9. Our food carts bloom
Once the rain stops, it's open season on lobster rolls, gyros, burritos, khao man gai, pizza, BBQ, tandoori, burgers, beer -- hell, you name it and there's a cart for it. So, yeah, maybe all that work to get in summer shape was stupid.
10. Saturday Market rules
75% of Portland pretends to be so over Saturday Market. They're just denying themselves a great performance by Elvis.
11. It's never unbearably hot for long
You ever been to New York in the summer? The city smells like hot garbage. In Portland, you've got a day or two, max, before the winds come down the gorge to save you.
12. We have the best seasonal beers
If Burnside's Lime Kölsch was Portland's only summer beer, we'd still win in this category. Luckily, there are seven dozen other breweries that celebrate the summer with special batches.
13. Strip clubs go outside, too
Sassy’s has an outdoor shower going, and at Devil’s Point, there’s a bikini car and dog wash. Because, you know, Portland.