Well, I’ve been out of town for the week, but I’m back and ready to sort through the mail and try to bring the lawn back from the dead! For a couple of days we were in Portland and as much as I love the Rose City, it’s about to reach a super-saturation point of hipness.
We went to our favorite coffee place, Stumptown next to the Ace Hotel (seriously – their lattes will make you believe in a higher power), and noticed people kept getting small glasses of soda water with their coffees. Finally, my wife asked one of the baristas what was up. Is everyone juuuuust a tiny bit thirsty? No, he explained. After the first few sips of coffee, your taste buds get used to the flavor and you lose that initial burst of intensity. The soda water is so you can periodically cleanse your palate as you drink your latte.
On one hand, that actually makes sense. It’s the same thinking as portion-size in high-end cuisine or wine pairings. On the other hand, OH COME ON. This is why people think we’re ridiculous in the Pacific Northwest, Portland. Right there. This level of hipsterdom cannot be sustained. It just can’t. And it’s a shame because Portland is a great city, but any city that becomes that fashionable eventually becomes passé, and that will be very sad.
What will never get sad or passé or ridiculous will be your responses to the Weekly Question of the Week! Today we have the winner from last week’s caption contest and the finalists for this week.
First the winner of the caption contest for the picture of the big chicken and the angry kid. There was a whole lot of love for the entry submitted by… my dad!
Yes, the winning caption was submitted by my dad and before you get all, “What the- !? Fraud! Bias! And, uh, that thing where you show favoritism to relatives! Neapolitanism! Neptune-ism! Narcolepsy! You know what I mean!” you might just consider a few things:
I laughed at his caption before I even saw who wrote it.
His birthday is next week.
He’s my dad and a very nice man.
He’s getting a little older, but hey, you go ahead and pick on an aging gentleman.
So everyone’s good? Good.
Here’s the photo and caption:
See? Pretty good, right? Unfortunately, he doesn’t really do any sort of online art or blogging or anything, so I guess he’ll just be my Featured Human of the Week! He loves getting to know people, so just go ahead and drop on by the house.
Finally then, there was the question of what book or play or movie you’d like to see redone in a new setting – be sure to vote (I’ve changed the settings, so now you can vote once per day), and check back later this week. And be sure to tune in tomorrow when the Weekly Question of the Week goes in a totally bizarre new direction! You may want some soda water to cleanse your palate.