WOW! As my mom would say, "When it rains it pours!" Although we've had nothing but sunshine here (the secret to living in Portland is the awesome, dry summers). What we have had is several media visits in less than two weeks!
First, the local weekly Portland Mercury has a column titled The Worst. Night. Ever. where the readers get to vote on one of three things that they think would be the most uncomfortable for a particular Mercury reporter based on a write-up of their personality. The reporter then must attend said event and report back. At the end of June visiting the Hawthorne Laughter Club made the list as the Worst. Night. Ever for journalist Ned Lannamann!
But not only that it ended up the top choice in a land slide! So on July 5th Ned made his way down to the club to participate in his Worst. Sunday-afternoon. Ever.
Or not. Despite the fact that he randomly ended up at the club during a 5th Sunday, which means it was Clownie Club day - a day where you can play dress up if you want - he seemed to have an okay time. For many the idea of a clown potentially being there would make it even worse! A good sport he is.
Then on July 7th, we were visited by Producer Tina Antolini from the National Public Radio program State of the RE:Union.
"State of the RE:Union has set out to explore how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness."
Stay tuned. The Portland episode is set to air sometime in October.