸ™‚ Home-grown Oregonians will shank you if you say that though. Do NOT compare Portland to Seattle.

Pfft. Whatever. It rains in both places. It’s gray more days than sunny. It’s full of trees and hippies and computer companies. Everyone in the NW has a direct IV of coffee into their veins and yes we all ride bikes. (LOL)


If you haven’t seen the new skit TV show “Portlandia” I recommend it. Not just because I live in Portland but because it’s funny. It makes fun of Portland Hipsters: bearded, vintage clothes-wearing-PBR-drinking-funky glasses-wearing Hipsters.Β  Hipsters are usually well educated yet they work at a coffeeshop. You know the type…they have a Masters Degree in Poetry and sling coffee at Stumptown showcasing their piercings and tattoos. πŸ˜‰ (I love the look, actually, and have a few tattoos of my own.)

It’s a 30 minute skit show that takes place in a West-Coast Hipster Mecca. It also stars Fred Armisen from SNL and Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney.

One of the TRUEST moments describing Portland was in the first episode where Fred and Carrie are playing characters at a restaurant. They want to order chicken but they need to make sure they like how the chicken was treated before he was killed. They ask all these ridiculous question in soft voices and ask the waitress if she had any “papers” on the chicken. The waitress returns with a file folder on Colin the Chicken–complete with photos and stories of him being raised on sheep’s milk, hazelnuts and how he was free to roam on the farm. Too funny.

This clip I want to share with you is so true. It is also VERY relevant to my website. Why? Because it’s about BIKES of course! (You can catch old posts here: How to Watch More TV and How to Buy a Bike.)


The whole clip is hilarious. My favorite lines:

“UGH Cars, man, WHY?”

“Hey I get this WHOLE LANE! Oregon State Law–10 feet!”

“I’m ON A BIKE!”

Funny…but sooo true. πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

QUESTION: Have you seen the show? What did you think of the clip and do you have those guys in your city?

9 Responses

  1. Of course we think the show’s hilarious! We do have some Portland friends who are not finding the humor, but whatever. Did I tell you how excited Chris was that Sam Adams was following him on Twitter after some Portlandia comments? Lol – it totally made his day.

    I’ll be sad when the show’s over.

  2. …and the hazelnuts, are they local?? the Colin the Chicken skit was so dang funny! Jason and I are always saying now “sorry for interrupting, but I had the exact same question”.

    three of my friends are in the “Dream of the 90’s” video. more of my Portland friends have tattoos – full sleeves – than do not… and the put a bird on it and call it art?? that is SO true. look in ANY store on Hawthorne!!


    fun post!

    1. That’s too cool that you’re friends got picked for the video! Is it the big burly biker guy in short shorts and a leather jacket? πŸ˜‰

      I have a wallet with a bird on it. πŸ˜‰

  3. I was born in Portland, but then raised first in Minnesota then in a town in Western Washington (probably too far out to be considered a suburb of Seattle). I left home at 18 and still consider Washington ‘where I’m from’ even if I’ve only been back twice in, uh almost 15 years. If I had my druthers I’d move back there.

  4. I was seriously skeptical when I first heard about the show… then I saw some of it. Completely addicted now! It is So. Funny. They’ve really got our number.

    The best bit of the chicken sketch is “I drove too slow on the way over here, didn’t I?” Heeee

    I hadn’t read the “watch more tv” post before, but I just followed your link at the top. It’s excellent! Absolutely the best excuse to get a bike trainer! I watch 1–2 episodes of Bones while spinning at high RPM/low resistance on mine, and although it gets tiring I’m always glad I did it. The tv keeps my brain firing when otherwise all I’d be thinking about is finishing my workout.

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