Monday, April 6, 2009

Walking On Sunshine Who-oah!

Just now took a walk to the bank in the sunshine and absorbed some Portland weirdness along with the Vitamin D.

I was walking past the Justice Center toward my bank and I could hear a woman up at the corner just chatting away at a guy waiting to cross going the other direction. He was grinning at her, I assumed they knew each other. Anyway when I got up there, I heard her talking – but not in English. Assuming she was on the phone, I just minded my own bizness.

And then she sneezed and I realized she wasn’t on the phone, but had been talking to herself. This really, really loud sneeze with a huge build-up of the Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah’s before the CHOOOOOOOOOOOO. I turned as I was crossing the street and said “Bless you.” I mean, a sneeze THAT loud has to be acknowledged.

She smiled and then responded to me in Chinese. I mean, really RESPONDED, like I’d said “Bless You” in Chinese to her and chatted away at me like I was her new best friend. Yes, this blond-headed, clearly Caucasian woman was speaking in Chinese, only it’s the kind of “Chinese” you speak with you don’t know a lick of Chinese but are pretending for some reason. She even ended with a “ho ho ho,” like she’d been watching too many old Chinese actors in bad Kung-Fu movies.

Now I know why that guy was grinning at her. I mean, it’s NOTHING to see someone around here talking to their self. But something unique when they do it in another language. Yup, just another Portlander off her meds.

Man, I love this City.


Schmoochiepoo said...


That happen here too. Usually at work. I attract freaks.

It's a West Coast Thing.

Anniebanannie said...

Seriously? What a whacked out gal, except I would have totally stalled to stare at her and enjoy the entertainment for as long as possible. Does this make me a little whacky too? Probably.

Sassy Cass said...

One of my friends has been trying to get us to come to Portland for a visit. I'm considering lining up a trip now. It sounds quite entertaining!:)

Miss JC said...

HAHA! That is the craziest story..I LOVE it!

Katy said...

That is def. interesting. Poor thing, what was up with that?!
Portland does sound odd. You should move back here soon or they'll start to get to ya girl.

greedygrace said...

Baio Ching chang chong bong....

That's Mandarin for "the crazies are coming out in Portland." They must have been trucked in from California, because that's the kind of thing I see every day!

Kally said...

That is some serious funny! I wonder if I might see her around my part of downtown??? Until then I will just deal with our crazy maintenance guy and the weirdos hanging out near the coffee shop. :)