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June 28th, 2015

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12:15 am - An epic journey for ice-cream
It's been way too hot for the last few days (first upper 80s and now low 90s, which is thankfully unusual for Portland even in the Summer). So, teaotter, amberite, and I decided to venture out at 9:30 for ice cream to a nearby ice cream shop that is open until 11:00 most nights. The shop is roughly 6 blocks away, and we were a bit surprised at the noise and lights we encountered when coming up to S.E. Division (the only large street between up and the ice cream shop) - then we saw that police directing traffic for the annual naked bike ride. We had no idea how long it had been going on, but there were easily 50-100+ people per minute, so we decided to wait, and wait some more. Eventually, after close to half an hour we darted across the street in a break between the bikes.

Then, we went and got ice cream, hung out for a while, and then we wished to go home, but the naked bike ride was still going on, almost an hour later. So, we prepared to dart back across the street and when another group of people did the same right before us, several people sitting at the outdoor tables at a small local bar on Division who said "It's like Frogger, you have to pick your spot and go for it!".

Using very rough estimates and the fact that we could still hear it going on as we neared home, I'm guessing there were more than 10,000 people there, meaning more than 1% of Portland's population was naked and riding bikes tonight. Admittedly, it's a far better night for it than other June nights (which I personally enjoy vastly more and are considerably more common) when it's in the 50s and might well be drizzling. The ice cream (or in my own dairy-free case, coconut-lemon-saffron ice cream and grapefruit-rose sorbet) was excellent, if unexpectedly difficult to access.

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Date:June 28th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
Our D&D game was interrupted by 2 hours of naked naked bike ride spectating. It was great.
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Date:June 29th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
Whereas here in Boston it's 12 C and raining a lot... Did we swap weathers?
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Date:June 30th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Love the Frogger reference. Yes, I, too, got caught up in the madness. Luckily I figured it out in time so successfully detoured and rendezvoused w/my current houseguest. Once home, we walked around the corner, snagged drinks at an outside table, and enjoyed the fun. Whee! I <3 PDX.

Date:July 3rd, 2015 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hullo hullo.

I am in Portland visiting friends. We've been reading each other for a few years now, I forget how and why, I don't know who I know who knows you. Would you like to meet for ice cream?

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Date:July 4th, 2015 04:36 am (UTC)
I have a houseguest so'm pretty booked now. Enjoy PDX!

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