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Bumper sticker on a Subaru October 25, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Car, Smiley.
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Bumper sticker. Portland, OR.

Subaru seems to be the unofficial car in Portland. Good gas mileage, a solid combination of in-city driving with the possibility of getting up into the mountains on the weekends, a rugged reliability … It’s sort of a hipster-hiker’s car. Plus, it looks good with a bike rack on the back or a kayak on the roof. Chances are good that on any given day, you’ll see more of any given model of a Subaru than you would even of eco-friendly Priuses or Smart cars. There might even be as many Subarus in Portland as there are bicycles.

(Okay, probably not.)

Anyway, people around here seem pretty happy with their Subarus, which is why, when I spotted this smiley sticker slapped on the back of a Subaru in the parking lot of a Target, I had to snap it. 🙂

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:) > $ January 12, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Smiley.
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"Happiness is greater than money": Graffiti in downtown Portland, OR, October 2011.

Back in October, my wife and I were walking around downtown, checking out some art and, because we couldn’t really afford to do any real shopping, we were doing a little casual window shopping. And then we spotted this on one of the windows! This was in the early days of Portland’s Occupy movement, which is likely why it turned up on on the window, but the sentiment that happiness is greater than money is timeless and apolitical, and I wholeheartedly endorse it! 🙂