i have a friend who lives off SE 72nd. He raves about living out there. And he is trying to get all his friends to move out there, too. Ooooh, how I wish I could afford/qualify for a house. I’d buy one for sure in the SoFoPo.

I was over at the Night Light last weekend, talking to a few women who live out that way. I told them my buddy calls the area SoFoPo, which stands for South of Foster and Powell. I love that term. The folks I met at the Night Light seemed to like it, too.

Well, Brian, my SoFoPo bud, is as big a fan of ping pong as I am. He has a “summer only” table, meaning he pulls it out of the garage when it is sunny, aka summer. So, I was thinking…SoFoPo Ping Pong Tourney! Yo!

Summer is almost here. Yo! SoFoPo! Ping Pong A Go!

12 Comments so far

  1. Betsy (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Yeah, I know – I’m a nattering negative nabob.

    But I really *hate* the whole NoFoBloMo naming schtick. Doesn’t help that it’s much beloved by TheO, either…

    It worked in NYC in the 80’s – but now it seems kind of pathetic and anti-cool. To me, anyway – but i’m just a crank that way.

  2. Samuel john Klein (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    Oh yes oh yes oh yes, thank you for saying that, Betsy. Needed to be said.

    It was kind of cute when they started in with things like NoLo and NoPo. When Jack Bogdanski started calling the Neo Gold Coast “SoWhat” (an apt take on SoWa), then that was a sure sign that this fad was becoming irrelevant, but “SoFoPo” (WTF does the “Po” denote, anyway?) is a sure sign that this one has jumped the shark.

    (parenthetically, one wonders when jumping the shark will jump the shark, but I digress)

  3. Alex Williams (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    What are you guys talking about? I love the fact that folks from the neighborhood are giving their community an identity that relates to them and where they live. Identity — it’s all about identity.

  4. Neighbor (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

    The neighborhood already HAS a name. It’s called Mt. Scott-Arleta. I personally wish it was one or the other, but that’s its name. I live there. I’d prefer to avoid clever contractions and the ensuing formulaic Bogrumble. Hell, I’d buy the neighborhood a round if they converted Mitchell Court Apartments into condos!

  5. Justin (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    Hurray! I get to agree with the naysayers for once! :)

    I abhor those names. Totally played out. Same with all the ARods, KFeds, and JLos around the world. We need to start a petition to bring back nicknames with meaning, like “The Human Highlight Film” and “Charlie Hustle.”

    These quasi-acronyms remind me of Skinner’s line in the Simpsons’ “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” episode: “We need a name that’s witty at first, but that seems less funny each time you hear it…”

  6. Samuel john Klein (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    “Neighbor” has it exactly right. They already have names; they are fine, colorful historic names that fairly trip off the tongue.

    Mt Scott-Arleta. Powellhurst. Montavilla. Sunnyside. The list goes on. We don’t need local color imported from elsewhere; the local color we already have is just fine.

    Of course, in the case of Mt Scott-Arleta, that’s just the neighborhood association’s name; you can call it Mount Scott (named because you can see that hill from there-you didn’t think Mt Hood Community College was actually on Mt Hood, did you ?(B-)) as it’s a historically-distinct area from Arleta

    So, yes, let’s eschew the clever contraction. Makes you look like a poser who’s come late to the party, I say.

  7. Alex Williams (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Dang — Who said we should change the name of the neighborhood? This is a nickname. if it holds, it means there is some identity for a group of people. I mean, we’re not talking about renaming Mt. Scott to Mt. SoFoPo. :-).

    You say I’m a poser? I say you’re pretty dang intolerant for telling people how they should or should not identify with their neighborhood.

  8. Samuel john Klein (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    No, silly. The “You” was meant editorially. My bad.

  9. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    I am SO over all this abbreviation nonsense. Were it up to me I’d banish all but NoPo and leave it at that. If I want to identify with my ‘hood I call it what it is. Especially when you start adding in a bunch of other nonsense. I think what sends this over the edge for me is the third syllable. SoFo or SoPo are just sort of irritating, but all three together tell me this trend is just going too far.

    Leave the cutesy nicknames for the white belts and bedheaded trucker hats.

  10. Alex Williams (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    White belts and beadhead trucker hats? I love it. How about a tattoo? I wonder if anyone in the neighborhood has a Sunnyside tattoo?

    I love the reaction, here. Banishing names. Wow. And if I were king….

    Silly name? Sure. But just wait. I bet it catches on simply because it seems to be knotting up folks so much. You know that as many people who can’t stand it, there are many who will identify with it and start referring to the term in conversation. And when it gets into the conversation, then it’s too late. Even a king couldn’t control it. Banishing would only help the matter :-).

  11. Betsy (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    Actually, they’ve already *tried* to have this kind of naming scheme catch on – several times over, in fact.

    Usually, it’s not fostered by the people who actually live there – instead, it’s a descriptor tacked on by the marketing folks, who think it’ll sound better if you call it ‘SoWa’ instead of South Waterfront (taking a page from the TriBeCa/SoHo movement in NYC.)

    Or it’s something that someone else tacks on in order to sound hip, cool, and/or with it (see any Randy Gragg column in The O, or any random A & E article about SoBu or NoBu or whatever Bu.)

    Or it’s a nickname that a recent transplant throws onto a place, again to up the coolness quotient.

    Very rarely do you find residents of existing neighborhoods tack on a new made up name for themselves – unless they’re trying to appeal to recent transplants, marketing folks, or The Oregonian, that is.

  12. Justin (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    Just remembered that Seattle did the same a few years back, and the Mariners had an ad campaign that tried to build on it. “SoDo Mojo…” and all that…

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