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(KATU)   In an effort to stay one step ahead of San Francisco on the Hipness scale, Portland begins adding hot-air balloon lanes to freeways   (katu.com) divider line 26
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2012-06-10 01:25:59 PM
I'm more interested in the watermelon keg. I'd dice up the insides, and poor in hefeweitzen. Yummy.
 
2012-06-10 01:27:13 PM
Could just be a 5 cent gas discount promotion gimmick. There's no end to lame retail attention getters.
 
2012-06-10 01:27:22 PM
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It's the lane marked with a bird
 
2012-06-10 01:28:50 PM

ZoeNekros: I'm more interested in the watermelon keg. I'd dice up the insides, and poor in hefeweitzen. Yummy.


Came here to say that. I'm in the catering biz in Florida, and I think I just found a new item to add to the menu...
 
2012-06-10 01:30:13 PM
They haven't outlawed combustion vehicles in Portland yet? I though the only lawful modes of transportation were pennyfarthings and dirigibles.
 
2012-06-10 01:37:36 PM
Portland Hipster: "I crashed my hot air balloon before it was cool!"
 
2012-06-10 01:37:42 PM
I used to be a chase vehicle for a hot air balloon company here in Austin. We dumped it one time in the IRS parking lot next to I-35. I thought we were gonna drop it right on the highway. Oh, at 9am on a Friday. It was insane.

Side note - Hot air balloons can drop 'em anywhere they want in Texas. It's da law.
 
2012-06-10 01:40:28 PM

Thresher: I used to be a chase vehicle for a hot air balloon company here in Austin. We dumped it one time in the IRS parking lot next to I-35


well, better than a small plane.
 
2012-06-10 01:53:39 PM
There are a bunch of hot air balloons that take off from a nearby muni airport. One morning, I kept hearing this sound that was somebody kicking the side of a metal dumpster. Went outside to see a hot air balloon landing about 100' from my house in a grassy greenbelt across the street. Kept telling the wife to wake up, there is a hot air balloon across the street. She just rolled over and went back to sleep.

Was a rather surreal sight to see from your balcony.
 
2012-06-10 02:00:40 PM

Thresher: Side note - Hot air balloons can drop 'em anywhere they want in Texas. It's da law.


Do they give them the death penalty for it afterwards?
 
2012-06-10 02:18:31 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: They haven't outlawed combustion vehicles in Portland yet? I though the only lawful modes of transportation were pennyfarthings and dirigibles.


Or fixies and those stupid high-rise double bikes.

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2012-06-10 02:25:00 PM

Sgt Otter: those stupid high-rise double bikes.


The hell? That can't be a real thing. Can it?
 
2012-06-10 02:31:30 PM

nekom: Sgt Otter: those stupid high-rise double bikes.

The hell? That can't be a real thing. Can it?


More importantly - you need to know how many tattoos / piercings / bad-things-to-say-about-Voodoo-before-Stumptown-sold-out diatribes are completed before you get your license.
 
2012-06-10 02:39:45 PM
And yet we still have mountain unicyclists.
 
2012-06-10 02:43:15 PM
"Yeah,so?" says Albuquerque.
 
2012-06-10 03:06:15 PM
So we finally get the flying cars we were promised 60 years ago.

....I WANT MY MONEY BACK.
 
2012-06-10 03:25:28 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: They haven't outlawed combustion vehicles in Portland yet? I though the only lawful modes of transportation were pennyfarthings and dirigibles.


That's a concept album idea for the Decemberists, if I ever heard one.
 
2012-06-10 03:48:21 PM

Tax Boy: Thresher: I used to be a chase vehicle for a hot air balloon company here in Austin. We dumped it one time in the IRS parking lot next to I-35

well, better than a small plane.


Classic understated Fark dark humor, made all the better by your handle.
 
2012-06-10 03:55:13 PM

Frantic Freddie: "Yeah,so?" says Albuquerque.


I came here to say that. It's pretty impressive that out of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of balloon flights over the years here, there are really have not been many freeway landings in ABQ.
 
2012-06-10 03:59:24 PM
I don't know why Portland has to worry about staying ahead of SF. Young, poor, and white will always be hipper than old, rich, and white. SF could always try adding a little color...
 
2012-06-10 05:35:21 PM

nekom: Sgt Otter: those stupid high-rise double bikes.

The hell? That can't be a real thing. Can it?


Oh yea..from this weeks "Pedalpalooza".

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2012-06-10 06:00:04 PM
It'd be nice if Portland had carpool lanes. No, that useless afternoons-only four-mile stretch northbound on the Minnesota Freeway doesn't count. Yes, even if this means single-occupant vehicles only get one lane, this would be an improvement.
 
2012-06-10 06:01:35 PM

nekom: Sgt Otter: those stupid high-rise double bikes.

The hell? That can't be a real thing. Can it?


It is.
 
2012-06-10 06:02:21 PM

Tennozan: nekom: Sgt Otter: those stupid high-rise double bikes.

The hell? That can't be a real thing. Can it?

More importantly - you need to know how many tattoos / piercings / bad-things-to-say-about-Voodoo-before-Stumptown-sold-out diatribes are completed before you get your license.


Heck, just mention Tim Horton's is better and you can troll every hipster douchebag Californian in Portland every damn time.
 
2012-06-10 07:06:08 PM
So when some dipshiat a-hole comes racing up on stopped traffic and jerks it into the HOV lane because he can't be arsed with the whole stopping gig, he get's to explode while feeling entitled?

Cool.

/ngrtfa
 
2012-06-11 05:01:21 AM
I'm bummed I missed it. It landed just two exits up the road from me. When I have time I ground crew for a different balloon company in the area. There is only one local company I know that flies the 10 passenger balloons and I was pretty impressed with the pilots when I went to the safety certification meetings. I am surprised there was only one balloon since they often launch multiples.
 
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