I have lived in the Portland area for about 18 years now, and I have only just realized how weird and insane it is. I chalk it up to being completely oblivious. It's true though, all of the weird things that people say about Portland.
People take the saying, "Keep Portland Weird" very seriously. Weird people doing weird things, looking all sorts of freaky ways, tattooed up to the wazoo. You know what's worse? Up until recently, I thought all of this was completely "normal". Bicyclists everywhere like roaches, weird street performers, man the list can go on for years. Only in Portland do people care more about the environment than about human life. Did you know, that Portland is one of the most "tattooed" cities in the USA? It's not necesssarily normal for every teenager to get a tattoo as soon as they turn 18, but in Portland it's 100% acceptable. It's laughable, really.
Don't get me wrong, I think Portland is hands-down one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am simply comenting on a few (yes, there are many more) of it's many oddities. That's all. ok. goodbye.