Mighty Life List
Mar 27 2007


In Portland, a group of punk youth is entrenched on sidewalk. They are smoking, trying to out-blasé one another. One holds a sign that reads, “AT LEAST WE’RE NOT MUGGING YOU.”

22 Responses to “Hoodlums”

  • slouching mom Says:

    Meta-hoodlums, methinks.

  • SparklieSunShine Says:

    I guess thats a plus.

  • Karan Says:

    Postcard material if ever there was…

  • BOSSY Says:

    Bossy would live in Portland if not for the rain and the small unfortunate fact of Bossy’s frizzy hair.

  • kerri Says:

    smoking is so cool.

  • Melanie Says:

    LMAO! Sounds about right. Except – were you downtown? Near Pioneer Courthouse Square? Then I’m shocked that none of them aggressively panhandled you.
    On the other hand, maybe that’s what their sign was about.

  • sandra Says:

    I saw a guy in NYC the other day with a sign that said, “I could lie — but I want money for beer”

  • fully operational battle station Says:

    Man, what a great kodak moment, I wish you had your camera.

    I wish our hoodlums were as creative as your hoodlums.

  • TSM Says:

    There was that guy in Portland with a sign that said “Family killed by Ninjas-need money for vengeance!”

    Original enough that it deserved a fiver. At least!

  • Blythe Says:

    I never thought I’d miss the Portland street kids, but it seems it has come to that. Probably a good thing you didn’t take their photo, however; the sign suggests they might mug you if they found a good reason.

  • You can call me, 'Sir' Says:

    Who would have guessed that even annoying teen angst exhibits flashes of occassional brilliance?

  • mama milton Says:

    Yep, that’s my city. We are honest, albeit quirky.

    Love your site. Hope little Hank is doing well.

  • M~ Says:

    Love the idea about “Postcard Material”.

  • Ann Says:

    I hope you see the other sides of Portland, as well. The Doug Fir concert venue, Stumptown coffee, Voodoo Doughnuts (although that’s really the same side), Lovely Hula Hands Hawaiian restaurant on Mississippi, Music Millenium, and the ever-peaceful largest urban park in the U.S.: Forest Park.

  • Samantha Says:

    Portland Oregon? I lived there for two years :) I’m going back for my honeymoon in three months woohoo! The homeless people had some pretty clever signs there. Be careful around the Pioneer Square area by the MAX because they don’t take no for an answer very easily there. Walking around with my ipod in my ears usually kept them away.

    Make sure to visit the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden which is up near NW 23rd–another hot spot!

  • Sunny Says:

    My brother lives in downtown Portland, and apparently they have this problem with street kids, who aren’t homesless, and in fact live priviledged lives in the Portland suburbs…but think that its fun to beg for change and berate people.

    But, if you are in Portland, stop for brunch (breakfast at least) at the Daily Cafe in the Pearl district downtown. There is nothing like it in the entire world!

  • ShariMac Says:

    That’s my hometown, baby!

    Portland: Where the street kids are more annoying than dangerous.

    It’s our Tourism Department’s new advertising catch phrase.

  • Leah Says:

    I used to be one of those kids. Not even kidding.

  • Alex Says:

    Do you think they had those T-shirts made?
    I like to think their mothers made ’em for their boys as a reminder.

  • CamiKaos Says:

    isn’t our little downtown area quaint?

  • Molly Simmons Says:

    I think you should have given them all “I F^%k Like a Girl” T-shirts.

  • aimee/greeblemonkey Says:

    It’s your new, cool, word, spread it around: out-blasé.

    I love it.

    (I will be so excited slash embarrassed if you know what movie I just quoted)