Living in the city….damn helicopters

Anyone who reads blogs knows there are plenty of bloggers out there who rant about something in their neighborhood.  Maybe it is the drug house down the street, the abandoned cars, the neighbor who doesn’t mow their lawn or rowdy teens.  Whatever it is, I always respond in my mind’s voice- “deal with it, you live in the city.”  And yet, I catch myself whining and complaining about similar things.  Oh well, what is one to do.

I have a new complaint though that falls into a different category.  I have learned to deal with the hookers, dealers, abandoned cars and nasty neighbors, but what I’m really ticked off about now is the helicopters.  Yup?  Helicopters!  I remember reading the New York Times a few years ago that there was an uproar about all the commuter helicopters flying in to the city and how the shear amount of them were disturbing residents along the routes from the toney neighborhoods outside the city.  I never would have thought I would complain about helicopter noise in Portland, but here I am.  The helicopters in question are the news choppers covering traffic or an incident.  I doubt Portland has a thriving helicopter commute scene and I usually only notice the helicopter noise because it is constant.  When these pilots what to get a shot of stalled traffic or breaking news, they usually just hover in one spot – usually above my house.  And since I live close to I5 and just north of I405, they are there almost every morning around 6am.  It wakes me up and makes me cranky!

So, if any of the news helicopter pilots are reading this, please find alternate locations to hover.  You have amazing cameras that can zoom, so you don’t have to be right over traffic.  Please, for the sake of my sleep and my family who has to deal with me being cranky, don’t hover over my house.  Ok, rant done.  Back to Thursday.

6 Comments so far

  1. nolando on April 24th, 2008 @ 9:54 am

    Well maybe if you weren’t such an epicenter of news they wouldn’t hover over you; also, have you looked on your roof? Maybe there’s a big, "HOVER HERE FOR BEST COVERAGE," tag or something…


  2. dieselboi on April 24th, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    Crap! I forgot about that. Must. Take. Down.


  3. sellwoodstreet on April 24th, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

    Living right by Emanuel, I’ve come to find the sound of the Life Flight helicopter kinda soothing, and at least with that sound I always feel some compassion, knowing that someone’s life is in danger, even if it wakes me in the middle of the night.
    The news choppers have a different sound though, the hovering is much more unnerving than the quick flyover that the medical helicopters make, and their mission, not so noble.


  4. psingleton on April 25th, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

    I work in the Kenton neighborhood and I gauge how rough the drive home will be by the helicopters hovering around.


  5. moreland on May 2nd, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    Try living in L.A. Ugh, the "ghetto birds" become part of your daily existence. (Although the "ghetto" seems to stretch about 50 miles in each direction.)


  6. flugelhorn on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:56 am

    I moved up here from Tucson, AZ, where I had a police chopper hovering directly over my neighborhood sometimes five nights a week. It was not uncommon to see squad cars blocking off a whole grid of city blocks, choppers circling overhead with spotlights scanning for the bad guys. Sometimes these operatons would go on for over an hour. In contrast, Portland just has a small airplane with a FLIR camera, and the only time I’d heard it over my house was a few months ago when the "carjacker" ditched his ride and hid just off Alberta and 14th.



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