The Horses (and Pig) of NW

You know I love to see some farm animals on the streets of Portland. Today I was in NW and though I don’t think 23rd has the same farm-animal-to-human ratio as St. John’s, I did manage to find a few specimens. I spotted this horse outside Laurelwood. It was perky and standing upright. Not how I like to find myself after an hour at Laurelwood, but horses, especially tiny wooden ones, shouldn’t consume too much alcohol.

NW Big HorseThis horse was near the Kiehl’s store. BTW: Kiehl’s has new lip gloss that is so cute. It’s a little too gloppy but still cute. Oh yeah, the horse. It’s big. Full-size. But it’s painted in this sort of carnival meets NASCAR theme that I’m not loving. It also has a prissy little sign that says it loves to be petted, but not ridden. Yeah, explain that to a two-year-old.

NW PigHere’s the pig. I don’t know about these things. I hate the way they’re chained up. Reminds me of when I was the PR person for a major circus and I had to tell the media that the stars branded on the elephants’ hind quarters were totally painless and just, like, there. I also had to arrive at the San Diego Sports Arena at 3:30 am to coordinate the morning media hits. One reporter showed up two hours late and drunk. You tell this to some pissed off trapeze artists. You think I’m joking that I did PR for the circus. I’m not. I was also a bartender and a bookseller and a college professor. Not at the same time. But the pigs. Well, they make me sad. This one seems constipated.

NW Sad HorseThis horse seemed out of place in NW. It was a little downtrodden, and dare I say it, lame. Someone had put it out of its misery, and that yellow line reminds of a chalk outline. But I felt bad for it and wished someone would find a new small plastic horse to take its place. Who’s in charge of these things anyway? I felt like a sicko kneeling there on the wet sidewalk taking this picture. But as people passed, I shouted, “I’m Metroblogging, okay?” And they backed the fuck off. I’m tough like that.

Anyone else have farm animals I need to post about?

4 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 8:38 pm
  2. Mychelle (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

    Dear Portland,
    I love you!
    Happy Valentine’s Day.

  3. chris (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 12:20 am
  4. gaile (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 10:05 am

    aw, that last one makes me sad. i don’t know that anyone is in charge of the horse project – I know there’s a website about it, but maybe you could replace it and give the poor thing a proper burial? When i was in pdx last summer i was so hopeful of seeing one of these, but alas all my looking was for naught. Maybe next time.

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