1. Admiring your quirks and celebrating how you personally contribute to the weird fabric of the city.
What “keeps Portland weird” is certainly not the city itself, which on its surface is actually pretty normal, if a little small. It’s the people… the folks who may work as a barista 3 days a week, run an indie web comic in their off time, and be the mandolin-and-harmonica-playing frontman in their costumed super-hero-themed band on the weekends. It’s the folks who borrow the industrial welder from their construction gig to fuse 4 individual children’s bikes into a single creation that’s both bizarre and grand (and which you’ll then see them riding naked down Burnside the first opportunity they get). Each person, no matter where they fit in on the weirdness spectrum, is what makes Portland, Portland — and we reserve the right to celebrate you for your contributions.